ABA League Second Division

The ABA League Second Division, also ABA League 2, is the 2nd-tier men's basketball division of the ABA League system. It is run by the ABA League JTD. It is a regional competition between men's professional clubs from six countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia.

ABA League Second Division
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FoundedJuly 2017; 5 years ago (2017-07)
First season2017–18
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid2nd
Promotion toABA League First Division
SupercupABA Supercup
International cup(s)Champions League
Current championsSerbia Zlatibor (1st title)
Most championshipsSlovenia Krka
Slovenia Primorska
Montenegro Studentski centar
Serbia Zlatibor (1 title)
TV partnersArena Sport
2022–23 season


The ABA League Assembly, held on 24 July 2017, in Belgrade, Serbia, decided to organize the ABA League Second Division with 12 participants. Based on the results in the national championships and by taking into account which clubs have sent applications for participation in the ABA League Second Division, these teams will play in the inaugural season of the ABA League Second Division.[1]

Teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia previously played similar second-tier competition called First B Federal League when they were part of SFR Yugoslavia. The First B Federal League was played for 11 seasons from 1980 to 1991.

On 12 March 2020, the ABA League Assembly temporarily suspended the 2019–20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] On 27 May 2020, the ABA League Assembly canceled definitely the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] On 29 June 2020, the Assembly decided to extend the number of clubs from 12 to 14 until the 2024–25 season.[4]


Season Champion Runner-up Top seed Champion's Coach Finals MVP
  Krka   Sixt Primorska   Borac Čačak   Simon Petrov   Marko Jošilo
  Sixt Primorska   MZT Skopje   Sixt Primorska   Goran Jagodnik   Marko Jagodić-Kuridža
Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic   Borac Čačak None Not awarded
  Studentski centar   Spars   Studentski centar   Nenad Trajković   Marko Tejić
  Zlatibor   MZT Skopje   MZT Skopje   Strajin Nedović   Dušan Kutlešić

First Division promotion and relegationEdit

The champions of the Second Division are promoted to a following Adriatic League First Division season, while the last-placed team in the First Division are relegated to a following season of the Second Division.[1] Also, as of the 2018–19 season, the 11th placed team of the ABA League First Division and the 2nd placed team of the Second Division, will play in the Qualifiers for a spot in the First Division for the following season.[5]

Season Promotion to First Division Relegation from First Division
2016–17 None   Krka (14)
2017–18   Krka (1)   MZT Skopje Aerodrom (12)
2018–19   Primorska (1)   Petrol Olimpija[Note 1] (12)
2019–20   Borac Čačak;   Split[Note 2] None
2020–21   Studentski centar (1)   Koper Primorska[Note 3]
2021–22   MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Finalist)   Krka (14)

Current clubsEdit

Team Home city Arena Capacity
Borac Banja Luka Borik Sports Hall 3,060
Gorica Velika Gorica Velika Gorica City Sports Hall 620
Helios Suns Domžale Komunalni center Hall 2,500
Krka Novo Mesto Leon Štukelj Hall 2,500
Pelister Bitola Sports Hall Boro Čurlevski 5,000
Podgorica Podgorica Bemax Arena 2,000
Sloga Kraljevo Kraljevo Sports Hall 3,331
Spars Sarajevo Grbavica Sports Hall 1,500
Sutjeska Nikšić Nikšić Sports Center 3,000
Šenčur Šenčur Šenčur Sports Hall 800
Široki Široki Brijeg Pecara Sports Hall 4,500
TFT Skopje Skopje SRC Kale 2,300
Vrijednosnice Osijek Gradski vrt Hall 4,438
Zlatibor Čajetina Čajetina Sports Hall 500

All-time participantsEdit

The following is a list of clubs that have played in the Second Division, at any time, since its formation in 2017, to the current season.


1D Played in the First Division
Cn. Canceled season
LR Lose right to compete in the next season
Defunct Defunct teams
1st Champions
2nd Runners-up
SF Semni-finalists
Bold Teams playing in the 2022–23 season
R Regular season winners

List of participantsEdit

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2022–23 regular season.

The 2019–20 season was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

Team 18 19 20 21 22 23 Total
  Borac Banja Luka QF SF TBD 3 Semi-finals
  Bosna Royal 11 1 11th
  Sloboda Tuzla Cn. 1
  Spars SF Cn. 2 QF 12 5 Runners-up
  Široki Cn. 9 SF TBD 4 Semi-finals
  Zrinjski 7 9 2 7th
  Gorica 10 13 2 10th
  Split 8 8 Cn. 1D 3 8th
  Vrijednosnice Osijek 14 14 2 14th
  Lovćen 1947 6 7 Cn. 12 13 5 6th
  Podgorica SF 10 TBD 3 Semi-finals
  Studentski centar 1R 1D 1 Champions
  Sutjeska 6 Cn. 13 QF TBD 5 6th
  Teodo 9 1 9th
  AV Ohrid 12 LR 1 12th
  MZT Skopje 1D 2 Cn. QF 2R 1D 4 Runners-up
  Pelister 11 TBD 2 11th
  Rabotnički 11 1 11th
  TFT Skopje 11 1 11th
  Borac Čačak SFR SF Cn. 1D 3 Semi-finals
  Dynamic 10 5 Cn. 3 5th
  Mladost Zemun SF QF 2 Semi-finals
  Novi Pazar Cn. 1
  Sloboda Užice QF 1 Quarter-finals
  Sloga Kraljevo 9 1 9th
  Vojvodina 9 1 9th
  Vršac SF 12 LR 2 Semi-finals
  Zlatibor QF 1 TBD 3 Champions
  Helios Suns 11 Cn. 14 QF TBDR 5 Quarter-finals
  Krka 1 1D TBD 2 Champions
  Primorska 2 1R 1D Defunct 2 Champions
  Rogaška 5 10 Cn. 12 4 5th
  Šenčur 10 1 10th

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
    Olimpija Ljubljana and Cedevita Zagreb made a merger and established a new club based in Ljubljana in July 2019 under the name Cedevita Olimpija.[6]
  2. ^
    Borac Čačak and Split were awarded with wild cards to participate in the 2020–21 ABA League First Division.[3]
  3. ^
    Koper Primorska was disqualified from the ABA League in December 2020 after failing to play two consecutive games due to financial problems.[7] Later that month, the club also withdrew from the Slovenian League and was disbanded.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "The ABA League Second Division will start from the 2017/18 season". aba-liga.com. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ "ABA competitions suspended". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Conclusions of the ABA League j.t.d. Assembly". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  4. ^ "29 June 2020 - Conclusions of the ABA League j.t.d. Assembly". druga.aba-liga.com. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Important decisions confirmed at the ABA League j.t.d. Assembly Session". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Rimac trener Cedevite Olimpije, prva okrepitev Edo Murić". rtvslo.si. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  7. ^ Maver, Rok (17 December 2020). "Koper Primorska izključena iz lige Aba". Primorske novice (in Slovenian). Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  8. ^ S. J. (23 December 2020). "Koper izstopil tudi iz domačih tekmovanj" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  9. ^ Jamnik, Tilen (25 December 2020). "Žakelj ob koncu Primorske: Na tak način ni moglo več iti" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 25 December 2020.

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