Football League Greece
1962–2010 (as Beta Ethniki)
|Number of teams||14|
|Level on pyramid||3|
|Promotion to||Super League 2|
|Relegation to||Gamma Ethniki|
|Domestic cup(s)||Greek Cup|
|Current champions||Trikala (5th title) |
|Most championships||Panachaiki (6 titles)|
|Top goalscorer||Ilias Chatzieleftheriou (152 goals)|
|2019–20 Football League|
As the Second National Division (1962−2019)Edit
As the second tier of the Greek football league system, the Beta Ethniki was formally established in the fall of 1962, replacing the informal Greek FCA Winners' Championship, which at the time had tried various experimental formats towards establishing a second national football Division. All participating clubs had to disengage from their local football clubs associations' championships as a prerequisite for eligibility.
In its early years, the competition format was frequently altered each season. The competition was originally held in four groups of 14 clubs each until 1968–69, when the competition was reformatted to contain two groups. The following six years (1969–70 up to 1974–75), the competition was held with three Groups, whereas from 1975−76 up to 1982−83 the league was again contested in two Groups, North and South. In the autumn of 1983, a single, pan-Hellenic League Table was established, a format that has been applied continuously until the 2012–13 season. When football in Greece became professional, the Hellenic Football Federation handed over the responsibility for the competition's organization to the Greek Professional Football Clubs Association (Greek: ΕΠΑΕ). In 2006, the Professional Football Association of the Second and Third National Divisions (Greek: ΕΕΠ Β΄ & Γ΄ Εθνικής) was set up, which replaced the Greek Professional Football Clubs Association as the governing authority of the Second and Third National Divisions.
In August 2010, the division's governing body decided to change its own, as well as the competition's distinctive title to Football League. The competition was contested as the Second National Division until 2019, when the Greek football league system was restructured and the Super League 2 was established as the new feeder league to the Super League.
As the Third National Division (2019−)Edit
Structure of the leagueEdit
At present, there are fourteen clubs that compete in the Football League, playing each other in a home and away series. At the end of the season, the bottom four teams are relegated to the Gamma Ethniki. The top two teams gain automatic promotion. Unlike the Super League, clubs in the Football League do not get relegated if the club fails to obtain a license. All teams in the Football League take part in the Greek Cup.
The following 14 clubs are competing in the Football League during the 2019–20 season.
|Club||Finishing position last season||Location||Stadium||Capacity|
|Aspropyrgos||1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 8)||Aspropyrgos||Aspropyrgos Municipal Stadium||2,000|
|Diagoras||2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 6)||Rhodes||Diagoras Stadium||3,693|
|Egaleo||1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 7)||Egaleo||Stavros Mavrothalassitis Stadium||8,217|
|Ialysos||1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 6)||Ialysos||Economideio Municipal Stadium||2,000|
|Ierapetra||1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 5)||Ierapetra||Petros Vouzounerakis Stadium||3,000|
|Ionikos||2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 5)||Nikaia||Neapoli Stadium||6,000|
|Kalamata||2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 8)||Kalamata||Kalamata Municipal Stadium||5,613|
|Kavala||1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 1)||Kavala||Anthi Karagianni Stadium||10,550|
|Niki Volos||2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 4)||Volos||Pantelis Magoulas Stadium||5,000|
|Olympiacos Volos||1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 4)||Volos||Volos Municipal Stadium||5,700|
|Thesprotos||2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 3)||Igoumenitsa||Igoumenitsa Municipal Stadium||3,500|
|Triglia||2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 2)||Triglia||Triglia Municipal Stadium||5,000|
|Trikala||12th in Football League 2018–19||Trikala||Trikala Municipal Stadium||15,000|
|Veria NFC||1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 2)||Veria||Veria Stadium||7,000|
- Kalamata were accepted to play in the Football League by decision of the HFF, taking the place of Nestos Chrysoupoli, who withdrew its participation.
Second Division championsEdit
From 1962 to 1983Edit
From 1983 to 2019Edit
Third Division championsEdit
From 2019 to PresentEdit
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