Football League Greece

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The Football League Greece (Greek: Ελληνική Φούτμπολ Λιγκ) is the third highest professional football league in Greece, being a feeder-league to the second tier Super League 2.

Football League Greece
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Founded2010–present
19622010 (as Beta Ethniki)
CountryGreece
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toSuper League 2
Relegation toGamma Ethniki
Domestic cup(s)Greek Cup
Current championsTrikala (5th title)
(2019–20)
Most championshipsPanachaiki (6 titles)
Top goalscorerIlias Chatzieleftheriou (152 goals)
TV partnersERT3
Websitesl2fl.gr
2019–20 Football League

HistoryEdit

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.[1] 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

As of 2019, the Football League Greece replaced the Gamma Ethniki as the third tier of the Greek football league system.

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.

Current clubsEdit

Locations of the 2019–20 Football League clubs

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

ResultsEdit

Second Division championsEdit

From 1962 to 1983Edit

Season Winner
1962–63 Edessaikos (1), Doxa Drama (1),
Olympiacos Chalkida (1), Pagkorinthiakos (1)
1963–64 Panachaiki (1), Proodeftiki (1), Philippi Kavala (1)
1964–65 Panserraikos (1), Edessaikos (2), Egaleo (1), Vyzas Megara (1)
1965–66 Veria (1), OFI (1), Vyzas Megara (2)
1966–67 Panelefsiniakos (1), Kavala (1), Olympiacos Volos (1)
1967–68 Chalkida (1), Trikala (1)
1968–69 Panachaiki (2), Kavala (2)
1969–70 Apollon Smyrnis (1), Veria (2), Fostiras (1)
1970–71 Panachaiki (3), Trikala (2), Olympiacos Volos (2)
1971–72 Panserraikos (2), Kalamata (1), Atromitos (1)
1972–73 Apollon Smyrnis (2), Apollon Kalamaria (1), AEL (1)
1973–74 PAS Giannina (1), Kastoria (1), Kalamata (2)
1974–75 Apollon Smyrnis (3), Panetolikos (1), Pierikos (1)
1975–76 Kavala (3), OFI (2)
1976–77 Egaleo (2), Veria (3)
1977–78 Rodos (1), AEL (2)
1978–79 Doxa Drama (2), Korinthos (1)
1979–80 Panserraikos (3), Atromitos (2)
1980–81 Rodos (2), Iraklis (1)
1981–82 Panachaiki (4), Makedonikos (1)
1982–83 Egaleo (3), Apollon Kalamaria (2)

From 1983 to 2019Edit

Season Winner
1983–84 Panachaiki (5)
1984–85 PAS Giannina (2)
1985–86 Diagoras (1)
1986–87 Panachaiki (6)
1987–88 Doxa Drama (3)
1988–89 Xanthi (1)
1989–90 Athinaikos (1)
1990–91 Ethnikos Piraeus (1)
1991–92 Apollon Kalamaria (3)
1992–93 Naoussa (1)
1993–94 Ionikos (1)
1994–95 Paniliakos (1)
Season Winner
1995–96 Kavala (4)
1996–97 Panionios (1)
1997–98 Aris (1)
1998–99 Trikala (4)
1999–00 Athinaikos (2)
2000–01 Egaleo (4)
2001–02 PAS Giannina (3)
2002–03 Chalkidona (1)
2003–04 Kerkyra (1)
2004–05 AEL (3)
2005–06 Ergotelis (1)
2006–07 Asteras Tripolis (1)
Season Winner
2007–08 Panserraikos (4)
2008–09 Atromitos (3)
2009–10 Olympiacos Volos (3)
2010–11 Panetolikos (2)
2011–12 Panthrakikos (1)
2012–13 Apollon Smyrnis (4)
2013–14 Niki Volos (1)
2014–15 AEK Athens (1)
2015–16 AEL (4)
2016–17 Apollon Smyrnis (5)
2017–18 OFI (3)
2018–19 Volos (1)

Third Division championsEdit

From 2019 to PresentEdit

Season Winner
2019–20 Trikala (5)[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2010-08-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Η Καλαμάτα στη Football League! (Greek)". fosonline.gr. 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Πρωταθλητής ο ΑΟ Τρίκαλα – Οριστικό τέλος στο πρωτάθλημα της Football League". www.trikalanews.gr (in Greek). 2 June 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.

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