Bosnia and Herzegovina football league system

The Bosnia and Herzegovina football league system is a series of connected leagues for football clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The system is hierarchical, with promotion and relegation between leagues at different levels. The top division is organized by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the second and third levels by entity associations, and lower levels by cantonal or regional associations.[1]

StructureEdit

The Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina is at the top of the structure. It is the top flight in Bosnian club football and has 12 teams. The League champion is also the champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina and has the right to play in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds. The bottom two teams of the table are relegated to the second level of the competition.

The second tier is divided into two leagues – the First League of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the First League of the Republika Srpska – containing, respectively, 16 and 10 clubs.[2] Relegated teams from the Premier League are demoted to the second-level competition in the next season. Geographical location is the criterion for decided decision in which one of these two leagues the teams will play. The winner of each league is promoted to the Premier League, and the bottom teams are relegated. The number of relegated teams depends on how many teams enter from the Premier League and the Third Divisions.

Third-level football is even more dispersed. Each league is associated with a different geographical area. In the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are four second divisions, and in Republika Srpska two second divisions. The same principle of promotion and relegation is used, so the league winners are promoted to the appropriate second-level league, and clubs at the bottom of the table are relegated to the lower levels.

There are cantonal football associations in nine of the ten cantons which make up the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They each organize clubs into one or more leagues, depending on the number of clubs they control. In Republika Srpska, which has no cantons, there are instead four football regions, each of which has a league. The first leagues in the Federation cantons and the regional leagues in Republika Srpska constitute the fourth level of club football.

Further down, there are many different types of organization. Some cantons (with many clubs) have second leagues, and there are also municipality and inter-municipality leagues for clubs not associated with any cantonal or regional league.

SystemEdit

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
12 clubs

2

First League of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
16 clubs

First League of Republika Srpska
16 clubs

3

Second League of the FBH - North
16 clubs

Second League of the FBH - Center
16 clubs

Second League of the FBH - South
16 clubs

Second League of the FBH - West
12 clubs

Second League of RS - West
15 clubs

Second League of RS - East
16 clubs

4

First League of Tuzla Canton (16 clubs)
First League of Posavina Canton (14 clubs)

League of Sarajevo Canton (8 clubs in 2 groups)
League of Zenica-Doboj Canton (9 clubs)
League of Bosnian Podrinje Canton (5 clubs)

Intercantonal League Canton 10/ West Herzegovina Canton (7 clubs)
League of Hercegovina-Neretva Canton (9 clubs)

First League of Central Bosnia Canton (7 clubs)
League of Una-Sana Canton (10 clubs)

Regional League of RS - West
(16 clubs)
Regional League of RS - Center
(14 clubs)

Regional League of RS - East
(14 clubs)
Regional League of RS - South
(4 clubs)

5

Second League of Tuzla Canton - West (14 clubs)
Second League of Tuzla Canton - North (14 clubs)
Second League of Tuzla Canton - South (13 clubs)
Second of Posavina Canton (8 clubs)

Second of Central Bosnia Canton (7 clubs)

Regional League Banja Luka (14 clubs)
Regional League Gradiška (14 clubs)
Regional League Prijedor (12 clubs)
Regional League Doboj (14 clubs)
Fourth League Posavina (14 clubs)
Fourth League Semberija (14 clubs)
Regional League Birač (10 clubs)

6

Third League of Tuzla Canton - East (8 clubs)
Third League of Tuzla Canton - North (8 clubs)
Third League of Tuzla Canton - South (8 clubs)

Municipal League Gradiška (14 clubs)
Intermunicipal League Laktaši-Srbac-Prnjavor (8 clubs)
Intermunicipal League Prijedor (10 clubs)
Intermunicipal League Doboj (14 clubs)
Intermunicipal League Modriča (8 clubs)
Intermunicipal League Šamac (6 clubs)
First League of the Municipal Football Association of Brčko District (8 clubs)
First Municipal League Bijeljina - West (12 clubs)
First Municipal League Bijeljina - East (12 clubs)
Municipal League Ugljevik (4 clubs)

7

Second Municipal League Bijeljina - West (8 clubs)
Second Municipal League Bijeljina - East (8 clubs)

List of clubs (2020–21)Edit

(I) - Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina (12 clubs)Edit

Prefix Team Location City Founded Nickname Stadium Capacity
FK Borac Banja Luka Banja Luka 1926 Crveno-plavi Gradski stadion 10,030
FK Krupa Krupa na Vrbasu Banja Luka 1983 unknown Gradski stadion 3,500
FK Mladost Doboj-Kakanj Kakanj 1959 Crvena legija MGM Farm Arena 3,000
FK Olimpik Sarajevo Sarajevo 1993 Vukovi Otoka 3,000
FK Radnik Bijeljina Bijeljina 1945 unknown Gradski stadion 6,000
FK Sarajevo Sarajevo Sarajevo 1946 Bordo-bijeli Asim Ferhatović Hase 34,500
FK Sloboda Tuzla Tuzla 1919 Crveno-crni Tušanj 7,200
NK Široki Brijeg Široki Brijeg Široki Brijeg 1948 Plavi Pecara 7,000
FK Tuzla City Tuzla Tuzla 1955 unknown Tušanj 7,200
FK Velež Mostar Mostar 1922 Rođeni Rođeni 7,000
HŠK Zrinjski Mostar Mostar 1905 Plemići Pod Bijelim Brijegom 9,000
FK Željezničar Sarajevo Sarajevo 1921 Plavi Grbavica 13,146

(II) - First League of the Federation of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (16 clubs)Edit

Prefix Team Location City Founded Nickname Stadium Capacity
NK Bratstvo Gračanica Gračanica 1945 unknown Luke 3,000
FK Budućnost Banovići Banovići 1947 unknown Stadion FK Budućnost 8,500
HNK Čapljina Čapljina Čapljina 1993 unknown Bjelave 1,000
FK Goražde Goražde Goražde 1918 unknown Midhat Drljević 1,500
NK GOŠK Gabela Čapljina 1919 Plavi Lavovi Perica-Pero Pavlović 3,000
FK Igman Konjic Konjic 1920 Romantičari s Neretve Stadion Igmana 5,000
NK Jedinstvo Bihać Bihać 1919 Sila Nebeska Pod Borićima 7,500
HNK Orašje Orašje Orašje 1996 Labudovi Gradski stadion 3,000
HŠK Posušje Posušje Posušje 1950 unknown Mokri Dolac 8,000
FK Radnik Hadžići Sarajevo 1948 unknown Gradski stadion 500
FK Rudar Kakanj Kakanj 1920 Gusari Stadion Rudara 5,000
NK Slaven Živinice Živinice 1936 unknown Gradski stadion 500
NK TOŠK Tešanj Tešanj 1927 Atomci Luke 1927
NK Travnik Travnik Travnik 1922 Veziri Pirota 4,000
NK Vis Simm-Bau Kosova Maglaj 1975 unknown Grabovac 1,200
NK Zvijezda Gradačac Gradačac 1922 Zmajevi Banja Ilidža 5,000

(II) - First League of the Republika Srpska (16 clubs)Edit

Prefix Team Location City Founded Nickname Stadium Capacity
FK Borac Dubica Dubica 1936 unknown Đolovi 2,000
FK Drina Zvornik Zvornik 1945 unknown Gradski stadion 3,000
FK Jedinstvo Brčko Brčko 1919 unknown Gradski stadion 16,000
FK Kozara Gradiška Gradiška 1945 Crveno-bijeli Gradski stadion 5,000
FK Leotar Trebinje Trebinje 1925 Tigrovi Police 8,550
FK Ljubić Prnjavor Prnjavor 1946 Plavi Siniša Peulić 2,500
FK Alfa Modriča Modriča Modriča 1922 Uljari Dr. Milan Jelić 6,000
FK Podrinje Janja Bijeljina 1927 unknown Poloj 4,000
FK Rudar Prijedor Prijedor 1928 unknown Gradski stadion 6,000
FK Slavija Istočno Sarajevo Istočno Sarajevo 1908 Sokolovi Gradski SRC Slavija 6,000
FK Sloboda Novi Grad Istočno Sarajevo 1910 unknown Mlakve 4,000
FK Sloga Doboj Doboj 1945 Crveno-bijeli Luke 3,000
FK Sutjeska Foča Foča 1946 unknown Gradski stadion 4,000
FK Tekstilac Derventa Derventa 1919 Krojači Gradski stadion 1,500
FK Željezničar Banja Luka Banja Luka 1924 unknown Predgrađe 3,000
FK Zvijezda 09 Etno Selo Stanišići Bijeljina 2009 unknown Gradski stadion 5,000

(III) - Second League of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina - North (16 clubs)Edit

Prefix Team Location City Founded Nickname Stadium Capacity
FK Bosna Kalesija Kalesija 1970 unknow Gradski stadion 1,000
FK Bosna Mionica Gradačac 1970 Bageri Jezero 4,000
FK Gornji Rahić Gornji Rahić Brčko 1936 unknown Novi stadion u G. Rahiću 2,500
FK Dizdaruša Dizdaruša Brčko 2006 unknown Dizdaruša 350
FK Lokomotiva Miričina Gračanica 1964 unknown Lugovi 300
FK Priluk Priluk Živinice 1964 unknown Širani unknown
FK Radnički Lukavac Lukavac 1921 unknown Jošik 3,000
FK Seona Seona Banovići 1971 unknown Hasan polje 300
NK Dinamo Donja Mahala Orašje 1946 unknown Stadion u D. Mahali unknown
NK Mladost Malešići Gračanica 1980 Munje Luke unknown
NK Mramor Mramor Tuzla 1953 Kopači Stadion Mramor 700
NK Odžak 102 Odžak Odžak unknown unknown unknown unknown
NK Orahovica 74 Orahovica Lukavac 1974 Hadžije Barice unknown
NK Prokosovići Prokosovići Lukavac 1947 Grobari Omerovićka 150
NK Svatovac Poljice Lukavac 1953 Paraziti Krušici 1,000
OFK Gradina Srebrenik Srebrenik 1953 Plavi Gradski stadion 5,000

Cup competitionEdit

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup usually starts in spring with qualification matches. Those matches are played between lower league clubs on canton (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) or region (Republika Srpska) level. Best teams qualify to entity cups which are qualifying competitions for the national cup.[3]

In the first round of the national cup, 12 Premier League teams are joined by 12 teams from the First League of FBiH and 8 teams from the First League of RS.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina". www.nfsbih.ba. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  2. ^ "BH Telecom Premier league". www.nfsbih.ba. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  3. ^ "CUP BiH". www.nfsbih.ba. Retrieved 8 March 2019.