Croatian Third Football League

The Croatian Third Football League (Croatian: Treća hrvatska nogometna liga, or commonly Treća HNL or 3. HNL) is the third tier of the football league system in Croatia. The league was established in 1991 following the dissolution of the Yugoslav League. It is operated by the Croatian Football Federation.

Croatian Third Football League
Founded1991
CountryCroatia
ConfederationUEFA
Level on pyramid3
Promotion to2. HNL
Relegation toFirst County Football League
Domestic cup(s)Croatian Cup
Current champions
Most championshipsVinogradar (5 titles)

RulesEdit

As of 2018, at least three players under 21 years of age must play in each match, and only two foreign nationals are permitted to play for each team.[1]

FormatEdit

Since its inception in 1992 the league changed formats several times. In its inaugural season the league had four divisions (North, Center, South and West). In the 1992–93 a fifth division was added (East). The five-group league continued until the 2006–07 season when the league was re-organised and reduced to three geographical divisions with 18 clubs in each group.[citation needed]

As of 2018, teams are promoted only if they have a valid license to the 2.HNL. For example, NK Vinogradar won the 2017, 2018 and 2019 west division, but were denied promotion since they did not apply for a license.[2]

ChampionsEdit

Key

Club gained promotion to the unified 2. HNL
N Club gained promotion to 2. HNL North
S Club gained promotion to 2. HNL South

1998–2019Edit

[citation needed]

Season Division Center Division West Division East Division South Division North Also promoted
1998–1999 PIK Vrbovec Pomorac Kostrena Marsonia Mosor Čazmatrans † -
1999–2000 TŠK Topolovac Žminj Papuk Hrvatski Vitez[1] Koprivnica -
2000–2001 Trnje S Uljanik Pula S Metalac Osijek N GOŠK Dubrovnik S Podravac N -
2001–2002 Napredak VM Opatija Dilj N Primorac Stobreč Mladost Prelog -
2002–2003 Segesta S Žminj Slavonija Požega N Mosor Virovitica N -
2003–2004 Naftaš S Draga Višnjevac Mosor S Bjelovar N -
2004–2005 Karlovac S Istra Pula Graničar N Konavljanin Mladost Molve N -
2005–2006 Moslavina Jadran Poreč Croatia Đakovo GOŠK Dubrovnik Suhopolje -
2006–07 - Vinogradar Slavonac CO Trogir - Segesta
2007–08 - Karlovac Suhopolje Hrvace[2] - Lokomotiva, Međimurje, Junak Sinj
2008–09 - Rudeš Grafičar Vodovod[3] RNK Split - Lučko, Vukovar '91
2009–10 - Gorica Lipik[4] Dugopolje - HAŠK, MV Croatia
2010–11 - Radnik Sesvete Podravina[5] Raštane[6] - -
2011–12 - Zelina BSK Bijelo Brdo[7] Raštane[6] Mladost Ždralovi[8] Primorac 1929
2012–13 Segesta Grobničan[10] Slavonija[11] Val[13] Mladost Ždralovi[12] -
2013–14 Maksimir[14] Opatija[14] BSK Bijelo Brdo[14] Imotski Međimurje[14] Bistra
2014–15 - Dinamo II Slavija Šibenik - -
2015–16 - Novigrad Međimurje Solin - -
2016–17 - Vinogradar[15] Međimurje[16] Hajduk II - Varaždin
Kustošija
2017–18 - Vinogradar[17] Osijek II Croatia Zmijavci[18] - BSK Bijelo Brdo
Međimurje
Zadar
2018–19 - Vinogradar[19] Cibalia Junak Sinj[20] - Dubrava
Orijent 1919
Croatia Zmijavci
2019–20 Vinogradar Opatija Marsonia Junak Sinj Mladost Ždralovi -

NotesEdit

1. a : Although Hrvatski Vitez of Posedarje finished top of the 1999–2000 South Division, they were demoted for unknown reasons and competed in the 4th league the following season. South Division runners-up Imotska Krajina were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
2. a : Although NK Hrvace finished top of the 2007–08 South Division, they did not applied for promotion so South Division runners-up Junak of Sinj were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
3. a : Although NK Grafičar Vodovod finished top of the 2008–09 East Division, they did not applied for promotion. As only fifth placed NK Vukovar '91 met the needed criteria they were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
4. a : Although NK Lipik finished top of the 2009–10 East Division, they did not applied for promotion so East Division runners-up MV Croatia of Slavonski Brod were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
5. a : Although NK Podravina Ludbreg finished top of the 2010–11 East Division and applied for promotion, they subsequently refused promotion for financial reasons. No one from East Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
6. a : Although NK Raštane finished top of the 2010–11 South Division, their application for 2. HNL was refused because of lack of appropriate infrastructure. No one from South Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
7. a : Although NK BSK Bijelo Brdo finished top of the 2011–12 East Division, they did not applied for promotion. No one from East Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
8. a : Although NK Mladost Ždralovi finished top of the 2011–12 North Division, they did not applied for promotion. No one from North Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
9. a : Although NK Raštane finished top of the 2011–12 South Division, they did not applied for promotion so South Division runners-up NK Primorac 1929 were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
10. a : Although Grobničan finished top of the 2012–13 West Division, they did not apply for promotion. No one from West Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
11. a : Although Slavonija finished top of the 2012–13 East Division, their application for 2. HNL was refused because of lack of appropriate infrastructure. No one from East Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
12. a : Although NK Mladost Ždralovi finished top of the 2012–13 North Division, they did not apply for promotion. No one from North Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
13. a : HNK Val lose against Segesta in play-off.
14. a : Although Maksimir, Opatija and BSK Bijelo Brdo finished top of their respective 2013–14 divisions, they did not apply for promotion. Međimurje, champion of 3. HNL North Division, applied for promotion but did not met necessary financial and infrastructural requirements.
15. a : Although NK Vinogradar finished top of the 2016–17 West Division, they did not apply for promotion so West Division runners-up NK Kustošija Zagreb gained promotion to 2. HNL.
16. a : Although NK Međimurje finished top of the 2016–17 East Division, they did not apply for promotion so East Division runners-up NK Varaždin gained promotion to 2. HNL.
17. a : Although NK Vinogradar and NK Opatija finished on top of the 2017–18 West Division, they were not promoted as they were not granted a licence for 2. HNL.
18. a : Although NK Croatia Zmijavci and HNK Primorac Biograd na Moru finished on top of the 2017–18 South Division, they were not promoted as they were not granted a licence for 2. HNL. Third placed NK Zadar gained promotion to 2. HNL.
19. a : Although NK Vinogradar finished on top of the 2018–19 West Division, they were not promoted as they were not granted a licence for 2. HNL. Second placed NK Dubrava and third placed HNK Orijent 1919 gained promotion to 2. HNL.
20. a : Although NK Junak Sinj and HNK Primorac Biograd na Moru finished on top of the 2018–19 South Division, they were not promoted as they were not granted a licence for 2. HNL. Third placed NK Croatia Zmijavci gained promotion to 2. HNL.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "3. HNL Zapad". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ "NK Vinogradar: Najbolja smo momčad trećih liga, ali grad nam ne želi dati novac za 2.HNL". germanijak.hr. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2019.

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