Serbian football league system

The Serbian football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for association football clubs in Serbia. The system has a hierarchical format with promotion and relegation between leagues at different levels.

FormatEdit

The number of teams promoted between leagues or divisions varies, and promotion is usually contingent on meeting criteria set by the higher league, especially concerning appropriate facilities and finances. The top two levels contain one league each. Below this, the levels have progressively more parallel leagues, which each cover progressively smaller geographic areas. The top two leagues are under direct jurisdiction of the Serbian Football Association. From the 3rd level on, divided geographically into 4 leagues, the leagues are under the jurisdiction of one of the 4 football association subdivisions, Belgrade, East, Vojvodina and West.

In the top of the pyramid is the Serbian SuperLiga containing 16 clubs as of 2010–11 season. Below the SuperLiga is found the Serbian First League containing 18 clubs. The last 4 are relegated into the Srpska Liga, the 3rd level, divided into 4 leagues Serbian League Belgrade, Serbian League East, Serbian League Vojvodina and Serbian League West every one of them containing 16 clubs. Until 2006 the clubs from Montenegro were also included, and the league's structure below and including 3rd level was slightly different because of it. The current Serbian league system is partially inherited from the pre-1992 Yugoslav league system, being back then the current 3rd tier, the Serbian League, unified and it was one of the 6 republic leagues forming the 4th level in the Yugoslav league pyramid, being under First and Second Federal League and Inter-republican Leagues.

Present systemEdit

Serbian SuperLiga


The Champion qualifies for UEFA Champions League.
2nd & 3rd placed teams qualify for UEFA Europa League.
4th placed team has a chance to qualify for UEFA Europa League depending on the Serbian Cup outcome.

Serbian First League


1st & 2nd placed achieve direct Promotion to Serbian SuperLiga.
3rd placed plays a Promotion Play-Off against 14th placed team from Serbian SuperLiga.
4th placed plays a Promotion Play-Off against 13th placed team from Serbian SuperLiga.

Serbian League West


Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian First League.

Serbian League East


Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian First League.

Serbian League Belgrade


Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian First League.

Serbian League Vojvodina


Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian First League.

West Morava Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League West.

Podunavlje-Šumadija Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League West.

Kolubara-Mačva Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League West.

Šumadija-Raška Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League West.

Zone League West

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League East.

Zone League East

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League East.

Zone League South

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League East.

Zone League Centre

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League East.

Belgrade Zone League

1st & 2nd placed achieve Promotion to Serbian League Belgrade.

Vojvodina League North

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League Vojvodina.

Vojvodina League East

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League Vojvodina.

Vojvodina League South

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League Vojvodina.

  • Moravica District League
  • Zlatibor District League
  • Kolubara District League
  • Mačva District League
  • Raška District League
  • Kragujevac First League
  • Kosovska Mitrovica District League
  • Rasina District First League
  • Pomoravlje District League
  • Bor District League
  • Zaječar District League
  • Pirot District League
  • Jablanica District League
  • Pčinja District League
  • Kosovo District League
  • Toplica District League
  • Kosovo-Pomoravlje District League
  • Nišava District League
  • Niš First League
  • PFL Sombor
  • PFL Subotica
  • PFL Pančevo
  • PFL Zrenjanin
  • Novi Sad League
  • PFL Sremska Mitrovica

6-th tier Serbian Intermunicipal League (52 divisions)

7-th tier Serbian Municipal League (57 divisions)

Serbian Cup


Cup Winner qualifies for UEFA Europa League.
If already qualified by placing 2nd or 3rd in Serbian SuperLiga then the 4th placed team from Serbian SuperLiga gets the spot.
If the Cup Winner already became a Champion of Serbian SuperLiga then the Cup Finalist gets the UEFA Europa League spot, regardless of the rank it plays in or the place it achieved within the league.

WomenEdit

Until 2013 only two levels existed. For the 2013/14 season a new first level, called the Super liga was created.[1]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Serbian Women's SuperLiga
8 clubs

2

Serbian First Women's League
8 clubs

3

Serbian Second Women's League West

Serbian Second Women's League North

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