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The Spanish basketball league system is a series of connected competitions for professional basketball clubs in Spain. The system has a hierarchical format with a promotion and relegation system between competitions at different levels.

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There are currently four different nation-wide leagues in the system - the 1st tier Liga ACB, the 2nd tier LEB Oro, the 3rd tier LEB Plata and the 4th tier Liga EBA.

Liga ACB is organized by the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (Basketball Clubs Association), which is a private organization. LEB leagues and Liga EBA are organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation while the lower tiers are organized by the regional federations.

LevelsEdit

For the 2018–19 season, the Spanish basketball league system is as follows:

Level League
1 Liga ACB
(18 teams)
(previously Liga Nacional)
2 LEB Oro
(18 teams)
3 LEB Plata
(24 teams)
4 Liga EBA Group A
             
(2 sub-groups of 14 teams each)
Liga EBA Group B
     
(16 teams)
Liga EBA Group C
     
(2 sub-groups of 14 teams each)
Liga EBA Group D
       
(2 sub-groups of 10 teams each)
Liga EBA Group E
   
(16 teams)
5 Primera División
(15 groups, one for each autonomous community except Basque Country, La Rioja, and Navarra, who share the same group; in Catalonia, known as Copa Catalunya)
Regional divisions

Lower divisionsEdit

For the 2015–16 season, the lower divisions for each of the Autonomous Communities is as follows:

Community Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9
  Andalusia 1ª División
(2 groups of 10 teams)
Provincial leagues
  Aragon 1ª División
(8 teams)
1ª Aragonesa
(8 teams)
2ª Aragonesa
(28 teams)
3ª Aragonesa
(3 groups of 7 teams)
Provincial leagues
  Asturias 1ª División
(11 teams)
1ª Autonómica
(12 teams)
2ª Autonómica
(16 teams)
None
  Balearic Islands 1ª División
(11 teams)
Insular leagues
  Basque Country 1ª División
(14 teams)
2ª División
(14 teams)
Provincial leagues
  La Rioja 2ª Interautonómica
(14 teams)
Sénior Masculina
(9 teams)
None
  Navarre 1ª Autonómica
(11 teams)
2ª Autonómica
(12 teams)
None
  Canary Islands 1ª División
(9 teams)
Provincial and insular leagues
  Cantabria 1ª División
(8 teams)
1ª Autonómica
(8 teams)
2ª Autonómica
(7 teams)
None
  Castile and León 1ª División
(9 teams)
Provincial leagues
  Castile-La Mancha 1ª División
(2 groups of 8 teams)
Provincial leagues
  Catalonia Copa Catalunya
(2 groups of 14 teams)
CC 1ª Categoria
(3 groups of 16 teams)
CC 2ª Categoria
(4 groups of 16 teams)
CC 3ª Categoria
(8 groups of 16 teams)
Provincial leagues
  Community of Madrid 1ª División
(24 teams)
1ª Autonómica A
(24 teams)
1ª Autonómica B
(24 teams)
2ª Autonómica Local leagues
  Extremadura 1ª División
(7 teams)
Provincial leagues
  Galicia 1ª División
(17 teams in 2 groups)
2ª División
(2 groups of 7 teams)
3ª División
(79 teams in 10 groups)
None
  Region of Murcia 1ª División
(12 teams)
1ª Autonómica
(8 teams)
2ª Autonómica
(8 teams)
None
  Valencian Community 1ª División
(2 groups of 12 teams)
Sénior Autonómico
(3 groups of 14 teams)
Sénior Preferente
(55 teams in 4 groups)
1ª Zonal
(69 teams in 5 groups)
2ª Zonal
(72 teams in 6 groups)

Evolution of the Spanish basketball league systemEdit

Tier\Years 1957–78 1978–83 1983–90 1990–94 1994–96 1996–2000 2000–07 2007–09 2009–
1 1ª División ACB
2 2ª División 1ª División B 1ª División EBA LEB LEB Oro
3 3ª División 2ª División EBA LEB 2 LEB Plata
4 Lower 3ª División Lower Lower Lower 2ª División EBA LEB Bronce EBA
5 Lower Lower 1ª División EBA 1ª División
6 Lower 1ª División Lower
7 Lower

Other competitionsEdit

WomenEdit

Since the 2001–02 season, there are currently different competitions on the pyramid.

  1. Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation and composed by 14 teams.
  2. Liga Femenina 2, composed by 28 teams divided into two groups and also organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation.
  3. Primera División Femenina, where teams are divided into several inter-Regional groups. This competition is co-organized by the Regional Federations.
  4. Regional Leagues.
Level League
1 Liga Femenina
(14 teams)
2 Liga Femenina 2 Group A
(14 teams)
Liga Femenina 2 Group B
(14 teams)
3 1ª División Group A
       
1ª División Group B
       
1ª División Group C
   
1ª División Group D
       
1ª División Group E
         
4 Regional divisions

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