Croatian football league system

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The Croatian football league system is a series of connected leagues for club football in Croatia. This system has hierarchical format with promotion and relegation between leagues at different levels. This system is used from season 2020−21 .

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Men's system

TierLeagues
1 Prva HNL
10 clubs
2 Druga HNL
18 clubs
3 Treća HNL West
14 clubs
Treća HNL Center
18 clubs
Treća HNL North
12 clubs
Treća HNL East
18 clubs
Treća HNL South
17 clubs
4 Četvrta NL Rijeka
10 clubs
Četvrta NL Zagreb
18 clubs
Četvrta NL Čakovec-Varaždin
16 clubs
Četvrta NL Bjelovar-Koprivnica-Virovitica
15 clubs
MŽNL Osijek-Vinkovci
18 clubs
MŽNL Brod-Požega
14 clubs
without inter-county league
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First League of Istria County
14 clubs
First League of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
12 clubs
League of Lika-Senj County
7 clubs

First League of Zagreb
17 clubs
JŽNL Zagreb County
18 clubs
First League of Sisak-Moslavina County
18 clubs
First League of Karlovac County
10 clubs
First League of Krapina-Zagorje County
14 clubs

First League of Međimurje County
17 clubs
First League of Varaždin County
14 clubs

First League of Bjelovar-Bilogora County
14 clubs
First League of Koprivnica-Križevci County
14 clubs
First League of Virovitica-Podravina County
16 clubs

First league of Osijek-Baranja County
16 clubs
First league of Vukovar-Syrmia County
18 clubs

First League of Brod-Posavina County
28 clubs(2 groups)
First League of Požega-Slavonia County
14 clubs

First League of Dubrovnik-Neretva County
12 clubs
First League of Split-Dalmatia County
14 clubs
League of Šibenik-Knin County
7 clubs
First League of Zadar County
14 clubs

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Second League of Istria County
14 clubs
Second League of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
9 clubs

Second League of Zagreb
16 clubs
First League of Zagreb County
33 clubs(2 groups)
Second League of Sisak-Moslavina County
38 clubs(3 groups)
Second League of Karlovac County
14 clubs
Second League of Krapina-Zagorje County
11 clubs

Second League of Međimurje County
32 clubs(2 groups)
Second League of Varaždin County
16 clubs

Second League of Bjelovar-Bilogora County
14 clubs
Second League of Koprivnica-Križevci County
14 clubs
Second League of Virovitica-Podravina County
20 clubs(2 groups)

Second league of Osijek-Baranja County
68 club(5 groups)
Second League of Vukovar-Syrmia County
24 club(3 groups)

Second League of Brod-Posavina County
41 clubs(4 groups)
Second League of Požega-Slavonia County
8 clubs

Second League of Dubrovnik-Neretva County
8 clubs
Second League of Split-Dalmatia County
11 clubs
Second League of Zadar County
7 clubs

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Third League of Istria County
19 clubs(2 groups)

Second League of Zagreb County
18 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Međimurje County
9 clubs
Third League of Varaždin County
19 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Bjelovar-Bilogora County
20 clubs(2 groups)
Third League of Koprivnica-Križevci County
20 clubs(2 groups)
Third League of Virovitica-Podravina County
15 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Osijek-Baranja County
50 clubs(5 groups)
Third League of Vukovar-Syrmia County
17 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Brod-Posavina County
28 clubs(3 groups)
Third League of Požega-Slavonia County
9 clubs

Third League of Split-Dalmatia County
10 clubs

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Croatian Football League System.

Evolution of the Croatian league system

Tier\Years1992–951995–971997–20062006–122012–222022–future
1Prva HNLPrva A HNLPrva HNLElitna HNL
2Druga HNLPrva B HNLDruga HNLPrva HNL
3Treća HNLDruga HNLTreća HNLDruga HNL
4LowerTreća HNLLowerČetvrta HNLLowerTreća HNL
5LowerLowerLower
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Women's system

TierLeagues
1 Prva HNLŽ
8 clubs
2Druga HNLŽ
15 clubs(2 groups)

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