Football League Greece

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Football League Greece
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Founded2010–present
1962–2010 (as Beta Ethniki)
Country Greece
Number of teams 20
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to Super League 2
Relegation to Gamma Ethniki
Domestic cup(s) Greek Cup
Current champions Kalamata (1st title) Kavala (5th title)
(2020–21)
Most championships Panachaiki (6 titles)
Top goalscorerIlias Chatzieleftheriou (152 goals)
TV partners ERT3
Website sl2fl.gr
Current: 2020–21 Football League

The Football League Greece (Greek : Ελληνική Φούτμπολ Λιγκ) is the third highest professional football league in Greece, being a feeder-league to the second tier Super League 2.

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History

As the Second National Division (1962–2019)

As the second tier of the Greek football league system, the Beta Ethniki was formally established in the fall of 1962, replacing the informal Greek FCA Winners' Championship, which at the time had tried various experimental formats towards establishing a second national football Division. All participating clubs had to disengage from their local football clubs associations' championships as a prerequisite for eligibility.

In its early years, the competition format was frequently altered each season. The competition was originally held in four groups of 14 clubs each until 1968–69, when the competition was reformatted to contain two groups. The following six years (1969–70 up to 1974–75), the competition was held with three Groups, whereas from 1975 to 1976 up to 1982–83 the league was again contested in two Groups, North and South. In the autumn of 1983, a single, pan-Hellenic League Table was established, a format that has been applied continuously until the 2012–13 season. When football in Greece became professional, the Hellenic Football Federation handed over the responsibility for the competition's organization to the Greek Professional Football Clubs Association (Greek : ΕΠΑΕ). In 2006, the Professional Football Association of the Second and Third National Divisions (Greek : ΕΕΠ Β΄ & Γ΄ Εθνικής) was set up, which replaced the Greek Professional Football Clubs Association as the governing authority of the Second and Third National Divisions.

In August 2010, the division's governing body decided to change its own, as well as the competition's distinctive title to Football League. [1] The competition was contested as the Second National Division until 2019, when the Greek football league system was restructured and the Super League 2 was established as the new feeder league to the Super League.

As the Third National Division (2019–)

As of 2019, the Football League Greece replaced the Gamma Ethniki as the third tier of the Greek football league system.

Structure of the league

At present, there are 20 clubs that compete in the Football League, playing each other in a home and away series. At the end of the season, the bottom four teams are relegated to the Gamma Ethniki. The top two teams gain automatic promotion. Unlike the Super League, clubs in the Football League do not get relegated if the club fails to obtain a license. All teams in the Football League take part in the Greek Cup.

Current clubs

The following 20 clubs are competing in the Football League during the 2020–21 season.

ClubFinishing position last season LocationStadiumCapacity
AEP Kozani 1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 4) Kozani Kozani Municipal Stadium 4,000
Almopos Aridea 1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 2) Aridaea Aridea Municipal Stadium
Apollon Pontus 12th in the Super League 2 Thessaloniki Kalamaria Stadium 6,500
Aspropyrgos 12th Aspropyrgos Aspropyrgos Municipal Stadium2,000
Asteras Vlachioti 1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 7) Vlachioti Vlachioti Municipal Stadium600
Egaleo 9th Egaleo Stavros Mavrothalassitis Stadium 8,217
Episkopi 1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 8) Episkopi Gallos Stadium1,500
Ialysos 11th Ialysos Economideio Municipal Stadium2,000
Kalamata 13th Kalamata Kalamata Municipal Stadium 5,613
Kallithea 1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 5) Kallithea Grigoris Lambrakis Stadium 4,200
Kavala 6th Kavala Anthi Karagianni Stadium 10,550
Niki Volos 5th Volos Panthessaliko Stadium 22,700
Olympiacos Volos 8th Volos Neapoli Volos Municipal Stadium2,500
Panserraikos 1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 1) Serres Serres Municipal Stadium 9,500
Pierikos 1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 3) Katerini Katerini Municipal Stadium 4,995
Rodos 1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 6) Rhodes Diagoras Stadium 3,693
Santorini 2020 2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 5) Santorini Kamari Stadium1,500
Thesprotos 10th Igoumenitsa Igoumenitsa Municipal Stadium3,500
Triglia 14th Triglia Triglia Municipal Stadium5,000
Veria 7th Veria Veria Stadium 7,000

Results

Second Division champions

From 1962 to 1983

SeasonWinner
1962–63 Edessaikos (1), Doxa Drama (1),
Olympiacos Chalkida (1), Pagkorinthiakos (1)
1963–64 Panachaiki (1), Proodeftiki (1), Philippi Kavala (1)
1964–65 Panserraikos (1), Edessaikos (2), Egaleo (1), Vyzas Megara (1)
1965–66 Veria (1), OFI (1), Vyzas Megara (2)
1966–67 Panelefsiniakos (1), Kavala (1), Olympiacos Volos (1)
1967–68 Chalkida (1), Trikala (1)
1968–69 Panachaiki (2), Kavala (2)
1969–70 Apollon Smyrnis (1), Veria (2), Fostiras (1)
1970–71 Panachaiki (3), Trikala (2), Olympiacos Volos (2)
1971–72 Panserraikos (2), Kalamata (1), Atromitos (1)
1972–73 Apollon Smyrnis (2), Apollon Kalamaria (1), AEL (1)
1973–74 PAS Giannina (1), Kastoria (1), Kalamata (2)
1974–75 Apollon Smyrnis (3), Panetolikos (1), Pierikos (1)
1975–76 Kavala (3), OFI (2)
1976–77 Egaleo (2), Veria (3)
1977–78 Rodos (1), AEL (2)
1978–79 Doxa Drama (2), Korinthos (1)
1979–80 Panserraikos (3), Atromitos (2)
1980–81 Rodos (2), Iraklis (1)
1981–82 Panachaiki (4), Makedonikos (1)
1982–83 Egaleo (3), Apollon Kalamaria (2)

From 1983 to 2019

SeasonWinner
1983–84 Panachaiki (5)
1984–85 PAS Giannina (2)
1985–86 Diagoras (1)
1986–87 Panachaiki (6)
1987–88 Doxa Drama (3)
1988–89 Xanthi (1)
1989–90 Athinaikos (1)
1990–91 Ethnikos Piraeus (1)
1991–92 Apollon Kalamaria (3)
1992–93 Naoussa (1)
1993–94 Ionikos (1)
1994–95 Paniliakos (1)
SeasonWinner
1995–96 Kavala (4)
1996–97 Panionios (1)
1997–98 Aris (1)
1998–99 Trikala (4)
1999–00 Athinaikos (2)
2000–01 Egaleo (4)
2001–02 PAS Giannina (3)
2002–03 Chalkidona (1)
2003–04 Kerkyra (1)
2004–05 AEL (3)
2005–06 Ergotelis (1)
2006–07 Asteras Tripolis (1)
SeasonWinner
2007–08 Panserraikos (4)
2008–09 Atromitos (3)
2009–10 Olympiacos Volos (3)
2010–11 Panetolikos (2)
2011–12 Panthrakikos (1)
2012–13 Apollon Smyrnis (4)
2013–14 Niki Volos (1)
2014–15 AEK Athens (1)
2015–16 AEL (4)
2016–17 Apollon Smyrnis (5)
2017–18 OFI (3)
2018–19 Volos (1)

Third Division champions

From 2019 to Present

SeasonWinner
2019–20 Trikala (5) [2]

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