Football League (Greece)

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Founded 1983 (Original Format)
2010 (Current Format)
Country Greece
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Super League
Relegation to Gamma Ethniki
Domestic cup(s) Greek Cup
Current champions Apollon Smyrni
TV partners ERT3
2017–18 Football League

The Football League, known for sponsorship reasons as the Football League (after gambling website, is the second highest professional football league in Greece, being a feeder-league to the top-level Superleague Greece.

2017–18 Member Clubs

Team Location Stadium Capacity Last season
Acharnaikos1 Menidi Acharnes Stadium 4,450 FL, 13th
A.E. Karaiskakis Arta Municipal Agiοi Anargirοi Stadium 1,900 Gamma Ethniki (Group 2), 2nd
Aiginiakos Aiginio Municipal Stadium of Aiginio 1,000 FL, 10th
Anagennisi Karditsa Karditsa Municipal Stadium of Karditsa 9,500 FL, 12th
AO Chania Kissamikos Chania Perivolia Municipal Stadium 4,000 FL, 11th
Apollon Larissa Larissa Alcazar Stadium 13,108 Gamma Ethniki (Group 2), 1st
Apollon Pontou Thessaloniki Apollon Kalamaria Stadium 6,500 Gamma Ethniki (Group 1), 1st
Aris Thessaloniki Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium 22,800 FL, 3rd
Ergotelis Heraklion Pankritio Stadium 26,240 Gamma Ethniki (Group 4), 1st
Doxa Drama Drama Doxa Drama Stadium 7,000 Gamma Ethniki (Group 1), 2nd
Kallithea Kallithea Grigoris Lambrakis Stadium 4,200 FL, 14th
OFI Heraklion Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium 8,500 FL, 4th
Panachaiki Patras Kostas Davourlis Stadium 11,321 Gamma Ethniki (Group 3), 1st
Panegialios Aigio Aigio Stadium 7,000 FL, 9th
Panserraikos Serres Serres Municipal Stadium 9,500 FL, 8th
Sparti Sparta Sparta Municipal Stadium 1,500 FL, 7th
Trikala Trikala Trikala Municipal Stadium 15,000 FL, 5th
Veria Veria Veria Stadium 7,000 SL, 16th
  • 1 Acharnaikos was expelled during the season[1]
1.^ Agrotikos Asteras withdrew from the league. As a result of this they will participate in 2017–18 Gamma Ethniki. A.E. Karaiskakis were promoted from the Gamma Ethniki in their place.
2.^ Iraklis Thessaloniki withdrew from the league because of Financial Problems. The Founding Club (Athlitiki Enosis Pontion Katerini) stopped to exist too. The Original Gymnastikos Syllogos Iraklis will decide if a new Football Team will start from The Third Category of the Local Championship Macedonia Football Clubs Association, or if The Football Team Of G.S. Iraklis will be merged with 1st category (A1) Macedonia Football Clubs Association club Iraklis Ampelokipi, as it happened before 5 years with Athlitiki Enosis Pontion Katerinis F.C.. Doxa Dramas were promoted from the Gamma Ethniki in their place.


It began in 1954 as regional championship, separated in two groups, North and South. Then, the participating teams were the champions of each Greek football clubs association. Every year the participating teams were different. In 1960, the Division took its name and some teams were permanent. From 1960 to 1984, there existed multiple groups, peaking in 1962 with ten groups. In 1962, the Division was made permanent, something that had as an essential condition the disengagement of the teams from their local championships. This change has led many statisticians to begin statistics from this period (1962–63). For 21 periods, from 1962–63 to 1982–83, championship was carried out in groups. The subordinate system was introduced for first time in 1983–84 season.

On August 3, 2010, the change of division's name to Football League was announced.[2]


At present, there are eighteen 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 Football League 2. The top two teams gain automatic promotion. Unlike the Superleague, 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 Football Cup.


From 1960 to 1962

Season Winner
1959–60 Fostiras, Atromitos Piraeus, Panelefsiniakos, Thermaikos
1960–61 Panelefsiniakos, Niki Volou, Aspida Xanthi, Egaleo
1961–62 Pankorinthiakos, Panegialios, Iraklis Kavala,
Iraklis Serres, Achilleas Trikala, Larissa,
Olympiakos Volos, Pierikos, Vyzas,
Rodiakos, OFI

From 1963 to 1982

Season Winner
1962–63 Edessaikos, Doxa Drama,
Olympiakos Chalkida, Pankorinthiakos
1963–64 Panachaiki, Proodeftiki, Philippi Kavala
1964–65 Panserraikos, Edessaikos, Egaleo, Vyzas
1965–66 Veria, OFI, Vyzas
1966–67 Panelefsiniakos, Kavala, Olympiakos Volou
1967–68 Chalkida, Trikala
1968–69 Panachaiki, Kavala
1969–70 Apollon Athens, Veria, Fostiras
1970–71 Panachaiki, Trikala, Ethnikos Olympiakos Volou
1971–72 Panserraikos, Kalamata, Atromitos
1972–73 Apollon Athens, Apollon Kalamarias, AEL
1973–74 PAS Giannina, Kastoria, Kalamata
1974–75 Apollon Athens, Panetolikos, Pierikos
1975–76 Kavala, OFI
1976–77 Egaleo, Veria
1977–78 Rodos, AEL
1978–79 Doxa Dramas, Korinthos
1979–80 Panserraikos, Atromitos
1980–81 Rodos, Iraklis
1981–82 Panachaiki, Makedonikos
1982–83 Egaleo, Apollon Kalamarias

From 1983

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


  1. ^ "Η Football League απέβαλλε τον Αχαρναϊκό". 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  2. ^

External links

  • Football League official website
  • Table, results and fixtures at Soccerway
  • Promoted Teams (in Greek)
  • Top Scorers (in Greek)
  • Football League News (in Greek)
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