Football League (Greece)

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Football League Greece
Stoiximan footballleague.jpg
Founded 2010–present
1962–2010 (as Beta Ethniki)
Country Greece
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Super League
Relegation to Gamma Ethniki
Domestic cup(s) Greek Cup
Current champions OFI (3rd title)
(2017–18)
Most championships Panachaiki (6 titles)
Top goalscorer Ilias Hatzieleftheriou (152 goals)
TV partners ERT3
Website footballleague.gr
2018–19 Football League

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

History

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.[1]

Beta Ethniki

From the 1962–63 season it was decided to establish the category, which included as a prerequisite the "disengagement" of the teams from their local championships. This detail is decisive and today it is generally accepted to consider this period as the official starting point of the second national championship class.

In its first steps almost every year its system was changed. Started with 4 groups of 14 groups which are the years 1968–69 were reduced to two, then for six years (1969–70 up to 1974–75) the groups by three, whereas from 1975 to 1976 up to 1982; 83 were two, "North" and "South". In the autumn of 1983, the institution of the Pan-Hellenic Group was established, which was applied continuously until the 2012–13 season.

When the championship became professional, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) handed over the responsibility for the organization to the Association of Football Societe Anonyme Societies (EPAE). In 2006, the Professional Football Association B' and C' of the National Division (SPD B' & C' of the National) was set up, which replaced the EPAE.

Football League

From 2010–11 season it was decided to rename the category to the Football League. In the 2013–14 season, the NGO organizing authority B' & C' of the National Team was replaced by the National Football Class B' National Football Association (SPD B' National), henceforth the Football League.

Structure of the league

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 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 members

The following 16 clubs are competing in the Football League during the 2018–19 season.

Club Finishing position last season Location Stadium Capacity
Aiginiakos 11th Pieria (Aiginio) Municipal Stadium of Aiginio 1,000
Aittitos Spata 1st in Gamma Ethniki (promoted via play-offs) Athens (Spata) Spata Municipal Stadium 2,500
AO Chania Kissamikos 4th Crete (Chania) Perivolia Municipal Stadium 4,527
Apollon Larissa 10th Larissa Apollon Ground 5,000
Apollon Pontou 7th Thessaloniki (Kalamaria) Kalamaria Stadium 6,500
Doxa Dramas 5th Drama Doxa Drama Stadium 9,000
Ergotelis 9th Crete (Heraklion) Pankritio Stadium 26,240
Iraklis 1st in Gamma Ethniki (promoted via play-offs) Thessaloniki Kaftanzoglio Stadium 27,770
Irodotos 2nd in Gamma Ethniki (promoted via play-offs) Crete (Nea Alikarnassos) Municipal Nea Alikarnassos Stadium 3,000
Karaiskakis 8th Arta Municipal Agiοi Anargirοi Stadium 1,900
Kerkyra 15th in Super League (relegated) Corfu Kerkyra Stadium 3,000
Panachaiki 3rd Patras Kostas Davourlis Stadium 11,321
Platanias 16th in Super League (relegated) Crete (Chania) Perivolia Municipal Stadium 4,527
Sparta 12th Sparta Sparta Municipal Stadium 1,500
Trikala 6th Trikala Trikala Municipal Stadium 15,000
Volos 2nd in Gamma Ethniki (promoted via play-offs) Volos Neapoli Municipal Stadium 1,500

Results

League champions

From 1962 to 1983

Season Winner
1962–63 Edessaikos (1), Doxa Drama (1),
Olympiacos Chalkida (1), Pankorinthiakos (1)
1963–64 Panachaiki (1), Proodeftiki (1), Philippi Kavala (1)
1964–65 Panserraikos (1), Edessaikos (2), Egaleo (1), Vyzas (1)
1965–66 Veria (1), OFI (1), Vyzas (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 Athens (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 Athens (2), Apollon Kalamarias (1), AEL (1)
1973–74 PAS Giannina (1), Kastoria (1), Kalamata (2)
1974–75 Apollon Athens (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 Dramas (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 Kalamarias (2)

From 1983 to Present

Season Winner
1983–84 Panachaiki (5)
1984–85 PAS Giannina (2)
1985–86 Diagoras (1)
1986–87 Panachaiki (6)
1987–88 Doxa Dramas (3)
1988–89 Skoda Xanthi (1)
1989–90 Athinaikos (1)
1990–91 Ethnikos Piraeus (1)
1991–92 Apollon Kalamarias (3)
1992–93 Naoussa (1)
1993–94 Ionikos (1)
1994–95 Paniliakos (1)
Season Winner
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)
Season Winner
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)

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.epae.org/entry.fds?entryID=1067&pageCode=05.07&tablePageID=47&pageID=46&langid=1

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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