Football League (Greece)

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Football League Greece
Football League Greece Official Logo.png
Founded2010–present
1962–2010 (as Beta Ethniki)
CountryGreece
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toSuper League
Relegation toGamma Ethniki
Domestic cup(s)Greek Cup
Current championsOFI Crete (3rd title)
(2017–18)
Most championshipsPanachaiki (6 titles)
Top goalscorerIlias Chatzieleftheriou (152 goals)
TV partnersERT3
Websitefootballleague.gr
2018–19 Football League

The Football League, is the second highest professional football league in Greece, being a feeder-league to the top-level Super League.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

At present, there are sixteen 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[edit]

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 Aiginio Municipal Stadium of Aiginio 1,000
Aittitos Spata 1st in Gamma Ethniki (promoted via play-offs) Spata Spata Municipal Stadium 2,500
AO Chania−Kissamikos 4th Chania Perivolia Municipal Stadium 4,527
Apollon Larissa 10th Larissa Apollon Ground 5,000
Apollon Pontus 7th Thessaloniki Kalamaria Stadium 6,500
Doxa Drama 5th Drama Doxa Drama Stadium 9,000
Ergotelis 9th Heraklion Pankritio Stadium 26,240
Iraklis Thessaloniki 1st in Gamma Ethniki (promoted via play-offs) Thessaloniki Kaftanzoglio Stadium 27,770
Irodotos 2nd in Gamma Ethniki (promoted via play-offs) Heraklion 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) Chania Perivolia Municipal Stadium 4,527
Sparti 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[edit]

League champions[edit]

From 1962 to 1983[edit]

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 Crete (1), Vyzas (2)
1966–67 Panelefsiniakos (1), Kavala (1), Olympiakos Volos (1)
1967–68 Chalkida (1), Trikala (1)
1968–69 Panachaiki (2), Kavala (2)
1969–70 Apollon Smyrna (1), Veria (2), Fostiras (1)
1970–71 Panachaiki (3), Trikala (2), Olympiakos Volos (2)
1971–72 Panserraikos (2), Kalamata (1), Atromitos Athens (1)
1972–73 Apollon Smyrna (2), Apollon Pontus (1), AE Larissa (1)
1973–74 PAS Giannina (1), Kastoria (1), Kalamata (2)
1974–75 Apollon Smyrna (3), Panetolikos (1), Pierikos (1)
1975–76 Kavala (3), OFI Crete (2)
1976–77 Egaleo (2), Veria (3)
1977–78 Rodos (1), AE Larissa (2)
1978–79 Doxa Drama (2), Korinthos (1)
1979–80 Panserraikos (3), Atromitos Athens (2)
1980–81 Rodos (2), Iraklis Thessaloniki (1)
1981–82 Panachaiki (4), Makedonikos (1)
1982–83 Egaleo (3), Apollon Pontus (2)

From 1983 to Present[edit]

Season Winner
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 Pontus (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 Thessaloniki (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 AE Larissa (3)
2005–06 Ergotelis (1)
2006–07 Asteras Tripolis (1)
Season Winner
2007–08 Panserraikos (4)
2008–09 Atromitos Athens (3)
2009–10 Olympiakos Volos (3)
2010–11 Panetolikos (2)
2011–12 Panthrakikos (1)
2012–13 Apollon Smyrna (4)
2013–14 Niki Volos (1)
2014–15 AEK Athens (1)
2015–16 AE Larissa (4)
2016–17 Apollon Smyrna (5)
2017–18 OFI Crete (3)

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