Belgian Fourth Division

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Belgian Fourth Division
Country Belgium Belgium
Founded 1952
Divisions Belgian Fourth Division A
Belgian Fourth Division B
Belgian Fourth Division C
Belgian Fourth Division D
Number of teams 64
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to Belgian Third Division
Relegation to Belgian Provincial leagues
Domestic cup(s) Belgian Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Europa League[1]
Current champions R. Sprimont Comblain Sport
(2012-13)

The Belgian Fourth Division is the lowest nationwide division in Belgian football. Since 1905, Fourth Division has been the name of the lowest nationwide level but it is the fourth one since 1952. There were already 4 leagues at the time (A, B, C and D). The champion of the Fourth Division is declared to be the winner of a league with the most points. If several league winners have the same amount of points, the one with the most wins is champion, then the one with the best goal average is champion. Finally, if two teams are still equal, a single match is played on a neutral ground to determine the team to be added in the palmares.

The competition[edit]

The competition comprises the regular season of 30 matchdays and the promotion playoff of 3 matchdays.

The regular season[edit]

The four champions qualify directly for the third division. Each league is split into three periods (of 10 matchdays each) who determine the twelve qualifiers for the promotion playoff. If a team must be replaced, it is by the best-placed team at the end of the regular season which is not yet qualified for the playoff. A winner of a period can be replaced because:

  • it has won more than one period;
  • the champion has won at least one period;
  • it finished in 13th place;
  • it is relegated to the level below.

The bottom three teams in each league are relegated to the provincial leagues. The 13th-placed teams enter the interprovincial playoff.

Fourth Division playoff[edit]

The Fourth Division playoff is played in three rounds. The first round consist in six matches of one leg opposing the twelve qualifiers from the Fourth Division. Two teams from the third division (the two 14th-placed teams) enter the playoff in the second round that consists of two groups of two matches. The third division teams are placed in different groups (with three teams from the first round in each group). The two winners of each group play the group final that qualifies two teams for the third division. The groups are composed to ensure that the two teams from the third division do not play each other in the playoff. The matches are played in one leg at the venue of the first drawn team. When a match ends in a draw, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes is played followed by a penalty shootout if the score remains tied.

Past winners[edit]

Year Champion Year Champion Year Champion Year Champion
1953 K. Willebroekse S.V. 1973 F.C. Denderleeuw 1993 K.F.C. Herentals 2013 R.Sprimont Comblain Sport
1954 R.R.F.C. Montegnée 1974 K. Stade Leuven 1994 K.F.C. Tielen 2014 FC Gullegem
1955 F.C. Waaslandia Burcht 1975 R.F.C. Sérésien 1995 R.E.S.C. Virton
1956 K.F.C. Eeklo 1976 Wavre Sports 1996 K.F.C. Strombeek
1957 R.C.S. Brainois 1977 K.R.C. Harelbeke 1997 U.R. Namur
1958 R.U.S. Tournaisienne 1978 R.C.S. La Forestoise 1998 K.S.K. Kermt
1959 Union Basse-Sambre-Auvelais 1979 K. Stade Leuven 1999 R. Francs Borains
1960 R. Entente Sportive Jamboise 1980 Wallonia Association Namur 2000 F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee
1961 R.A.E.C. Mons 1981 R. Union Hutoise F.C. 2001 R. Jet Wavre
1962 F.C. Vigor Hamme 1982 K.S.V. Bornem 2002 R.E. Dison-Verviers
1963 S.K. Beveren-Waas 1983 Royale Union 2003 K.S.K. Kermt-Hasselt
1964 Wavre Sports 1984 K.V.K. Tienen 2004 Verbroedering Denderhoutem
1965 K. White Star Club Lauwe 1985 V.C. Westerlo 2005 R.C.S. Verviétois
1966 K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst 1986 O.C. Charleroi 2006 K.S.V. Oudenaarde
1967 R.A. Marchiennoise des Sports 1987 F.C. Heist Sportief 2007 R.R.C. Hamoir
1968 R.C.S. La Forestoise 1988 Eendracht Wervik 2008 U.R.S. du Centre
1969 K.A.S. Eupen 1989 K.V. Ourodenberg-Aarschot 2009 F.C. Bleid
1970 K.S.K. Tongeren 1990 R.E. Mouscron 2010 R. Entente Bertrigeoise
1971 Wavre Sports 1991 V.V. Overpelt-Fabriek 2011 K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen
1972 K.V. Kortrijk 1992 K. Tubantia Borgerhout V.K. 2012 R.U. Wallonne Ciney

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belgian Cup winners

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