Belgian football league system

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The Belgian football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in Belgium.

Men's system[edit]

Below shows how the current system works. For each division, its official name, sponsorship name (which often differs radically from its official name) and number of clubs is given. Each division promotes to the division(s) that lie directly above them and relegates to the division(s) that lie directly below them.

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Belgian First Division
(Jupiler Pro League)
16 clubs

2

Belgian Second Division
(Belgacom League)
18 clubs

3

Belgian Third Division
(Nationwide league)
36 clubs divided in 2 series of 18

4

Belgian Promotion
(Nationwide league)
64 clubs divided in 4 series of 16

5

West Flanders 1 Provinciaal 16 clubs
East Flanders 1 Provinciaal 16 clubs
Antwerp Eerste Provinciale 16 clubs
Limburg Eerste Provinciale 16 clubs
Brabant Eerste Provinciale 16 clubs
Hainaut 1 Provinciale 16 clubs
Namur 1 Provinciale 16 clubs
Luxembourg 1 Provinciale 16 clubs
Liège I Provinciale 16 clubs
(All divisions run in parallel)

6

West Flanders 2 Provinciaal (2 parallel divisions)
East Flanders 2 Provinciaal (3 parallel divisions)
Antwerp Tweede Provinciale (2 parallel divisions)
Limburg Tweede Provinciale (3 parallel divisions)
Brabant Tweede Provinciale (3 parallel divisions)
Hainaut 2 Provinciale (3 parallel divisions)
Namur 2 Provinciale (2 parallel divisions)
Luxembourg 2 Provinciale (3 parallel divisions)
Liège II Provinciale (3 parallel divisions)

7

West Flanders 3 Provinciaal (3 parallel divisions)
East Flanders 3 Provinciaal (5 parallel divisions)
Antwerp Derde Provinciale (4 parallel divisions)
Limburg Derde Provinciale (4 parallel divisions)
Brabant Derde Provinciale (6 parallel divisions)
Hainaut 3 Provinciale (5 parallel divisions)
Namur 3 Provinciale (3 parallel divisions)
Luxembourg 3 Provinciale (5 parallel divisions) (Lowest in Luxembourg)
Liège III Provinciale (5 parallel divisions)

8

West Flanders 4 Provinciaal (4 parallel divisions)
East Flanders 4 Provinciaal (5 parallel divisions)
Antwerp Vierde Provinciale (5 parallel divisions)
Limburg Vierde Provinciale (4 parallel divisions)
Brabant Vierde Provinciale (9 parallel divisions)
Hainaut 4 Provinciale (8 parallel divisions)
Namur 4 Provinciale (4 parallel divisions)
Liège IV Provinciale (6 parallel divisions)

Women's system[edit]

The top teams play in the BeNe League, a joint league with clubs from the Netherlands.

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

BeNe League
(Jupiler Pro League)
8 Belgian teams, 8 Dutch

2

First Division
(Belgacom League)
12 clubs

3

Second Division
(Nationwide league)
12 clubs

4

Third division
(Nationwide league)
28 clubs divided in 2 series of 14

5

West Flanders 1 Provinciaal
East Flanders 1 Provinciaal
Antwerp 1 Provinciale
Limburg 1 Provinciale
Brabant 1 Provinciale
Hainaut 1 Provinciale
Namur 1 Provinciale
Liège I Provinciale
(All divisions run in parallel)

6

West Flanders 2 Provinciaal
East Flanders 2 Provinciaal
Antwerp 2 Provinciale
Limburg 2 Provinciale
Brabant 2 Provinciale
Hainaut 2 Provinciale
Luxembourg 2 Provinciale

7

East Flanders 3 Provinciaal
Antwerp Derde Provinciale (2 parallel divisions)
Luxembourg 3 Provinciale

8

Antwerp Vierde Provinciale

References[edit]

  • League321.com - Belgian Football League Tables, Records & Statistics Database.