Segunda División B

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Segunda División B
Country  Spain
Founded 1928-29 (one season alone)
1977 (onwards)
Divisions 4
Number of teams 4 groups of 20 teams each (80)
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to Segunda División
Relegation to Tercera División
Domestic cup(s) Copa del Rey
Copa Federación
Current champions Deportivo Alavés
TV partners ETB 1, laOtra, tvG2, Fútbol Asturiano
IB3, Marca TV, TV Melilla
Real Madrid TV, SFC TV
Website Official website
2013–14 season

Segunda División B is the third level of the Spanish football league system. It is administered by the RFEF. It is below the top two levels of the league, the Primera División (also known as La Liga) and the Segunda División, and above the Tercera División. The Segunda División B includes the reserve teams of several La Liga and Segunda División teams.


The term Segunda División B was first used in 1929. It was used to designate a third level of teams after the Primera División and a Segunda División A. This division featured 10 teams and at the end of the season Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa were crowned champions. However the 1929–30 season saw the first of many reorganisations of the Spanish football league system and the original Segunda División B was replaced by the Tercera División. At the start of the 1977–78 season the Segunda División B was revived, replacing the Tercera División as the third level. Initially the division consisted of only two groups. The 1986–87 season was played as a single group of 22 teams. It was changed the next year, with 80 teams in four groups from the 1987–88 season.

Historical classification[edit]

The classification will be updated at the end of each season.

  • Correct as end of 2012–13 season.
  • Bold indicates playing in this level at 2013–14 season.
  • (†) indicates defunct teams.
Pos Team Seasons Winners
1. Pontevedra 30 2
2. Cultural Leonesa 29 2
3. Osasuna B 29 0
4. Barakaldo 28 3
4. Real Jaén 28 2
6. Real Sociedad B 27 0
7. Melilla 26 1
7. L'Hospitalet 26 1
9. Atlético Madrid B 25 3
9. Sevilla Atlético 25 2
11. Bilbao Athletic 24 2
11. Sporting Gijón B 24 2
13. Lugo 23 1
13. Nàstic Tarragona 23 1
13. Ourense 23 0
Pos Team Seasons Winners
16. Granada 22 3
16. Alcoyano 22 1
16. Zamora 22 0
16. Real Zaragoza B 22 0
20. Betis B 21 0
21. Córdoba 20 2
21. Racing Ferrol 20 2
21. Real Unión 20 2
21. Gimnástica Torrelavega 20 1
21. Lemona (†) 20 0
21. Alcalá 20 0
27. Lleida (†) 19 2
27. Écija 19 1
27. Talavera (†) 19 0
27. Benidorm (†) 19 0
Pos Team Seasons Winners
31. FC Barcelona B 18 4
31. Ponferradina 18 3
31. Gramenet 18 2
31. Badajoz (†) 18 1
31. Terrassa 18 0
36. Sabadell 17 2
36. Xerez 17 2
36. Sant Andreu 17 2
36. Figueres 17 1
36. Andorra 17 0
36. Valencia Mestalla 17 0
42. Real Avilés 16 1
42. Huesca 16 0
42. Mallorca B 16 0
42. Linense 16 0

Current format[edit]

Segunda División B currently features 80 teams divided into 4 groups of 20. The top four teams from each group, 16 teams in total, qualify for play-offs to determine which four teams will replace the four teams relegated from the Segunda División. However reserve teams are only eligible for promotion to the Segunda División if their senior team is in the Primera División. The top five teams from each group and best two teams regardless of group outside the previous twenty, excluding reserve teams, also qualify for the following seasons Copa del Rey. The bottom four teams in each league are relegated to the Tercera División. Also, the four 16th-placed teams enter into a relegation playoff to determine the two teams to be relegated. One team is paired with one of the others in home and away series. the two winners remain in the division while the losers are relegated. A reserve team can also be relegated if their senior team is relegated from the Segunda División. Along with teams from the Tercera División, teams from the division also compete in the Copa Federación.

Since the 2008-09 season, the four group winners had the opportunity to be promoted directly and be named the overall Segunda División B champion. The four group winners are drawn into a two-legged series where the two winners are promoted to the Segunda División and enter into the final for the Segunda División B championship. The two losing semifinalists enter the playoff round for the last two promotion spots.

The four group runners-up are drawn against one of the three fourth-placed teams outside their group while the four third-placed teams are drawn against one another in a two-legged series. The six winners advance with the two losing semifinalists to determine the four teams that will enter the last two-legged series for the last two promotion spots. In all the playoff series, the lower-ranked club plays at home first. Whenever the is a tie in position (like the group winners in the Semifinal Round and Final or the third-placed teams in the first round), a draw will determine the club to play at home first.


Year by year[edit]

Since 2009, the two winners of the Group Winners Promotion Playoff play the final to decide the Segunda División B champion. In bold, champions which promoted to Segunda División.

Year Group I Group II Group III Group IV Other promoted teams
1929 Cultural Leonesa None None None Murcia
1977–78 Racing Ferrol Almería None None Algeciras, Castilla
1978–79 Palencia Levante None None Gimnàstic, Oviedo
1979–80 Barakaldo Linares None None Ceuta, Atlético Madrileño
1980–81 Celta Mallorca None None Córdoba, Deportivo
1981–82 Barcelona B Xerez None None Cartagena, Palencia
1982–83 Athletic B Granada None None Algeciras, Tenerife
1983–84 Sabadell Lorca None None Calvo Sotelo, Logroñés
1984–85 Sestao Rayo Vallecano None None Albacete, Deportivo Aragón
1985–86 Figueres Xerez None None None
1986–87 Tenerife None None None Lleida, Granada, Real Burgos
1987–88 Eibar CFJ Mollerussa Salamanca Alzira None
1988–89 Athletic B Palamós Atlético B Levante None
1989–90 Real Avilés Lleida Albacete Orihuela None
1990–91 Real Madrid B Racing Santander Badajoz Barcelona B[1] Compostela, Mérida
1991–92 Salamanca Sant Andreu Cartagena Marbella Badajoz, Lugo, Villarreal
1992–93 Leganés Alavés Murcia Las Palmas Hércules, Toledo
1993–94 Salamanca Alavés Gramenet Extremadura Getafe, Ourense
1994–95 Racing Ferrol Alavés Levante Córdoba Almería, Écija, Sestao
1995–96 Las Palmas Sporting B Levante Jaén Atlético Madrid B, Ourense
1996–97 Sporting B Aurrerá Gimnàstic Córdoba Elche, Jaén, Numancia, Xerez
1997–98 Cacereño Barakaldo Barcelona B Málaga Mallorca B, Recreativo de Huelva
1998–99 Getafe Cultural Leonesa Levante Melilla Córdoba, Elche
1999-00 Universidad LPGC Gimnástica Gandía Granada Jaén, Murcia, Racing de Ferrol
2000–01 Atlético B Burgos Gramenet Cádiz Gimnàstic, Ejido, Xerez
2001–02 Barakaldo Barcelona B Real Madrid B Motril Almería, Compostela, Getafe, Terrassa
2002–03 Universidad LPGC Real Unión Castellón Algeciras Cádiz, Ciudad de Murcia, Málaga B
2003–04 Pontevedra Atlético B Lleida Lanzarote Gimnàstic, Racing de Ferrol
2004–05 Real Madrid B Ponferradina Alicante Sevilla B Castellón, Lorca, Real Madrid B
2005–06 Universidad LPGC Salamanca Badalona Cartagena Las Palmas, Ponferradina, Vecindario
2006–07 Pontevedra Eibar Alicante Sevilla Atlético Córdoba, Racing de Ferrol
2007–08 Rayo Vallecano Ponferradina Girona Écija Alicante, Huesca
2008–09 Real Unión Cartagena Alcoyano Cádiz Villarreal B
2009–10 Ponferradina Alcorcón Sant Andreu Granada Barcelona B
2010–11 Lugo Eibar Sabadell Real Murcia Alcoyano, Guadalajara
2011–12 Real Madrid Castilla Mirandés Atlético Baleares Cádiz Lugo, Ponferradina
2012–13 Tenerife Alavés L'Hospitalet Jaén Eibar
2013–14 Racing Santander Sestao River Llagostera Albacete Leganés


References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Promoted after the administrative relegation to Segunda B of Orihuela