Serbian football league system

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The Serbian football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for association football clubs in Serbia. The system has a hierarchical format with promotion and relegation between leagues at different levels.

Format[edit]

The number of teams promoted between leagues or divisions varies, and promotion is usually contingent on meeting criteria set by the higher league, especially concerning appropriate facilities and finances. The top two levels contain one league each. Below this, the levels have progressively more parallel leagues, which each cover progressively smaller geographic areas. The top two leagues are under direct jurisdiction of the Serbian Football Association. From the 3rd level on, divided geographically into 4 leagues, the leagues are under the jurisdiction of one of the 4 football association subdivisions, Belgrade, East, Vojvodina and West.

In the top of the pyramid is the Serbian SuperLiga containing 16 clubs as of 2010-11 season. Below the SuperLiga is found the Serbian First League containing 18 clubs. The last 4 are relegated into the Srpska Liga, the 3rd level, divided into 4 leagues Serbian League Belgrade, Serbian League East, Serbian League Vojvodina and Serbian League West every one of them containing 16 clubs. Until 2006 the clubs from Montenegro were also included, and the leagues structure bellow and including 3rd level was slightly different because of it. The current Serbian league system is partially inherited from the pre-1992 Yugoslav league system, being back then the current 3rd tier, the Serbian League, unified and it was one of the 6 republic leagues forming the 4th level in the Yugoslav league pyramid, beeing under First an Second Federal League and Inter-republican Leagues.

Present system[edit]

Serbian SuperLiga


The Champion qualifies for UEFA Champions League.
2nd & 3rd placed teams qualify for UEFA Europa League.
4th placed team has a chance to qualify for UEFA Europa League depending on the Serbian Cup outcome.

Serbian First League


1st & 2nd placed achieve direct Promotion to Serbian SuperLiga.
3rd placed plays a Promotion Play-Off against 14th placed team from Serbian SuperLiga.

Serbian League West


Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian First League.

Serbian League East


Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian First League.

Serbian League Belgrade


Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian First League.

Serbian League Vojvodina


Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian First League.

Morava Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League West.

Dunav Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League West.

Drina Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League West.

Pomoravlje-Timok Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League East.
2nd placed team plays 2nd team from Niš Zone League in a two-legged play-off for the 3rd spot.

Niš Zone League

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League East.
2nd placed team plays 2nd team from Pomoravlje-Timok Zone League in a two-legged play-off for the 3rd spot.

Belgrade Zone League

1st & 2nd placed achieve Promotion to Serbian League Belgrade.

Vojvodina East

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League Vojvodina.
2nd placed team plays a two-legged Play-Off against 2nd placed team from Vojvodina League West for the 3rd spot in Serbian League Vojvodina.

Vojvodina West

Winner achieves Promotion to Serbian League Vojvodina.
2nd placed team plays a two-legged Play-Off against 2nd placed team from Vojvodina League East for the 3rd spot in Serbian League Vojvodina.

  • Moravička Liga
  • Prva Liga Kragujevca
  • Raška Liga
  • Liga Severnog Kosova
  • Šumadijska Liga
  • Braničevska Liga
  • Podunavska Liga
  • Šumadijska Liga
  • Mačvanska Liga
  • Kolubarska Liga
  • Zlatiborska Liga
  • Rasinska Liga
  • Pomoravska Liga
  • Zaječarska Liga
  • Borska Liga
  • Prva Niška Liga
  • Nišavska Liga
  • Pirotska Liga
  • Toplička Liga
  • Jablanička Liga
  • Pčinjska Liga
  • Liga Centralnog Kosova
  • First Belgrade League
  • PFL Subotica
  • PFL Zrenjanin
  • PFL Pančevo
  • PFL Sombor
  • PFL Novi Sad
  • PFL Sremska Mitrovica
Serbian Cup


Cup Winner qualifies for UEFA Europa League.
If already qualified by placing 2nd or 3rd in Serbian SuperLiga then the 4th placed team from Serbian SuperLiga gets the spot.
If the Cup Winner already became a Champion of Serbian SuperLiga then the Cup Finalist gets the UEFA Europa League spot, regardless of the rank it plays in or the place it achieved within the league.

Women[edit]

Until 2013 only two levels existed. For the 2013/14 season a new first level, called the Super liga was created.[1]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Super liga
8 clubs

2

Prva liga
8 clubs

3

Druga liga North

Druga liga Mid

Druga liga South

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.srbijasport.net/sez/119

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