Spanish basketball league system

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The Spanish basketball league system, or Spanish basketball league pyramid is a series of interconnected competitions for professional basketball clubs in Spain. The system has a hierarchical format with a promotion and demotion system between competitions at different levels.

Men[edit]

There are currently five different competitions on the pyramid - the 1st tier Liga ACB, the 2nd tier LEB Oro, the 3rd tier LEB Plata, the 4th tier Liga EBA, and the 5th tier Primera División, which comprises the lower level regional divisions.

Liga ACB is organized by the Basketball Clubs Association. LEB leagues and Liga EBA are organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation while the lower ones are organized by the Regional Federations.

The tier levels[edit]

For the 2014–15 season, the Spanish basketball league system is as follows:

Level League
1 Liga ACB
(18 teams)
(previously Liga Nacional)
2 LEB Oro
(14 teams)
3 LEB Plata
(16 teams)
4 Liga EBA Group A
Asturias Basque Country (autonomous community) Cantabria Castile and León Galicia (Spain) Navarre La Rioja (Spain)
Liga EBA Group B
Canary Islands Castilla-La Mancha Community of Madrid
Liga EBA Group C
Catalonia Aragon
Liga EBA Group D
Andalusia Ceuta ExtremaduraMelilla
Liga EBA Group E
Balearic Islands Region of Murcia Valencian Community
5 Primera División
Regional divisions


Lower divisions[edit]

For the 2012–13 season, the lower divisions for each of the Autonomous Communities is as follows:

Community Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9
Andalusia Andalusia 1ª División
(22 teams)
Provincial leagues
Aragon Aragon 1ª División
(10 teams)
1ª Aragonesa
(16 teams)
2ª Aragonesa
(23 teams)
3ª Aragonesa
(16 teams)
Provincial leagues
Asturias Asturias 1ª División
(9 teams)
1ª Autonómica
(13 teams)
2ª Autonómica
(13 teams)
None
Balearic Islands Balearic Islands 1ª División
(8 teams)
Insular leagues
Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country 1ª División
(16 teams)
1ª Autonómica
(15 teams)
Provincial leagues
La Rioja (Spain) La Rioja 2ª Interautonómica
(14 teams)
Sénior Masculina
(TBD)
None
Navarre Navarre 1ª Autonómica
(12 teams)
2ª Autonómica
(10 teams)
None
Canary Islands Canary Islands 1ª División
(9 teams)
Provincial and insular leagues
Cantabria Cantabria 1ª División
(7 teams)
1ª Autonómica
(18 teams)
None
Castile and León Castile and León 1ª División
(8 teams)
Provincial leagues
Castilla-La Mancha Castile-La Mancha 1ª División
(14 teams)
1ª Autonómica
(12 teams)
2ª Autonómica
(33 teams in 4 groups)
3ª Autonómica
(11 teams)
None
Catalonia Catalonia Copa Catalunya
(2 groups of 16 teams)
CC 1ª Categoria
(3 groups of 16 teams)
CC 2ª Categoria
(4 groups of 16 teams)
CC 3ª Categoria
(8 groups of 16 teams)
Provincial leagues
Community of Madrid Community of Madrid 1ª División
(24 teams)
1ª Autonómica A
(24 teams)
1ª Autonómica B
(24 teams)
2ª Autonómica Local leagues
Extremadura Extremadura 1ª División
(2 groups)
Provincial leagues
Galicia (Spain) Galicia 1ª División
(11 teams)
2ª División
(2 groups of 11 teams)
3ª División
(6 groups)
4ª División None
Region of Murcia Region of Murcia 1ª División
(10 teams)
1ª Autonómica
(21 teams in 2 groups)
None
Valencian Community Valencian Community 1ª División
(2 groups of 12 teams)
Sénior Autonómico
(3 groups of 14 teams)
Sénior Preferente
(55 teams in 4 groups)
1ª Zonal
(69 teams in 5 groups)
2ª Zonal
(72 teams in 6 groups)

Evolution of the Spanish basketball league system[edit]

Tier\Years 1957–78 1978–83 1983–90 1990–94 1994–96 1996–2000 2000–07 2007–09 2009–
1 1ª División ACB
2 2ª División 1ª División B 1ª División EBA LEB LEB Oro
3 3ª División 2ª División EBA LEB 2 LEB Plata
4 Lower 3ª División Lower Lower Lower 2ª División EBA LEB Bronce EBA
5 Lower Lower 1ª División EBA 1ª División
6 Lower 1ª División Lower
7 Lower

Other competitions[edit]

Women[edit]

As of the 2014-2015 season, There are currently different competitions on the pyramid - the 1st tier Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, the 2nd tier Liga Femenina 2, which are both organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation, and the 3rd tier which comprises the lower level regional divisions, organized by the different Regional Federations.

Spanish women's basketball league system[edit]

Level League
1 Liga Femenina
(14 teams)
2 Liga Femenina 2 Group A
(12 teams)
Liga Femenina 2 Group B
(12 teams)
3 1ª División Group A
Asturias Cantabria Castile and León Galicia (Spain)
1ª División Group B
Aragon Basque Country (autonomous community) La Rioja (Spain) Navarre
1ª División Group C
Balearic Islands Catalonia
1ª División Group D
Castilla-La Mancha Community of Madrid Region of Murcia Valencian Community
1ª División Group E
Andalusia Canary Islands Ceuta Extremadura Melilla
4 Regional divisions

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