Tercera División

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Tercera División
Country Spain
Founded 1928–29
Number of teams 18 groups of 19, 20, 21 or 22 teams each.
Levels on pyramid 4
Promotion to Segunda División B
Relegation to Divisiones Regionales
Domestic cup(s) Copa del Rey
Copa Federación
Website Official website
2013–14 season
Groups of Tercera División

Tercera División is the fourth level of the Spanish football league system. The top three are the Primera División, often referred to as "La Liga" in English, the Segunda División, and Segunda División B.

Current format[edit]

The Tercera División currently features 361 teams divided into 18 regional groups, corresponding to the Autonomous communities of Spain (due to its huge size, Andalucia is divided into two different groups, East and West; Ceuta is allocated to West Andalusia, while Melilla is allocated to the East). Each Group is administered by a regional football federation. At the end of the season the first four teams in each group qualify for promotion play-offs to decide which teams are promoted to Segunda División B. The three teams finishing bottom of each group may be relegated to the Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol. However the number of teams relegated can vary. The eighteen group champions also qualify for the following season's Copa del Rey. However reserve teams are ineligible. Along with teams from Segunda División B, the remaining teams from the division compete in the Copa Federación.

Since the 2008-09 season, the eighteen group winners have the opportunity to promote directly to the Segunda División B. The 18 group winners are drawn into a two-legged series where the nine winners promote to the Segunda División B. The nine losing clubs enter the playoff round for the last nine promotion spots.

The 18 runners-up are drawn against one of the seventeen fourth-place clubs outside their group and the 18 third-placed clubs are drawn against one another in a two-legged series. The twenty-seven winners advance with the nine losing clubs from the champions' series to determine the 18 teams that enter the last two-legged series for the last nine promotion spots. In all the playoff series, the lower-ranked club plays at home first. Whenever there is a tie in position (like the group winners in the champions' series or the third-placed teams in the first round), a draw determines the club to play at home first.

History[edit]

During the inaugural La Liga season of 1928/29 a third level of teams known as Segunda División B was also organised. 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 Tercera Division was born. During it first season the division featured 33 teams divided into eight groups. The eight group winners qualified for a play-off and CD Castellón eventually beat Barakaldo CF 3-2 to be declared champions. The most significant reorganisation came at the start of the 1977/78 season with the revival of Segunda División B which replaced the Tercera División as the third level.

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. Murcia Imperial 60 1
2. Arenas Getxo 59 3
3. Tudelano 55 5
4. Eldense 54 11
5. Atlético Baleares 53 11
6. Constancia 51 8
6. Lemos 51 0
8. Mirandés 50 4
9. Cacereño 49 10
9. Racing Santander B 49 5
9. Manacor 49 4
9. Europa 49 2
13. Caudal 48 14
13. Linense 48 5
13. Turón 48 0
Pos Team Seasons Winners
16. Don Benito 47 7
16. Baskonia 47 4
16. Reus 47 2
16. Gimnástica Segoviana 47 2
16. Alaior 47 0
21. Ponferradina 46 3
21. Siero 46 2
21. Poblense 46 2
21. Arosa 46 1
21. Salamanca B (†) 46 1
21. Guadalajara 46 0
27. Calahorra 45 6
27. Alicante 45 3
27. Monzón 45 1
27. Getxo 45 1
Pos Team Seasons Winners
27. Júpiter 45 0
32. Deportivo Coruña B 44 3
32. Coria 44 0
34. Gimnástica Torrelavega 43 9
34. Girona 43 4
34. Gandía 43 3
34. Tortosa 43 0
38. Tolosa 42 0
38. Santoña 42 0
40. Olímpic Xàtiva 41 4
40. San Fernando (†) 41 3
40. Manchego (†) 41 2
40. Laredo 41 2
40. Acero 41 2
40. Portuense 41 2

Teams for season 2011-12[edit]

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