Treća HNL

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Treća HNL
Country  Croatia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1991
Levels on pyramid 3
Feeder to Druga HNL
Relegation to Četvrta HNL
Domestic cup(s) Croatian Cup
Current champions Segesta (Center)
Slavonija (East)
Grobničan (West)
Mladost Ždralovi (North)
Val (South)
Most championships Mosor (3 titles)

The Croatian Third Football League (Croatian: Treća hrvatska nogometna liga, or commonly Treća HNL or 3. HNL) is the third tier of the football league system in Croatia. The league was established in 1991 following the dissolution of the Yugoslav League. It is operated by the Croatian Football Federation.

Subdivisions[edit]

The teams are divided into three divisions: West, East and South, competing in a double round-robin format. At the end of each season, the bottom teams are relegated to the regional leagues while the winners of each league are either promoted directly to Druga HNL or enter a two-legged playoff to gain promotion.

Geographic areas covered by the five 3.HNL divisions;
Orange - 3.HNL West,
Blue – 3.HNL South,
Green – 3.HNL East

Subdivisions are organized geographically and composed of the following Croatian counties:

Winning clubs[edit]

Since its inception in 1992 the league changed formats several times. In its inaugural season the league had four divisions (North, Center, South and West). In the 1992–93 a fifth division was added (East). The five-group league continued until the 2006–07 season when the league was re-organised and reduced to three geographical divisions with 18 clubs in each group. Official tables for the period between 1992 to 1998 are incomplete.

As for promotion to 2. HNL, at first it was automatic with all five winners entering next season's 2.HNL. A playoff system was later introduced, along with the requirement that 2.HNL hopefuls must meet second level competition standards. Therefore some clubs finished top of their groups but then declined promotion as they were unable to provide suitable ground for home matches, while others were knocked out in inter-division playoffs. Furthermore, the 2. HNL format also changed several times: from 1998–99 to 2000–01 seasons 2.HNL was played as a single nationwide league; from 2001–02 to 2005–06 the league was organised in two geographical groups (North and South); from 2006–07 onwards the league reverted to a single nationwide league format.

Key

Club gained promotion to the unified 2. HNL
N Club gained promotion to 2. HNL North
S Club gained promotion to 2. HNL South

1998–2006[edit]

Season Division Center Division West Division East Division South Division North
1998–99 PIK Vrbovec Pomorac Kostrena Marsonia Mosor Čazmatrans †
1999–2000 TŠK Topolovac Žminj Papuk Hrvatski Vitez[1] Koprivnica
2000–01 Trnje S Uljanik Pula S Metalac Osijek N GOŠK Dubrovnik S Podravac N
2001–02 Napredak VM Opatija Dilj N Primorac Stobreč Mladost Prelog
2002–03 Segesta S Žminj Slavonija Požega N Mosor Virovitica N
2003–04 Naftaš S Draga Višnjevac Mosor S Bjelovar N
2004–05 Karlovac S Istra Pula Graničar N Konavljanin Mladost Molve N
2005–06 Moslavina Jadran Poreč Croatia Đakovo GOŠK Dubrovnik Suhopolje

2006–2011[edit]

Season Division West Division East Division South Also promoted
2006–07 Vinogradar Slavonac CO Trogir Segesta
2007–08 Karlovac Suhopolje Hrvace[2] Lokomotiva, Međimurje, Junak Sinj
2008–09 Rudeš Grafičar Vodovod[3] RNK Split Lučko, Vukovar '91
2009–10 Gorica Lipik[4] Dugopolje HAŠK, MV Croatia
2010–11 Radnik Sesvete Podravina[5] Raštane[6]

2011-2012[edit]

Season Division West Division East Division North Division South Also promoted
2011–12 Zelina BSK Bijelo Brdo[7] Mladost Ždralovi[8] Raštane[9] Primorac 1929

2012-2013[edit]

Season Division Center Division West Division East Division South Division North Also promoted
2012–13 Segesta Grobničan[10] Slavonija[11] Val[13] Mladost Ždralovi[12]
2013–14 Maksimir Opatija BSK Bijelo Brdo Imotski Međimurje Bistra

Notes[edit]

1. a : Although Hrvatski Vitez of Posedarje finished top of the 1999–2000 South Division, they were demoted for unknown reasons and competed in the 4th league the following season. South Division runners-up Imotska Krajina were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
2. a : Although NK Hrvace finished top of the 2007–2008 South Division, they did not applied for promotion so South Division runners-up Junak of Sinj were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
3. a : Although NK Grafičar Vodovod finished top of the 2008–2009 East Division, they did not applied for promotion. As only fifth placed NK Vukovar '91 met the needed criteria they were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
4. a : Although NK Lipik finished top of the 2009–2010 East Division, they did not applied for promotion so East Division runners-up MV Croatia of Slavonski Brod were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
5. a : Although NK Podravina Ludbreg finished top of the 2010–2011 East Division and applied for promotion, they subsequently refused promotion for financial reasons. No one from East Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
6. a : Although NK Raštane finished top of the 2010–2011 South Division, their application for 2. HNL was refused because of lack of appropriate infrastructure. No one from South Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
7. a : Although NK BSK Bijelo Brdo finished top of the 2011–2012 East Division, they did not applied for promotion. No one from East Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
8. a : Although NK Mladost Ždralovi finished top of the 2011–2012 North Division, they did not applied for promotion. No one from North Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
9. a : Although NK Raštane finished top of the 2011–2012 South Division, they did not applied for promotion so South Division runners-up NK Primorac 1929 of Stobreč were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
10. a : Although Grobničan finished top of the 2012–2013 West Division, they did not applied for promotion. No one from West Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
11. a : Although Slavonija finished top of the 2012–2013 East Division, their application for 2. HNL was refused because of lack of appropriate infrastructure. No one from East Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
12. a : Although NK Mladost Ždralovi finished top of the 2012–2013 North Division, they did not applied for promotion. No one from North Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
13. a : HNK Val lose against Segesta in play-off.

2014–15 Clubs[edit]

The 2014–15 season is the first consecutive season under current format.

 
Division West
Club City / Town
Dinamo "B" Zagreb
Dubrava Zagreb
Dugo Selo Dugo Selo
HAŠK Zagreb
Istra 1961 "B" Pula
Maksimir Zagreb
Novigrad Novigrad
Rijeka "B" Rijeka
Samobor Samobor
Špansko Zagreb
Trnje Zagreb
Trnje Zagreb
Vrapče Zagreb
Vrbovec Vrbovec
Zagorec Krapina
Zelina Sveti Ivan Zelina
 
Division East
Club City / Town
Bedem Ivankovo
Belišće Belišće
BSK Bijelo Brdo
Đakovo Croatia Đakovo
Graničar Županja
Lipik Lipik
Livada Željezničar Slavonski Brod
Marsonia 1909 Slavonski Brod
Mladost Antin
NAŠK Našice
Oriolik Oriovac
Otok Otok
Slavija Pleternica
Slavonija Požega
Višnjevac Višnjevac
Vukovar 1991. Vukovar
 
Division South
Club City / Town
BŠK Zmaj Blato
Croatia Zmijavci
GOŠK Dubrovnik
Hrvace Hrvace
Imotski Imotski
Jadran Kaštel Sućurac
Junak Sinj
Kamen Ivanbegovina
Konavljanin Čilipi
Mosor Žrnovnica
Neretva Metković
Neretvanac Opuzen
Omiš Omiš
Primorac 1929 Stobreč
Šibenik Šibenik
Val Kaštel Stari
Zagora Unešić
Zmaj Makarska