Croatian Third Football League

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Croatian Third Football League
Founded 1991
Country  Croatia
Confederation UEFA
Level on pyramid 3
Feeder to 2. HNL
Relegation to First County Football League (Croatia)
Domestic cup(s) Croatian Cup
Current champions Vinogradar (West)
Croatia Zmijavci (South)
Osijek II (East)
Most championships Mosor (4 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.

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 and 1998 are incomplete.[citation needed]

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. From season 2014–15 winners of division west, south and east are directly promoted into 2.HNL, while last three team from 2.HNL are relegated without play-off matches.[citation needed]

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

1998–2018[edit]

[citation needed]

Season Division Center Division West Division East Division South Division North Also promoted
1998–1999 PIK Vrbovec Pomorac Kostrena Marsonia Mosor Čazmatrans † -
1999–2000 TŠK Topolovac Žminj Papuk Hrvatski Vitez[1] Koprivnica -
2000–2001 Trnje S Uljanik Pula S Metalac Osijek N GOŠK Dubrovnik S Podravac N -
2001–2002 Napredak VM Opatija Dilj N Primorac Stobreč Mladost Prelog -
2002–2003 Segesta S Žminj Slavonija Požega N Mosor Virovitica N -
2003–2004 Naftaš S Draga Višnjevac Mosor S Bjelovar N -
2004–2005 Karlovac S Istra Pula Graničar N Konavljanin Mladost Molve N -
2005–2006 Moslavina Jadran Poreč Croatia Đakovo GOŠK Dubrovnik Suhopolje -
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] - -
2011–12 - Zelina BSK Bijelo Brdo[7] Raštane[6] Mladost Ždralovi[8] Primorac 1929
2012–13 Segesta Grobničan[10] Slavonija[11] Val[13] Mladost Ždralovi[12] -
2013–14 Maksimir[14] Opatija[14] BSK Bijelo Brdo[14] Imotski Međimurje[14] Bistra
2014–15 - Dinamo II Slavija Šibenik - -
2015–16 - Novigrad Međimurje Solin - -
2016–17 - Vinogradar[15] Međimurje[16] Hajduk II - Varaždin
Kustošija
2017–18 - Vinogradar[17] Osijek II Croatia Zmijavci[18] - BSK Bijelo Brdo
Međimurje
Zadar

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 were promoted to 2. HNL instead.
10. a : Although Grobničan finished top of the 2012–2013 West Division, they did not apply 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 apply for promotion. No one from North Division was promoted to 2. HNL instead.
13. a : HNK Val lose against Segesta in play-off.
14. a : Although Maksimir, Opatija and BSK Bijelo Brdo finished top of their respective 2013–2014 divisions, they did not apply for promotion. Međimurje, champion of 3. HNL North Division, applied for promotion but did not met necessary financial and infrastructural requirements.
15. a : Although NK Vinogradar finished top of the 2016–2017 West Division, they did not apply for promotion so West Division runners-up NK Kustošija Zagreb gained promotion to 2. HNL.
16. a : Although NK Međimurje finished top of the 2016–2017 East Division, they did not apply for promotion so East Division runners-up NK Varaždin gained promotion to 2. HNL.
17. a : Although NK Vinogradar and NK Opatija finished on top of the 2017–2018 West Division, they were not promoted as they were not granted a licence for 2. HNL.
18. a : Although NK Croatia Zmijavci and HNK Primorac Biograd na Moru finished on top of the 2017–2018 South Division, they were not promoted as they were not granted a licence for 2. HNL. Third placed NK Zadar gained promotion to 2. HNL.

2017-18 Clubs[edit]

The following teams are competing in 2017-18, split according to regional division.[1]

East[edit]

| Bedem Ivankovo | Belišće | Bjelovar | Bijelo Brdo | Čepin | Dakovo-Croatia | Koprivnica | Marsonia | Međimurje Čakovec | Mladost Ždralovi | Oriolik Oriovac | Osijek II | Slavija Pleternica | Slavonija Požega | Varteks Varaždin | Vukovar

South[edit]

| Croatia Zmijavci | GOŠK Dubrovnik | Hrvace | Imotski | Jadran LP | Junak | Kamen Ivanbegovina | Neretvanac Opuzen | Primorac Stobreč | Primorac Biograd | Split | Urania Baška Voda | Val Kaštel Stari | Zadar | Zagora | Zmaj Blato

West[edit]

| Dubrava Zagreb | Dugo Selo | HAŠK | Jadran Poreč | Krk | Maksimir Zagreb | Opatija | Pazinka | Rudar Labin | Segesta Sisak | Špansko Zagreb | Trnje | Udarnik Kurilovec | Vinogradar | Vrapče Zagreb | Vrbovec | Zagorec | NK Zagreb

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3. HNL". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 

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