Cypriot Fourth Division

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Cypriot Fourth Division
Country  Cyprus
Founded 1985
Folded 2015
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to Cypriot Third Division
Relegation to Cypriot regional levels
Domestic cup(s) Cypriot Cup for lower divisions
Most championships Achyronas (3 titles)

The Cypriot Fourth Division (Greek: Τέταρτη Κατηγορία) was the fourth tier football league competition in Cyprus, ran by the Cyprus Football Association. Each year, the top finishing teams of the league were promoted to the Cypriot Third Division, and the lowest finishing teams were relegated to the amateur leagues.

History[edit]

The Cypriot Fourth Division started the 1985–86 football season as the fourth level of the Cypriot football. The decision was taken by CFA on 23 July 1985.[1]

The first eight seasons the championship was split into three or four geographical groups, representing the Districts of Cyprus. From 1993–94 season until 2014–15 season, the championship was held as a single division. In all seasons, all the teams played against each other twice, once at their home and once away.

The 2014–15 season was the last one ever for the Cypriot Fourth Division, as the league was dissolved and replaced by the STOK Elite Division, which is conducted under the auspices of Confederation of local federations of Cyprus (STOK).[2]

The teams that were relegated from the Cypriot Fourth Division were taking part to the next season's amateur leagues. The teams that were promoted from the Cypriot Fourth Division were taking part to the next season's Cypriot Third Division.

From 1986–87 season until 2007–08 season, the Fourth Division teams were participating in the Cypriot Cup. From 2008–09 season, the Fourth Division teams were not allowed to participate in the Cypriot Cup, but they could take part in the Cypriot Cup for lower divisions (participation in this cup was not compulsory).

Structure[edit]

The structure of the championship changed some times during the years. From 1985–86 until 1992–93, the championship was split into three or four geographical groups, depending from Districts of Cyprus each participated team came from. On some occasions, some teams participated in groups that did not correspond to their geographical origin due to the increased number of teams in the group of their geographical origin. In these cases, the teams which would participate in different geographical groups were determined by a draw.[3][4][5][6] Initially, the championship was played in three regional groups: Nicosia-Keryneia group, Limassol-Paphos group, and Larnaca-Famagusta group. In the 1988–89 season, the championship was played in four regional groups.[3]

The championship was held for the first time as a single division in the 1993–94 season. All the teams played against each other twice, once at their home and once away. The team with the most points at the end of the season crowned champions.[3][7] This was the league's current format until its last season.

Winners[edit]

The table presents all the winners of the Cypriot Fourth Division from 1985–86 season to 1987–88 season when the championship was split to three geographical groups.[3]

Season Nicosia-Keryneia Group Limassol-Paphos Group Larnaca-Famagusta Group
1985–86 OXEN Peristeronas APEI Ipsona Dynamo Pervolion
1986–87 Libanos Kormakiti AEZ Zakakiou Achyronas Liopetriou
1987–88 Iraklis Gerolakkou ATE PEK Parekklisias APEAN Ayia Napa

The table presents the winners of the 1988–89 Cypriot Fourth Division when the championship was split to four geographical groups.[3]

Season Group A Group B Group C Group D
1988–89 AEK Kythreas APEP Pelendriou Enosis Neon Ayia Napa Apollon Lympion

The table presents all the winners of the Cypriot Fourth Division from 1989–90 season to 1992–93 season when the championship was split to three geographical groups.[3]

Season Nicosia-Keryneia Group Limassol-Paphos Group Larnaca-Famagusta Group
1989–90 Olimpiada Neapolis Tsaggaris Peledriou APEAN Ayia Napa
1990–91 AEK Kakopetrias Kentro Neotitas Maroniton Achyronas Liopetriou
1991–92 OXEN Peristeronas AEZ Zakakiou Livadiakos Livadion
1992–93 Ethnikos Latsion APEI Ipsona Fotiakos Frenarou

The table presents all the winners of the Cypriot Fourth Division from 1993–94 season to 2014–15 season when the championship was held as a single division.[3]

Season Winner
1993–94 Elia Lythrodonta
1994–95 AEK Kakopetrias
1995–96 Iraklis Gerolakkou
1996–97 Adonis Idaliou
1997–98 SEK Agiou Athanasiou
1998–99 ENTHOI Lakatamia
1999–00 MEAP Nisou
2000–01 Sourouklis Troullon
Season Winner
2001–02 AEM Mesogis
2002–03 Orfeas Nicosia
2003–04 Othellos Athienou
2004–05 Frenaros FC 2000
2005–06 Anagennisi Germasogeias
2006–07 Spartakos Kitiou
2007–08 Digenis Oroklinis
Season Winner
2008–09 Achyronas Liopetriou
2009–10 Enosis Neon Parekklisia
2010–11 Ormideia FC
2011–12 Digenis Oroklinis
2012–13 MEAP Nisou
2013–14 Enosi Neon Ypsona
2014–15 Alki Oroklini

Performance By Club[edit]

Tit. Club Winning Season
3 Achyronas Liopetriou 2008–09, 1986–87*, 1990–91*
2 AEZ Zakakiou 1986–87*, 1991–92*
AEK Kakopetrias 1990–91*, 1994–95
APEAN Ayia Napa 1987–88*, 1989–90*
APEI Ipsona 1985–86*, 1992–93*
Digenis Oroklinis 2007–08, 2011–12
Iraklis Gerolakkou 1987–88*, 1995–96
MEAP Nisou 1999–00, 2012–13
OXEN Peristeronas 1985–86*, 1991–92*
1 Adonis Idaliou 1996–97
AEK Kythreas 1988–89*
AEM Mesogis 2001–02
Alki Oroklini 2014–15
Tit. Club Winning Season
1 Anagennisi Germasogeias 2005–06
APEP Pelendriou 1988–89*
Apollon Lympion 1988–89*
ATE PEK Parekklisias 1987–88*
Dynamo Pervolion 1985–86*
Ethnikos Latsion 1992–93*
Elia Lythrodonta 1993–94
Enosis Neon Ayia Napa 1988–89*
ENTHOI Lakatamia 1998–99
Enosis Neon Parekklisia 2009–10
Enosi Neon Ypsona 2013–14
Kentro Neotitas Maroniton 1990–91*
Tit. Club Winning Season
1 Livadiakos Livadion 1991–92*
Libanos Kormakiti 1986–87*
Othellos Athienou 2003–04
Olimpiada Neapolis 1989–90*
Ormideia FC 2010–11
Orfeas Nicosia 2002–03
SEK Agiou Athanasiou 1997–98
Sourouklis Troullon 2000–01
Spartakos Kitiou 2006–07
Tsaggaris Peledriou 1989–90*
Frenaros FC 2000 2004–05
Fotiakos Frenarou 1992–93*

* Group Champions

Number of participating, promoted and relegated teams per season[edit]

The number of the participated teams and the number of the teams that were promoted to the Cypriot Third Division and the teams that were relegated to the amateur leagues changed many times during the years.

Season N. P. R.
1985–86 43 (3 groups) 3 0
1986–87 46 (3 groups) 3 10
1987–88 42 (3 groups) 2 7
1988–89 42 (4 groups) 2 7
1989–90 41 (3 groups) 2 6
1990–91 43 (3 groups) 3 7
1991–92 42 (3 groups) 3 6
1992–93 40 (3 groups) 3 28
Season N. P. R.
1993–94 14 1 5
1994–95 16 5 0
1995–96 15 3 3
1996–97 14 3 3
1997–98 14 3 3
1998–99 15 3 4
1999–00 14 4 4
2000–01 14 3 3
Season N. P. R.
2001–02 15 3 4
2002–03 13 3 2
2003–04 14 3 3
2004–05 14 3 3
2005–06 14 3 3
2006–07 14 3 3
2007–08 14 3 3
Season N. P. R.
2008–09 14 3 3
2009–10 15 3 4
2010–11 14 3 3
2011–12 15 3 3
2012–13 14 4 2
2013–14 15 2 2
2014–15 14 5 0

Participations per club[edit]

130 teams had participated in the Cypriot Fourth Division.[8]

Team Par.
Ellinismos Akakiou 18
MEAP Nisou 16
AEK Kythreas 15
Ethnikos Latsion 14
Iraklis Gerolakkou 14
Anagennisi Lythrodonta 13
Apollon Lympion 13
Elia Lythrodonta 13
Olympos Xylofagou 13
AOL – Omonia Lakatamias 12
Achyronas Liopetriou 12
Doxa Paliometochou 12
Enosis Kokkinotrimithia 11
Th.O.I. Avgorou 11
Rotsidis Mammari 11
ASIL Lysi 10
ATE PEK Ergaton 10
Dynamo Pervolion 10
Poseidonas Giolou 10
APEP Pelendriou 9
APEI Ipsona 9
ASPIS Pylas 9
Digenis Oroklinis 9
Orfeas Nicosia 9
Spartakos Kitiou 9
ATE PEK Parekklisias 8
Olimpiada Neapolis 8
Olympias Lympion 8
Olympias Frenarou 8
Podosfairikos Omilos Xylotymbou 8
Triptolemus Evrychou 8
Fotiakos Frenarou 8
Adonis Geroskipou 7
Team Par.
AMEK Kapsalou 7
ENAD Ayiou Dometiou 7
Kimonas Xylotympou 7
Olympos Acheritou 7
Anagennisi Germasogeias 6
Anorthosis Kato Polemidia 6
APEA Akrotiriou 6
APOP Palechoriou 6
Livadiakos Livadion 6
Sourouklis Troullon 6
Frenaros FC 2000 6
AEK Kakopetrias 5
Anagennisi Prosfigon 5
Achilleas Ayiou Theraponta 5
Digenis Agiou Nikolaou 5
Doxa Devtera 5
Doxa Polemidion 5
ENTHOI Lakatamia FC 5
Zenonas Larnaca 5
Konstantios & Evripidis Trachoniou 5
Tsaggaris Peledriou 5
Adonis Idaliou 4
AEM Morphou 4
AMEAN Agiou Nikolaou 4
Anagennisi Trachoni 4
Elpida Astromeriti 4
Elpida Xylofagou 4
Enosis Neon Parekklisia F.C. 4
Karmiotissa Pano Polemidion 4
Kedros Kormakiti 4
Kissos FC Kissonergas 4
Kourio Episkopi 4
Othellos Athienou F.C. 4
Team Par.
Orfeas Athienou 4
OXEN Peristeronas 4
SEK Agiou Athanasiou 4
AEZ Zakakiou 3
AEK Kornos 3
AMEP Parekklisia 3
APEAN Ayia Napa 3
Achilleas Kaimakli 3
Ethnikos Defteras 3
Elpida Liopetriou 3
Elpida Prosfigon Paphou 3
Kinyras Empas 3
Livadiakos/Salamina Livadion 3
Panikos & Sokratis Zakakiou 3
Panikos Pourgouridis Lemesou 3
PEFO Olympiakos 3
Proodos Kaimakliou 3
Finikas Ayias Marinas 3
FC Episkopi 2
AEN 2
Alki Oroklini1 2
Amathus Ayiou Tychona 2
Anagennisi Mouttalou 2
ASO Ormideia 2
Digenis Akritas Ipsona 2
EAS Ayios Dhometios 2
ETHA Engomis 2
ENAD Polis Chrysochous FC 2
ENAN Ayia Napa 2
ENAP Paphos 2
Enosi Neon Ypsona 2
Evagoras Kato Amiandos 2
Team Par.
Evagoras Pallikarides 2
Kentro Neotitas Kalou Choriou 2
Kentro Neotitas Maroniton 2
Lenas Limassol 2
Libanos Kormakiti 2
Marathonas Tsiakkilerou 2
Neos Aionas Trikomou 2
Nikos & Sokratis Erimis 2
Kormakitis FC 2
Omonia Ormideia 2
Ormideia FC 2
Parnassos Strovolou 2
Poseidon Larnacas 2
Salamina Dromolaxias 2
AEK Korakou 1
AEK Kouklia 1
AEM Mesogis 1
Atlas Aglandjias 1
Atromitos Yeroskipou 1
Dafni Troulloi 1
Ethnikos Empas 1
Evagoras Avgorou 1
Th.O.I. Filias 1
Thiella Dromolaxia 1
Kedros Ayia Marina 1
Keravnos Strovolou 1
Kissos Kissonerga 1
Kouris Erimis 1
Morfotikos Tymbou 1
PAOK Kalou Choriou 1
Parideio Larnaca 1
POL/AE Maroni 1

1 The team has one participation as Omonoia Oroklinis and one participation as Alki Oroklini.

See also[edit]

Reflist[edit]

  1. ^ "Δ΄ κατηγορία σωματείων υπό την ΚΟΠ". Simerini. 1985-07-24. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Α` Κατηγορία ΣΤΟΚ (in Greek). CFA. 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-04-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Cyprus - List of Cypriot Fourth Division Champions". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Ανακοινώθηκαν οι 42 ομάδες της Δ΄ κατηγορίας". Phileleftheros. 1985-08-09. p. 7. 
  5. ^ "Οι τρεις όμιλοι Δ΄ κατηγορίας". Phileleftheros. 1985-08-12. p. 6. 
  6. ^ "43 ομάδες στη Δ΄ κατηγορία". Phileleftheros. 1985-09-22. p. 7. 
  7. ^ "Ένας όμιλος με 14 ομάδες". Phileleftheros. 1993-03-07. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "Cyprus - Participations per club at Cypriot Fourth Division". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2016-06-30.