It began in 1965 as an amateur championship, while in 1983 it was changed to professional. Although not literally national (it is divided into North and South groups), Football League 2 is considered as a national division.
On August 3, 2010, it was announced that the division had been renamed Football League 2. From season 2013-14, the football League 2 is merged by fourth division championship (Delta Ethniki) and renamed again Gamma Ethniki. The new third division will be held in six groups, with the clubs divided basis of geographical criteria, while it will return in an amateur form. From season 2014-15 and onwards the league will be held in four groups, with the clubs divided basis of geographical criteria.The champion of each group will promote to Football League