Football in the Czech Republic

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Football in the Czech Republic
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Eden Arena, SK Slavia’s Stadium.
Country Czech Republic
Governing body FAČR
National team Czech Republic
First played 1892
Registered players 280,000
Clubs 15,378
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

This article discusses the structure of football leagues in the Czech Republic.[1] These leagues are organised by The Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) (Czech: Fotbalová asociace České republiky).[2] Football is t·he most popular sport in the Czech Republic.[3]


Bohemia was an early adopter of football.[4][5][6]

League system[edit]

The highest level is also known as 1st league (Czech: První liga) - officially Synot liga.[7] The winner and team finishing second are promoted from the 2nd Division.

The 2. liga (Second Division) is at the second tier of the football pyramid. The winners of the ČFL and MSFL are promoted to this division, making two clubs in total. Sometimes when two clubs are relegated to the same 3rd division (for example to MSFL), the MSFL relegates three clubs instead of the usual two. (example: We have got two downward clubs from 2nd league - from Moravia - to MSFL. From MSFL one club will be promoted and three clubs will be relegated to Moravia-Silesia Divisions (D and E) for the next season. Normally two teams are relegated from the MSFL and three from the ČFL).

Winners of the Czech Fourth Division Bohemian groups (A,B,C) are promoted to the ČFL, whilst in Moravia-Silesia groups (D,E) the teams are promoted to the MSFL.

Winners of Regional Championships are promoted to the Fourth Division. (Example: Winner of the Prague Championship is promoted to Division A)

Level League(s)/Division(s)
1 Czech First League
16 clubs
2 Czech Second Division
16 clubs
3 ČFL (Bohemian Football League)
18 clubs
MSFL (Moravian–Silesian Football League)
16 clubs
4 Czech Division A
16 clubs
Czech Division B
16 clubs
Czech Division C
16 clubs
Moravia-Silesia Division D
16 clubs
Moravia-Silesia Division E
16 clubs
5 Prague Championship
16 clubs
Přebor Středočeského kraje
16 clubs
Přebor Jihočeského kraje
16 clubs
Přebor Plzeňského kraje
16 clubs
Přebor Karlovarského kraje
18 clubs
Přebor Ústeckého kraje
16 clubs
Přebor Libereckého kraje
14 clubs
Přebor Královéhradeckého kraje
16 clubs
Přebor Pardubického kraje
16 clubs
Přebor kraje Vysočina
14 clubs
Přebor Jihomoravského kraje
16 clubs
Přebor Zlínského kraje
16 clubs
Přebor Olomouckého kraje
16 clubs
Přebor Moravskoslezského kraje
16 clubs
6 Level A2 - I.A třída
7 Level A3 - I.B třída
8 Level A4 - II. třída
9 Level A5 - III. třída

National team[edit]

The national team prior was the Czechoslovakia national football team and was a soccer world power.[8][9] Since the split of Czechoslavakia the Czech national team has had success in Euro 96[10] and Euro 2004.[11][12]

Womens football[edit]

Womens football is well organised in the Czech republic.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Football in Prague - Sports and Recreation Articles for Prague, Czech Republic". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ "A new chapter for the Czech Republic :: Total Football Magazine - Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, Non-League News". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  3. ^ Goldblatt, David; Acton, Johnny; Garland, Mike (1 September 2009). "The Football Book". Dorling Kindersley Limited. Retrieved 14 October 2017 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Josef SMOLÕK. "Football fan culture in the Czech Republic : Development, problems, causes" (PDF). Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Harvey, Adrian (13 May 2013). "Football: The First Hundred Years: The Untold Story". Routledge. Retrieved 14 October 2017 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ "Tribute to Czech football legend Josef Masopust (1931 – 2015) - Radio Prague". Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "When Saturday Comes - Czech Republic – Corruption sweeps the country". 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  8. ^ Kennedy, Peter; Kassimeris, Christos (22 March 2016). "Exploring the Cultural, Ideological and Economic Legacies of Euro 2012". Routledge. Retrieved 14 October 2017 – via Google Books. 
  9. ^ Goldblatt, David; Acton, Johnny; Garland, Mike (1 September 2009). "The Football Book". Dorling Kindersley Limited. Retrieved 14 October 2017 – via Google Books. 
  10. ^ "Euro 1996: When football came home". 17 May 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  11. ^ McCarra, Kevin (2 July 2004). "Czech Republic 0 - 1 Greece (aet)". Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "Delaney: Best teams to never win Euros". Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  13. ^ Hong, Fan (14 October 2017). "Soccer, Women, Sexual Liberation: Kicking Off a New Era". Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 14 October 2017 – via Google Books. 

External links[edit]

  • - Czech Republic football league tables, records & statistics database.