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II liga
Founded26 February 1966; 58 years ago (26 February 1966)
1948–1950 (as A klasa)
1951–1952 (as Klasa wojewódzka)
1953–1956 (as Liga międzywojewódzka)
1957–1966 (as Liga okręgowa)
1966–2008 (as III liga)
2008– (as II liga)
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toI liga
Relegation toIII liga
Domestic cup(s)Polish Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Europa Conference League (via Polish Cup)
Current championsPogoń Siedlce
TV partnersTVP Sport
Current: 2024–25 II liga

II liga (Druga liga, Polish pronunciation: [ˈdruɡa ˈliɡa]), currently named Betclic II liga due to its sponsorship by Betclic,[1] is a Polish football league that sits at the third tier of the Polish football league system. Until the end of the 2007–08 season, II Liga referred to a league at the 2nd tier,[2] although this changed with the formation of the Ekstraklasa as the top level league in Poland. Currently, II liga is below I liga and above III liga.

Since the 2014–15 season, the league consists of a single division, unlike previous seasons when it was divided into two groups, West and East. The league consists of 18 teams.

The top two finishers are rewarded with automatic promotion to the I liga, while the teams ranked third to sixth face each other in promotion play-offs. Teams who finish 14th and 15th compete in the promotion/relegation play-offs against III liga group winners, and the last three teams are automatically relegated to the fourth division.



The following 18 clubs are competing in the II liga during the 2024–25 season.

Location of teams in the Katowice urban area in 2024–25 II Liga.
Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Venue Capacity
Chojniczanka Chojnice Chojnice Chojniczanka 1930 Stadium 3,500
GKS Jastrzębie Jastrzębie-Zdrój Jastrzębie-Zdrój Stadium 5,650
Hutnik Kraków Kraków Suche Stawy Stadium 6,000
KKS 1925 Kalisz Kalisz OSRiR Stadium 8,166
ŁKS Łódź II Łódź Władysław Król Stadium 18,029
Olimpia Elbląg Elbląg Elbląg Stadium 3,000
Olimpia Grudziądz Grudziądz Bronisław Malinowski Stadium 5,323
Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała Bielsko-Biała BBOSiR Stadium 15,076
Pogoń Grodzisk Mazowiecki Grodzisk Mazowiecki Grodzisk Mazowiecki Stadium 1,000
Polonia Bytom Bytom Polonia Bytom Stadium 2,220
Rekord Bielsko-Biała Bielsko-Biała Centrum Sportu REKORD 2,000
Resovia Rzeszów Rzeszów Stal Municipal Stadium1 11,547
Skra Częstochowa Częstochowa Stadion STO 2,300
Świt Szczecin Szczecin Obiekt Sportowy Skolwin 625
Wieczysta Kraków Kraków Wieczysta Stadium 2,000
Wisła Puławy Puławy MOSiR Stadium 4,418
Zagłębie Lubin II Lubin KGHM Zagłębie Arena 16,032
Zagłębie Sosnowiec Sosnowiec ArcelorMittal Park 11,600
  1. ^ Due to the renovation of the Resovia Stadium in Rzeszów, Resovia play their home games at the Stal Rzeszów Municipal Stadium.



The history of II Liga, or the third level of Polish football system, dates back to the Second Polish Republic. In 1927, the Ekstraklasa, also called State League (Liga Panstwowa) was established. Below the Ekstraklasa, there were several regional A Classes, which in most cases covered the territory of one Voivodeship (see Lower Level Football Leagues in Interwar Poland). Further below, there were B Classes (usually covering two-three counties), and, in the regions with enough football teams, C Classes (covering one county).

On 29 June 1945 in Kraków, officials of the Polish Football Association (PZPN) established three-tier system of regional championships in Poland. The first level was, following the pre-1939 pattern, A Classes, followed by B Classes, and C Classes. This system remained in use until 1951, when in March 1952, it was replaced by four classes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Meanwhile, the number of teams in the second level of Polish tier was reduced from 40 to 14 (March 1953), which meant that as many as 26 teams were automatically relegated to the third level. As a result, there were 93 teams in the third level, divided into 8 groups. Six of these groups covered more than one voivodeship, while two groups (Katowice and Kraków) covered only their provinces, due to the football potential in those regions. After the regular season, 8 winners played each other in two-level playoffs, with two winners winning promotion to the second level.

On 13 February 1955, in Warsaw, Third League was officially formed, with four groups. This idea was abandoned after a month, due to financial reasons. Instead, in 1956, the Regional Leagues were established, with 15 groups.[3] In 1960, Polish football switched from spring-autumn to autumn-spring system. First games of the new system took place on 19 August 1960. 26 February 1966, PZPN decided to reduce the number of groups to 4, with 16 teams in each. The Macroregional League, as it was called at that time, existed in that form until 1973, when Polish football officials decided to reintroduce the Regional Leagues, with 20 groups (since 1974 - 24 groups). In 1976, 8 groups were established, with 112 teams. In 1980, the number of groups was reduced to 4, but in 1982, again 8 groups were established. The system of 8 groups of the third level remained unchanged until 1998, with the exception of 1989–90, when there were four groups.

The number of third level groups

  • 1945 – 1951: 14 (1950: 17)
  • 1952: 17
  • 1953 – 1956: 8 (1956: 9)
  • 1957 – 1965–66: 15 (1958: 16, 1959: 17, 1960: 18)
  • 1966–67 – 1972–73: 4
  • 1973–74 – 1975–76: 20 (1974–75: 24)
  • 1976–77 – 1979–80: 8
  • 1980–81 – 1981–82: 4
  • 1982–83 – 1996–97: 8
  • 1997–98 – 2007–08: 4
  • 2008–09 – 2013–14: 2
  • since 2014–15: 1

See also



  1. ^ "Betclic Sponsorem Tytularnym 1. Ligi do końca sezonu 2027/2028". I liga. 20 June 2024. Retrieved 20 June 2024.
  2. ^ "Polish league results and tables at RSSSF". Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Oficjalny serwis PZPN | Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej". www.pzpn.pl. Retrieved 2024-03-23.