Liga III

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Liga III
Liga III logo.jpg
Liga III logo and the motto of the competition
"Your team, your football!"
Founded1936
Country Romania
Number of teams80 (5x16)
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toLiga II
Relegation toLiga IV
Domestic cup(s)Cupa României
Supercupa României
Current championsGloria Buzău
Rapid București
Turris Turnu Măgurele
CSM Reșița
Miercurea Ciuc
(2018–19)
2019–20 Liga III

Liga III (also spelled Liga 3) is the third level of the Romanian football league system. Its name was changed from Divizia C to Liga III before the start of the 2006-07 season. It was the first in this format (six series of 18 teams each).[1]

Current format[edit]

Since the 2014-2015 season Liga III was reorganized from 6 to 5 parallel regional divisions, each with 16 teams.

Relegation[edit]

The bottom four teams from each division are relegated at the end of the season to the Liga IV. From the 12th placed teams, the team with the least points is relegated. To determine these teams, separate standings are computed, using only the games played against clubs ranked 1st through 11th.

Promotion[edit]

Since the 2006-2007 season, the winners of each division got promoted to the 2007-08 Liga II season. There were also two playoff tournaments held at neutral venues involving the second placed teams, one with those from series 1, 2 and 3, the other with those from series 4, 5, and 6. The winners of the playoffs also got promoted to the 2007-08 Liga II season.

Since the 2014-2015 season, the winner of each series promotes directly to the Liga II, in total 5 teams.

List of Champions and Promoted Teams[edit]

Teams Promoted are shown in Bold or in "Other Teams Promoted" Column. [2] [3]

Year Winners Runners-up Other Teams Promoted Notes (summarily)
2006–07 CSM Focşani
Dinamo II Bucureşti
Concordia Chiajna
Drobeta-Turnu Severin
Arieşul Turda
Liberty Salonta
None
Inter Gaz Bucureşti
Muresul Deva (the two playoff winners.)
6 teams promoted from the 6 leagues.
2007–08 FC Cetatea Suceava
FC Snagov
FC Ploiesti
Internațional Curtea de Argeș
Unirea Sannicolau Mare
Luceafărul Lotus Băile Felix
CS Buftea
ACU Arad
2008–09 Râmnicu Sărat
FCSB II
Victoria Brănești
CS Gaz Metan CFR Craiova
Fortuna Covaci
FC Baia Mare
Tricolorul Breaza
Silvania Şimleu Silvaniei
2009–10 Dacia Unirea Brăila
Viitorul Constanța
SC Juventus București
AS Alro Slatina
Pandurii Târgu Jiu II
Voința Sibiu
ACU Arad ACU Arad promoted instead of Pandurii Târgu Jiu II
2010–11 FCM Bacău
Callatis Mangalia
Chindia Târgovişte
CSM Slatina
Luceafărul Oradea
FC Maramureş
None
2011–12 CS Rapid CFR Suceava
Unirea Slobozia
CS Buftea
AS Damila Maciuca
ACS Recas
SCM Brasov
None
2012–13 SC Mesagerul Bacau
Viitorul Axintele
ACS Berceni
Minerul Motru
Olimpia Satu Mare
Unirea Tarlungeni
CS Universitatea Craiova
2013–14 Pascani
FC Voluntari
SC Juventus București
FC Caransebes
Metalurgistul Cugir
CF Chindia Targoviste
None
2014–15 Bucovina Pojorâta
Dunărea Călărași
Chindia Târgoviște
UTA Arad
Minaur Baia Mare
None
5 teams were promoted from the 5 leagues newly formed and 4 teams from each series were relegated and the 12th team with least points was also relegated.
2015–16 Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
Juventus București

SCM Pitesti
ASU Politehnica Timisoara
Luceafarul Oradea
None
2016–17 Știința Miroslava
FC Metaloglobus București
SCM Pitesti
Ripensia Timisoara
FC Hermannstadt
None
2017–18 Aerostar Bacău
Farul Constanța
Petrolul 52
Viitorul P. Târgu Jiu
Universitatea Cluj
None
2018–19 SCM Gloria Buzău
Rapid București
Turris-Oltul Turnu Măgurele
CSM Reșița
FK Miercurea Ciuc
None
Luceafarul Oradea withdrew so Viitorul P. Târgu Jiu even though relegated to the third league was received back in the second league.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cotidianul, Divizia A a fost mitraliată (The "A Division" was gunned down), accessed on 3 February 2007 Archived 12 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Romania - List of Second Division Final Tables". rsssf.com. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Divizia B - Istorie - statistics". romaniansoccer.ro. Retrieved 27 October 2015.