Montenegrin Third League

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Montenegrin Third League
Founded2006
Country Montenegro
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams23
(3 regional leagues)
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toMontenegrin Second League
Domestic cup(s)Montenegrin Regional Cups, Montenegrin Cup
Current championsBrskovo, Bratstvo, Arsenal
Most championshipsPljevlja (4 titles)
Websitehttp://www.sjevernaregija.me http://www.srednjaregija.me http://juznaregija.me

The Third League of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Treća Crnogorska Liga / Трећа црногорска лига) is the third and lowest-tier football league in Montenegro. It is headed by Regional Football Associations (Northern Region Association,[1] Central Region Association,[2] Southern Region Association[3]), under the Football Association of Montenegro. At the season 2016/17, 23 teams participate in this league, divided in three regions. Top team from each region qualifies for the playoff from which top team qualify for the Second League of Montenegro.

History[edit]

Regional leagues as a lowest-tier competition in Montenegro, are founded in 1968. Until now, format and system of competition is not changed. At the period from 1968 to 2006, it was the fourth or fifth level of competition in SFR Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. Following Montenegrin independence (2006), regional leagues became the third tier in the organisation of domestic football competitions.
From 1968 until now, the league is divided on three regions - North (clubs from territories of Berane, Bijelo Polje, Gusinje, Mojkovac, Petnjica, Plav, Pljevlja, Rožaje and Žabljak) Central (Podgorica with Golubovci and Tuzi, Danilovgrad, Kolašin, Nikšić, Plužine and Šavnik) and South (Bar, Budva, Cetinje, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat and Ulcinj).
At period 1961–2006, winners of three regional leagues were promoted to Montenegrin Republic League (3rd tier) or played Montenegrin football playoffs.

Champions (2006-)[edit]

After independence of Montenegro, regional leagues, with the same format and divisions, became Third League, and also a lowest tier of competition.
At the end of season, champions of each region qualifies for the playoff. From 2006 to 2017, two top teams from playoff qualified for Second Leagur and from 2018 only the playoff winner.
Below is the list of Montenegrin Third League champions.

Season North Center South
2006/07 Tekstilac Iskra Otrant
2007/08 Polimlje Ribnica Mornar
2008/09 Gusinje Zora OFK Bar
2009/10 Pljevlja Iskra Cetinje
2010/11 Petnjica Blue Star Igalo
2011/12 Pljevlja Zora Arsenal
2012/13 Pljevlja Kom Cetinje
2013/14 Radnički Iskra Federal
2014/15 Brskovo Grafičar Sloga Radovići
2015/16 Polimlje Čelik Otrant
2016/17 Pljevlja OFK Mladost 1970 Arsenal
2017/18 Brskovo Bratstvo Arsenal
2018/19 Ibar Drezga Cetinje

Teams in bold gained promotion to Montenegrin Second League through playoffs.
Full list of champions of regional leagues before 2006, is available on the page Montenegrin clubs in Yugoslav football competitions (1946-2006).

Complete team list[edit]

This is the complete list of the clubs that took part in 13 seasons played from 2006-07 to 2018-19. The teams in bold compete in Third League in the current season.

Final placement by season[edit]

North region[edit]

Since its' establishing, in Montenegrin Third League - North participated overall 15 different teams. Most successful participants are FK Pljevlja, who won four titles. Except that, FK Pljevlja made the biggest win in some Montenegrin official men football competition - on season 2012-13, they defeated FK E-Roma 26-1 (14-0).[4] During the same game, FK Pljevlja player Alen Pajević scored seven goals, which is an all-time record in Montenegrin Third League.
Among the other title winners in Third League - North are FK Brskovo (2), FK Polimlje (2), FK Ibar (1), FK Gusinje (1), FK Petnjica (1), FK Tekstilac (1) and FK Radnički (1).
Three teams, FK Komovi, FK Polimlje and FK Napredak, participated in all the seasons of Third League - North.

Club 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Borac - - - - - - - - - - 3 2 4
Brskovo 7 3 6 8 2 2 2 3 1 - 2 1 3
Durmitor - - - 7 6 - - - - - - - -
E-Roma - - - 10 10 9 10 - - - - - -
Fair Play - - - - - - - 11 8 8 9 8 10
Gusinje - - 1 - 3 4 4 9 7 4 5 7 8
Ibar - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Komovi 6 6 5 9 9 8 7 4 4 5 4 3 6
Napredak 8 5 8 6 5 7 8 8 5 7 8 9 9
Petnjica 5 4 7 2 1 - 5 5 3 3 6 5 2
Pljevlja 3 2 2 1 - 1 1 2 2 2 1 4 5
Polimlje 2 1 4 3 4 3 9 7 6 1 7 6 7
Prvijenac 4 7 9 5 7 5 6 10 - - - - -
Radnički - - - - - - - 1 - - - 10 -
Sjeverna Zvijezda - - - - - - - - - 6 - - -
Tekstilac 1 - 3 4 8 6 3 6 - - - - -

07 = season 2006/07

Central region[edit]

Overall 18 different clubs played in Montenegrin Third League - Central region since its' establishing (2006-07). Most trophies won FK Iskra with three titles. Except them, among the champions were FK Zora (2), FK Kom (1), FK Ribnica (1), OFK Mladost 1970 (1), FK Grafičar (1), FK Bratstvo (1), FK Drezga (1) and FK Blue Star (1).
Owner of the biggest win in the history of Montenegrin Third League - Central region is OFK Mladost 1970, who defeated FK Crvena Stijena with result 14-0 (season 2016-17).
The only team which participated in all editions of Montenegrin Third League - Central region is FK Gorštak.

Club 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Adria - - - - - - - - - - - - 3
Blue Star 4 2 2 3 1 4 - - - - - - -
Bratstvo - - - - - - - - - - - 1 7
Crvena Stijena - - - - 5 3 5 2 2 7 5 2 4
Čelik - - - - - - - - 2 1 - - 10
Drezga 2 3 4 5 2 2 6 4 - - 6 4 1
Gornja Zeta - - - 7 8 - - - - - - - -
Gorštak 5 7 6 6 9 7 4 5 5 3 2 5 9
Grafičar 6 6 7 8 7 8 7 6 1 - - - -
Iskra 1 4 3 1 - - - 1 - - - - -
Karioke - - - - - - - - - - 6 - 6
Kom - - - - - - 1 - - - - - -
Mladost 1970 - - - - - - - - - 5 1 - -
Nikšić - - - - 6 9 - - - - - - -
Polet - - - 9 10 5 2 7 - - - - 2
Ribnica 3 1 - 4 4 6 3 3 - 6 4 3 8
Titeks - 8 5 10 11 - - - - - - - -
Zabjelo - - - - - - - - - 4 3 - 5
Zora - 5 1 2 3 1 - - 4 2 - - -

07 = season 2006/07

South region[edit]

Since establishing, 14 different teams played in Montenegrin Third League - South region. Among them, most successes have FK Arsenal who won three champion titles. Except them, winners of competition were also FK Otrant (2), FK Cetinje (2), FK Mornar (1), OFK Bar (1), OFK Federal (1) and FK Sloga Radovići (1).
Since 2006, biggest win in Montenegrin Third League - South made OFK Bar, who defeated FK Sloga Bar with score 10-0 on season 2008-09.[5]
FK Sloga Bar is the only team which played every single season of Montenegrin Third League - South Region.

Club 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Arsenal - - - 2 2 1 - - - 2 1 1 -
Bar 6 2 1 - - - - - - - - - -
Bijela 5 4 6 - - - - - - - - - -
Cetinje 2 5 2 1 5 3 1 - - - - - 1
Federal - - - - - - - 1 - - - - -
Hajduk - - - - 4 5 2 2 2 3 4 3 3
Igalo 3 3 4 3 1 - - - - - - - -
Mogren - - - - - - - - - 6 5 - -
Mornar - 1 - - - - - - - - - - -
Obilić - - - - - - 2 - - - - - -
Orjen - - 3 - - - - 4 3 - - - -
Otrant 1 - - - - 2 4 - - 1 - - -
Sloga Bar 4 6 5 5 6 6 5 5 4 5 3 4 4
Sloga R - - - 4 3 4 3 3 1 4 4 3 2

07 = season 2006/07

Promotion playoffs[edit]

Following the Montenegrin independence, from the season 2006/07, champions of three regional leagues are participating in the playoffs for Montenegrin Second League promotion. Every team is playing four matches, and at the end, best-placed team is promoted to a higher rank. Until the season 2017-18, two teams gained promotion to Second League.
Playoffs are playing after the regular season, at the end of May and start of June every year.

Promotions by season[edit]

Until now, most promotions to Montenegrin Second League through playoffs gained FK Iskra (2), FK Arsenal (2) and FK Otrant (2).

00 Promoted to Montenegrin Second League.
Season 1st 2nd 3rd Results
2007 FK Otrant FK Tekstilac FK Iskra OTR - TEK 2-1, 1-2; OTR - ISK 6-0, 2-0; TEK - ISK 2-0, 2-0
2008 FK Mornar FK Ribnica FK Polimlje MOR - RIB 1-0, 2-1; MOR - POL 3-2, 2-2; RIB - POL 2-2, 2-0
2009 OFK Bar FK Gusinje FK Zora BAR - GUS 3-0, 3-3; BAR - ZOR 3-2, 4-1; GUS - ZOR 1-0, 2-2
2010 FK Pljevlja FK Iskra FK Cetinje PLJ - ISK 0-0, 0-0; PLJ - CET 0-0, 2-1; ISK - CET 1-1, 0-0
2011 FK Igalo FK Petnjica FK Blue Star IGA - PET 0-0, 1-1; IGA - BLU 3-0, 2-1; PET - BLU 1-0, 1-1
2012 FK Arsenal FK Zora FK Pljevlja ARS - PLJ 3-2, 3-0; ARS - ZOR 1-0, 0-2; ZOR - PLJ 3-0, 0-2
2013 FK Kom FK Cetinje FK Pljevlja KOM - CET 3-0, 1-0; KOM - PLJ 0-1, 1-2; CET - PLJ 3-1, 2-1
2014 FK Radnički FK Iskra OFK Federal RAD - ISK 2-1, 1-2; RAD - FED 2-0, 1-0; ISK - FED 2-0, 0-1
2015 FK Brskovo FK Grafičar FK Sloga R BRS - GRA 2-0, 1-2; BRS - SLO 7-1, 0-0; GRA - SLO 2-0, 0-1
2016 FK Čelik FK Otrant FK Polimlje ČEL - OTR 3-0, 0-1; ČEL - POL 7-0, 2-0; OTR - POL 2-2, 3-2
2017 Mladost 1970 FK Arsenal FK Pljevlja MLA - ARS 1-2, 2-1; MLA - PLJ 4-0, 1-3; ARS - PLJ 1-0, 0-1
2018 FK Arsenal FK Brskovo FK Bratstvo ARS - BRS 1-0, 1-1; ARS - BRA 1-1, 2-0; BRS - BRA 1-0, 3-4

Promotions by region[edit]

During the history, most promotions to Montenegrin Second League gained teams from Central and South region. Representatives of that regions gained promotions via playyofs 8 times. Clubs from North region gained 6 promotions through playoffs.

Third League region Promotions
North region 6
Central region 8
South region 8

Current season[edit]

For the 2018-19 season, Third league is divided in three geographical regions. Ten teams compete in the North and Central region, and four in the South region.

North region[edit]

The North Region League is organised by Football Association of North Region (covering municipalities of Pljevlja, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Rožaje, Plav, Gusinje, Mojkovac, Andrijevica, Žabljak, Šavnik and Plužine).

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Brskovo Mojkovac Gradski 2,000
Gusinje Gusinje Gradski 1,500
FK Ibar Rožaje Bandžovo Brdo 4,000
Polimlje Murino Gradski 300
Komovi Andrijevica Prljanije 300
Borac Bijelo Polje Gradski 4,000
Petnjica Petnjica Gusare 1,000
Pljevlja Pljevlja Pod Golubinjom 5,140
Napredak Berane Gradski 10,000
Fair Play Bijelo Polje Gradski 4,000

Central region[edit]

The Central Region League is organised by Football Association of the Central Region of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Fudbalski savez Srednje regije Crne Gore or Srednja regija FSCG).[6] The Central region covers approximately 70% of Montenegrin football territory. The municipalities within Central region include: Podgorica, Nikšić, Danilovgrad, Mojkovac, Plužine and Kolašin, as well as Tuzi and Golubovci.

There are 10 clubs competing in Montenegrin Third League - Central region during the season 2018-19.

Team Location Stadium Capacity
FK Adria Podgorica Stari ribnjak 1,500
FK Bratstvo Zeta Ljajkovići 300
FK Crvena Stijena Podgorica Tološi 1,000
FK Čelik Nikšić Željezara 2,000
FK Drezga Drezga Drezga 500
FK Gorštak Kolašin Lug 1,900
FK Karioke Podgorica Kamp FSCG 1,050
FK Polet Nikšić Sutjeska pitch 500
FK Ribnica Podgorica Kamp FSCG 1,050
FK Zabjelo Podgorica Zabjelo 750

South region[edit]

Third league - South 2015/16

The South Region League is organised by Football Association of the South Region of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Fudbalski savez Južne regije Crne Gore or Južna regija FSCG). The municipalities within Southern region include: Cetinje, Kotor, Herceg Novi, Tivat, Budva, Bar and Ulcinj.

During the season 2018-19, there are four clubs competing in the South region.

Team Location Stadium Capacity
FK Cetinje Cetinje Obilića poljana 2,000
FK Hajduk Bar Topolica 2,500
FK Sloga Bar Bar Topolica 2,500
FK Sloga Radovići Radovići Radovići 300

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sjeverna regija - Sjeverna regija FSCG". Sjeverna regija FSCG. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  2. ^ "Srednja Regija FSCG - Fudbalski savez Srednje regije Crne Gore". Srednja regija FSCG. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  3. ^ "Južna Regija FSCG".
  4. ^ http://pvportal.me/2012/10/raflana-paljba-pljevalja/
  5. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/monteg09.html
  6. ^ "Football Association Central region of Montenegro". Srednja regija FSCG.