Montenegrin Third League
|Number of teams||21
(3 regional leagues)
|Level on pyramid||3|
|Promotion to||Montenegrin Second League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Montenegrin Regional Cups, Montenegrin Cup|
|Current champions||Polimlje, Čelik, Otrant|
|Most championships||Pljevlja (3 titles), Iskra (3), Otrant (3)|
|Website||http://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, Central Region Association, Southern Region Association), under the Football Association of Montenegro. At the season 2015/16, 22 teams participate in this league, divided in three regions. Top team from each region qualifies for the playoff from which top 2 teams qualify for the Second League of Montenegro.
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 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 1961 until now, 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.
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 which top 2 teams qualify for the Second League of Montenegro. Since 2006 champions of Third League were:
|2006/07||FK Tekstilac||FK Iskra||FK Otrant|
|2007/08||FK Polimlje||FK Ribnica||FK Mornar|
|2008/09||FK Gusinje||FK Zora||OFK Bar|
|2009/10||FK Pljevlja||FK Iskra||FK Cetinje|
|2010/11||FK Petnjica||FK Blue Star||FK Igalo|
|2011/12||FK Pljevlja||FK Zora||FK Arsenal|
|2012/13||FK Pljevlja||FK Kom||FK Cetinje|
|2013/14||FK Radnički||FK Iskra||OFK Federal|
|2014/15||FK Brskovo||FK Grafičar||FK Sloga Radovići|
|2015/16||FK Polimlje||FK Čelik||FK Otrant|
Full list of champions of regional leagues before 2006, is available on the page Montenegrin clubs in Yugoslav football competitions (1946-2006).
During the season 2016/17, Third league is divided in three regions. Among them, 9 participants are on North region, 7 on Central and 6 on South region.
During the season 2016/17, there are 9 clubs competing in Northern region. New members of competition are FK Brskovo (relegated from Montenegrin Second League) and OFK Borac Bijelo Polje (new-founded club).
|OFK Borac||Bijelo Polje||Gradski||5,000|
|FK Pljevlja||Pljevlja||Pod Golubinjom||5,140|
|FK Fair Play||Bijelo Polje||Gradski||5,000|
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). The Central region covers approximately 70% of Montenegrin football territory. The municipalities within Central region include: Podgorica Capital City, Nikšić, Danilovgrad, Mojkovac, Plužine and Kolašin, as well as Tuzi and Golubovci.
There are 7 clubs competing in Montenegrin Third League - Central region during the season 2016/17. New member is FK Blue Star Podgorica, which is reactivated during the summer 2016.
|FK Crvena Stijena||Podgorica||Tološi||700|
|FK Ribnica||Podgorica||Kamp FSCG||1,050|
|OFK Mladost Lješkopolje||Donja Gorica||Stari ribnjak||1,200|
|FK Blue Star||Podgorica||Kasarna Masline||800|
The South Region League is organised by Football Association of the Southern 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 2016/17, there are 5 clubs competing in Northern region, without any new member since previous season.
|FK Sloga Bar||Stari Bar||Topolica||2,500|
|FK Sloga Radovići||Radovići||Radovići||300|
Following the Montenegrin independence, from the season 2006/07, champions of three regional leagues are playing in the playoffs for Montenegrin Second League promotion. Every team is playing four matches, and at the end, two best-placed teams are promoted to a higher rank. Playoffs are playing after the regular season, at the end of May and start of June.
- Montenegrin Regional Cups
- Football in Montenegro
- Montenegrin clubs in Yugoslav football competitions (1946-2006)
- Football Association of Montenegro - Official Site
- Football Association of the Central Region of Montenegro - Official Site
- Football Association of the Southern Region of Montenegro - Official Site
- Football Association of the Northern Region of Montenegro - Official Site
- "Sjeverna regija - Sjeverna regija FSCG". Sjeverna regija FSCG. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
- "Srednja Regija FSCG - Fudbalski savez Srednje regije Crne Gore". Srednja regija FSCG. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
- "Južna Regija FSCG.".
- "Football Association Central region of Montenegro". Srednja regija FSCG.