Slovenian Third League

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Slovenian Third League
Slovenian Third League logo.png
Country Slovenia
Founded 1992; 25 years ago (1992)
Divisions 4
Number of teams 52
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to 2. SNL
Relegation to Regional League or
Intercommunal Leagues
Current champions Ilirija (Centre)
Beltinci (East)
Brežice 1919 (North)
Brda (West)
(2015–16)
Most championships Dravinja
Korte
Krka
Zavrč
(3 titles each)
2016–17 season

The Slovenian Third League (Slovene: Tretja Slovenska Nogometna Liga), commonly known as the 3. SNL, is the third tier of the Slovenian football system. The league consists of four regional groups (Centre, East, North and West). They are operated by the Intercommunal Football Associations.

Format and rules[edit]

Between 1992–93 and 1997–98 seasons, Slovenian Third League was divided into two regional groups (East and West) with both group winners directly promoting to the Slovenian Second League.

In the 1998–99 season the third league was expanded to four regional groups (Centre, East, North, West). Up to the 2002–03 season all four group winners were promoted directly to the Second Division. In the 2003–04 season two-legged playoffs were introduced, as only two teams promoted.

In 2004–05 the format was changed back to two regional groups with both group winners promoting.

From the 2014–15 season onwards the Slovenian Third League is again divided into four regional groups with a total of 52 participating clubs. Three groups (i.e. North, Centre, East) are composed of 14 clubs, while the group West only has 10 clubs that are participating in the competition.

In 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons group winners played a promotional two-legged play-off to decide which two teams promoted, but after expansion of the Slovenian Second League all four group winners promoted directly in the following seasons.

The number of relegated teams from each group is determined by the number of regional MNZ's from which the clubs in all four groups are a part of. There are nine MNZ's governing bodies in Slovenian football:

This means that three teams from 3. SNL North are relegated at the end of the season and replaced by the winners of the fourth tier competitions held separately in MNZ Celje, MNZ Maribor and MNZ Ptuj. The number of relegated teams from 3. SNL Centre and 3. SNL East is two, while only the bottom team relegates from 3. SNL West as MNZ Koper and MNZ Nova Gorica manage a combined fourth tier competition. The number of relegated teams is also influenced by the location of teams which relegate from the second division. Each of the bottom placed second division teams can only relegate to the one 3. SNL group that is managed by the MNZ they are a part of.

Winners[edit]

Season East West
1992–93
Veržej
Piran
1993–94
Drava Ptuj
Mengeš
1994–95
Šentjur
Črnuče
1995–96
Dravograd
Renče
1996–97
Aluminij
Krka
1997–98
Pohorje
Tabor Sežana
Season Centre East North West
1998–99
Livar
Črenšovci
Rogoza
Korte
1999–2000
Komenda
Renkovci
Dravinja
Brda
2000–01
Bela Krajina
Bakovci
Drava Ptuj
Renče
2001–02
Grosuplje
Križevci
Krško
Izola
2002–03
Svoboda
Čarda[B]
Pohorje[B]
Korte[A]
2003–04
Factor Ježica[C]
Nafta Lendava[D]
Šoštanj[D]
Korte[C]
Season East West
2004–05
Zavrč[E]
Šenčur
2005–06
Mura 05
Bonifika
2006–07
Zavrč
Krka
2007–08
MU Šentjur
Olimpija
2008–09
Dravinja
Šenčur
2009–10
Šmartno 1928
Adria[F]
2010–11
Odranci[G]
Radomlje
2011–12
Zavrč
Krka
2012–13
Veržej
Ankaran Hrvatini
2013–14
Dravinja
Tolmin
Season Centre East North West
2014–15
Zarica Kranj[H]
Odranci[J]
Maribor B[I]
Ajdovščina Škou[H]
2015–16
Ilirija[K]
Beltinci[L]
Brežice 1919[K]
Brda[L]
Notes
  1. ^ Korte declined promotion, their place was taken by second placed Tabor Sežana
  2. ^ a b Čarda and Pohorje declined promotion (no replacement taken)
  3. ^ a b Play-off: Korte - Factor Ježica 4–0, 0–4 (1–4 pen.) Factor Ježica promoted
  4. ^ a b Play-off: Šoštanj - Nafta Lendava 0–0, 2–0 Šoštanj denied licence, Nafta Lendava promoted
  5. ^ Zavrč declined promotion (no replacement taken)
  6. ^ Adria declined promotion, their place was taken by the second placed Dob
  7. ^ Odranci declined promotion, their place was taken by the second placed Šampion
  8. ^ a b Play-off: Ajdovščina Škou vs. Zarica Kranj 1–1, 1–3 ; Zarica Kranj promoted
  9. ^ Maribor B was ineligible for promotion; 2nd placed Drava Ptuj played the play-off
  10. ^ Play-off: Drava Ptuj vs. Odranci 2–0, 1–2 ; Drava Ptuj promoted
  11. ^ a b Play-off: Ilirija vs. Brežice 1919 0–4, 2–0 ; Brežice promoted
  12. ^ a b Play-off: Brda vs. Beltinci 0–0, 2–1 ; Brda promoted

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