Tercera División

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Tercera División
Country  Spain
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1928–29
Number of teams 361
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to Segunda División B
Relegation to Divisiones Regionales
Domestic cup(s) Copa del Rey
Copa Federación
International cup(s) UEFA Europa League
(via winning Copa del Rey)
Website Official website
2016–17 season
Groups of Tercera División

Tercera División (English: Third Division) is the fourth level of the Spanish football league system. The top three are the Primera División, often referred to as "La Liga" in English, the Segunda División, and Segunda División B.

Current format[edit]

Since 2006, the Tercera División features 360 teams divided into 18 regional groups, corresponding to the Autonomous communities of Spain (due to its huge size, Andalusia is divided into two different groups, East and West; Ceuta is allocated to West Andalusia, while Melilla is allocated to the East). Each Group is administered by a regional football federation. At the end of the season the first four teams in each group qualify for promotion play-offs to decide which teams are promoted to Segunda División B. At least the three teams finishing bottom of each group may be relegated to the Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol. However the number of teams relegated can vary. The eighteen group champions also qualify for the following season's Copa del Rey. However reserve teams are ineligible. Along with teams from Segunda División B, the remaining teams from the division compete in the Copa Federación.

Since the 2008–09 season, the eighteen group winners have the opportunity to promote directly to the Segunda División B. The 18 group winners are drawn into a two-legged series where the nine winners promote to the Segunda División B. The nine losing clubs enter the playoff round for the last nine promotion spots.

The 18 runners-up are drawn against one of the seventeen fourth-place clubs outside their group and the 18 third-placed clubs are drawn against one another in a two-legged series. The twenty-seven winners advance with the nine losing clubs from the champions' series to determine the 18 teams that enter the last two-legged series for the last nine promotion spots. In all the playoff series, the lower-ranked club plays at home first. Whenever there is a tie in position (like the group winners in the champions' series or the third-placed teams in the first round), a draw determines the club to play at home first.

Group Region Winners (2016–17) Relegation
1  Galicia Deportivo La Coruña B Preferente de Galicia
2  Asturias Sporting Gijón B Preferente de Asturias
3  Cantabria Gimnástica Torrelavega Preferente de Cantabria
4  Basque Country Alavés B Basque lower levels
5  Catalonia Olot Primera Catalana
6  Valencian Community Olímpic Preferente Comunidad Valenciana
7  Community of Madrid Atlético Madrid B Preferente de Madrid
8  Castile and León Gimnástica Segoviana Preferente de Castilla y León
9 Andalusia Eastern Andalusia and  Melilla Atlético Malagueño Primera Andaluza
10 Andalusia Western Andalusia and  Ceuta Real Betis B Primera Andaluza
11  Balearic Islands Formentera Preferente
12  Canary Islands Las Palmas Atlético Interinsular Preferente
13  Murcia Lorca Preferente de Murcia
14  Extremadura Cacereño Preferente de Extremadura
15  Navarre Peña Sport Preferente de Navarra
16 La Rioja (Spain) La Rioja Calahorra Preferente de La Rioja
17  Aragon Deportivo Aragón Preferente de Aragón
18  Castile-La Mancha Talavera de la Reina Preferente de Castilla-La Mancha

History[edit]

During the inaugural La Liga season of 1928/29 a third level of teams known as Segunda División B was also organised. This division featured 10 teams and at the end of the season Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa were crowned champions. However the 1929/30 season saw the first of many reorganisations of the Spanish football league system and the Tercera Division was born. During its first season the division featured 33 teams divided into eight groups. The eight group winners qualified for a play-off and CD Castellón eventually beat Barakaldo CF 3-2 to be declared champions. The most significant reorganisation came at the start of the 1977/78 season with the revival of Segunda División B which replaced the Tercera División as the third level.

Evolution of the Tercera División[edit]

Tier\Years 1928–50 1950–55 1955–68 1968–70 1970–77 1977–79 1979–80 1980–83 1983–86 1986–87 1987–89 1989–92 1992–04 2004–06 2006–
3 4 to 10 groups 6 groups 14 groups 8 groups 4 groups Segunda División B
4 Regional divisions 6 groups 8 groups 13 groups 14 groups 16 groups 17 groups 17 groups
+2 subgroups
17 groups 17 groups
+2 subgroups
18
groups

Historical classification[edit]

The classification will be updated at the end of each season.

  • Correct as end of 2015–16 season.
  • Bold indicates playing in this level at 2016–17 season.
  • (†) indicates defunct teams.
Pos Team Seasons Winners
1. Murcia Imperial 63 1
2. Arenas 61 3
3. Eldense 55 12
3. Tudelano 55 5
5. Constancia 54 8
6. Atlético Baleares 53 11
7. Racing Santander B 52 5
7. Manacor 52 4
7. Europa 52 2
10. Cacereño 51 10
10. Lemos 51 0
10. Gimnástica Segoviana 51 2
13. Caudal 50 16
13. Don Benito 50 7
13. Mirandés 50 4
Pos Team Seasons Winners
13. Baskonia 50 4
17. Poblense 49 2
17. Arosa 49 1
19. Calahorra 48 7
19. Linense 48 5
19. Reus 48 2
19. Monzón 48 1
19. Coria 48 0
24. Deportivo Coruña B 47 3
24. Salamanca B (†) 47 1
24. Alaior 47 0
24. Turón 47 0
28. Gimnástica Torrelavega 46 10
28. Ponferradina 46 3
28. Siero 46 2
Pos Team Seasons Winners
28. Getxo 46 1
28. Júpiter 46 0
28. Guadalajara 46 0
34. Alicante (†) 45 3
34. Chantrea 45 0
34. Oberena 45 0
37. Laredo 44 4
37. Girona 44 4
37. Acero 44 2
37. Tortosa 44 0
37. Santoña 44 0
42. Gandía 43 3
43. Andorra 42 7
43. Valladolid B 42 7
43. Ejea 42 3

Latest group champions and promoted teams[edit]

In bold, group champions finally promoted to Segunda División B. Administrative promotions not included in this table.

Season I
X
II
XI
III
XII
IV
XIII
V
XIV
VI
XV
VII
XVI
VIII
XVII
IX
XVIII
2006–07 Deportivo B Caudal Noja Zalla Reus Dénia RSD Alcalá Mirandés Granada Atlético
Algeciras Eivissa Las Palmas B Murcia B Jerez Valle de Egüés Haro Zaragoza B Conquense
Other promoted teams: Girona (V), Sabadell (V), Gavà (V), Villarreal B (VI), Ontinyent (VI), Betis B (X), Lucena (X), San Isidro (XII), Villa de Santa Brígida (XII), Fuerteventura (XII), Mazarrón (XIII), Peña Sport (XIV), Guadalajara (XVIII)
2007–08 Ciudad de Santiago Oviedo Gimn. Torrelavega Portugalete Barcelona B Alzira Ciempozuelos Mirandés Roquetas
CD San Fernando Atlético Baleares Atlético Granadilla Ciudad de Lorquí Don Benito Izarra Alfaro Ejea Toledo
Other promoted teams: Sporting Gijón B (II), Racing Santander B (III), Sant Andreu (V), Valencia Mestalla (VI), Navalcarnero (VII), Antequera (IX), Linense (X), Peña Deportiva (XI), Las Palmas Atlético (XII), Sangonera (XIII), Murcia B (XIII),
2008–09 Compostela Oviedo Gimn. Torrelavega Lagun Onak Espanyol B Villajoyosa RSD Alcalá CF Palencia Unión Estepona
San Roque de Lepe Mallorca B Tenerife B Caravaca Cerro Reyes Izarra Varea Atlético Monzón Toledo
Other promoted teams: Mirandés (VIII), Sporting Mahonés (XI), Cacereño (XIV)
2009–10 Deportivo B Caudal Noja Real Sociedad B L'Hospitalet Gandía Rayo Vallecano B Burgos At. Mancha Real
Alcalá Atlético Baleares Corralejo Jumilla CF Badajoz Tudelano Oyonesa Teruel La Roda
Other promoted teams: Coruxo (I), Santboià (V), Alzira (VI), Getafe B (VII), Yeclano (XIII), Extremadura (XIV), Peña Sport (XV), La Muela (XVII)
2010–11 Cerceda Marino Luanco Noja Amorebieta Llagostera Valencia Mestalla Alcobendas Sport Burgos Comarca de Níjar
Linense Manacor Lanzarote Costa Cálida Villanovense Tudelano Náxara Andorra Toledo
Other promoted teams: Sestao River (IV), Reus (V), Olímpic (VI), SS Reyes (VII), Gimnástica Segoviana (VIII), Arandina (VIII), Sporting Villanueva (XIV), La Roda (XVIII)
2011–12 Ourense Caudal Noja Laudio Prat Catarroja Fuenlabrada Valladolid B Loja
At. Sanluqueño Constància Marino Yeclano Arroyo Peña Sport SD Logroñés Ejea Villarrobledo
Other promoted teams: Barakaldo (IV), San Fernando (X), Binissalem (XI), Izarra (XV), Tudelano (XV)
2012–13 Racing Ferrol Tuilla Tropezón Laudio Olot Elche Ilicitano Puerta Bonita Burgos El Palo
Algeciras Peña Deportiva Las Palmas Atlético La Hoya Lorca Extremadura San Juan Haro Sariñena Toledo
Other promoted teams: Celta Vigo B (I), Compostela (I), Granada B (IX), Conquense (XVIII)
2013–14 Somozas Lealtad Gimn. Torrelavega Leioa Cornellà Eldense Trival Valderas Valladolid B Marbella
Real Betis B Mallorca B Atlético Granadilla UCAM Murcia Villanovense Izarra Varea Zaragoza B Puertollano[N 1]
Other promoted teams: Langreo (II), Rayo Vallecano B (VII), At. Astorga (VIII), San Roque de Lepe (X), Socuéllamos (XVIII)
2014–15 Pontevedra Condal Laredo Portugalete Ascó Castellón Rayo Majadahonda Arandina Linares
Algeciras Formentera Mensajero Jumilla Mérida Peña Sport Varea Ebro Talavera de la Reina
Other promoted teams: Gernika (IV), Arenas (IV), Pobla de Mafumet (V), Atlético Levante (VI), Llosetense (XI), Izarra (XV)
2015–16 Boiro Caudal Laredo Zamudio Prat Atlético Saguntino SS Reyes Zamora At. Mancha Real
Córdoba B Mallorca B Villa de Santa Brígida Lorca Deportiva Extremadura Osasuna B Calahorra Deportivo Aragón Conquense
Other promoted teams: Gavà (V), Navalcarnero (VII), Palencia (VIII), El Ejido (IX), At. Sanluqueño (X), San Fernando (X), Mutilvera (XV)
2016–17 Deportivo B Sporting B Gimn. Torrelavega Alavés B Olot Olímpic Atlético Madrid B Gimn. Segoviana Atlético Malagueño
Real Betis B Formentera Las Palmas Atlético Lorca Deportiva Cacereño Peña Sport Calahorra Deportivo Aragón Talavera de la Reina
Other promoted teams:
  1. ^ Puertollano resigned to promotion due to financial difficulties.

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