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Football League
Footballleague
Country Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece
Founded 1983 in its current format
2010 with its current name
Number of teams 18
Promotion to Super League
Relegation to Gamma Ethniki
Levels on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) Greek Cup
Current champions AEL (2015-16)
TV OTE Sport
Website Official website
Football current event 2016–17 Football League

Football League, former Beta Ethniki (Β΄ Εθνική, II National Category), is the second highest professional football league in Greece, being a feeder-league to the top-level Superleague Greece.

2016-17 Member Clubs

Team Location Stadium CapacityLast season
Acharnaikos Menidi Acharnes Stadium 4,450 FL, 9th
Agrotikos Asteras Evosmos Agrotikos Asteras Ground2,267FL, 11th
Aiginiakos Aiginio Municipal Stadium of Aiginio 1,000 Gamma Ethniki,Group 2, 1st
Anagennisi Karditsa Karditsa Karditsa Stadium 9,500 FL, 8th
Apollon Smyrni Athens Georgios Kamaras Stadium 14,856 FL, 4th
Aris Thessaloniki Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium 22,800 Gamma Ethniki,Group 1, 1st
Chania Chania Perivolia Municipal Stadium 2,800 FL, 12th
Kallithea Kallithea Grigoris Lambrakis Stadium 4,250 FL, 7th
Kalloni Mytilene Mytilene Municipal Stadium3,000SL, 16th
Kissamikos Kissamos Maleme Stadium 700 FL, 6th
Lamia Lamia Lamia Stadium6,000FL, 5th
OFI Heraklion Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium 8,500Gamma Ethniki,Group 4, 1st
Panegialios Aigio Aigio Stadium 4,500 FL, 13th
Panelefsiniakos Eleusina Municipal Stadium of Eleusina 1,800 FL, 14th
Panserraikos Serres Serres Municipal Stadium 9,500 FL, 10th
Panthrakikos Komotini Komotini Municipal Stadium 6,200 SL, 15th
Sparta Sparta Sparta Municipal Stadium 1,500 Gamma Ethniki,Group 3, 1st
Trikala Trikala Trikala Municipal Stadium 14,000 FL, 3rd

History

It began in 1954 as regional championship, separated in two groups, North and South. Then, the participating teams were the champions of each Greek football clubs association. Every year the participating teams were different. In 1960, the Division took its name and some teams were permanent. From 1960 to 1984, there existed multiple groups, peaking in 1962 with ten groups. In 1962, the Division was made permanent, something that had as an essential condition the disengagement of the teams from their local championships. This change has led many statisticians to begin statistics from this period (1962–63). For 21 periods, from 1962–63 to 1982–83, championship was carried out in groups. The subordinate system was introduced for first time in 1983–84 season.

On August 3, 2010, the change of division's name to Football League was announced.

Structure

At present, there are eighteen clubs that compete in the Football League, playing each other in a home and away series. At the end of the season, the bottom four teams are relegated to the Football League 2. The top two teams gain automatic promotion. Unlike the Superleague, clubs in the Football League do not get relegated if the club fails to obtain a license. All teams in the Football League take part in the Greek Football Cup.

Winners

From 1960 to 1962

Season Winner
1959–60Fostiras, Atromitos Piraeus, Panelefsiniakos, Thermaikos
1960–61Panelefsiniakos, Niki Volou, Aspida Xanthi, Egaleo
1961–62Pankorinthiakos, Panegialios, Iraklis Kavala,
Iraklis Serres, Achilleas Trikala, Larissa,
Olympiakos Volos, Pierikos, Vyzas,
Rodiakos, OFI

From 1963 to 1982

Season Winner
1962–63Edessaikos, Doxa Drama,
Olympiakos Chalkida, Pankorinthiakos
1963–64Panachaiki, Proodeftiki, Philippi Kavala
1964–65Panserraikos, Edessaikos, Egaleo, Vyzas
1965–66Veria, OFI, Vyzas
1966–67Panelefsiniakos, Kavala, Olympiakos Volou
1967–68Chalkida, Trikala
1968–69Panachaiki, Kavala
1969–70Apollon Athens, Veria, Fostiras
1970–71Panachaiki, Trikala, Ethnikos Olympiakos Volou
1971–72Panserraikos, Kalamata, Atromitos
1972–73Apollon Athens, Apollon Kalamarias, AEL
1973–74PAS Giannina, Kastoria, Kalamata
1974–75Apollon Athens, Panetolikos, Pierikos
1975–76Kavala, OFI
1976–77Egaleo, Veria
1977–78Rodos, AEL
1978–79Doxa Dramas, Korinthos
1979–80Panserraikos, Atromitos
1980–81Rodos, Iraklis
1981–82Panachaiki, Makedonikos
1982–83Egaleo, Apollon Kalamarias

From 1983

Season Winner
1983–84Panachaiki
1984–85PAS Giannina
1985–86Diagoras
1986–87Panachaiki
1987–88Doxa Drama
1988–89Skoda Xanthi
1989–90Athinaikos
1990–91Ethnikos Piraeus
1991–92Apollon Kalamarias
1992–93Naoussa
1993–94Ionikos
Season Winner
1994–95Paniliakos
1995–96Kavala
1996–97Panionios
1997–98Aris
1998–99Trikala
1999–00Athinaikos
2000–01Egaleo
2001–02PAS Giannina
2002–03Chalkidona
2003–04Kerkyra
2004–05 AEL
Season Winner
2005–06 Ergotelis
2006–07 Asteras Tripolis
2007–08 Panserraikos
2008–09 Atromitos
2009–10 Olympiakos Volos
2010–11 Panetolikos
2011–12 Panthrakikos
2012–13 Apollon Smyrni
2013–14 Niki Volos
2014–15 AEK Athens
2015–16 AEL

External links

Template:Greek Second Division/Football (soccer)

Football in Greece
League competitions The HFF Cup competitions
Superleague Greece Greek Cup
Football League (U-21) (U-19) (U-17) Greek Super Cup
Gamma Ethniki List of clubs
Delta Ethniki List of stadiums
Greek football league system List of leagues
Second level football leagues of Europe (UEFA)

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