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Belgian Third Amateur Division

Belgian Third Amateur Division

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Belgian Third Amateur Division
Founded 2016
Country Belgium
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 64
Level on pyramid 5
Promotion to Belgian Second Amateur Division
Relegation to Belgian Provincial leagues
Domestic cup(s) Belgian Cup
2018–19 Belgian Third Amateur Division

The Belgian Third Amateur Division is the fifth-highest division in the Belgian football league system, one level below the Belgian Second Amateur Division. It was created by the Royal Belgian Football Association in 2016 as a new layer at the fifth level of the league system. The division consists of four separate leagues with 16 teams each, two of these leagues consist of teams playing with a license from the Voetbalfederatie Vlaanderen (VFV, the Dutch speaking wing of the RBFA) and two with teams with a license from the Association des Clubs Francophones de Football (ACFF, the French speaking wing of the RBFA).

History

The Belgian Third Amateur Division was created in 2016 following an overhaul of the Belgian football league system which saw the number of professional clubs reduced to 24. As a result, from the third level and below only amateur clubs remain.[1] The two remaining levels above the Belgian Provincial leagues were reformed into three amateur levels, namely the Belgian Second Amateur Division (reformed Belgian Third Division), the Belgian Third Amateur Division (reformed Belgian Fourth Division) and the newly created Belgian First Amateur Division. As a result, the Belgian Provincial leagues dropped to the sixth level of the league system.

Competition format

In each of the four separate leagues, the season is a regular round-robin tournament with 16 teams. The winners of each league is promoted to the Belgian Second Amateur Division. The teams finishing in second place in each Flemish-speaking league and the three period winners (the season is divided into three periods) of these leagues will playoff for two extra promotion spots. No extra promotion places are available for the French-speaking leagues as there is only one French-speaking league at the Belgian Second Amateur Division, compared to two Flemish speaking ones. Regarding relegation, the bottom three teams from each league are relegated to the Belgian Provincial leagues, but the number of teams to be relegated can increase depending on the number of teams being relegated directly from the Belgian Second Amateur Division.[2]

Past winners

Season Division A winner (VFV) Division B winner (VFV) Division C winner (ACFF) Division D winner (ACFF) Promotion play-off VFV winners Promotion play-off ACFF winner(s)
2016–17 Ingelmunster Turnhout RWDM47 Durbuy Ronse, City Pirates, Vosselaar, Sint-Lenaarts, Pepingen Rebecq
2017–18 Menen Heur-Tongeren La Louvière Tilleur Diegem, Dikkelvenne, Eppegem Couvin-Mariembourg, Francs Borains, Visé

References

  1. ^ "La réforme du championnat approuvée: une grande lessive se prépare en D2 (INFOGRAPHIE)" (in French). dh.be. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bondsreglement" (PDF) (in Dutch). Royal Belgian Football Association. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 


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