- Belgian Third Division
The Belgian Third Division counts two leagues (A and B) at the same level. This competition started with the 1926-27 season with three leagues, then with four leagues from 1931 till 1952. It was known as the Promotion from its creation to 1952. The champion of the third division is known after a final two-legged match between the winners of the two leagues. If those matches end in a draw, a third match is played on a neutral ground.
The competition comprises the regular season (two leagues of 16 teams, 30 matchdays each) followed by the promotion playoff (7 teams, 3 matchdays).
The regular season
The teams play 30 matches each during the regular season (from August till May). In each league, the winner of the regular season goes to the second division and the two weakest teams (15th and 16th) are relegated to the Promotion. The 14th placed teams must play the relegation playoff (see Promotion) and 6 teams (3 from each league) play the promotion playoff.
The promotion playoff
After the regular season come the playoffs. As in the second division, the two leagues of the third division are divided into three periods ( _fr. tranches), this time of 10 matches each. The winner of a period enters the third division playoff except if among others:
* it is relegated or champion of the regular season;
* it has won more than one period;
* at least two clubs from the second division merge;
* a club from the second division withdraws;
* it finished 14th of the regular season;
* it did not receive its 2nd division license.
In this case, the club is replaced for the playoffs by the best-placed team of the regular season that is not yet qualified. The team from the second division avoids the playoff when a club from the same division is directly relegated to the Promotion.
The playoff is played in three rounds. Six teams enter the first round played in two legs as expained below. Four teams enter the second round (in two legs): the three that qualified from the first round as well as the 16th-placed team of the second division. The final game is played on a neutral field. The winner qualifies for the second division. Traditionally, the 3rd place game is played too.
When the match is tied after 90 minutes (of the second leg or in the final), the teams play extra time of two 15-minutes periods. If there is still a tie, the match goes to penalties.
VC Eendracht Aalst 2002
K Diegem Sport
R Francs Borains
K Londerzeel SK
1992 Torhout KM
K Bocholter VV
R Cappellen FC
KFC Dessel Sport
RFC Union La Calamine
RFC de Liège
Union Royale Namur
R Sprimont CS
WS Woluwe FC
*1950: K. Tubantia F.C.
*1951: R.R.C. de Gand
R. Uccle Sport
*1956: R.C.S. Brugeois
*1957: K.F.C. Diest
*1958: R.F.C. Sérésien
*1959: K. Olse Merksem S.C.
*1962: R. Crossing Club Molenbeek
K. Boom F.C.
*1964: K. Sint-Niklaasse S.K.
*1965: K. Willebroekse S.V.
*1966: S.K. Beveren-Waas
*1968: "title not given"
A.S. Oostende K.M.
K. Waterschei S.V. Thor Genk
*1975: V.V. Patro Eisden
*1979: "title not given"
*1980: F.C. Sérésien
K.F.C. Witgoor Sport Dessel
*1982: K. Sint-Niklase S.K.
*1983: R.C. Jet de Bruxelles
*1984: V.V. Patro Eisden
K.F.C. Lommel S.K.
*1988: K.F.C. Germinal Ekeren
*1989: K. Sint-Niklase S.K.
*1990: K.R.C. Harelbeke
*1992: K. Beerschot V.A.V.
K.M. S.K. Deinze
R. Cappellen F.C.
*1996: R. Tilleur F.C. Liégeois
K.F.C. Dessel Sport
*2000: K. Heusden-Zolder S.K.
Here are listed the final games of the promotion playoffs for the second division:
*1994: V.V. Overpelt Fabriek beat
R. Cappellen F.C.
K.V. Turnhoutbeat K. Tesamen Hogerop Diest(2-0)
*1996: F.C. Denderleeuw beat
R. Union Saint-Gilloise(4-1)
K. Sint-Niklase S.K.E.beat K.F.C. Strombeek
*1998: R.C.S. Visétois beat K.S.V. Ingelmunster (2-1)
K.M. S.K. Deinzebeat Eendracht Hekelgem(3-0)
*2000: K. Heusden-Zolder beat
K.V. Kortrijkbeat R.C.S. Visétois (2-1)
K.F.C. V.W. Hammebeat K.V. Oostende(4-1)
V.C. Eendracht Aalst 2002beat Oud-Heverlee Leuven(1-1 after extra-time, 8-7 after penalty shootout)
K.V. Kortrijkbeat K.V. Turnhout
Oud-Heverlee Leuvenbeat C.S. Visé(4-2 after extra-time)
*2006: Racing Waregem beat
R.O.C. de Charleroi-Marchienne(1-0)
K.F.C. Verbroedering Geelbeat U.R. Namur(3-0 aggregate score)
U.R. Namurbeat C.S. Visé(0-0 aggregate score, 6-5 after penalty shootout)
Belgian Third Division A
Belgian Third Division B
*fr icon [http://www.sport.be/fr/football/lagere/ www.sport.be] - A third division website
*nl icon [http://www.sport.be/nl/football/lagere/ www.sport.be] - A third division website
*en icon [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesb/belg3hist.html RSSSF archive] - Third division full tables
*fr icon [http://www.rtbf.be/rtbf_2000/bin/view_something.cgi?type=article&id=0164031_article&menu=:esc%20menu:&pub=:pub: www.rtbf.be] - 2005 promotion playoff results
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