Slovenian Third League
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Slovenian Third League

Slovenian Third League
Slovenian Third League logo.png
Founded1992; 28 years ago (1992)
Number of teams26
Level on pyramid3
Promotion to2. SNL
Relegation toRegional League or
Intercommunal Leagues
Current championsBled (Centre)
Grad (East)
Dravograd (North)
Koper (West)
Most championshipsDravinja
(3 titles each)
Current: 2020-21 Slovenian Third League

The Slovenian Third Football League (Slovene: Tretja slovenska nogometna liga or commonly 3. SNL) is the third tier of the Slovenian football system. Since 2019 the league consists of two regional groups (East and West). They are operated by the Intercommunal Football Associations.

Format and rules

Between 1992-93 and 1997-98, the Slovenian Third League was divided into two regional groups (East and West), with both group winners directly promoting to the Slovenian Second League (except in the 1994-95 season, when the top two divisions got reorganized).

In the 1998-99 season, the 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, a two-legged play-offs were introduced, as only two teams promoted.

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

From the 2014-15 season onwards, the league was again divided into four regional groups. Three of those groups (Centre, East and North) were composed of fourteen clubs, while the West group consisted of ten clubs.

In the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, the group winners played a promotional two-legged play-off to decide two promoting teams. Due to expansion of the Slovenian Second League, the top two teams in each of the four groups were promoted in the 2016-17 season. In the following season, the group winners again played a two-legged play-off for two promotion spots.

In the 2018-19 season, the North, Centre and East groups were reduced to ten teams. After the season, the old system with two groups (East and West) with both winners promoting to the Second League was reintroduced.[1]

2020-21 teams


Season East West
2019-20 N/A[R]
  1. ^
    Korte declined promotion, their place was taken by the second-placed Tabor Se?ana.
  2. ^ a b
    ?arda and Pohorje declined promotion (no replacement taken).
  3. ^ a b
    Play-off: Korte - Factor Je?ica 4-0, 0-4 (1-4 pen.); Factor Je?ica promoted.
  4. ^ a b
    Play-offo?tanj - Nafta Lendava 0-0, 2-0; ?o?tanj denied licence, Nafta Lendava promoted.
  5. ^
    Zavr? 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 ?ampion.
  8. ^ a b
    Play-off: Ajdovina ?kou vs. Zarica Kranj 1-1, 1-3; Zarica Kranj promoted.
  9. ^
    Maribor B was ineligible for promotion; second-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. Bre?ice 1919 0-4, 2-0; Bre?ice promoted.
  12. ^ a b
    Play-off: Brda vs. Beltinci 0-0, 2-1; Brda promoted.
  13. ^ a b
    Maribor B declined promotion, their place was taken by the third-placed Fu?inar.
  14. ^ a b
    Play-off: Beltinci vs. Bled 1-1, 1-0; Beltinci promoted.
  15. ^ a b
    Play-off: Bilje vs. Dravograd 2-1, 0-0; Bilje promoted.
  16. ^ a b
    Play-off: Dravograd vs. Bled 2-1, 0-0; Dravograd promoted.
  17. ^ a b
    Play-off: Koper vs. Grad 4-0, 4-0; Koper promoted.
  18. ^
    The season was not completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ?martno 1928 (East) and Primorje (West), the teams which were in the first place before the competition has ceased, were promoted.


  1. ^ "Zadeva: Spremembe tekmovanja na nivoju 3. SNL od TL 2018/2019 dalje" (PDF) (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 2020.

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