Segunda Division B
|Segunda Division B|
|Association||Real Federación Española de Fútbol|
|Teams||80 (in four groups)|
^ Segunda División (II)
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The Segunda División B (short 2ª B ) is the third highest division in the league system of Spanish football . It is managed by the Real Federación Española de Fútbol and is semi-professional. The higher divisions are called Primera División and Segunda División ; the next lower division is the Tercera División .
The third Spanish division has been held in four regional groups since the 1987/88 season. For the first ten years (this league was founded in 1977) it was only divided into two groups. In each of the four groups, 20 teams play against each other twice on 38 match days.
- Group 1
- Clubs from Asturias , Castile and León , Galicia , La Rioja (1 team), Cantabria (1 team) and the Murcia region (1 team).
- Group 2
- Clubs from Aragon (1 team), the Canary Islands (1 team), Castile-La Mancha (2 teams), the Madrid region , Navarre and the Basque Country .
- Group 3
- Clubs from Aragon (1 team), Catalonia , the Balearic Islands (2 teams) and the Valencia region .
- Group 4
- Clubs from Andalusia , Extremadura , Castile-La Mancha (1 team), Melilla (1 team) and the Murcia region .
The four best clubs in each group play relegation matches against each other in order to find four promotion places in the Segunda División. The first four players in the group play off two direct promoters in a first playoff round (two pairings, each with a first and second leg). The twelve second to fourth placed play a first knockout round. The six winners from it and the two first places who have not been promoted will now determine the two other promoted players in two more knockout rounds (always two-way legs). The second teams of a club cannot be promoted if the first team is in the league above, they cede their relegation place to the fifth (possibly sixth, seventh, etc.).
The last four teams in each group are relegated to the Tercera División. Should the first team of a club be relegated, the second team of that team will automatically be relegated if they are in the league immediately below.