Ohemeng, from Salamanca, and Mujaid Sadick, from Deportivo, during the match of the first day of the Segunda B championship in Riazor.Cabalar / EFE
The 102 teams that make up the most nurtured Second Division B in history, arrived this Sunday at a luck of a flying goal in an intricate format competition. The ten subgroups in which the contenders were divided now give way to another fifteen in which the teams are ordered by objectives, a second phase that comes with several conditions: all the points and goals obtained to date are dragged, no matter how much It is evident that the teams were not divided by a homogeneous football level but by geographical conditions
The gibberish is completed with the disappearance of the category and the creation of three new ones for the coming campaign (First RFEF, Second RFEF and Third RFEF) entails to the need to place the participating teams in them. In Second B clubs compete today that can play from September in the second, third, fourth or fifth step of Spanish football. And now there are situations as atypical as that a classification to use cannot be applied because there are squads that arrive with more games played than others. For example, Ibiza is the leader in its six-team league, but right now it no longer has 40 points but a coefficient of 2,222, the result of dividing points obtained between duels played. They are followed by Nàstic with 1,750 and Alcoyano with 1,722.
The panorama is complex, but it is defined from three levels or levels of competition. In the highest, 30 teams will fight for four places to be promoted to Second A and in any case they have ensured their participation in the new First RFEF; in the intermission, 32 teams will fight for the ten remaining places in that category and not stay one step below, in Second RFEF; of the rest, 40 clubs, only fourteen will avoid relegation to Third RFEF. Quite a purgatory.
The different routes of Second B are as follows:
Fight for promotion to Second, with the First RFEF guaranteed. For some the season is already a success, others have just taken a first step towards their real goal, but they are all there, 30 teams divided into five groups of six squads and always due to geographical proximity.
Six more rounds will be played. The first three and the best fourth will make up the promotion play-off. There it will be necessary to win two single-game qualifiers to be promoted to the Second Division. The other 14 teams will have guaranteed at least one place in the next First RFEF , the new third category of Spanish football, a division that during its creation process became known as the Pro League, because the Federation assumed a model that distanced it from amateurism, he touted the economic control of the clubs, the joint sale of television rights or a series of conditions regarding venues or sale of commercial assets. But this week he came with the reduction and clarified that the new league, with two groups of 20 teams, will be "the most important of the non-professional male categories at the national level."
The results of the first phase have Burgos, Ibiza or Badajoz close to the play-off goal. The rest have a lot of stone to chop. 16 of those 30 teams have never played in the second category of Spanish football and in almost all the others there is not much history behind it either. The short format has favored surprises.
A loophole to enter the First RFEF. Those classified between fourth and sixth in the subgroups of the first phase (and two seventh if eleven teams competed) are now in an intermediate group of six contenders who also drag scores. Only the first two will achieve a place in the First RFEF to complete the 40 teams scheduled for that competition. The rest have their place certified to compete in the Second RFEF, a league that will have five groups of 18 teams.
The hecatomb of the double relegation. The tie that tightens Coruxo is similar to the one worn by other teams. 26 of the 102 participants this year in the bronze division of Spanish soccer will play the next league in the fifth, called Third RFEF, which will be territorial. Quite a few know that it is already very difficult to avoid it, with just fourteen rounds to settle and five drops in groups of eight teams. In this situation are the Recreativo dean, the subsidiaries of Valencia, Atlético or Espanyol and squads that started with high budgets such as Pontevedra, Melilla, Salamanca or Marbella.
“It's an attractive league for the fans, but for the teams it sucks. It doesn't make sense, no matter where you look ”. Míchel Alonso, coach of Coruxo from Vigo exploded when asked for a definition of the season. Original sin occurred in May of last year. The pandemic forced exceptional decisions to be taken and the Federation decided to terminate the competition for all clubs except for those in promotion positions for promotion to professional football. Coruxo was fifth and stayed on the border. “They valued us as the last one. The season was worthless and now, in part, we are as we are because of those decisions that were made, ”criticizes Alonso. They were close to the second category of Spanish football and a year later they may fall to fifth.
A year ago there were no relegations to Third, but there were promotions to Second B, even more than expected because a last outbreak of the virus liquidated a last play-offs and doors were opened for up to 102 teams, a mix of meritorious, subsidiary and historic teams that have come down, such as Deportivo , Murcia, Hércules, Córdoba or Racing de Santander, who no longer have options to be promoted to Second A. to a sprint championship, riddled with contradictions and far from the concept of regularity inherent in a League
A third echelon of 40 teams that is taking shape
Thirty squads have already guaranteed their passport to the new First RFEF, the third category of Spanish football . Four of them will not play it but will be promoted to Second. Their place will be taken by the four descendants of professional football The thirty classified are: Zamora, Unionistas, Celta B, Burgos, Cultural Leonesa, Valladolid Promesas, Bilbao Ath, Real Sociedad B, Amorebieta, Tudelano, Calahorra, SD Logroñés or Ebro, Nástic from Tarragona, Barcelona B, Andorra, Ibiza, Alcoyano, Villarreal B, Algeciras, San Fernando, Sanluqueño, UCAM Murcia, Linares, Betis Deportivo, San Sebastían de los Reyes, Castilla, Internacional, Badajoz, Extremadura and Talavera.
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