The 102 teams that make up the largest Second Division B in history reached a kind of flying goal this Sunday 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) leads 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 cannot be applied to use 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. A whole 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 there they are all, 30 teams divided into five groups of six squads and always by geographical proximity.
Six more days 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-match 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 proclaimed the economic control of the clubs, the joint sale of television rights or a series of conditions with respect to 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 men’s categories at the national level.”
The results of the first phase have Burgos, Ibiza or Badajoz close to the goal of the play-off. 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 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 in 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 descent. 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 end 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 can fall to the 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-off and doors were opened for up to 102 teams, a mixture of meritorious, subsidiaries and historical come to less as Deportivo, Murcia, Hércules, Córdoba or Racing de Santander, who no longer have options to ascend to Second A. All are doomed to a championship at sprint, riddled with contradictions and far from the concept of regularity inherent to a League.