**-- about the gamma ethniki --**

**competition format**

The Gamma Ethniki, or 3rd Division, is Greece’s 3rd highest soccer league. The league is separated geographically into 8 groups which will include 11-14 teams in each group. A total of four teams will be promoted to the Football League at the end of the season. Each team within a group will play their opponents in home and away fixtures and at the end of the regular season, the eight group winners will be split into two “mini-leagues” for promotion.

The winners of groups 1-4 will be placed in one “mini-league” while the winners of group 5-8 will be placed in a second “mini-league.” The teams within their respective “mini-leagues” will play each other in home and away fixtures and after six games, the top two teams from each group will be promoted to the Football League.

The number of teams from each group that will be relegated to the local championships will be determined by the Hellenic Football Federation at a later date.

**STANDINGS TIE BREAKERS**

If two or more teams are equal on points, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

- Higher number of points obtained in the league matches played among the teams in question (i.e. head to head results)
- Superior goal difference from the league matches played among the teams in question (i.e. head to head goal difference)
- Higher number of goals scored (goals forced) from ALL league matches played
- Less number of goals against (goals conceded) from ALL league matches played