Gamma Ethniki promotion playoffs set
The regular season of this year’s Gamma Ethniki has come to close and eight teams will fight for a place in next year’s Greek Football League.
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The winner of each of the eight Gamma Ethniki groups will compete in the promotion playoffs for four spots to next year’s Greek Football League. The eight group winners will be separated into two groups of four, based on geographic location (North and South) and after a total of six group matches (home and away against each team), the top two teams will be promoted to Greece’s second division.
One of Greece’s most historic clubs, Iraklis, will compete in the promotion playoffs and will be one of the favorites to return to the Football League, after being demoted from last year's Super League due to financial reasons. Some more known team competing in the Gamma Ethniki that failed to win their respective groups and as a result miss out on promotion include: Kavala, Agrotikos Asteras, Niki Volou, Olympiacos Volou, Panarkadikos, Kalamata, Proodeftiki, and Ionikos, who just barely achieved safety from the drop zone.
The eight Gamma Ethniki group winners are listed below. The schedule for the playoffs will be announced after next Wednesday’s draw and will kick off on April 22.
North Promotion Playoff Group
Group 1: Apollon Paralimniou
Group 2: Iraklis
Group 3: Tilikratis
Group 4: NSP Volos
South Promotion Playoff Group
Group 5: Asteras Amaliadas
Group 6: Ethnikos Piraeus
Group 7: Aittitos Spaton
Group 8: Irodotos
A total of 41 teams were relegated from the Gamma Ethniki to their local championships and they are listed below. Among the names include one of Greece’s oldest clubs that once competed in the Greek A’ Ethniki, Fostiras.
Group 1: AE Didimoteichou, Megas Alexandros Xiropotamou, Doxa Proskiniton, Doxa Neou Sidirochoriou, Megas Alexandros Karperis
Group 2: Naoussa, Kilkisiakos, AO Kardias, AE Karitsas, Megas Alexandros Trikalon, Filippos Alexandreias, Kampbaniakos
Group 3: AEP Karagiannion, Ethnikos Filippiadas, Panleykadios, Skoufas Kobotiou, Asteras Parapotamou, Kastoria
Group 4: Rigas Feraios, Thyva, Digenis Neochoriou, Achilleas Farsalon, Opountios Martinou, APOK Velouchi
Group 5: Achaiki, Zakynthos, Tsiklitiras Pylou, Pallixouriakos, Leonidio
Group 6: Rhodos, Loutraki, Pelops Kiatou, Zevgolatio
Group 7: Diagoras Agias Paraskevis, Ermis Kiveriou, Triglia Rafinas, Taminaikos
Group 8: Fostiras, Kifisia, AE Milopotamou, Ermis Zonianon