The Croatian football league system is a series of connected leagues for club football in Croatia. This system has hierarchical format with promotion and relegation between leagues at different levels.

Men's league system

Update: 18 October 2021

Tier Leagues
1 Prva HNL
10 clubs
2 Druga HNL
16 clubs
3 Treća HNL West
14 clubs
Treća HNL Center
18 clubs
Treća HNL North
12 clubs
Treća HNL East
18 clubs
Treća HNL South
18 clubs
4 Četvrta NL Rijeka
13 clubs
Četvrta NL Zagreb
32 clubs (2 groups)
Četvrta NL Čakovec-Varaždin
14 clubs
Četvrta NL Bjelovar-Koprivnica-Virovitica
14 clubs
MŽNL Osijek-Vinkovci
18 clubs
MŽNL Brod-Požega
14 clubs
without inter-county league
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First League of Istria County
14 clubs
First League of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
11 clubs
League of Lika-Senj County
6 clubs

First League of Zagreb
15 clubs
JŽNL Zagreb County
16 clubs
First League of Sisak-Moslavina County
14 clubs
First League of Karlovac County
10 clubs
First League of Krapina-Zagorje County
12 clubs

First League of Međimurje County
18 clubs
First League of Varaždin County
14 clubs

First League of Bjelovar-Bilogora County
16 clubs
First League of Koprivnica-Križevci County
14 clubs
First League of Virovitica-Podravina County
14 clubs

First league of Osijek-Baranja County
16 clubs
First league of Vukovar-Syrmia County
16 clubs

First League of Brod-Posavina County
28 clubs(2 groups)
First League of Požega-Slavonia County
14 clubs

First League of Dubrovnik-Neretva County
12 clubs
First League of Split-Dalmatia County
14 clubs
League of Šibenik-Knin County
7 clubs
First League of Zadar County
14 clubs

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Second League of Istria County
14 clubs
Second League of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
9 clubs

Second League of Zagreb
15 clubs
First League of Zagreb County
28 clubs(2 groups)
Second League of Sisak-Moslavina County
36 clubs(3 groups)
Second League of Karlovac County
11 clubs
Second League of Krapina-Zagorje County
9 clubs

Second League of Međimurje County
32 clubs(2 groups)
Second League of Varaždin County
14 clubs

Second League of Bjelovar-Bilogora County
14 clubs
Second League of Koprivnica-Križevci County
14 clubs
Second League of Virovitica-Podravina County
20 clubs(2 groups)

Second league of Osijek-Baranja County
72 club(5 groups)
Second League of Vukovar-Syrmia County
26 club(3 groups)

Second League of Brod-Posavina County
36 clubs(4 groups)
Second League of Požega-Slavonia County
8 clubs

Second League of Dubrovnik-Neretva County
10 clubs
Second League of Split-Dalmatia County
11 clubs
Second League of Zadar County
8 clubs

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Third League of Istria County
20 clubs(2 groups)

Second League of Zagreb County
18 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Međimurje County
9 clubs
Third League of Varaždin County
20 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Bjelovar-Bilogora County
24 clubs(2 groups)
Third League of Koprivnica-Križevci County
12 clubs
Third League of Virovitica-Podravina County
16 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Osijek-Baranja County
53 clubs(5 groups)
Third League of Vukovar-Syrmia County
19 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Split-Dalmatia County
10 clubs

8 Fourth League of Koprivnica-Križevci County
8 clubs

Evolution of the Croatian league system

Tier\Years 1992–95 1995–97 1997–2006 2006–12 2012–22 2022–future
1 Prva HNL Prva A HNL Prva HNL Elitna HNL
2 Druga HNL Prva B HNL Druga HNL Prva HNL
3 Treća HNL Druga HNL Treća HNL Druga HNL
4 Lower Treća HNL Lower Četvrta HNL Lower Treća HNL
5 Lower Lower Lower
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Women's league system

Update: 18 October 2021

Tier Leagues
1 Prva HNLŽ
8 clubs
2 Druga HNLŽ Group A
9 clubs
Druga HNLŽ Group B
8 clubs

Group A consist of counties in central, south and west Croatia. Group B consist of counties in east and north Croatia.

Futsal league system

Update: 18 October 2021

Tier Men's leagues
1 Prva HMNL
10 clubs
2 Druga HMNL West
11 clubs
Druga HMNL East
12 clubs
Druga HMNL South
12 clubs
3 different County leagues, tournaments and cups

Prva HMNLŽ (women futsal league) has 10 clubs and at this moment is only women's futsal league in country.