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. Last revision of league system was made in 2022:[1][2]

Men's league system

Update: 19 September 2022

Tier Leagues
1 HNL
10 clubs
2 Prva NL
12 clubs
3 Druga NL
16 clubs
4 Treća HNL West
13 clubs
Treća HNL Center
18 clubs
Treća HNL North
10 clubs
Treća HNL East
16 clubs
Treća HNL South
16 clubs
5 Četvrta NL Rijeka
14 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
6

First League of Istria County
13 clubs
First League of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
10 clubs
League of Lika-Senj County
7 clubs

First League of Zagreb
16 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

Premier League of Međimurje County
16 clubs
Elite League of Varaždin County
12 clubs

First League of Bjelovar-Bilogora County
15 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
14 clubs
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
8 clubs
First League of Zadar County
14 clubs

7

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

Second League of Zagreb
13 clubs
First League of Zagreb County
29 clubs(2 groups)
Second League of Sisak-Moslavina County
36 clubs(3 groups)
Second League of Karlovac County
12 clubs
Second League of Krapina-Zagorje County
8 clubs

First League of Međimurje County
16 clubs
First League of Varaždin County
12 clubs

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

Second league of Osijek-Baranja County
75 club(6 groups)
Second League of Vukovar-Syrmia County
25 club(3 groups)

Second League of Brod-Posavina County
46 clubs(4 groups)
Second League of Požega-Slavonia County
9 clubs

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

8

Third League of Istria County
20 clubs(2 groups)

Second League of Zagreb County
15 clubs(2 groups)

Second League of Međimurje County
16 clubs
Second League of Varaždin County
14 clubs

Third League of Bjelovar-Bilogora County
23 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
46 clubs(5 groups)
Third League of Vukovar-Syrmia County
18 clubs(2 groups)

Championship of the island of Hvar
10 clubs

9 Third League of Međimurje County
16 clubs(2 groups)

Third League of Varaždin County
17 clubs(2 groups)

Fourth League of Koprivnica-Križevci County
7 clubs

Evolution of the Croatian league system

Tier\Years 1992–95 1995–97 1997–2006 2006–12 2012–22 2022–present
1 Prva HNL Prva A HNL Prva HNL HNL
2 Druga HNL Prva B HNL Druga HNL Prva NL
3 Treća HNL Druga HNL Treća HNL Druga NL
4 Lower Treća HNL Lower Četvrta HNL Lower Treća NL
5 Lower Lower Lower
6
7
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Women's league system

Update: 19 September 2022

Tier Leagues
1 Prva HNLŽ
8 clubs
2 Druga HNLŽ Group A
8 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: 30 September 2022

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

Prva HMNLŽ (women futsal league) has 6 clubs and at this moment is only women's futsal league in country.

References

  1. ^ "Održana sjednica izvršnog odbora HNS-a" [A session of the HNS executive board was held]. HNS (in Croatian). 6 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  2. ^ "HNS konačno prelomio: Evo kako će se zvati najviši rang nogometa u Hrvatskoj, ali i niže lige" [HNS finally broke: Here is the name of the highest ranking football in Croatia, but also the lower league]. gol.hr (in Croatian). 6 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.