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III liga
Founded19 February 2000
(New Formula)
2008
(as III liga)
CountryPoland
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams73 (in 2021–22)
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toII liga
Relegation toIV liga
Domestic cup(s)Polish Cup
Current: 2022–23 III liga
Geographical criteria since 2016–17 season.
Geographical criteria since 2016–17 season.

III liga (Trzecia liga) is a Polish football league that sits in the fourth tier of the Polish football league system. Until the end of the 2007–08 season, III liga referred to a league at the third tier (now called II liga) but this was changed with the formation of the Ekstraklasa as the top level league in Poland.

Groups of III liga are divided based on administrative division of Poland. Top teams of III liga are promoted to II liga and bottom teams are relegated to IV liga.

Seasons 2000/01—2007/08

18–21 parallel divisions as IV liga (one or two in each of 16 Voivodeship)

Seasons 2008/09—2015/16

8 parallel divisions as III liga.[1]
Group A (ŁódźMasovian)
Group B (PodlaskieWarmian-Masurian)
Group C (Kuyavian-PomeranianGreater Poland)
Group D (PomeranianWest Pomeranian)
Group E (Lower SilesianLubusz)
Group F (OpoleSilesian)
Group G (ŚwiętokrzyskieLesser Poland)
Group H (LublinPodkarpackie)

Seasons 2016/17 and on

4 parallel divisions as III liga.[2]
Group 1 (ŁódźMasovianPodlaskieWarmian-Masurian)
Group 2 (Kuyavian-PomeranianGreater PolandPomeranianWest Pomeranian)
Group 3 (Lower SilesianLubuszOpoleSilesian)
Group 4 (ŚwiętokrzyskieLesser PolandLublinPodkarpackie)

Champions of the Polish fourth level

Season Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
2016–17 Drwęca Nowe Miasto Lubawskie Gwardia Koszalin GKS Jastrzębie Garbarnia Kraków
2017–18 Widzew Łódź Elana Toruń Skra Częstochowa Resovia
2018–19 Legionovia Legionowo Lech Poznań II Górnik Polkowice Stal Rzeszów
2019–20 Sokół Ostróda KKS 1925 Kalisz Śląsk Wrocław II Motor Lublin
2020–21 Pogoń Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radunia Stężyca Ruch Chorzów Wisła Puławy
2021-22 Polonia Warszawa Kotwica Kołobrzeg Zagłębie Lubin II Siarka Tarnobrzeg

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