Kolmonen - Finnish Division 3
Founded1973
CountryFinland
Number of teams108
Level on pyramid5
Promotion toKakkonen
Relegation toNelonen
Domestic cup(s)Finnish Cup
Current championsFC Inter 2
TPV
SJK Akatemia/2
EBK
VJS
JäPS/47
RoPo
MyPa
JPS
Current: 2024 Kolmonen – Finnish League Division 3

Kolmonen or III divisioona is the fifth level in the league system of Finnish football and comprises 108 Finnish football teams. The III divisioona was introduced in 1973 and in the mid-1990s became known as the Kolmonen (Number Three in English and Trean in Swedish). Until the end of 2023 season, Kolmonen was the fourth level in the pyramid, but after the creation of new second-tier Ykkösliiga, Kolmonen fell down one level, starting in 2024.

The competition

There are 108 clubs in the Kolmonen, divided in 10 groups of 8 to 12 teams each representing a geographical area. During the course of a season (starting in April and ending in October) each club plays the others twice, once on their home ground and once on that of their opponents. The top team in each Kolmonen group is promoted to Kakkonen and the two lowest placed teams are normally relegated to the Nelonen.[1]

Administration

Football Association of Finland (SPL)

The Football Association of Finland (Finnish: Suomen Palloliitto, SPL; Swedish: Finlands Bollförbund, FBF) administered the Kolmonen from 1973 until 1995. There were 9 sections which were divided on a regional basis with between 8 and 12 teams in each.

District Football Associations

Since 1996 until 2020 the administration of the Kolmonen was delegated to the 12 district authorities of the SPL. Responsibilities for the 10 sections were divided as follows:

Since 2020 the competition administration has returned to the SPL after the fusion of the administrative districts and the SPL.[2]

Teams within the Kolmonen are eligible to compete in the Finnish Cup and the Finnish Regions' Cup. The clubs are normally listed in an abbreviated form and their full names can be viewed by referring to the List of clubs.

Current clubs - 2024 season

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Seasons - League Tables

1970s: 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980s: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990s: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000s: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010s: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020s: 2020 2021 2022 2023

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Resultcode". SPL. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  2. ^ "Resultcode". SPL. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  3. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Etelä Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  4. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Etelä Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  5. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Etelä Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  6. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Itä Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  7. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Itä Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  8. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Itä Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  9. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Länsi Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  10. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Länsi Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  11. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Länsi Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  12. ^ "SPL Miesten Kolmonen - Pohjoinen Kausi 2024". Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-20.