Slovenia


Football in Slovenia

Football in Slovenia has been governed by the Football Association of Slovenia (Nogometna zveza Slovenije) since its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. It is responsible for the Slovenian national football team; the national football leagues down to the 3rd tier (Prva Liga, 2.SNL and 3.SNL) and the Slovenian Cup.

League System

Level League/Division
1

Slovenian Prva Liga
10 clubs

2 Slovenian Second League
10 clubs
3

Slovenian Third League
2 divisions of 14 clubs

Slovenian Third League

Commonly known as 3.SNL the Slovenian Third League consists of two divisions split on a broad regional basis (East & West). Each division comprises of fourteen clubs and the winners of each division are promoted to 2.SNL, subject to passing certain ground and financial criteria. The rules permit the second placed club to be offered the promotion place if the champions do not pass the necessary criteria or, indeed, if they opt not to accept promotion to 2.SNL. The official release of Football Manager 2011 does not have the Slovenian Third League as a playable league.

Slovenian Second League

Commonly known as 2.SNL the Slovenian Second League is the lowest playable league in Slovenia from the official release of Football Manager 2011. The league was formed in 1991 following the dissolution of the Yugoslav football leagues. It consists of ten clubs with the Champions automatically promoted to the Prva Liga (1.SNL) and the bottom two relegated to 3.SNL. At the conclusion of the league season the second placed club enters a Play Off with the club that finished ninth in the Prva Liga. A place in the Prva Liga is awarded to the winner of this play off with the loser either remaining or relegated to 2.SNL (as appropriate).

In 2010 there were two clubs relegated from the Prva Liga; NK Interblock Ljubljana and NK Drava. The two sides promoted from 3.SNL were NK Smartno 1928 and NK Dob. Committed LLaMas might wish to know that NK Smartno 1928 were formed from a defunct club, Smartno ob Paki which spent three seasons in the Prva Liga in the early 2000’s.

The 2.SNL season runs from August until mid May with the schedule allowing a mid-season ‘break’ from mid November until the end of February. The league is decided over twenty seven rounds with each of the ten clubs playing the other on three occasions. There are three points for a win and one for a draw with league position being sorted by points, goal difference, goals scored and away goals scored. Match day squads allow a maximum of one non-EU player to be included. Three substitutes from seven named can be used. There are two transfer windows operating from mid June until 31st August and 1st to 31st January.

At the commencement of FM2011 2.SNL has a 1.5* league rating.

Slovenian Prva Liga


Slovenian First Football League, also known as 1.SNL, is the highest football league in Slovenia and was formed in 1991 after Slovenia became independent from Yugoslavia. Prior to 1991 the Slovenian Republic League was a lower division of the Yugoslavian football league system. At the end of 2010 only five clubs have been crowned champions; NK Maribor (8 times), ND Gorica (4), NK Domzale (2) and FC Koper (1 in 2010) whilst the other, NK Olimpija (4) was abolished in 2004 due to financial difficulties.

The Prva Liga season runs from mid July until May within the schedule there is a mid-season ‘break’ from mid December until the end of February. The league is decided over thirty six rounds with each of the ten clubs playing the other on four occasions. There are three points for a win and one for a draw with league position being sorted by points, goal difference, goals scored, results between teams and away goals scored. Match day squads allow a maximum of three non-EU players to be included. Three substitutes from seven named can be used.

The winners of the Prva Liga qualify for the Champions League 1st qualifying round. The second placed side qualifies for the Europa League and enters the 2nd qualifying round. The third placed side qualifies for the Europa League and enters the 1st qualifying round. In the event that either of the Europa League qualifier’s wins the Slovenian Cup then the fourth placed Prva Liga side shall qualify for the Europa League in the 1st qualifying round.

Author: Soulfusion (Some references sourced from Wikipedia)