Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF, met last Thursday with the leaders of the Second Division B and Third teams to discuss their plan for the restructuring of both categories. Sources consulted by this newspaper have confirmed that the idea is to divide the current groups in two by geographical proximity in order to reduce competition to eight months. At the moment, this is only an initiative of the federal entity and must be approved in a future Assembly.
The only certainty today Second Division B is that it will consist of a total of one hundred teams. Rubiales revealed to the leaders that the option they are maturing is for this category to be divided into ten subgroups of ten groups each, grouped according to their location to reduce travel costs.
The league competition would be a round trip with a total of 18 games, it would start in mid-October and end in late March, approximately. The Third Division would function in a very similar way. Each group would be divided into two of eleven teams each and the periods would be similar, with a total of 20 matches to play in this first phase.
Already in April a second phase of the competition would start that would last until May. In the current bronze category, the top five of each subgroup (a total of 50 teams), would be measured against the top five of another, taking into account geographical proximity to determine promotions to the Second Division – four in total – and to the new Second Pro-undefined-. The same would happen with the five worst of each subgroup, in order to decide the declines to Third Division.
In this second phase the results of the first round would be dragged. That is, with the score of the first phase, all the squads would play another ten matches against five teams from a different subgroup. It remains to be decided what will be the specific criteria to decide promotions to Second, Second B Pro and descents to Third.
In Third division the results of the first phase would also be dragged into the second. In this case, they would face the top six in each subgroup to advance to Second Division B. The teams that concluded leaders of this second phase would advance directly to the bronze category. It remains to be seen how the rest of the places are decided to promote to Second B and the way in which the declines are decided from Third.