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A final play-off to decide the promotions of Second B and Third (Toni Padilla)

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has validated the proposal to end all non-professional competitions, but adding a promotion phase in some cases if the “covid-19 allows it”. At a date and a venue to be defined, three Catalan teams, Barça B, Sabadell and Cornellà, will fight to advance to the Second Division. According to the rules, these play-off matches can be played every 72 hours with a maximum of 20 called up. And 5 substitutions per game, as in First and Second.

This past Monday the Superior Council of Sports (CSD) decided that it would be the delegate commissions of the different regional federations that will have to decide how each competition ends. And if it was a competition that affects different territories, such as the Women’s League or the Second B, the same RFEF. And all, according to the president of the CSD, Irene Lozano, “according to criteria of objectivity, integrity, sports justice and competitive results”.

In the Second B, then, the priority will be this play-off end, probably in Pinatar Arena, a sports city in Murcia. The four group leaders at the end of the competition (Atlètic Balears, Logronyès, Cartagena and Castellón) would play two finals to decide the first two promotions. Teams that lose, would have a second choice, as the play-off they would also include second, third and fourth place finishers. The quarterbacks would play against the second and third, among themselves. Barça B, Sabadell and Cornellà, second, third and fourth in the group, expect a rival. In the Third, the play-off to decide the ascent will be by groups, therefore, one will live one the Hospitalet-Europe and one Terrassa – Sant Andreu. The winners would play the final to decide the promotion. According to the League’s statement, if for any reason the play-offs cannot be played, more meetings will be held to decide whether the final classification will be closed.

According to the proposal, there will be no relegations and next season the Second B will go from having 80 teams to having 100, which is why a fifth group would be made. The idea of ​​the RFEF would be a 20/21 season with five groups, to give way to a reform in the face of the 21/22 season in which a new category would be formed, the third in state football, with two groups of 20 teams.

that the Second Division B resolve the promotions with an ‘express play-off’ between the top four, and cancel the relegations, which does not conform to Lleida Esportiu and Oloto, fifth and seventh place of Group 3, respectively.

Lleida Esportiu, one of the clubs that aspired to the play-offs but is out, has announced that it could go to court to complain about this season finale as “The federation does not have the power to change the format of the competition in the middle of the season “, Albert Esteve, president of the club, explained to the EFE agency. On the other hand, despite sharing its disagreement with the decision, Olot does not intend to take the case to court. “We do not want to threaten, but we would like the criteria to have been homogeneous. We do not understand why the rules of the competition are maintained for promotion and not for relegation,” says the president, Joan Agustí.

Sabadell, for its part, has already asked to return to training, because according to its president Esteve Calzada, “many subsidiary players who will participate in the promotion phase are already training with the first teams, creating a comparative grievance”.

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