Suspension of the Regular Leagues
8 de may de 2020
Spain’s Football Federation the RFEF declares the non-professional football season ended without relegations: Espanyol B Men’s team stays in its class; Women’s A will stay in the First Division and Women’s B will play the play-off for promotion to the Reto Iberdrola league
Spain’s Royal Football Federation (RFEF) has declared the non-professional football league ended. There will be no relegations and one-off promotion play-offs will be played, due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus.
With this decision, the Espanyol B Men’s team finishes the current season in eighth position, very close to the promotion play-off rankings with 42 points, the highest-scoring team of Group III of Second Division B with 44 goals. This brings an end to what looked to be a season of promise and clear growth for the white and blue B team under the leadership of Jose Aurelio Gay, which held the top positions of the table for a good part of the championship. The players achieved an impeccable streak of 7 wins in a row in November and December, propelling Gay’s team to compete for the leadership of the group, finishing the first round in an impressive fourth position.
Meanwhile, the Men’s Youth A team has also finished its journey in the current season of the Youth Honor Division in third position, just 3 points behind the leader and the most prolific goal scorers with a total of 87 goals. Luís Blanco’s team have maintained a high standard of football throughout the year in an intense battle for the leading position, only missing direct encounters with each of the teams in the five remaining games of the season. Similarly for the Men’s Youth B Team; the team led by Moisés Hurtado also finished its run in third position and with the most goals scored in its fight for leadership of the National Youth League (Liga Nacional Juvenil).
As for the Espanyol Women’s A, Jordi Ferrón’s team will continue the next season in the First Division, finishing the campaign with 5 points and 21 matches played with what would have been just 8 days remaining in the championship. This means that the white and blues will be competing next season in an Iberdrola First Division made up of 18 teams.
Espanyol Women’s B will play the play-off for promotion to the Reto Iberdrola league
Espanyol Women’s B, currently in the National First (Primera Nacional) division, have been declared the champions of Group III, after picking up a total of 55 points in the 19 games played in this campaign. As a result, the team will play in the play-off for promotion to the Reto Iberdrola (Second Division), in line with the rules, but in a one-off, single-location format. The meet will be held behind closed doors.
The ticket to the Reto Iberdola will be competed for by the top-ranking teams of the six groups that took part in the First National and the teams finishing in second.