For a number of decades, the Spanish Segunda Division B has been the third tier of league football in Spain. It is made up of four separate groups that have twenty clubs in each of these groups. These various groups in the Spanish Segunda Division B are under the operation of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.
The division lies below the premier division in the form of the La Liga and the Segunda Division. Then the Spanish Segunda Division B lies next in the rankings, being superior to the Tercera Division.
Different reserve teams take part in the Spanish Segunda Division B if the senior team for these reserve teams are currently playing in one of the leading two leagues in the country.
If a senior team gets relegated down into the Spanish Segunda Division B, then its reserve team that plays in the Spanish Segunda Division B will then get automatically relegated down to the Tercera Division.
History of the Spanish Segunda Division B
In its most basic form, it has been around since 1929. It was originally also the third tier of football in Spain. There were ten teams fighting it out as part of a single division, the four groups format was brought in at a later date.
This is due to the format of the league altering over the years. There were a good few years when the Spanish Segunda Division B became the fourth tier of league football in Spain. However, it was in time for the 1977/1978 season that this division once more became the third tier of football in Spain, replacing the Tercera Division as the third tier.
When this transition occurred, there were two groups that made up the Spanish Segunda Division B. There was then a transition period which saw a single division of 22 clubs partake for the 1986/1987 season. It was then in the next season that the four group system was introduced in order to create what is now the Spanish Segunda Division B in its current form.
Present-day format of the Division
As mentioned, these days there are four different groups in the division, with twenty teams in each of these groups. Come to the end of the year, the four teams that are at the top of the table in each of the groups will then be put into a play-off series to see which sides get promoted.
In total, four of these sixteen teams will earn the right to get up into the second division and will be replaced by four teams from the second division.
A reserve team is only able to make its way up to the second division if its senior team is in the first division. Otherwise, the team that finishes in fifth place in that respective group will then be able to partake in the promotion play-off series.
In terms of the Copa del Rey, the teams that finish in the top five positions of each of Division B groups come the end of the season will gain entry into Spain’s premier cup competition. There will be two further clubs that make it into the cup, with those who are next best in the league rankings getting the invite.
For the four clubs that finish at the bottom of each of the groups, there will then be a relegation play-off series. These relegated teams will then drop down into the Tercera Division. The play-off games will take place over two legs, one at home and the other being an away fixture.
If a senior team has been relegated down into the Division B, then its reserve team will then get relegated out of the Spanish Segunda Division B. The reserve teams that play in the Spanish Segunda Division B Group 2 are Alaves B, Athletic Bilbao B, Osasuna B and Real Sociedad B.
Betting on the Spanish Second Division
If you are looking to place bets on Division B Group 2, then you have a number of different leading bookmakers to choose from. Those that place more of a focus on their football offerings will have a wider range of markets. There is always a lot of opportunities to profit when betting in this league, particularly if you have done your homework.