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Junior Competition and Reserve Teams in Several Countries

In the Spanish League, promotion and relegation matters are not only determined by the achievement of points and rankings in the standings. There, a club may not necessarily be promoted to the caste above even though he won.

Each league does have its own peculiarities and rules. In matters of ranking (champions), for example, the English League imposes a benchmark of value achievement and goal difference for entering and conceding. While in the Italian League, if there are clubs of equal value, the clubs must playoff to determine their rank. Goal difference does not apply.



What about the Spanish League? The same value, although the goal difference is different, has no effect. So? Yes, everything is determined based on head-to-head results between two competing clubs.

Likewise the promotion and relegation system, every club in various leagues is determined based on ranking with the conditions earlier. However, this is unique in the Spanish League. Every club that is at the level of competition after the Primera Division, is not necessarily promotion to the division above it even though the club concerned is a division champion.

Probe format in Spain

As is known, the soccer competition in the Spanish League under RFEF - the Spanish Football Federation - has four divisions, namely the Primera Division as the highest level competition followed by the Segunda A Division, the Segunda B Division, and the III Division. As a general rule, several clubs that have been determined have the right to promotion to the division above. Conversely, some clubs that occupy the lowest ranks must volunteer themselves subject to relegation to the divisions below.

The specialty of football in the matador country lies precisely in this promotion-relegation area. Almost every club in the Spanish League has a reserve team. The clubs are dominated by young players (juniors). His name is also a reserve team, of course those teams are candradimuka crater for young players who have the potential to rise to the first team.

So, in addition to the main team, the names of the reserve teams (usually labeled "B") are included such as Almeria B, Athletic Bilbao B, Atletico Madrid B, Barcelona B, Celta de Vigo B, Deportivo La Coruna B, Getafe B, Mallorca B, Osasuna B, Rayo Vallecano B, Real Betis B, Real Madrid Castilla B, Real Sociedad B, Sevilla B, Sporting Gijon B, and Villareal B.

As per RFEF policy, the reserve teams are included in divisions in the Spanish League, provided that a "sibling" club cannot be in the same division. If the club is in the top ranks which results in promotional tickets, then the club has the right to appear in its top division. However, there are other rules, namely if the senior club is still in the upper division then the reserve team is null and void by appearing in the division. That is reasonable because there cannot be one club in the same division.


In the 1983/1984 season, Real Madrid B, then Castilla, won the Segunda A Division. According to the "main rules", Castilla, which at that time was marked by Emilio Butragueno and Manuel Sanchis, was entitled to promotion to the 1984/1985 Primera Division. However, according to "additional rules", the Real Madrid reserve team was null and void by law for promotion because the Real Madrid first team was still in the Primera Division.

At that time Castilla was a team that was looking impressive in Spanish football. Previously Castilla had an achievement in the 1980 Copa del Rey. Even at that time, Castilla had to deal with his senior, Real Madrid. After all, the result was Real Madrid who crushed Castilla 6-1 so they were entitled to the Copa del Rey. That is the highest achievement of the reserve team in the Spanish League.

Castilla's glory as a Real Madrid reserve team is not without "succession". Later, some Castilla star players "move up" to the senior team. In fact, Los Blancos (White Team) also dominated the Spanish League when it won the Primera Division five times in a row (1986-1990) to repeat its glory in the 1960s (1961-1965).

From the experience in the Copa del Rey, it is also illustrated that two teams from the same womb, such as Real Madrid vs Real Madrid B, are still possible to meet in such a tournament. But it is impossible for them to meet in a league match, because the rules indeed forbid two teams from the same camp to play in the same division as well.

Comparison with the English League

The system in the Spanish League does indeed allow a reserve team of a club to compete in the same league as long as they are in different divisions.

Compare this with the English League which does not allow a club's reserve team to compete in the same competition even in different divisions. In England, league managers do not forbid a club from having a reserve team. The reserve teams even compete with each other regularly on a regular schedule.

But they competed in separate competitions, namely special competitions for the reserve teams [ Premier Reserve League ]. If the main team is degraded, the reserve team is also degraded.


In the 2012/2013 season, the Premier Reserve League [PRL] was changed to the Professional Development League [PDL] which was divided into 2 age groups namely U-21 and U-18. In this new format, a team that joins PDL does not depend on the fate of the main team.

In the PRL era, a backup team would be integrated if the senior team was also degraded. In the PDL era, Aston Villa U-21 can remain in League-1 even though the Aston Villa main team itself is integrated from EPL.

Each team allowed in the PDL is allowed to play 4 players whose age has crossed the line - one is allotted specifically for the goalkeeper. Usually, the main players who are recovering from injuries or the new contracted players are played with the U-21 team, both for the recovery process and for the stages of adaptation with English football.

Similar But Not the Same as Indonesia

In certain respects, the competition system adopted in the Spanish League is not much different from Indonesian football. However, these systems actually occur at another level of our football.

Regarding more than one team in the competition for example "only" occurred in the internal union competition in the past. That is also different from Spain, which features senior players in the first team and junior players in the reserve team.

In the VIJ internal competition (the forerunner to Persija Jakarta) in the 1940s, PS Setia and PS Malay Club had participated in Class I, II, and III. In addition to Class I and II, PS Ster 3 and PS Ster 4 have competed in the same division, namely Class III.

Likewise in the Persib Bandung internal competition of the 1930s, 9 of the 11 internal club members of Persib were registered in three classes, namely I, II, and III. Even starting in 1961 when the participation was abolished, PS IPI 1 and PS IPI 2 were in the same division, namely Class I. The abolition of such a system was intended to make the competition take place competitively. That is, there is no one "brother" team that dominates.

Meanwhile, speaking of the reserve team, ISL U-21 was actually intended for that. When the first team feels lack of senior players (because of an injury or contract agreement is not reached?) Then the junior players are expected to support the first team. Finally, the competition was still able to continue because the first team did not resign in the middle of the competition.
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