Brazilian Football Championship (Serie C)


January 24, 2022

The Brazilian Championship (Serie C) is the third division in the structure of the Brazilian club football championship. Until 2008, 64 teams, divided into groups, played in the tournament. Over the course of history, the rules for determining the champion in Serie C have changed, as well as the number of participants and teams that fall into Serie B. Since 2009, Serie D has been organized in Brazil, where representatives of the state championships who do not play in the highest Brazilian Championship Series (and not in Serie C, as it was before) began to qualify. The Serie C line-up has thus become more stable. Unlike the double round-robin tournament in Serie A and B, the 20 teams in Serie C are split into two groups of 10 players each playing two matches. The reform is connected with the desire to reduce the transport costs of the more modest teams in terms of the budget of the Series. The top four clubs from each group advance to the quarter-finals. The winners of this stage (i.e. semi-finalists of Serie C) qualify for the following year's Serie B.


The Brazilian Championship has existed since 1971. But there was no need for a third level in the league system, since Serie A and B in those years involved a huge number of teams (for example, in 1979 Serie A played 94 clubs). Gradual reforms in the top two divisions led to the formation of Serie C. The champion was determined in the final match following the play-offs after the group stages. From 1997 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2005 there were no final matches. The four best teams of the 4th round of the competition simply played a group tournament with each other, where the champion was determined. Between 2006 and 2008, eight teams entered the finals, with the top four advancing to Serie B. Since 2009, the 20 teams in Serie C have been divided into two groups of 10, each playing two matches (home and away). The top four clubs from each group advance to the quarter-finals. Serie C semi-finalists qualify for next year's Serie B. All stages of the playoffs are played in two matches - home and away.

List of champions




CBF official website History of Serie B and C Serie B and C Champions

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