Pedro Luis Alonso
Tuesday, 27 June 2023
After weeks of uncertainty, it's now clear who Malaga CF will be facing next season in Primera RFEF, the third tier of Spanish football.
The regional federations this Tuesday finally approved the identities of the teams making up the two groups which will form the division for the 2023-24 season.
Since the end of the season, there had been a debate over whether the groups should have a north-south or east-west divide. Now we know that it will be the former.
This means that Malaga will be joined in their group (group 2) by neighbouring Antequera, plus seven other Andalusian teams (Recreativo de Huelva, Sanluqueño, San Fernando, Algeciras, Cordoba, Linares and Recreativo Granada), the representatives of the autonomous cities (Ceuta and Melilla), one team each from Extremadura and Murcia (Mérida and Real Murcia, respectively), those from the Valencian Community (Alcoyano, Intercity and Castellón), the two from the Balearic Islands (Ibiza and Atlético Baleares) and two from Madrid (the reserve teams of Atlético and Real Madrid).
This also means that they won't be facing fellow sleeping giant Deportivo La Coruña, nor the recently relegated Lugo and Ponferradina - at least until the play-off phases.
The 2023-24 Primera RFEF season will get under way on the weekend of 26 and 27 August, with no matchday this season, except one (3 January 2024, because of the Copa del Rey), taking place on a weekday.
The Christmas break will be a long one, with play taking a pause from 17 December.
The normal season will conclude on 26 May 2024, with the play-offs running throughout June (finals on 15-16 and 22-23).
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