The Bulgarian A Football Group (Bulgarian: "А" Футболна Група) commonly known as A Group is the top division of the Bulgarian football league system. The league is sponsored by the news television network News7 and therefore is officially known as NEWS7 Football Championship (Bulgarian: Нюз7 Футболно първенство) since 2013. A Group determines the champion of Bulgaria. Contested by sixteen clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the second tier of the Bulgarian football league pyramid - B Group. Seasons run from August to May, each team playing twice against all the other, once home and once away, totalling 240 matches. A Group is now broadcast by TV7, News7, BNT 1 and BNT World. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with some played on Monday evenings. A Group was inaugurated in 1924 as BSFC and it has been played as a league format since 1948. It is administered by the Bulgarian Professional Football League and the Bulgarian Football Union. A total of 64 clubs have competed in A Group. In the 2012/13 season, Pirin (Gotse Delchev) are competing for their first time in A Group. Since 1948 only 11 teams have been crowned champions of Bulgaria. The two most successful clubs are CSKA Sofia (thirty-one championships) and Levski Sofia (twenty-six championships). The current champions are Ludogorets Razgrad, who won their first championship title in their first A Group season. The champion of A Group has the right to take part in the UEFA Champions League from the stage allowed by the league's coefficient. The teams that finish 2nd and 3rd in the final standings take part in the UEFA Europa League together with the Bulgarian Cup winner. The last two teams are directly relegated to the B Group. However in the 2012/13 season, four teams will be relegated to the B Group and two will be promoted from the B Group - from the 2013/14 season the league will be contested by 14 teams, 2 teams less than previous seasons. The domestic cup for the league is the Bulgarian Cup. In every season, the teams in A Group start participating in the competition from Round 2 (Round of 32).
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