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The Qatari Second Division (Arabic: دوري الدرجة الثانية القطري), QSD or Second Division League, also was known as Qatargas League due to sponsorship reasons, is the second tier of football league competition in Qatar. Contested by 8 teams, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Qatar Stars League (QSL). The QSD seasons run from September to April.

The league's first season was played in 1979 which was won by Al-Ittihad. The club with the most QSD wins is Al-Markhiya which has won 6 QSD titles. According to the league's development strategy, starting with the 2022-23 season, the first-placed club of this league will play a relegation match against the tenth-placed club of the first league to decide which club will participate in the first league next season. There is no relegation from the second division.

History

In 1990, the Qatar Football Association dissolved three second division clubs: Al Nasr, Al Tadamon, and Al Nahda. The clubs' players and staff were distributed to first division clubs. As a result, the Qatari Second Division was unofficially dissolved on a temporary basis. The competition resumed operations in the 1996–97 season. The first promotion play-off took place in the 1999–00 season, between Second Division champions Muaither SC and the bottom-ranked team of the Qatar Stars League, Al Shamal. Muaither lost the match.

It was announced on 15 April 2009 that no clubs would be relegated from the top flight in the 2008–09 season, due to expansion reasons, however the announcement was made with only one game remaining. This meant that the Qatari Second Division would remain with the same number of teams despite the recent formation of Lekhwiya SC and El Jaish SC, while the top flight would expand to 12 teams.

On 6 October 2013 it was announced Qatari Second Division had a sponsorship with Qatargas.

An annual competition known as the Qatari Second Division Cup is played by all second division clubs.

Qatar League 2 is an exciting and highly competitive soccer tournament held annually in the vibrant country of Qatar. As one of the most prestigious sporting events in the region, it showcases the immense talent and passion for the beautiful game.

The tournament brings together a diverse range of teams from across Qatar, each vying for the coveted title of Qatar League 2 champions. With a format that includes both group stages and knockout rounds, the competition is fierce and unpredictable, making for thrilling matches and intense rivalries.

Qatar League 2 serves as a platform for emerging talents to showcase their skills and catch the attention of scouts and football enthusiasts. The tournament provides a stepping stone for players to progress to higher levels of competition, both domestically and internationally.

The matches are played in state-of-the-art stadiums, equipped with modern facilities and a vibrant atmosphere that adds to the excitement. Fans from all walks of life come together to support their favorite teams, creating an electric atmosphere that reverberates throughout the tournament.

Qatar League 2 not only promotes the sport of soccer but also fosters a sense of community and unity among the people of Qatar. It serves as a celebration of the nation's rich sporting culture and its commitment to nurturing young talent.

With its high-quality gameplay, passionate fans, and a commitment to excellence, Qatar League 2 has firmly established itself as a premier soccer tournament in the region. It continues to captivate audiences and inspire the next generation of soccer stars, making it an event not to be missed for any football enthusiast.