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Country  Iceland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1912
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1st
Relegation to 1. deild karla
Domestic cup(s) Bikarkeppni karla
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions KR
Most championships KR (26)
TV partners Sport Five, Stöð 2 Sport
Website www.ksi.is
2014 Úrvalsdeild

The Úrvalsdeild karla (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈurvalsˌteilt ˈkʰartla], Men's Select Division) is the top tier of the Icelandic football pyramid. Because of the harsh winters in Iceland, it is generally played in the spring and summer (May to September). It is run by the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) and currently comprises 12 clubs. At the end of the 2012-2013 European season, UEFA ranked the league 40th in Europe.[1] From 27 April 2009, the Úrvalsdeild have been known as Pepsi-deildin (Engl. "The Pepsi League") after KSÍ and Ölgerðin (the producers of Pepsi in Iceland) signed a three-year sponsorship contract.[2]

The top division consists of 12 clubs. Each club faces every other club twice during the season, once at home and once away. At the end of each season, the bottom two clubs are automatically relegated to the second level of the Icelandic league system, the 1. deild karla (First Division), with the top two clubs of the First Division automatically promoted to the Úrvalsdeild.

For the first time in the competition's history, the 2008 season saw 12 teams compete in the premier division, a part of KSI's attempt to strengthen Icelandic football. Therefore, only one team were relegated in the 2007 season and three clubs were promoted from the First Division.

KR hold the most titles, with 26. Valur is next with 20, and ÍA and Fram Reykjavík follow with 18 each. The current champions of Iceland are KR.

Current clubs (2014)[edit]


Championship History[edit]

Only 10 teams in 96 years have won the Icelandic league title. Breiðablik UBK are the most recent to join the list, winning their first title in 2010. KR has won the most titles. They have been Iceland's champions 26 times.

As can be expected, the league has been dominated by teams from the Greater Reykjavik Area which contains nearly two thirds of Iceland's population. Only four teams from outside the GRA have ever won the league (ÍBK, ÍA, ÍBV and KA) – and among those teams, ÍBV and KA (who have won a combined four titles) are the only teams located more than an hour's drive from Reykjavík to have won the league.

Champions by number of titles[edit]

Team Titles First title Last title
KR 26 1912 2013
Valur 20 1930 2007
ÍA 18 1951 2001
Fram 18 1913 1990
FH 6 2004 2012
Víkingur 5 1920 1991
Keflavík 4 1964 1973
ÍBV 3 1979 1998
KA 1 1989 1989
UBK 1 2010 2010

Season by season records[edit]

Top scorers of all times[edit]

2013 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson 131 Fylkir, ÍBV, FH, KR
1987 Iceland Ingi Björn Albertsson 126 Valur, FH

Top scorers[edit]

1980 Iceland Matthias Hallgrimsson 15 Valur
1981 Iceland Sigurlás Þorleifsson
Iceland Larus Gudmundsson
12 ÍBV
1982 Iceland Sigurlás Þorleifsson
Iceland Heimir Karlsson
10 ÍBV
1983 Iceland Ingi Björn Albertsson 14 Valur
1984 Iceland Guðmundur Steinsson 10 Fram Reykjavík
1985 Iceland Omar Torfason 13 Fram Reykjavík
1986 Iceland Gudmundur Torfason 19 Fram Reykjavík
1987 Iceland Petur Ormslev 12 Fram Reykjavík
1988 Iceland Sigurjón Kristjánsson 13 Valur
1989 Iceland Hörður Magnússon 12 FH
1990 Iceland Hörður Magnússon 13 FH
1991 Iceland Hörður Magnússon
Iceland Guðmundur Steinsson
13 FH
1992 Iceland Arnar Gunnlaugsson 15 ÍA
1993 Iceland Þórður Guðjónsson 19 ÍA
1994 Serbia and Montenegro Mihajlo Biberčić 14 ÍA
1995 Iceland Arnar Gunnlaugsson 15 ÍA
1996 Iceland Ríkharður Daðason 14 KR
1997 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson 19 ÍBV
1998 Iceland Steingrímur Jóhannesson 16 ÍBV
1999 Iceland Steingrímur Jóhannesson 12 ÍBV
2000 Iceland Guðmundur Steinarsson
Iceland Andri Sigþórsson
14 Keflavík
2001 Iceland Hjörtur Hjartarson 15 ÍA
2002 Iceland Grétar Hjartarson 13 Grindavík
2003 Iceland Björgólfur Takefusa 10 Þróttur Reykjavík
2004 Iceland Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson 12 ÍBV
2005 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson 16 FH
2006 Iceland Marel Baldvinsson 11 UBK
2007 Iceland Jónas Grani Garðarsson 13 Fram Reykjavík
2008 Iceland Guðmundur Steinarsson 16 Keflavík
2009 Iceland Björgólfur Takefusa 16 KR
2010 Gabon Gilles Daniel Mbang Ondo 14 Grindavík
2011 Iceland Garðar Jóhannsson 15 Stjarnan
2012 Iceland Atli Guðnason 12 FH
2013 Iceland Atli Viðar Björnsson 13 FH

Player of the year[edit]

1984 Iceland Bjarni Sigurðsson ÍA
1985 Iceland Guðmundur Þorbjörnsson Valur
1986 Iceland Guðmundur Torfason Fram Reykjavík
1987 Iceland Pétur Ormslev Fram Reykjavík
1988 Iceland Sigurjón Kristjánsson Valur
1989 Iceland Þorvaldur Örlygsson KA
1990 Iceland Sævar Jónsson Valur
1991 Iceland Guðmundur Steinsson Víkingur
1992 Iceland Lúkas Kostic ÍA
1993 Iceland Sigurður Jónsson ÍA
1994 Iceland Sigursteinn Gíslason ÍA
1995 Iceland Ólafur Þórðarson ÍA
1996 Iceland Gunnar Oddsson Leiftur
1997 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson ÍBV
1998 Scotland David Winnie KR
1999 Iceland Guðmundur Benediktsson KR
2000 Iceland Hlynur Stefánsson ÍBV
2001 Iceland Gunnlaugur Jónsson ÍA
2002 Iceland Finnur Kolbeinsson Fylkir
2003 Denmark Allan Borgvardt FH
2004 Iceland Heimir Guðjónsson FH
2005 Denmark Allan Borgvardt FH
2006 Iceland Viktor Bjarki Arnarsson Víkingur
2007 Iceland Helgi Sigurðsson Valur
2008 Iceland Guðmundur Steinarsson Keflavík
2009 Iceland Atli Guðnason FH
2010 Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason UBK
2011 Iceland Hannes Þór Halldórsson KR
2012 Iceland Atli Guðnason FH
2013 Iceland Björn Daníel Sverrisson FH

Young player of the year[edit]

1984 Iceland Guðni Bergsson Valur
1985 Iceland Halldór Áskelsson Þór Akureyri
1986 Iceland Gauti Laxdal Fram Reykjavík
1987 Iceland Rúnar Kristinsson KR
1988 Iceland Arnljótur Davíðsson Fram Reykjavík
1989 Iceland Ólafur Gottskálksson ÍA
1990 Iceland Steinar Guðgeirsson Fram Reykjavík
1991 Iceland Arnar Grétarsson UBK
1992 Iceland Arnar Gunnlaugsson ÍA
1993 Iceland Þórður Guðjónsson ÍA
1994 Iceland Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen Valur
1995 Iceland Tryggvi Guðmundsson ÍBV
1996 Iceland Bjarni Guðjónsson ÍA
1997 Iceland Sigurvin Ólafsson ÍBV
1998 Iceland Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson ÍR
1999 Iceland Grétar Hjartarson Grindavík
2000 Iceland Helgi Valur Daníelsson Fylkir
2001 Iceland Grétar Rafn Steinsson ÍA
2002 Iceland Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson ÍBV
2003 Iceland Ólafur Ingi Skúlason Fylkir
2004 Iceland Emil Hallfreðsson FH
2005 Iceland Hörður Sveinsson Keflavik
2006 Iceland Birkir Sævarsson Valur
2007 Iceland Matthías Vilhjálmsson FH
2008 Iceland Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson UBK
2009 Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason UBK
2010 Iceland Kristinn Steindórsson UBK
2011 Iceland Þórarinn Ingi Valdimarsson ÍBV
2012 Iceland Jón Daði Böðvarsson Selfoss
2013 Iceland Arnór Ingvi Traustason Keflavík


  1. ^ UEFA Country Ranking 2009 Bert Kassies' site, accessed 12 February 2009
  2. ^ Pepsi-deildin í knattspyrnu 2009 KSÍ's official site, accessed 28 April 2009
  3. ^ Fram Reykjavík was the only team to participate in the 1913 season
  4. ^ Fram Reykjavík was the only team to participate in the 1914 season

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