Esiliiga

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Esiliiga
Country Estonia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Divisions Esiliiga
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Meistriliiga
Relegation to Esiliiga B
Domestic cup(s) Estonian Cup
Current champions Levadia II
(2014)
Most championships Levadia II (6 titles)
Website Estonian Football Association
2014 Esiliiga

Esiliiga is the second division of the Estonian Football Association annual football championship. Esiliiga features several amateur clubs and reserve teams of Meistriliiga clubs of which reserve teams can not get promoted according to the rules set by the Estonian Football Association. As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts around March and ends in late November. As of 2014 it is not fully professional.

Competition[edit]

During the season a club plays each of the others in the same division four times, twice at their home stadium and twice at that of their opponents. This makes for a total of 36 games played each season. Clubs gain three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a defeat. Promotion and relegation between divisions is a central feature of the League. At the end of the season, clubs at the top of their division win promotion to the next higher division, while those at the bottom will be relegated to the next lower one. At the top end of the competition, one Esiliiga club gains promotion to the Meistriliiga. This is providing that the Esiliiga club meets the licensing criteria of the Meistriliiga. Reserve teams of higher division clubs can only take part of competition one division lower than their first team. Two bottom end clubs Of Esiliiga are relegated and two top clubs of Esiliiga B are promoted.[1] One promotion and relegation place between each division is decided according to playoffs between clubs. The play-off for Meistriliiga spot are contested between the ninth placed (second bottom) club in Meistriliiga and the second in Esiliiga, play-off for Esiliiga spot are contested between the eight placed (third bottom) club in Esiliiga and the third in Esiliiga B.[2]

Esiliiga clubs 2014[edit]

Esiliiga[edit]

The following clubs are competing in Esiliiga during the 2014 season.

Club 2013 Seasons in
Esiliiga
Current run
since
Titles Last title
Flora IIb,c 3rd 9 2006 0 n/a
Irbisa,b 10th 7 2008 0 n/a
Kalju IIa,b,c 1st (Esiliiga B) 1 2014 0 n/a
Levadia IIa,b,c 1st 11 2004 6 2013
Pärnu 2nd (Esiliiga B) 8 2014 2 2005
Puumaa,b 9th 4 2011 0 n/a
Tarvasb 4th 6 2012 0 n/a
Tulevika 8th 6 2013 0 n/a
Vändra Vaprusa,b 7th 2 2013 0 n/a

a – never been relegated from Esiliiga
b – never played in Meistriliiga
c – ineligible for promotion to Meistriliiga

Champions and top goalscorers[edit]

Season 1 2 3 Top goalscorer
1992 Narva Kreenholm Tempo Valga Lokomotiiv
1992–93 Pärnu Tervis Tallinna Sadam Narva Kreenholm
1993–94 Pärnu Kalev Vall Jõhvi Pena Estonia Vadim Dolinin (Pärnu Kalev, 21 goals)
1994–95 N Dünamo Tallinna Jalgpallikool Jõhvi Pena
1994–95 S Lelle Pärnu Tervis Viljandi Tulevik
1995–96 Norma Vall Tallinna Jalgpallikool
1996–97 Dünamo Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pärnu Estonia Igor Bratšuk (Maardu Olümp, 8 goals)
1997–98 Vall Olümp Dokker Estonia Andrei Afanassov (Vall, 13 goals)
Estonia Aleksei Titov (Vall, 13 goals)
1998 Maardu Levadia Vigri Kohtla-Järve Lootus Estonia Igor Bratšuk (Levadia, 9 goals)
1999 Kuressaare Lootus Vigri Lithuania Svajūnas Raučkis (Kuressaare, 27 goals)
2000 Maardu Pärnu Tervis Viljandi Estonia Vladimir Tšelnokov (Maardu, 26 goals)
2001 Pärnu Levadia Valga S.C. Real Estonia Andrei Afanassov (S.C. Real, 26 goals)
2002 Valga Kuressaare Maardu Estonia Andrei Afanassov (Maardu, 25 goals)
2003 Kohtla-Järve Lootus Pärnu Tervis Estel Estonia Aleksei Titov (Lasnamäe Ajax, 29 goals)
2004 Tammeka Levadia II Pärnu Tervis Estonia Oliver Konsa (Tammeka, 25 goals)
2005 Pärnu Vaprus Levadia II Lasnamäe Ajax Russia Nikita Andreev (Lasnamäe Ajax, 29 goals)
2006 Levadia II Kuressaare Tallinna Kalev Estonia Kaimar Saag (Levadia II, 37 goals)
2007 Levadia II Flora II Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Andrus Mitt (Nõmme Kalju, 24 goals)
2008 Levadia II Kuressaare Flora II Estonia Sergei Jegorov (TVMK II, 20 goals)
2009 Levadia II Kohtla-Järve Lootus Valga Warrior Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Kiviõli Tamme Auto / Levadia II, 32 goals)
2010 Levadia II Flora II Ajax Lasnamäe Ajax Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Kiviõli Tamme Auto, 28 goals)
2011 Tallinna Kalev Infonet Kiviõli Tamme Auto Estonia Maksim Rõtškov (Infonet, 40 goals)
2012 Infonet Flora II Rakvere Tarvas Ivory Coast Manucho (Infonet, 31 goals)
2013 Levadia II Jõhvi Lokomotiv Flora II Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Kiviõli Irbis, 28 goals)
  • ^1 as FC Levadia Maardu.
  • ^2 as FC Valga.
  • ^3 as F.C.A. Estel Tallinn.
  • ^4 as JK Pärnu Kalev.
  • ^5 as KSK Vigri Tartu.

Performance by club[edit]

Club 1st 2nd 3rd Winning seasons
Levadia II 6 2 0 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Dünamo 2 0 0 1994–95 N, 1996–97
Pärnu Tervis 1 3 1 1992–93
Kuressaare 1 3 0 1999
Vall 1 2 0 1997–98
Kohtla-Järve Lootus 1 2 1 2003
Valga Warrior 1 1 1 2002
Infonet 1 1 0 2012
Narva Kreenholm 1 0 1 1992
Pärnu 1 0 1 1993–94
Maardu 1 0 1 2000
Tallinna Kalev 1 0 1 2011
Lelle 1 0 0 1994–95 S
Norma 1 0 0 1995–96
Levadia 1 0 0 1998
Pärnu Levadia 1 0 0 2001
Tammeka 1 0 0 2004
Pärnu Linnameeskond 1 0 0 2005
Flora II 0 3 2
Tallinna Jalgpallikool 0 2 1
Tempo 0 1 0
Tallinna Sadam 0 1 0
Maardu Olümp 0 1 0
Vigri 0 1 0
Jõhvi Lokomotiv 0 1 0
Jõhvi Pena 0 0 2
Lasnamäe Ajax 0 0 2
Valga Lokomotiiv 0 0 1
Viljandi Tulevik 0 0 1
Dokker 0 0 1
Viljandi 0 0 1
S.C. Real 0 0 1
Starbunker 0 0 1
M.C. Tallinn 0 0 1
Sillamäe Kalev 0 0 1
Kiviõli Tamme Auto 0 0 1
Rakvere Tarvas 0 0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jalgpall.ee/news.php?st=style_fp.css&news_id=3867 Estonian Football Association (in Estonian). Esiliiga expanded with B division. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.jalgpall.ee/docs/Eesti%202013.a%20meistriv%F5istluste%20Meistri-ja%20Esiliiga%20juhend.pdf Estonian Football Association (in Estonian). Estonian 2013. Meistri- and Esiliiga championship directive. Retrieved 20 March 2013.

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