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 Flora II Tallinn
(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 II Tallinnb,c 3rd 9 2006 0 n/a
Irbis Kiviõlia,b 10th 7 2008 0 n/a
Nõmme Kalju IIa,b,c 1st (Esiliiga B) 1 2014 0 n/a
Levadia II Tallinna,b,c 1st 11 2004 6 2013
Pärnu Linnameeskond 2nd (Esiliiga B) 8 2014 2 2005
Puuma Tallinna,b 9th 4 2011 0 n/a
Tarvas Rakvereb 4th 6 2012 0 n/a
Tulevik Viljandia 8th 6 2013 0 n/a
Vaprus Vändraa,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 1st 2nd 3rd Top goalscorer
1992 Kreenholm Narva Tempo Tallinn Lokomotiiv Valga
1992–93 Tervis Pärnu Tallinna Sadam Kreenholm Narva
1993–94 Kalev Pärnu Vall Tallinn Pena Jõhvi Estonia Vadim Dolinin (Kalev Pärnu, 21 goals)
1994–95 N Dünamo Tallinn Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pena Jõhvi
1994–95 S Lelle Tervis Pärnu Tulevik Viljandi
1995–96 Norma Tallinn Vall Tallinn Tallinna Jalgpallikool
1996–97 Dünamo Tallinn Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pärnu Estonia Igor Bratšuk (Olümp Maardu, 8 goals)
1997–98 Vall Tallinn Olümp Maardu Dokker Tallinn Estonia Andrei Afanassov (Vall Tallinn, 13 goals)
Estonia Aleksei Titov (Vall Tallinn, 13 goals)
1998 Levadia Maardu Vigri Tallinn Lootus Kohtla-Järve Estonia Igor Bratšuk (Levadia Maardu, 9 goals)
1999 Kuressaare Lootus Kohtla-Järve Vigri Tallinn Lithuania Svajūnas Raučkis (Kuressaare, 27 goals)
2000 Maardu Tervis Pärnu Viljandi Estonia Vladimir Tšelnokov (Maardu, 26 goals)
2001 Levadia Pärnu Warrior Valga S.C. Real Maardu Estonia Andrei Afanassov (S.C. Real Maardu, 26 goals)
2002 Valga Kuressaare Maardu Estonia Andrei Afanassov (Maardu, 25 goals)
2003 Lootus Kohtla-Järve Tervis Pärnu Estel Tallinn Estonia Aleksei Titov (Ajax Lasnamäe, 29 goals)
2004 Tammeka Tartu Levadia II Tallinn Tervis Pärnu Estonia Oliver Konsa (Tammeka Tartu, 25 goals)
2005 Vaprus Pärnu Levadia II Tallinn Ajax Lasnamäe Russia Nikita Andreev (Ajax Lasnamäe, 29 goals)
2006 Levadia II Tallinn Kuressaare Tallinna Kalev Estonia Kaimar Saag (Levadia II Tallinn, 37 goals)
2007 Levadia II Tallinn Flora II Tallinn Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Andrus Mitt (Nõmme Kalju, 24 goals)
2008 Levadia II Tallinn Kuressaare Flora II Tallinn Estonia Sergei Jegorov (TVMK II Tallinn, 20 goals)
2009 Levadia II Tallinn Lootus Kohtla-Järve Warrior Valga Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Tamme Auto Kiviõli / Levadia II Tallinn, 32 goals)
2010 Levadia II Tallinn Flora II Tallinn Ajax Lasnamäe Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Tamme Auto Kiviõli, 28 goals)
2011 Tallinna Kalev Infonet Tallinn Tamme Auto Kiviõli Estonia Maksim Rõtškov (Infonet Tallinn, 40 goals)
2012 Infonet Tallinn Flora II Tallinn Tarvas Rakvere Ivory Coast Manucho (Infonet Tallinn, 31 goals)
2013 Levadia II Tallinn Lokomotiv Jõhvi Flora II Tallinn Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Irbis Kiviõli, 28 goals)
2014 Flora II Tallinn Levadia II Tallinn Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Kristen Saarts (Pärnu Linnameeskond / Levadia II Tallinn, 31 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 Tallinn 6 3 0 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Dünamo Tallinn 2 0 0 1994–95 N, 1996–97 N
Flora II Tallinn 1 3 2 2014
Tervis Pärnu 1 3 1 1992–93
Kuressaare 1 3 0 1999
Vall Tallinn 1 2 0 1997–98
Järve Kohtla-Järve 1 2 1 2003
Warrior Valga 1 1 1 2002
Infonet Tallinn 1 1 0 2012
Kreenholm Narva 1 0 1 1992
Pärnu 1 0 1 1993–94
Maardu 1 0 1 2000
Tallinna Kalev 1 0 1 2011
Pärnu Linnameeskond 1 0 1 2005
Lelle 1 0 0 1994–95 S
Norma Tallinn 1 0 0 1995–96
Levadia Tallinn 1 0 0 1998
Pärnu Levadia 1 0 0 2001
Tammeka 1 0 0 2004
Tallinna Jalgpallikool 0 2 1
Tempo Tallinn 0 1 0
Tallinna Sadam 0 1 0
Olümp Maardu 0 1 0
Vigri Tallinn 0 1 0
Lokomotiv Jõhvi 0 1 0
Pena Jõhvi 0 0 2
Ajax Lasnamäe 0 0 2
Lokomotiiv Valga 0 0 1
Tulevik Viljandi 0 0 1
Dokker Tallinn 0 0 1
Viljandi 0 0 1
S.C. Real Maardu 0 0 1
M.C. Tallinn 0 0 1
Sillamäe Kalev 0 0 1
Irbis Kiviõli 0 0 1
Tarvas Rakvere 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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