Esiliiga is the second division of the Estonian Football Association annual footballchampionship. 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[update] it is not fully professional.
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. 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.