Faroe Islands Premier League

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Faroe Islands Premier League (Effodeildin)
Effodeildin.jpg
Country Faroe Islands
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1942
First season 1942
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to 1. deild
Domestic cup(s) Faroe Islands Cup
Faroe Islands Super Cup
International cup(s) Champions League - 1
Europa League - 3
Current champions HB
(2013)
Most championships HB (22)
TV partners KVF (only highlights)
Website Website at FSF
2014 Faroe Islands Premier League

The Faroe Islands Premier League, the top division of football in the Faroe Islands, was founded in 1942. It is organised by the Faroe Islands Football Association. The league is now called Effodeildin,[1] from February 2009 to December 2011 was known as Vodafonedeildin[2] and Formuladeildin from 2005 to 2008 for sponsorship reasons. The league will be called Effodeildin until 2017.[3]

It currently has 10 participating clubs. At the end of each season, two teams are relegated and two promoted from what is now the First Division (1. deild).

History[edit]

The league was founded in 1942, although clubs did not take part in European competition until 1992. From 1942 to 1975 it was called Meistaradeildin (Champions' Division). Four clubs participated in the first season: KÍ Klaksvík (est. 1904), TB Tvøroyri (est. 1892), B36 Tórshavn (est. 1936) and HB Tórshavn (est. 1904). The first champions were KÍ Klaksvík. A Second Division was founded in 1943, but there was no relegation or promotion system at that time. The league was suspended in 1944 due to the friendly occupation of the Faroe Islands by the British army. The league resumed a year later and KÍ Klaksvík won the league. Other teams to join in the 1940s were MB Miðvágur, SÍ Sørvágur and VB Vágur. All 3 clubs came and went; SÍ Sørvágur finished runners-up in 1945 and won the league title in 1947; this turned out to be the only time in SÍ Sørvágur's history when they played in the top division. In 1952 VB Vágur joined the league again, but they only played two seasons and finished bottom of the table both times. They rejoined again in 1956 and did better than previously. By 1970, KÍ Klaksvík were the most successful club in the Faroe Islands, with 14 titles. The number of teams rose to six in 1971, when ÍF Fuglafjørður entered the league, and 7 in 1976 when NSÍ Runavík joined.

Changes were made in 1976 and the league was renamed '1. deild' (First Division). Promotion and relegation were also introduced: at the end of the 1976 season one team would be relegated to and one team promoted from the newly named 2. deild. NSÍ were the first to be relegated, finishing the season without winning any of their 12 matches. Fram Tórshavn were the first team to be promoted, though their time in the top flight was short-lived and they were relegated after one season. The new system and the larger league gave more clubs a chance to play in the top division. In 1979 the Faroe Islands Football Association was founded and they took control of the football league; this brought more changes and the number of clubs in the 1. deild was increased to eight. In 1987 there was no relegation from the 1. deild, as it was to be expanded to ten clubs; from the 1988 season onwards, two clubs would be relegated and two promoted.

Since 1992, teams from the Faroe Islands have been invited by UEFA to take part in European competitions. In 1991, KÍ Klaksvík entered the Champions League as league champions and B36 Tórshavn played in the Cup Winners Cup as Cup winners. KÍ lost both matches against Latvian side Skonto Riga, 3-1 and 3-0. B36 went close against Avenir Beggen, with a 1-1 draw and a 0-1 loss in the away leg, losing 2-1 on aggreagate in the Qualifying round. In the 1990s a relegation play-off was introduced, in which the ninth placed team played the second placed team from 2. deild; but this was later scrapped. Since 1995, 3 points have been awarded for a win, instead of 2 points as before. In 2003 HB Tórshavn won the league and equalled KÍ Klaksvík's record of 17 titles; a year later HB bettered that and won the title for the 18th time. In 2004 1. deild was renamed Formuladeildin for sponsorship reasons. 2. deild adopted the name of 1. deild, the 3rd and 4th tier were named 2. deild and 3. deild. Then 5 years later in 2009, a 3 year deal was agreed with Vodafone and the name was changed again to Vodafonedeildin. In February 2012 the name was changed to Effodeildin, a 3 year deal was agreed with the Faroese petrol company Effo,[4] which was previously called Statoil and Esso. In 14 February 2014, FSF renewed the contract with Effo, and the league will be called Effodeildin until 2017.[3] A new 4 year deal for the television rights was also agreed, the Football Association sold the rights for a record 64 million DKK, to the sports rights agency Kentaro. Previously, the rights were with Sportfive, which paid around 11 million DKK.

Clubs for the 2014 season[edit]

Location of teams in Effodeildin 2014
Club Location Previous season
AB Argir Argir 7th
B36 Tórshavn Tórshavn 3rd
B68 Toftir Toftir 1st (1. deild)
EB/Streymur Streymnes 5th
HB Tórshavn Tórshavn 1st
ÍF Fuglafjørður Fuglafjørður 2nd
KÍ Klaksvík Klaksvík 8th
NSÍ Runavík Runavík 4th
Skála Skála 2nd (1. deild)
Víkingur Gøta Norðragøta 6th

The newly promoted clubs are B68 Toftir and Skála.

Premier League seasons[edit]

Season Clubs Champions Pts Runner-up Pts Top Goalscorer
1942 KÍ Klaksvík TB Tvøroyri
1943 TB Tvøroyri MB Miðvágur
1944 No tournament due to the friendly occupation of the Faroe Islands by the British army
1945 KÍ Klaksvík SÍ Sørvágur
1946 B36 Tórshavn VB Vágur
1947 SÍ Sørvágur B36 Tórshavn
1948 B36 Tórshavn HB Tórshavn
1949 TB Tvøroyri HB Tórshavn
1950 B36 Tórshavn TB Tvøroyri
1951 4 TB Tvøroyri KÍ Klaksvík
1952 5 KÍ Klaksvík TB Tvøroyri
1953 5 KÍ Klaksvík HB Tórshavn
1954 4 KÍ Klaksvík HB Tórshavn
1955 4 HB Tórshavn 9 TB Tvøroyri 7
1956 5 KÍ Klaksvík 12 TB Tvøroyri 10
1957 5 KÍ Klaksvík 13 VB Vágur 8
1958 5 KÍ Klaksvík 12 HB Tórshavn 12
1959 5 B36 Tórshavn 12 KÍ Klaksvík 9
1960 4 HB Tórshavn 9 B36 Tórshavn 7
1961 4 KÍ Klaksvík 10 B36 Tórshavn 5
1962 4 B36 Tórshavn 10 KÍ Klaksvík 8
1963 4 HB Tórshavn 10 KÍ Klaksvík 8
1964 3 HB Tórshavn 6 B36 Tórshavn 4
1965 4 HB Tórshavn 8 B36 Tórshavn 7
1966 5 KÍ Klaksvík 14 HB Tórshavn 10
1967 5 KÍ Klaksvík 14 HB Tórshavn 12
1968 5 KÍ Klaksvík 13 B36 Tórshavn 10
1969 5 KÍ Klaksvík 16 HB Tórshavn 12
1970 5 KÍ Klaksvík 12 HB Tórshavn 10
1971 6 HB Tórshavn 18 KÍ Klaksvík 16
1972 6 KÍ Klaksvík 17 HB Tórshavn 16
1973 6 HB Tórshavn 20 KÍ Klaksvík 16
1974 6 HB Tórshavn 18 KÍ Klaksvík 10
1975 6 HB Tórshavn 20 KÍ Klaksvík 15
1976 7 TB Tvøroyri 20 HB Tórshavn 19
1977 7 TB Tvøroyri 20 HB Tórshavn 16
1978 7 HB Tórshavn 20 TB Tvøroyri 19
1979 8 ÍF Fuglafjørður 25 TB Tvøroyri 24
1980 8 TB Tvøroyri 25 HB Tórshavn 20 Faroe Islands Jóan Petur Olgarsson (TB, 18 goals)
1981 8 HB Tórshavn 21 TB Tvøroyri 21 Faroe Islands Jóannes Jakobsen (HB, 14 goals)
1982 8 HB Tórshavn 22 TB Tvøroyri 19 Faroe Islands Jóannes Jakobsen (HB, 9 goals)
1983 8 GÍ Gøta 19 HB Tórshavn 18 Faroe Islands Petur Hans Hansen (B68, 10 goals)
1984 8 B68 Toftir 21 TB Tvøroyri 19 Faroe Islands Aksel Højgaard (B68, 10 goals)
Faroe Islands Erling Jacobsen (HB, 10 goals)
1985 8 B68 Toftir 21 HB Tórshavn 19 Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (, 10 goals)
1986 8 GÍ Gøta 20 HB Tórshavn 17 Denmark Jesper Wiemer (B68, 13 goals)
Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (, 13 goals)
1987 8 TB Tvøroyri 18 HB Tórshavn 17 Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (, 10 goals)
1988 10 HB Tórshavn 25 B68 Toftir 24 Faroe Islands Jógvan Petersen (B68, 9 goals)
1989 10 B71 Sandoy 31 HB Tórshavn 22 Iceland Egill Steinþórsson (VB, 16 goals)
1990 10 HB Tórshavn 24 B36 Tórshavn 20 Faroe Islands Gunnar Mohr (HB, 10 goals)
Faroe Islands Jens Erik Rasmussen (MB, 10 goals)
Faroe Islands Jón Pauli Olsen (VB, 10 goals)
Faroe Islands Per Dalheim (, 10 goals)
1991 10 KÍ Klaksvík 24 B36 Tórshavn 24 Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (, 15 goals)
1992 10 B68 Toftir 27 GÍ Gøta 25 Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (, 14 goals)
1993 10 GÍ Gøta 28 HB Tórshavn 25 Faroe Islands Uni Arge (HB, 11 goals)
1994 10 GÍ Gøta 30 HB Tórshavn 30 Faroe Islands John Petersen (, 21 goals)
1995 10 GÍ Gøta 41 HB Tórshavn 33 Faroe Islands Súni Fríði Johannesen (B68, 24 goals)
1996 10 GÍ Gøta 39 KÍ Klaksvík 39 Faroe Islands Kurt Mørkøre (, 20 goals)
1997 10 B36 Tórshavn 48 HB Tórshavn 41 Faroe Islands Uni Arge (HB, 24 goals)
1998 10 HB Tórshavn 45 KÍ Klaksvík 38 Faroe Islands Jákup á Borg (B36, 20 goals)
1999 10 KÍ Klaksvík 41 GÍ Gøta 39 Faroe Islands Jákup á Borg (B36, 17 goals)
2000 10 VB Vágur 40 HB Tórshavn 38 Faroe Islands Súni Fríði Johannesen (B36, 16 goals)
2001 10 B36 Tórshavn 46 GÍ Gøta 42 Faroe Islands Helgi L. Petersen (, 19 goals)
2002 10 HB Tórshavn 41 NSÍ Runavík 36 Faroe Islands Andrew av Fløtum (HB, 18 goals)
2003 10 HB Tórshavn 41 B36 Tórshavn 37 Faroe Islands Hjalgrím Elttør (, 13 goals)
2004 10 HB Tórshavn 41 B36 Tórshavn 34 Faroe Islands Sonni L. Petersen (EB/Streymur, 13 goals)
2005 10 B36 Tórshavn 54 Skála ÍF 50 Faroe Islands Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ, 18 goals)
2006 10 HB Tórshavn 55 EB/Streymur 54 Faroe Islands Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ, 18 goals)
2007 10 NSÍ Runavík 61 EB/Streymur 54 France Amed Davy Sylla (B36 Tórshavn, 18 goals)
2008 10 EB/Streymur 54 HB Tórshavn 48 Faroe Islands Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur, 20 goals)
2009 10 HB Tórshavn 55 EB/Streymur 50 Faroe Islands Finnur Justinussen (Víkingur, 19 goals)
2010 10 HB Tórshavn 54 EB/Streymur 51 Faroe Islands Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur, 22 goals)
Faroe Islands Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ, 22 goals)
2011 10 B36 Tórshavn 67 EB/Streymur 60 Faroe Islands Finnur Justinussen (Víkingur, 21 goals)
2012 10 EB/Streymur 58 ÍF Fuglafjørður 54 Brazil Clayton Nascimento (ÍF, 22 goals)
Faroe Islands Páll Klettskarð (, 22 goals)
2013 10 HB Tórshavn 54 ÍF Fuglafjørður 49 Faroe Islands Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ, 21 goals)

Performance by club[edit]

Team Titles
HB 22
17
B36 9
TB 7
6
B68 3
EB/Streymur 2
B71 1
ÍF 1
NSÍ 1
1
VB 1

In bold the clubs currently playing in Effodeildin. In italics the clubs that no longer exist.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Effodeildin is the new name of the top league". Soccer and Equipment. 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Vodafonedeildin farin í søguna" (in Faroese). Sudurras. 4 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Effodeildin fram til 2017" (in Faroese). Aktuelt. 14 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Og navnið er: Effo-deildin" (in Faroese). Aktuelt.fo. 27 February 2012. 

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