Football in Denmark

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Association football is the national sport of Denmark, with 356,754 players and 1,635 clubs registered (as of 2012)[1] under the Danish FA. The game was introduced into Denmark by British sailors.[2]

Men's league system[edit]

The top four levels in Denmark are governed by the Danish Football Association.[3] The top 3 are collectively called Danmarksturneringen (literally: the Denmark Tournament or Danish Championship), and share a common set of rules more geared towards professional football.

Level League(s)/Division(s)
1 Superligaen
12 clubs
2 1st division
12 clubs
3 2nd Division (West)
16 clubs
2nd Division (East)
16 clubs
4 Denmark Series (Pool 1)
14 clubs
Denmark Series (Pool 2)
14 clubs
Denmark Series (Pool 3)
14 clubs
5– Lower divisions

Until the 2004-05 season, there was only one 2nd division and three Denmark Series (Danmarksserie(r)).

Second squads are generally only allowed to reach the Denmark Series, however 8 second squads of the Superliga teams are allowed to participate in the 2nd Division. If the first squad of a team is relegated from The Superliga to The 1st Division, its second squad will be relegated to the Denmark Series. If a second squad finishes in a promotion spot, and are not eligible for the promotion, and the next eligible team will be promoted. Therefore, both 2nd Divisions and Denmark Series can be won by the same team more than once in a row, unlike 1st Division where the winner will always be part of next seasons Superliga.

From the season 2010/11 the clubs in the Superliga will have their own reserve competition, where there also the recent relegators and four wild cards participate. The Superliga clubs' other teams will be playing no higher than in the Denmark Series.

Lower divisions' format[edit]

The lower divisions are controlled by the regional associations.

The format is generally two (regional name)'s series (example: Funen's series (Fynsserien)), followed by Serie 1, Serie 2 and so forth. The number of lower series vary from 3 in LFBU to 6 in JBU.

The following table pictures the JBU-part as of the 2005-06 season.

Level League(s)/Division(s)
–4 Higher divisions
5 Jyllandsserien, pool 1
14 clubs
Jyllandsserien, pool 2
14 clubs
6 Serie 1, pool 3
12 clubs
Serie 1, pool 4
12 clubs
Serie 1, pool 5
12 clubs
Serie 1, pool 6
12 clubs
7 Serie 2, pool 7
12 clubs
Serie 2, pool 8
12 clubs
Serie 2, pool 9
12 clubs
Serie 2, pool 10
12 clubs
Serie 2, pool 11
12 clubs
Serie 2, pool 12
12 clubs
Serie 2, pool 13
12 clubs
Serie 2, pool 14
12 clubs
8 S3, 15
12 cl.
S3, 16
12 cl.
S3, 17
12 cl.
S3, 18
12 cl.
S3, 19
12 cl.
S3, 20
12 cl.
S3, 21
12 cl.
S3, 22
12 cl.
S3, 23
12 cl.
S3, 24
12 cl.
S3, 25
12 cl.
S3, 26
12 cl.
S3, 27
12 cl.
S3, 28
12 cl.
S3, 29
12 cl.
S3, 30
12 cl.
9 Serie 4, pools 31–62 (32)
12 clubs per division
10 Serie 5, pools 63–110 (46)
12 clubs per division
11 Serie 6, pools 111–143 (32)
11 or 12 clubs per division

Competition records[edit]

European[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Champions League.

UEFA Cup[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Cup.

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medlemstal 1910-2012". dbu.dk. Danish FA. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2008-11-27). "England renew continent's oldest football rivalry with visit of Denmark | Jonathan Wilson | Football". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  3. ^ Smyth, Rob (2009-10-13). "The forgotten story of ... Danish Dynamite, the Denmark side of the mid-80s | Rob Smyth and Lars Eriksen | Sport". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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