I liga (Poland)
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2008-2009 (as I liga)
1949-2008 (as II liga)
|Number of teams||18|
|Levels on pyramid||2|
|Relegation to||II Liga|
|Domestic cup(s)||Polish Cup|
|Current champions||Piast Gliwice
|TV partners||Orange Sport|
|2012–13 I Liga|
I Liga (Polish pronunciation: [piɛrˈvʂa ˈlʲiɡa]) is the second level of the Polish association football league, below the Ekstraklasa and above the II Liga. Run by the Polish Football Association (PZPN) since its inception in 1948, all teams from 2002 onwards must have a licence, issued by the Association. The league was renamed from Second League to First League in 2008.
A second level league was first created for the 1949 season, and was split into northern and southern sections, each comprising 10 teams.
For the 1951 season the format was changed to four groups, with eight teams in each group.
1970s - 2008 
For the 1973–74 season the 2nd level was changed to comprise two sections, split into north and south.
In 1989, after the collapse of the Communist system, the Polish FA decided to create one group of 20 teams. This lasted for two years, and starting in the fall of 1991, two groups of 18 teams were created (reduced to 14 sides in 1998/1999). In 1999 the two groups were merged and one Second League was created, with as many as 24 teams.
In 2000 the number of teams was limited to 20 sides, then to 18. Champions and vice-champions received automatic promotion, while third place teams competed in playoffs. The bottom four teams were relegated.
New name 
Following the 2007-2008 season, the league was renamed as I Liga. The number of teams competing remained at 18. Teams which place 15-18 will be automatically relegated to 2. League West or East. The first and second placed teams are promoted to the Ekstraklasa.
Champions of the Polish second level 
See also 
- "Foul Play". Warsaw Voice. 2003-08-28. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
- Piotr Dąbrowski, Paweł Mogielnicki and Gwidon Naskrent (20 June 2007 (updated)). "Poland 1949". Poland Final Tables (1st and 2nd level). RSSSF. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- Pawel Mogielnicki (26 July 1998 (last updated 7 July 2000)). "History, part 1 1949-1959". Poland: druga liga. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- Piotr Dąbrowski, Paweł Mogielnicki and Gwidon Naskrent (20 June 2007 (updated)). "Poland 1973/74". Poland Final Tables (1st and 2nd level). RSSSF. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- Gwidon Naskrent (9 June 2003 (updated)). "Poland 2nd Division Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- Official website (Polish)
- Current season table, results grid and results/scorers by match at 90minut.pl (Polish)