On 8 March 2008, in accordance with the wish of Sandviken, it was decided that the First Division should be expanded from 10 to 12 teams. The first season with 12 teams in the division was in 2009, which led to the fact that no teams were relegated after the conclusion of the 2008 season. Linderud-Grei and Gjøvik placed bottom of the league, and had to qualify. Although both teams did. The following season was dramatically different for the two teams; Linderud-Grei won the league and got promoted to Toppserien, whilst Gjøvik got relegated to the Second Division.
In 2010 the two best teams were the same as in 2003; Sandviken and Medkila. Alta was relegated after having finished third the year before. A bankruptcy in the division resulted in only one team getting relegated from Toppserien.