Finnish Division 7
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Seiska or VII divisioona is the eighth level in the league system of Finnish football and comprises 30 Finnish football teams. The VII divisioona was introduced in 1973 and in the mid-1990s became known as the Seiska (Number Seven in English and Sjuan in Swedish).
There are 30 clubs in the Seiska, divided in 2 groups of 15 teams, from the Helsinki district. During the course of a season (starting in April and ending in October) teams play each other once. The top teams in each Seiska group are normally promoted to the Kutonen.
HPS Helsinki won the Finnish football championship (Mestaruussarja) 9 times and they also played in the European Cup, against Stade de Reims in 1958–59. In 1999 they were forced to abandon their place in the Kakkonen and reformed in Section 1 of the Seiska for the 2000 season. In their first season they finished in ninth place in their section and spent two more seasons at this level before gaining promotion at the end of the 2002 campaign under player coach Harri Hiltunen.
District Football Associations
Teams within the Seiska are eligible to compete in the Suomen Cup and the Suomen Regions' Cup. The clubs are normally listed in an abbreviated form and their full names can be viewed by referring to the List of clubs or the relevant District Association.
Current clubs - 2012 Season
- Lohko 1 (Section 1)
- Lohko 2 (Section 2)
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