|Number of teams||12|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Danish 1st Division|
|Domestic cup(s)||Danish Cup|
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League,
UEFA Europa League
|Current champions||F.C. Copenhagen
|Most championships||F.C. Copenhagen (10 titles)|
Canal 8 Sport
TV 2 Sport
Others (see section)
|2012–13 Danish Superliga|
The Danish Superliga (Superligaen in Danish) is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest association football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 12 teams each year, with 2 teams to be relegated, which proves to be one of the highest chances of relegation in Europe. Superliga has experienced a great development in the past 5 years, with new stadiums and greater attendances, and the league rank has shifted from twenty-third to twelfth in the country ranking system of UEFA. If the current position is kept throughout the rest of the season, the 2012/2013 season would permit the league champion to enter directly into the group stages of Champions League, and the runner-up to enter the qualifying rounds. FC København's recent strong performances in Europe are the main reason for the sudden rise of the Danish Superliga, but teams like Odense Boldklub, AaB Aalborg and Brøndby IF contributed as well.
The Superliga is generally perceived as being able to attract players of a slightly higher level than that of the rest of the Scandinavian leagues, partly favoured by a lucrative tax-scheme. Two of the best players in the league in the season of 2010 were former Manchester United player Eric Djemba-Djemba, who now plays at Hapoel Tel-Aviv F.C., and former Panathinaikos-player Dame N'Doye for FC København. For the 2009–10 season, the average attendance per game was 8,315. According to the soccersite Soccerlens.com the Danish Superliga is number 11 in Europe by attendances, ahead of countries such as Greece, Ukraine and Austria.
Founded in 1991, the Danish Superliga replaced the Danish 1st Division as the highest league of football in Denmark. From the start in 1991, 10 teams were participating. The opening Superliga season was played during the spring of 1991, with the ten teams playing each other twice for the championship title. From the summer of 1991, the tournament structure would stretch over two years. The 10 teams would play each other twice in the first half of the tournament. In the following spring, the bottom two teams would be cut off, the points of the teams would be cut in half, and the remaining eight teams would once more play each other twice, for a total of 32 games in a season.
This practice was abandoned before the 1995–96 season, when the number of teams competing were increased to 12, playing each other thrice for 33 games per Superliga season. For the first season of this new structure, Coca-Cola became the name sponsor of the league, which was then named Coca-Cola Ligaen. After a single season under that name, Faxe Brewery became sponsors and the league changed its name to Faxe Kondi Ligaen. Before the 2001–02 season, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) became the head sponsor, and the name of the tournament changed to SAS Ligaen. From the start of the 2010-2011 season, the current Superliga name and logo were adopted, replacing the old SAS Ligaen name and logo.
Since 1996, 12 clubs have played in the league, playing each other thrice. Each team meets each one of the other teams one time at home, one time away, plus one more time home or away dependent of the clubs placement in the previous season. The two teams with the fewest points are relegated to the Danish 1st Division. The Danish champion will play in the UEFA Champions League in the upcoming season where they will start in the 3rd qualifying round for champions. The runner-up will play the UEFA Champions League they will start in the 3rd qualifying round for non-champions. The third-placed and fourth-placed team will play in the UEFA Europa League the 3rd places will start in the 3rd qualifying round and the 4th places will start in the 2nd qualifying round. And the winner of the Danish Cup will start in the 4th qualifying round.
UEFA ranking 
Current ranking (2011–12 UEFA competitions) 
Correct as of 1. July, 2011
Broadcasting rights 
As of 2008[update], Modern Times Group owns the rights to broadcast all of the matches from the league, and uses them to broadcast matches on channels TV3+ and TV 2 Sport (through sub licensing). However, the current deal was found, by the Danish Competition Authority (Konkurrencestyrelsen) not to comply with the Danish competition legislation. Therefore, a new deal was made on 21 December 2008, dividing the Superliga TV-rights between three parties. The deal amounted to DKK 1,062,300,000 (USD 210 million, EUR 140 million), effective from the 2009–10 season.
|TV, I||Modern Times Group||TV3+, TV3+ HD||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the game played Sunday 18.00 (1st choice)|
|TV, II||Bonnier Group2||Canal 9, Canal 8 Sport, DR1, DR2||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games played Sunday 14.00 and 16.00 on live television (2nd and 5th choice)|
|TV, III||TV 2 Sport||TV 2 Sport, TV 2 Sport HD||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games played Saturday 17.00, Sunday 16.00 and Monday 19.00 on live television (3rd, 4th3 and 6th choice)|
|TV, Cup||SBS Broadcasting Group||Kanal 5, Kanal 5 HD, 6'eren||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games in the Danish Cup on live television|
|TV, 1st Division||TV 2 Sport||TV 2 Sport, TV 2 Sport HD||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games in the Danish 1st Division on live television|
|Radio||DR||DR P3||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast all the games on live radio|
|Highlights||DR, TV 2||DR1, TV 2||Grants rights to show highlights in sports news broadcasts|
Foreign rights 
Outside of Scandinavia, IMG holds the rights to the Superliga until the 2011–2012 season, and they have reportedly sold the rights to networks in Greece, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates, as well as several betting sites. It airs on Terra TV in Brazil.
Current teams (2012–13) 
|First season in
|First season of
current spell in
|Esbjerg||1st in 1st Division||n/a||2012–13|
|Randers||2nd in 1st Division||n/a||2012–13|
Date '2013' not within range as specified by command Period.
Notable players 
Top goalscorers 
|1991||11||Bent Christensen (Brøndby IF)|
|1991–92||17||Peter Møller (AaB)|
|1992–93||22||Peter Møller (AaB)|
|1993–94||18||Søren Frederiksen (Viborg FF)|
|1994–95||24||Erik Bo Andersen (AaB)|
|1995–96||20||Thomas Thorninger (AGF)|
|1996–97||26||Miklos Molnar (Lyngby FC)|
|1997–98||28||Ebbe Sand (Brøndby IF)|
|1998–99||23||Heine Fernandez (Viborg FF)|
|1999–00||16||Peter Lassen (Silkeborg IF)|
|2000–01||21||Peter Graulund (Brøndby IF)|
|2001–02||22||Peter Madsen (Brøndby IF) and Kaspar Dalgas (OB)|
|2002–03||18||Søren Frederiksen (Viborg FF) and Jan Kristiansen (Esbjerg fB)|
|2003–04||19||Steffen Højer and Mwape Miti (both OB), Mohamed Zidan (FC Midtjylland) and Tommy Bechmann (Esbjerg fB)|
|2004–05||20||Steffen Højer (OB)|
|2005–06||16||Steffen Højer (Viborg FF)|
|2006–07||19||Rade Prica (AaB)|
|2007–08||17||Jeppe Curth (AaB)|
|2008–09||16||Morten Nordstrand (F.C. Copenhagen) and Marc Nygaard (Randers FC)|
|2009–10||18||Peter Utaka (OB)|
|2010–11||25||Dame N'Doye (F.C. Copenhagen)|
|2011–12||18||Dame N'Doye (F.C. Copenhagen)|
Most capped players 
Most capped foreign players 
|1||Arek Onyszko||363||Viborg FF, OB, FC Midtjylland|
|2||Karim Zaza||322||FC København, OB, Brøndby IF, AaB|
|3||Todi Jónsson||243||Lyngby BK, FC København|
|6||Dan Eggen||167||BK Frem, Brøndby IF|
|7||Abdul Sule||160||AB, AC Horsens|
|8||Sibusiso Zuma||158||FC København, FC Nordsjælland|
|9||Fernando Derveld||156||OB, Esbjerg fB|
|10||Kolja Afriyie||154||Esbjerg fB, FC Midtjylland|
|11||Aurelijus Skarbalius||150||Brøndby IF, Herfølge BK|
|12||Martin Ericsson||146||AaB, Brøndby IF|
|13||Razak Pimpong||145||FC Midtjylland, FC København|
|14||Atiba Hutchinson||139||FC København|
|15||Oscar Wendt||138||FC København|
|16||Rawez Lawan||136||AC Horsens, FC Nordsjælland|
|Jakup Mikkelsen||136||Herfølge BK|
|18||Mattias Jonson||131||Brøndby IF|
|19||Andreas Klarström||127||Esbjerg fB|
|20||Gilberto Macena||123||AC Horsens|
|As of end of season 2010–11|
According to soccerlens.com the Danish Superliga was number 11 in Europe in 2009, ahead of strong leagues such as Greece, Austria and Ukraine: http://soccerlens.com/the-top-15-leagues-in-europe/39185/
See also 
- Ritzau (21 December 2007). "Fakta om fodboldaftalen (lit. Facts about the football agreement)". TV 2 Sporten. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- Ritzau (21 December 2007). "Dansk fodbold solgt for 1 mia. (lit. Danish football sold for 1 billion)". TV 2 Denmark. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- Calculated using Google Calculator's currency converting feature  
- "IMG to represent Danish Superliga for three seasons" (Press release). IMG. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- Olsen, Theis L. (19 February 2010). "Superliga-bold på skærmen i Dubai og Grækenland". business.dk. Berlingske Tidende. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- Tally includes points carried over from the first half of the season.
- "FLEST KAMPE, ALLTIME". superstats.dk. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "UDLÆNDINGE MED FLEST SPILLEDE KAMPE, ALL TIME". superstats.dk. Retrieved 29 June 2011.