Swedish Football Division 2
|Number of teams||72|
|Promotion to||Division 1|
|Relegation to||Division 3|
|Current champions||Oskarshamns AIK (Södra Götaland)|
|2013 Division 2|
|Allsvenskan (Tier 1)|
|Superettan (Tier 2)|
|Division 1 (Tier 3)|
|Division 2 (Tier 4)|
|Division 3 (Tier 5)|
|Division 4 (Tier 6)|
|Division 5 (Tier 7)|
|Division 6 (Tier 8)|
|Division 7 (Tier 9)|
|Division 8 (Tier 10)|
Division 2 is the fourth level in the league system of Swedish football and comprises 72 Swedish football teams. Division 2 had status as the official second level from 1928 to 1986, but was replaced by Division 1 in 1987. It then had status as the official third level until 2005, but was replaced once again by the recreated Division 1 in 2006.
- 1 The competition
- 2 Administration
- 3 Historical context
- 4 Current clubs - 2012 Season
- 5 Seasons - League Tables
- 6 Player of the year awards
- 7 References
There are 72 clubs in Division 2, divided in six groups of 12 teams each representing a geographical area. During the course of a season (starting in April and ending in October) each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 22 games. At the end of each season the two lowest placed teams of each group are relegated to Division 3 and the twelve winning teams from the twelve Division 3 leagues are promoted in their place while the third lowest placed teams in the Division 2 leagues plays promotion/relegation play-offs against the twelve second placed teams in Division 3. The top team in each Division 2 group is promoted to Division 1 and the three lowest placed teams from each Division 1 league are relegated in their place.
Division 2 is the fourth-highest division in Swedish Football. It currently comprises six regional leagues which may show some small changes to their titles year on year reflecting the changing geographical distribution of clubs. The six sections for the 2011 season cover Norrland, Norra Svealand, Södra Svealand, Norra Götaland, Västra Götaland and Södra Götaland.
The name of Division 2 has been around since 1924/25 season when there were 5 sections titled Uppsvenskan, Mellansvenskan, Östsvenskan, Västsvenskan and Sydsvenskan which were run on an unofficial basis. Division 2 became official in 1928/29 as the second tier of Swedish football with 2 sections being created - Norra and Södra - with a total of 20 teams.
In 1932/33 Division 2 was expanded into 4 sections covering Norra, Östra, Västra and Södra. This format continued until the end of the 1946/47 season. For the 1947/48 season a 2 section structure was restored comprising the Nordöstra and Sydvästra sections. In 1953/54 a section representing the northern clubs in Sweden was introduced for the first time known as Norrland. The other two sections were titled Svealand and Götaland. In 1955/56 it was decided that Götaland should have 2 sections. This provided Division 2 with 4 sections covering Norrland, Svealand, Östra Götaland and Västra Götaland.
In 1972 the structure reverted to 3 sections titled Norra, Mellersta and Södra. This was short-lived and in 1974 two sections covering Norra and Södra were consolidated. This system continued until the end of the 1986 season when the competition became Division 1.
From 1987 onwards Division 2 became the third highest league in Swedish football and this continued until 2005. The new division initially had 4 sections titled Norra, Mellersta, Östra and Västra. In 1993 it was divided into 6 sections titled Norrland, Östra Svealand, Västra Svealand, Östra Götaland, Västra Götaland and Södra Götaland.
In 2006 Division 2 became Sweden's fourth highest division with the introduction of Division 1 below the Superettan.
Current clubs - 2012 Season
Seasons - League Tables
Player of the year awards
Ever since 2003 the online bookmaker Unibet have given out awards at the end of the season to the best players in Division 2. The recipients are decided by a jury of sportsjournalists, coaches and football experts.
|GK||Jonnie Fedel||Höllvikens GIF|
|DF||Erik Skördåker||Jönköpings Södra IF|
|MF||Tom Juma||Friska Viljor FC|
|FW||Jimmy Rajala||IK Brage|
|GK||Sebastian Karlsson||Degerfors IF|
|DF||Markus Senften||Mjällby AIF|
|MF||Magnus Henrysson||Umeå FC|
|FW||Andreas Tegström||Husqvarna FF|
|GK||Rickard Claesson||Sandareds IF|
|DF||Björn Bjersing||Umeå FC|
|MF||Aram Ibrahim||Jönköpings Södra IF|
|FW||Johan Pettersson||IK Sirius|
|GK||Gerhard Andersson||IK Brage|
|DF||André Grim||IFK Timrå|
|MF||Mikael Andersson||IK Sleipner|
|FW||Mathias Ranégie||Lärje-Angereds IF|
|GK||Ambjörn Lennartsson||Myresjö IF|
|DF||Lars-Henrik Enered||Eskilstuna City|
|MF||Johan Blomberg||Lunds BK|
|FW||Abiola Dauda||Sölvesborgs GoIF|
|GK||Martin Sundström||Brynäs IF|
|DF||Haisem Ismail||Skiljebo SK|
|MF||Carlos Gaete Moggia||Hammarby TFF|
|FW||Robin Arestav||Mariehem SK|
|GK||Johannes Hopf||Hammarby TFF|
|DF||Haris Devic||Bodens BK|
|MF||Joakim Persson||Lunds BK|
|FW||Nedim Halilović||Dalkurd FF|
|GK||Modou Jawo||IK Frej|
|DF||Ibrahim Koroma||Motala AIF|
|MF||Goran Zdravkov||Skellefteå FF|
|FW||Andreas Grahm||VMA IK|
|GK||Besarion Kodalaev||Östersunds FK|
|DF||Pontus Jakobsson||Örebro SK Ungdom|
|MF||Armin Pasagic||IFK Klagshamn|
|FW||Sonny Karlsson||Utsiktens BK|
|GK||Jonas Käck||IS Halmia|
|DF||Pontus Nordenberg||Nyköpings BIS|
|MF||Pontus Silfver||Hudiksvalls FF|
|FW||Ahmad Khreis||Selånger FK|
- "Division 2 – svenskfotboll.se" (League Composition & Map). Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- "Sweden Final Tables - Clas Glenning" (Archive). Retrieved 2010-12-03.
- "Norrland - Division 2 – Fotbollsserier 2012 – Fotboll – everysport.com". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Norra Svealand - Division 2 – Fotbollsserier 2012 – Fotboll – everysport.com". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Södra Svealand - Division 2 – Fotbollsserier 2012 – Fotboll – everysport.com". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Östra Götaland - Division 2 – Fotbollsserier 2012 – Fotboll – everysport.com". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Västra Götaland - Division 2 – Fotbollsserier 2012 – Fotboll – everysport.com". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Södra Götaland - Division 2 – Fotbollsserier 2012 – Fotboll – everysport.com". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Sveriges bästa fotbollsspelare i division 2 utsedda". Retrieved 2012-11-13.