Norwegian First Division

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Country Norway
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1948
1948–1951 (as 1. divisjon)
1951–1962 (as Landsdelsserien)
1963–1990 (as 2. divisjon)
1991–2004 (as 1. divisjon)
2005–2013 (as Adeccoligaen)
2014 (as 1. divisjon)
2015–present "(as OBOS-ligaen)"
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Eliteserien
Relegation to PostNord-ligaen
Domestic cup(s) Norwegian Cup
Current champions Kristiansund
TV partners C More and TV2 Zebra
2017 Norwegian First Division

OBOS-ligaen is a professional league in the second highest division of the Norwegian football league system. The league was established in 1948 following a reorganization of the Norwegian league system. From the 2015 season, it will be branded as OBOS-ligaen, after a six-year deal was agreed with the housing cooperative OBOS.[1]

Formally, it was a semi-professional league.[2][3]


In 2009, the number of teams in the Norwegian Premier League expanded from 14 to 16.[4]

From 2009, the First Division winners and runners-up earn automatic promotion. A new playoff system was introduced, involving the teams finishing third, fourth and fifth in the First Division, and the team finishing third from the bottom in Tippeligaen. Teams three and four would play against each other, and face the winner of team five versus team fourteen from Tippeligaen. Promotion is awarded to the winning team. The four teams finishing at the bottom of the after ended season will be relegated to the Second Division.[citation needed]

2017 Member Clubs[edit]

Team[5] Location Stadium
Arendal Arendal Bjønnes stadion
Bodø/Glimt Bodø Aspmyra Stadion
Elverum Elverum Elverum stadion
Florø Florø Florø Stadion
Fredrikstad Fredrikstad Fredrikstad Stadion
Kongsvinger Kongsvinger Gjemselund Stadion
Levanger Levanger Moan Fritidspark
Mjøndalen Mjøndalen Isachsen Stadion
Ranheim Trondheim DNB Arena
Sandnes Ulf Sandnes Sandnes Idrettspark
Start Kristiansand Sør Arena
Strømmen Strømmen Strømmen Stadion
Tromsdalen Tromsdalen Tromsdalen Stadion
Ullensaker/Kisa Jessheim UKI Arena
Jerv Grimstad J.J. Ugland Stadion – Levermyr
Åsane Åsane Åsane Idrettspark


  1. ^ "PM: 1. divisjon blir OBOS-ligaen" [Press release: 1. divisjon becomes the OBOS league]. (in Norwegian). Norsk Toppfotball. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
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  4. ^ "Tippeligaen utvides til 16 lag". Football Association of Norway (in Norwegian). 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-03-20. [dead link]
  5. ^ Lars Aarhus. "First division 2016". RSSSF Norway. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 

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