2. divisjon

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PostNord-ligaen
PostNord Ligaen.jpg
Founded2016– (as PostNord-ligaen)
2012–2015 (as Oddsen-ligaen)
2009–2011 (as Fair Play ligaen)
1991–2008 (as 2. divisjon)
1963–1990 (as 3. divisjon)
Country Norway
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams28 (divided into 2 groups of 14)
Level on pyramid3
Promotion to1. divisjon
Relegation to3. divisjon
Domestic cup(s)Norwegian Cup
Current championsRaufoss, Skeid
(2018)
Websitefotball.no
2018 2. divisjon

2. divisjon (often referred to as PostNord-ligaen for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest level of the Norwegian football league system.

There are 28 teams divided into two groups, and at the end of the season the winner of each group earns promotion to the second-highest division, 1. divisjon. The teams finishing in second place in their respective group will qualify for the promotion play-offs, where they will face each other. The winner will play against the 14th placed team in 1. divisjon for promotion. The bottom three teams in each group are relegated to 3. divisjon.

2. divisjon is the highest league a reserve team can participate in, and only reserve teams from the Eliteserien clubs (first tier) are allowed to enter. The participation of reserve teams stirs debate from time to time.[1]

History[edit]

Between 1963 and 1990, 2. divisjon was the second highest level of the Norwegian football league system, therefore the name of the third highest level was 3. divisjon. When the highest level was rebranded in 1991, this level changed its name to 2. divisjon. From 2009 to 2011, the official name of the league was Fair Play ligaen, and from 2012 to 2015 the name was Oddsen-ligaen (after the main sponsor Norsk Tipping's betting-game called Oddsen).[2][3] The league is currently branded as PostNord-ligaen, sponsored by PostNord.

Winners[edit]

1991–1995[edit]

All group winners, excluding second teams of top division teams, were promoted to 1. divisjon.

Season Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
1991 Odd Grenland Bærum Vard Haugesund Brann 2 [nb 1] Rosenborg 2 [nb 2] Bodø/Glimt
1992 Lillestrøm 2 [nb 3] Skeid Åssiden Åsane Nardo Mjølner
1993 Jevnaker Åndalsnes Stabæk Vidar Stjørdals-Blink Alta
1994 Sarpsborg FK Odd Grenland Sandefjord BK Haugesund Aalesund Stålkameratene
1995 Elverum Ullern Mjøndalen Vidar Byåsen Harstad
  1. ^ Os were promoted
  2. ^ Stjørdals/Blink were promoted
  3. ^ Ski were promoted

1996–2000[edit]

Each group winner played qualification play-offs to decide which teams promote to 1. divisjon. Teams in bold promoted to 1. divisjon through qualification play-offs.

Season Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
1996 [nb 1] Sarpsborg FK Skjetten Runar Vigør Rosenborg 2 [nb 2] Finnsnes
1997 Kjelsås Raufoss Ullern Vidar Fana Kolstad Strindheim Lofoten
1998 Liv/Fossekallen Skjetten Ørn-Horten Vidar Fyllingen Clausenengen Rosenborg 2 [nb 3] Lofoten
1999 HamKam Asker Sandefjord Vidar Fyllingen Aalesund Strindheim Tromsdalen
2000 Skjetten FF Lillehammer Ørn-Horten Mandalskameratene Hødd Aalesund Stålkameratene Lofoten
  1. ^ Byåsen and Harstad from 1. divisjon played qualification games against group winners from 2. divisjon
  2. ^ Verdal to qualification
  3. ^ Mo to qualification

2001–2016[edit]

All group winners, excluding second teams of top division teams, were promoted to 1. divisjon.

Season Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
2001 Skeid Åsane Oslo Øst Lørenskog
2002 Fredrikstad Bærum Mandalskameratene Alta
2003 Pors Grenland Kongsvinger Vard Haugesund Tromsdalen
2004 FK Tønsberg Follo Løv-Ham Alta
2005 Sparta Sarpsborg Oslo Øst Viking 2 [nb 1] Tromsdalen
2006 Notodden Skeid Mandalskameratene Raufoss
2007 Nybergsund Hødd Sandnes Ulf Alta
2008 Mjøndalen Skeid Stavanger Tromsdalen
2009 Strømmen Follo Sandnes Ulf Ranheim
2010 Asker Hødd Randaberg HamKam
2011 Ullensaker/Kisa Bærum Notodden Tromsdalen
2012 Elverum Kristiansund Vard Haugesund Follo
2013 Bærum Alta Nest-Sotra Tromsdalen
2014 Jerv Levanger Åsane Follo
2015 KFUM Raufoss Ullensaker/Kisa Kongsvinger
2016 Skeid Elverum Florø Arendal
  1. ^ Haugesund were pomoted

2017–[edit]

Teams in bold were promoted to 1. divisjon.

Season Group 1 Group 2 Play-off teams
2017 Ham-Kam Nest-Sotra Fredrikstad (1. div), Raufoss (2. div, gr. 1), Notodden (2. div, gr. 2)
2018 Raufoss Skeid Åsane (1. div), Fredrikstad (2. div, gr. 1), KFUM Oslo (2. div, gr. 2)

Sponsorship[edit]

From 2016, 2. divisjon has its title sponsorship rights sold to PostNord.

Period Sponsor Name
1963–1990 No sponsor 3. divisjon
1991–2008 2. divisjon
2009–2011 Fair Play ligaen
2012–2015 Norsk Tipping Oddsen-ligaen
2016– PostNord PostNord-ligaen

Records and statistics[edit]

Team records[edit]

2001–2018[edit]

Record Team Season
Most points 70 (Kongsvinger) 2003
Fewest points 3 (Stord and Skjervøy) 2001 and 2003
Most goals in one season 105 (Tromsdalen) 2011
Fewest goals in one season 18 (Langevåg) 2003
Most goals conceded in one season 130 (Skjervøy) 2003
Fewest goals conceded in one season 13 (Elverum) 2016
Most goals in one game 15–0 (StrindheimSalangen) 2004
Biggest win 15–0 (StrindheimSalangen) 2004

Average attendances[edit]

Season Average
2014 258
2015 285
2016 262
2017 350

Top 10 most attended games[edit]

No. Season Game Attendance
1 2018 FredrikstadMoss 10 413
2 2002 FredrikstadKvik Halden 7 013
3 2018 FredrikstadAsker 5 691
4 2002 FredrikstadEidsvold Turn 5 370
5 2003 KongsvingerUllensaker/Kisa 5 024
6 2010 HamarkamerateneBrumunddal 4 565
7 2018 FredrikstadRaufoss 4 291
8 2003 KongsvingerFF Lillehammer 4 050
9 2018 FredrikstadHønefoss 3 846
10 2018 FredrikstadMjølner 3 793

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aarre, Eivind (5 September 2007). "Foreslår 2.-lagene i egen liga". Stavanger Aftenblad. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
  2. ^ "Fair Play Ligaen 2009". Mo IL. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  3. ^ "2. divisjon skifter navn". nettavisen.no (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.

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