2008 A Lyga

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The Lithuanian A Lyga 2008 was the 19th season of top-tier football in Lithuania. The season started on 29 March 2008 and ended on 16 November 2008.

The league had to reduce the number of its teams from ten to nine prior to this season due to lacking of team able to earn promotion (see below). Shortly before the start of the season, Vilnius withdrew from participating in the league because of unknown reasons, leaving the league with 8 competing teams.

Clubs[edit]

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Atlantas Klaipėda Žalgiris Stadium 5,000
Ekranas Panevėžys Aukštaitija Stadium 9,940
FBK Kaunas Kaunas S.Dariaus ir S.Girėno Stadium 8,500
Sūduva Marijampolė Sūduva Stadium 4,000
Šiauliai Šiauliai Savivaldybė Stadium 2,430
Šilutė Šilutė Šilutė Stadium 3,000
Vėtra Vilnius Vėtra Stadium 5,900
Žalgiris Vilnius Žalgiris Stadium 15,030

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Interas-AE Visaginas were relegated to the Lithuanian First League after finishing the 2007 season in last place with only 8 points. Šilutė were originally scheduled to play the 2nd placed team of the First League, Rodiklis Kaunas, in a relegation play-off, but Rodiklis declined promotion due to lacking financial capabilities.

First League champions Alytis Alytus also had to forfeit their place in this year's league because their ground was not suitable for top-tier football, so no team was promoted.

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ekranas (C) 28 20 5 3 46 12 +34 65 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 FBK Kaunas 28 16 7 5 51 17 +34 55 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Vėtra 28 14 6 8 33 24 +9 48[a] 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Sūduva 28 14 6 8 35 25 +10 48[a] 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[b]
5 Žalgiris 28 6 10 12 27 41 −14 28[c]
6 Atlantas 28 7 7 14 31 44 −13 28[c]
7 Šiauliai 28 5 9 14 24 41 −17 24
8 Šilutė (R) 28 3 4 21 19 62 −43 13 Relegation to 2009 1 Lyga
Source: www2.omnitel.net
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b VET: 7 pts, 5–3; SUD: 4 pts, 3–5
  2. ^ Sūduva won the 2008–09 Lithuanian Football Cup and thereby qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
  3. ^ a b ŽAL: 5 pts, 7–6; ATL: 5 pts, 6–7

Results[edit]

Every team played each other four times, twice at home and twice on the road, for a total of 28 games.

References[edit]