2012 Norwegian First Division

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Norwegian First Division
Season 2012
Matches played 240
Goals scored 785 (3.27 per match)
Top goalscorer Martin Wiig (20)
Biggest home win Ranheim 7-0 Kongsvinger
(20 May 2012)
Biggest away win HamKam 0-5 Kongsvinger
(5 August 2012)
Highest scoring HamKam 7-2 Tromsdalen
(15 July 2012)
Bærum 5-4 Bryne
(9 September 2012)
Highest attendance 5,760, at home match of Start[1]
Lowest attendance 94, at home match of Bærum[1]
2011
2013

The 2012 Norwegian First Division season (known as Adeccoligaen for sponsorship reasons) began on 9 April 2012 and ended on 11 November 2012.[2]

Two clubs, Start and Sarpsborg, were relegated from the 2011 Norwegian Premier League, while Notodden, Tromsdalen, Ull/Kisa, and Bærum were promoted from the 2011 Second Division.[3]

Asker, Nybergsund-Trysil, Randaberg and Løv-Ham were relegated to the 2012 Norwegian Second Division

At the end of the season, the two best teams were promoted to the 2013 Premier League, while the 4 worst placed teams were relegated to the 2013 Second Division.

Teams[edit]

Team Location Arena Capacity Manager
Alta Alta Finnmarkshallen 1,000 Rune Berger
Bodø/Glimt Bodø Aspmyra Stadion 7,400 Cato André Hansen
Bryne Bryne Bryne Stadion 10,000 Gaute Larsen
Bærum Sandvika Sandvika Stadion 1,500 Morten Tandberg
HamKam Hamar Briskeby Arena 10,200 Vegard Skogheim
Hødd Ulsteinvik Høddvoll Stadion 3,120 Lars Arne Nilsen
Kongsvinger Kongsvinger Gjemselund Stadion 5,202 Tom Nordlie
Mjøndalen Mjøndalen Nedre Eiker Stadion 2,600 Vegard Hansen
Notodden Notodden Notodden Stadion 3,000 Kenneth Dokken
Ranheim Ranheim DnB NOR Arena 2,000 Aasmund Bjørkan
Sandefjord Sandefjord Komplett.no Arena 9,000 Arne Sandstø
Sarpsborg 08 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion 5,000 Roar Johansen
IK Start Kristiansand Sør Arena 14,300 Mons Ivar Mjelde
Strømmen Strømmen Strømmen Stadion 3,000 Erland Johnsen
Tromsdalen Tromsø Tromsdalen Stadion 3,000 Morten Pedersen
Ull/Kisa Jessheim UKI Arena 3,000 Arne Erlandsen

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Strømmen Thomas Berntsen Contract expired 31 December 2011 Pre-season Erland Johnsen 1 January 2012[4] Pre-season
Notodden Brede Halvorsen Resigned 20 August 2012[5] 14th Kenneth Dokken 24 August 2012[6] 14th
Bryne Tommy Bergersen Mutual consent 10 September 2012 12th Gaute Larsen 10 September 2012[7] 12th

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Start (C) (P) 30 20 6 4 71 35 +36 66 Promotion to Tippeligaen
2 Sarpsborg 08 (P) 30 19 6 5 73 43 +30 63
3 Sandefjord 30 16 7 7 44 29 +15 55 Promotion playoffs
4 Mjøndalen 30 16 7 7 52 43 +9 55
5 Bodø/Glimt 30 13 9 8 59 36 +23 48
6 Ullensaker/Kisa 30 14 2 14 45 39 +6 44
7 Ranheim 30 11 10 9 55 40 +15 43
8 HamKam 30 13 6 11 51 49 +2 0431
9 Kongsvinger 30 12 3 15 44 48 −4 39
10 Bryne 30 10 8 12 41 53 −12 38
11 Strømmen 30 10 7 13 39 51 −12 37
12 Hødd 30 10 5 15 43 52 −9 35 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 3
13 Tromsdalen (R) 30 10 5 15 51 62 −11 35 Relegation to Second Division
14 Bærum (R) 30 5 7 18 49 73 −24 22
15 Notodden (R) 30 6 4 20 38 71 −33 22
16 Alta (R) 30 4 10 16 30 61 −31 0212

Updated to games played on 11 November 2012.
Source: nifs.no
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 HamKam were docked 2 points for lack of financial control[8]
2 Alta were docked 1 point for lack of financial control[8]
3 Hødd is qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League as winners of the 2012 Norwegian Football Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Promotion play-off[edit]

Start and Sarpsborg were directly promoted, and five teams entered a play-off for the last Premier League spot in the 2013 season. These were:

  • A) Sandnes Ulf (by virtue of being the 14th placed team in the Tippeligaen)
  • B) Sandefjord (by virtue of being the third placed team in the Adeccoligaen)
  • C) Mjøndalen (by virtue of being the fourth placed team in the Adeccoligaen)
  • D) Bodø/Glimt (by virtue of being the fifth placed team in the Adeccoligaen)
  • E) Ullensaker/Kisa (by virtue of being the sixth placed team in the Adeccoligaen)

The four Adeccoligaen teams first played a single game knockout tournament, with the winner (Ull/Kisa) advancing to a two-legged tie against the Tippeligaen team (Sandnes Ulf) for the 16th and final spot in the 2013 season. Sandnes Ulf retained their Tippeligaen spot with an aggregate 7-1 win over Ull/Kisa.

  First round     Second round     Final round
                           
  3 Sandefjord 3  
  6 Ullensaker/Kisa 4         14 Sandnes Ulf 7 (4+3)
        6 Ullensaker/Kisa 2     6 Ullensaker/Kisa 1 (0+1)
        5 Bodø/Glimt 0  
  4 Mjøndalen 1    
  5 Bodø/Glimt 2  

Season statistics[edit]