A Lyga

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A Lyga
A Lyga 2017 vertical.svg
Country Lithuania
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1991
Number of teams 8 (from 2016)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to I Lyga
Domestic cup(s) Lithuanian Football Cup
Lithuanian Supercup
International cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Žalgiris (7th title)
(2016)
Most championships FBK Kaunas (8 titles)
TV partners
Website Alyga.lt
2017 A Lyga

The A Lyga is the top division of professional football in Lithuania. It is organized by LFF (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Futbolo Federacija). League size has varied between 8 and 12 teams over the past few years; from 2016 season, the league features 8 teams. The season usually kicks off in late March/early April every year; because of the harsh climate there are no games in the winter.

Clubs[edit]

A Lyga is located in Lithuania
Kaunas
Kaunas
Vilnius
Vilnius
Kaunas teamsStumbrasKauno ŽalgirisVilnius teamsŽalgirisTrakai
Kaunas teams
Stumbras
Kauno Žalgiris


Vilnius teams
Žalgiris
Trakai
Locations of the 2017 A Lyga teams

The following eight clubs are participating in the 2017 season.

Club Location Position in 2016 First season
in A Lyga
Seasons in
A Lyga
First season
of current spell
Top division
titles
Last title
Atlantasa Klaipėda 4th 1990 27 2011 4 1984
Jonavab Jonava 6th (5th after regular season) 2016 2 2016
Kauno Žalgirisb Kaunas 8th 2015 3 2015
Stumbrasb Kaunas 5th (6th after regular season) 2015 3 2015
Sūduvaa Marijampolė 3rd 1990 18 2002
Trakaib Trakai 2nd 2014 4 2014
Utenisb Utena 7th 2015 3 2015
Žalgirisa Vilnius 1st 1990 28 2010 7 2016

a Founding member of the A Lyga
b Never been relegated from the A Lyga

Sponsorship[edit]

From 2012 to 2016, the A Lyga had title sponsorship rights sold to two companies; Credit Service was the most recent title sponsor, having sponsored league from 2013 through 2016.[1]

SMScredit.lt A Lyga logo
Period Sponsor Name
1991–1999 No sponsor Lietuvos Lyga
1999–2000 LFF Lyga
2001–2003 LFF A Lyga
2004–2008 NFKA A Lyga
2009–2011 LFF A Lyga
2012 General Financing LFF General Financing A Lyga[2]
2013–2016 Credit Service SMScredit.lt A Lyga[3]
2017– No sponsor LFF A Lyga

As well as sponsorship for the league itself, the A Lyga has a number of official partners and suppliers.[4] The official ball supplier for the league is Nike who have had the contract since the 2013 season when they took over from Adidas.[3]

Results[edit]

Interbellum and WWII[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Third place
Interbellum (Independent Lithuania)
1922 LFLS Kaunas LFLS Šančiai LFLS-2 Kaunas
1923 LFLS Kaunas KSK Kaunas Kovas Kaunas
1924 Kovas Kaunas Sportverein Klaipėda LFLS Kaunas / MTV Klaipėda
1925 Kovas Kaunas LFLS Šiauliai Freya Klaipėda
1926 Kovas Kaunas KSS Klaipėda LFLS Šiauliai
1927 LFLS Kaunas Sportverein Pagėgiai LFLS Šiauliai
1928 KSS Klaipėda LFLS Kaunas LDS Šiauliai
1929 KSS Klaipėda LFLS Kaunas KSK Kultus Kaunas / Freya Klaipėda
1930 KSS Klaipėda LFLS Kaunas Sveikata Kybartai / Makabi Šiauliai
1931 KSS Klaipėda Kovas Kaunas Freya Klaipėda
1932 LFLS Kaunas KSS Klaipėda LGSF Kaunas
1933 Kovas Kaunas LFLS Kaunas LGSF Kaunas
1934 MSK Kaunas LFLS Kaunas LGSF Kaunas
1935 Kovas Kaunas KSS Klaipėda Sakalas Šiauliai / Šaulys Ukmergė
1936 Kovas Kaunas LFLS Kaunas LGSF Kaunas
1937 KSS Klaipėda Kovas Kaunas LFLS Kaunas
1937–38 KSS Klaipėda LGSF Kaunas Švyturys Klaipėda
1938–39 LGSF Kaunas Kovas Kaunas KSS Telšiai
1939–40 Competition abandoned
World War II (1st Soviet and German Occupations)
1941 Competition not finished due to World War II (Spartakas Kaunas had the best record)
1942 LFLS Kaunas MSK Panevėžys Gubernija Šiauliai / LFLS Vilnius
1942–43 Tauras Kaunas MSK Panevėžys Gubernija Šiauliai / LGSF Vilnius
1943–44 Competition not finished due to World War II (Tauras Kaunas had the best record)

Note: In 1924–1930, 1935, 1942, 1942–1943 and 1945 seasons there was no unified league and winners were decided using either a play–off format or a single game between winners of separate divisions.

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winner Runner-up 3rd Winning Seasons
Kovas Kaunas 6 4 1 1924, 1925, 1926, 1933, 1935, 1936
KSS Klaipėda 6 3 1 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1937, 1937–38
LFLS Kaunas 5 6 2 1922, 1923, 1927, 1932, 1942
LGSF Kaunas 1 1 4 1938–39
MSK Kaunas 1 1934
Tauras Kaunas 1 1942–43

All champions from this period are defunct.

Lithuanian SSR Championship[edit]

The competition was not contested by teams participating in the Soviet Union football league system.

Seasons[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Third place Top scorer (Team) Goals
1945 Spartakas Kaunas Dinamo Vilnius Sodyba Klaipėda / Spartakas Šiauliai ?
1946 Dinamo Kaunas Spartakas Kaunas Lokomotyvas Panevėžys ?
1947 Lokomotyvas Kaunas Spartakas Šiauliai Žalgiris Klaipėda ?
1948 Elnias Šiauliai Žalgiris Tauragė Spartakas Vilnius ?
1949 Elnias Šiauliai Inkaras Kaunas Vėliava Šiauliai ?
1950 Inkaras Kaunas Elnias Šiauliai Audra Klaipėda ?
1951 Inkaras Kaunas Elnias Šiauliai Audiniai Kaunas ?
1952 Karininkų Namai Vilnius Inkaras Kaunas Elnias Šiauliai ?
1953 Elnias Šiauliai Inkaras Kaunas Lima Kaunas ?
1954 Inkaras Kaunas Lima Kaunas Elnias Šiauliai ?
1955 Lima Kaunas Raudonasis Spalis Kaunas Elfa Vilnius ?
1956 Linų Audiniai Plungė Elnias Šiauliai MSK Panevėžys Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Algimantas Lucinavičius (MSK Panevėžys) 28
1957 Elnias Šiauliai Inkaras Kaunas Linų Audiniai Plungė Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Petras Škėlovas (Raudonasis Spalis Kaunas) 22
1958 Elnias Šiauliai Raudonoji Žvaigždė Vilnius Spartakas Vilnius Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Petras Škėlovas (Raudonasis Spalis Kaunas) 11
1958–59 Raudonoji Žvaigždė Vilnius KKI Kaunas Elnias Šiauliai ?
1959–60 Elnias Šiauliai Raudonoji Žvaigždė Vilnius Linų Audiniai Plungė Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Raimondas Prikockis (Elnias Šiauliai)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic A. Stankevičius (Spartakas-2 Vilnius)
15
1960–61 Elnias Šiauliai Baltija Klaipėda Inkaras Kaunas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Algimantas Lucinavičius (Laisvė Kretinga) 22
1961–62 FK Atletas Kaunas Granitas Klaipėda Inkaras Kaunas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Romualdas Kazlauskas (MSK Panevėžys) 22
1962–63 Statyba Panevėžys Politechnika Kaunas Inkaras Kaunas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Vytautas Juknys (Politechnika Kaunas) 23
1964 Inkaras Kaunas Statyba Panevėžys FK Minija Kretinga Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Petras Siniakovas (Inkaras Kaunas) 26
1965 Inkaras Kaunas Saliutas Vilnius Statyba Panevėžys Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Petras Siniakovas (Inkaras Kaunas) 26
1966 Nevėžis Kėdainiai Statybininkas Šiauliai Saliutas Vilnius Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Petras Siniakovas (Inkaras Kaunas) 19
1967 Saliutas Vilnius Inkaras Kaunas Nevėžis Kėdainiai Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic S. Kuncevičius (Žalgiris Naujoji Vilnia)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic J. Mėlinauskas (Inkaras Kaunas)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Kornelijus Skeivys (Statybininkas Šiauliai)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Romas Skeivys (Statybininkas Šiauliai)
13
1968 Statyba Panevėžys Nevėžis Kėdainiai Statybininkas Šiauliai Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Romas Jokubaitis (Statyba Panevėžys) 18
1969 Statybininkas Šiauliai Nevėžis Kėdainiai Inkaras Kaunas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic V. Paura (Nevėžis Kėdainiai) 17
1970 FK Atletas Kaunas Politechnika Kaunas Nevėžis Kėdainiai Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Vytautas Dirmeikis (FK Atletas Kaunas) 20
1971 Pažanga Vilnius Atlantas Klaipėda Vienybė Ukmergė Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic R. Daunoravičius (Vienybė Ukmergė)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic E. Milius (FK Minija Kretinga)
13
1972 Nevėžis Kėdainiai Pažanga Vilnius Dainava Alytus Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic R. Balčiūnas (Pažanga Vilnius) 13
1973 Nevėžis Kėdainiai Atlantas Klaipėda Dainava Alytus ?
1974 Tauras Šiauliai Vienybė Ukmergė Atmosfera Mažeikiai Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic R. Daunoravičius (Vienybė Ukmergė) 20
1975 Dainava Alytus Pažanga Vilnius Sūduva Kapsukas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Eugenijus Kurguznikovas (Sūduva Kapsukas)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic V. Ščerbakovas (Atletas Kaunas)
17
1976 Atmosfera Mažeikiai Vienybė Ukmergė Pažanga Vilnius ?
1977 Statybininkas Šiauliai Kelininkas Kaunas Atmosfera Mažeikiai Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic R. Daunoravičius (Vienybė Ukmergė)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Romas Šiaulys (Atmosfera Mažeikiai)
15
1978 Atlantas Klaipėda Statybininkas Šiauliai Banga Kaunas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic R. Nausėda (Atletas Kaunas) 13
1979 Atmosfera Mažeikiai Kelininkas Kaunas Nevėžis Kėdainiai ?
1980 Atlantas Klaipėda Tauras Šiauliai Politechnika Kaunas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Edvardas Maliauskas (Atlantas Klaipėda) 16
1981 Atlantas Klaipėda Kelininkas Kaunas Pažanga Vilnius Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Vitalijus Stankevičius (Inkaras Kaunas) 21
1982 Pažanga Vilnius Atlantas Klaipėda Tauras Šiauliai Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Edvardas Maliauskas (Atlantas Klaipėda) 17
1983 Pažanga Vilnius Atlantas Klaipėda Tauras Šiauliai Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Rimantas Viktoravičius (Tauras Šiauliai) 21
1984 Atlantas Klaipėda Ekranas Panevėžys SRT Vilnius Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Jurijus Gordejevas (Atlantas Klaipėda) 17
1985 Ekranas Panevėžys Atlantas Klaipėda SRT Vilnius Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic K. Valantiejus (SRT Vilnius) 16
1986 Banga Kaunas Atlantas Klaipėda Ekranas Panevėžys Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic G. Anilionis (Banga Kaunas) 17
1987 Tauras Tauragė SRT Vilnius Inkaras Kaunas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Jurijus Gordejevas (SRT Vilnius) 23
1988 SRT Vilnius Inkaras Kaunas Ekranas Panevėžys Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Remigijus Bubliauskas (Tauras Tauragė)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Jurijus Gordejevas (SRT Vilnius)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Saulius Vertelis (Atmosfera Mažeikiai)
20
1989 Banga Kaunas Ekranas Panevėžys Sirijus Klaipėda Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic A. Vertelis (Atmosfera Mažeikiai) 17

Note: Some clubs like Žalgiris Vilnius played in Soviet Divisions like Soviet Top League instead of Lithuanian SSR Divisions.

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winner Runner-up 3rd Winning Seasons
Elnias Šiauliai 7 3 3 1948, 1949, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1959–60, 1960–61
Inkaras Kaunas 5 6 5 1950, 1951, 1954, 1964, 1965
Atlantas Klaipėda 4 7 - 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984
Karininkų Namai / Raudonoji Žvaigždė / Saliutas Vilnius 3 3 1 1952, 1958–59, 1967
Nevėžis Kėdainiai 3 2 3 1966, 1972, 1973
Pažanga Vilnius 3 2 2 1971, 1982, 1983
Statybininkas Šiauliai 2 2 1 1969, 1977
Statyba Panevėžys 2 1 3 1962–63, 1968
FK Atletas Kaunas 2 1 - 1961–62, 1970
Atmosfera Mažeikiai 2 - 2 1976, 1979
Banga Kaunas 2 - 1 1986, 1989
Ekranas Panevėžys 1 2 2 1985
Tauras Šiauliai 1 1 2 1974
SRT Vilnius 1 1 2 1988
Lima Kaunas 1 1 1 1955
Spartakas Kaunas 1 1 - 1945
Tauras Tauragė 1 1 - 1987
Linų Audiniai Plungė 1 - 2 1956
Dainava Alytus 1 - 2 1975
Dinamo Kaunas 1 - - 1946
Lokomotyvas Kaunas 1 - - 1947

Clubs currently playing in A Lyga are written in Bold.
- Defunct clubs.

A Lyga[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Third place Top scorer (Team) Goals
1990 Sirijus Klaipėda Ekranas Panevėžys Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Dalius Bajorūnas (Tauras Šiauliai) 22
1991 Žalgiris Vilnius Lietuvos Makabi Vilnius Banga Kaunas Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Egidijus Meidus (Vilija Kaunas) 13
1991–92 Žalgiris Vilnius Panerys Vilnius Sirijus Klaipėda Lithuania Remigijus Pocius (Granitas Klaipėda & Sakalas Šiauliai)
Lithuania Vaidotas Šlekys (Ekranas Panevėžys)
14
1992–93 Ekranas Panevėžys Žalgiris Vilnius Panerys Vilnius Lithuania Vaidotas Šlekys (Ekranas Panevėžys) 16
1993–94 ROMAR Mažeikiai Žalgiris-EBSW Vilnius Ekranas Panevėžys Lithuania Vaidotas Šlekys (Ekranas Panevėžys)
Lithuania Robertas Žalys (FBK Kaunas)
16
1994–95 Inkaras-Grifas Kaunas Žalgiris-EBSW Vilnius ROMAR Mažeikiai Lithuania Eimantas Poderis (Žalgiris Vilnius & Inkaras Kaunas) 24
1995–96 Inkaras-Grifas Kaunas Kareda-Sakalas Šiauliai Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuania Edgaras Jankauskas (Žalgiris Vilnius) 25
1996–97 Kareda Šiauliai Žalgiris Vilnius Inkaras-Grifas Kaunas Lithuania Remigijus Pocius (Kareda Šiauliai) 14
1997–98 Kareda Šiauliai Žalgiris Vilnius Ekranas Panevėžys Lithuania Vidas Dančenka (Kareda Šiauliai) 26
1998–99 Žalgiris Vilnius Kareda Šiauliai FBK Kaunas Lithuania Artūras Fomenka (Kareda Šiauliai) 14
1999 Žalgiris Kaunas Žalgiris Vilnius Atlantas Klaipėda Lithuania Nerijus Vasiliauskas (Žalgiris Vilnius) 10
2000 FBK Kaunas Žalgiris Vilnius Atlantas Klaipėda Lithuania Andrius Velička (FBK Kaunas) 26
2001 FBK Kaunas Atlantas Klaipėda Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuania Remigijus Pocius (FBK Kaunas) 22
2002 FBK Kaunas Atlantas Klaipėda Ekranas Panevėžys Lithuania Audrius Šlekys (FBK Kaunas) 19
2003 FBK Kaunas Ekranas Panevėžys Vėtra Rūdiškės Lithuania Ričardas Beniušis (Atlantas Klaipėda & FBK Kaunas) 16
2004 FBK Kaunas Ekranas Panevėžys Atlantas Klaipėda Lithuania Povilas Lukšys (Ekranas Panevėžys) 19
2005 Ekranas Panevėžys FBK Kaunas Sūduva Marijampolė Lithuania Mantas Savėnas (Ekranas Panevėžys) 27
2006 FBK Kaunas Ekranas Panevėžys Vėtra Vilnius Ukraine Serhiy Kuznetsov (Vėtra Vilnius) 18
2007 FBK Kaunas Sūduva Marijampolė Ekranas Panevėžys Lithuania Povilas Lukšys (Ekranas Panevėžys) 26
2008 Ekranas Panevėžys FBK Kaunas Vėtra Vilnius Brazil Rafael Ledesma (FBK Kaunas) 14
2009 Ekranas Panevėžys Vėtra Vilnius Sūduva Marijampolė Lithuania Valdas Trakys (Ekranas Panevėžys) 20
2010 Ekranas Panevėžys Sūduva Marijampolė Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuania Povilas Lukšys (Sūduva Marijampolė) 16
2011 Ekranas Panevėžys Žalgiris Vilnius Sūduva Marijampolė Lithuania Deivydas Matulevičius (Žalgiris Vilnius) 19
2012 Ekranas Panevėžys Žalgiris Vilnius Sūduva Marijampolė Lithuania Artūras Rimkevičius (Šiauliai) 35
2013 Žalgiris Vilnius Atlantas Klaipėda Ekranas Panevėžys Lithuania Nerijus Valskis (Sūduva Marijampolė) 27
2014 Žalgiris Vilnius Kruoja Pakruojis Atlantas Klaipėda Croatia Niko Tokić (Šiauliai) 19
2015 Žalgiris Vilnius Trakai Atlantas Klaipėda Lithuania Tomas Radzinevičius (Sūduva Marijampolė) 28
2016 Žalgiris Vilnius Trakai Sūduva Marijampolė Serbia Andrija Kaluđerović (Žalgiris Vilnius) 20

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winner Runner-up 3rd Winning Seasons
FBK Kaunas 8 2 2 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
Žalgiris Vilnius 7 9 4 1991, 1991–92, 1998–99, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Ekranas Panevėžys 7 4 5 1992–93, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Kareda Šiauliai 2 2 - 1996–97, 1997–98
Inkaras Kaunas 2 - 1 1994–95, 1995–96
Sirijus Klaipėda 1 - 1 1990
ROMAR Mažeikiai 1 - 1 1993–94

Clubs currently playing in A Lyga are written in Bold.
- Defunct clubs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SMScredit.lt A lyga". LFF.lt. Lietuvos futbolo federacijos. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  2. ^ ""General Financing" - LFF A lygos pagrindinis rėmėjas" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "2013 metų A lygos startas - su naujais partneriais ir didesnėmis ambicijomis" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Oficialūs partneriai". A Lyga. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 

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