Czech National Football League

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Czech National Football League
Founded 1993
Country Czech Republic
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Czech First League
Relegation to ČFL
Domestic cup(s) Czech Cup
Current champions SFC Opava
Most championships Bohemians 1905 (2 titles)
FC Hradec Králové (2 titles)
SK Dynamo České Budějovice (2 titles)
Website Official
2018–19 Czech National Football League

The Czech National Football League (Czech: Fotbalová národní liga, FNL), currently known as Fortuna národní liga due to sponsorship reasons, is the second level professional association football league in the Czech Republic. Before 2013 it was known as 2. liga or Druhá liga. The top two teams each season are eligible for promotion to the Czech First League.

The league replaced the I.ČNL (I. Česká národní liga; First Czech National League), which had been established following the end of the nationwide Czechoslovak Second League in 1977. The league became known as simply II. liga (Second League) in 1993 following the establishment of the Czech Republic as an independent state.[1]


There are 16 clubs in the FNL. During the season, which runs from August to May or June, with a winter break between November and February or March, each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and is awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. From these points a league table is constructed.

Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference and then goals scored. At the end of each season the top two teams are promoted to the First League, providing they obtain a license and meet league requirements, and are replaced by the two teams that finished bottom of that division.

Similarly the two teams that finished at the bottom of the FNL are relegated to either the Bohemian Football League or the Moravian–Silesian Football League, based on geographical criteria. In turn, the champions of each of these regional divisions are promoted to the FNL.

In the 1993–94 season the league was played with 16 teams, before expanding to 18 teams in the 1994–95 season. Since 1995, the league has always been played with 16 teams, but on two occasions a team did not fulfil its fixtures and the full 30 rounds were not completed. Firstly in the 1997–98 Czech 2. Liga as Ústí nad Labem did not fulfil their fixtures and their results were cancelled,[2] and secondly in the 2004–05 Czech 2. Liga as Bohemians' results were expunged after playing only the first half of the season.[3]

Participating teams in 2018–19[edit]

The following 16 clubs were competing in the 2018–19 Czech National Football League.

Club Location Stadium Capacity 2017-18 Position
Zbrojovka Brno Brno Městský fotbalový stadion Srbská 12,550 First League 16th
Dynamo České Budějovice České Budějovice Střelecký ostrov 12,000 6th
Chrudim Chrudim Stadion Za Vodojemem 1,500 ČFL 1st
Hradec Králové Hradec Králové Všesportovní stadion 7,220 4th
Vysočina Jihlava Jihlava Stadion v Jiráskově ulici 4,082 First League 15th
Pardubice Pardubice Pod Vinicí 2,500 3rd
Prostějov Prostějov Stadion Za Místním nádražím 3 500 MSFL 1st
Sokolov Sokolov Stadion FK Baník Sokolov 5,000 7th
Táborsko Sezimovo Ústí Sportovní areál Soukeník 5,000 14th
Třinec Třinec Stadion Rudolfa Labaje 2,200 5th
Ústí nad Labem Ústí nad Labem Městský stadion (Ústí nad Labem) 3,000 10th
Varnsdorf Varnsdorf Městský stadion v Kotlině 5,000 11th
Vítkovice Ostrava Městský stadion (Ostrava) 15,123 15th
Vlašim Vlašim Stadion Kollárova ulice 6,000 8th
Viktoria Žižkov Prague FK Viktoria Stadion 5,037 12th
Znojmo Znojmo Městský stadion 5,000 9th

FNL champions[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up
1993–94 Sklobižu Jablonec nad Nisou FK Švarc Benešov
1994–95 Uherské Hradiště Ostroj Opava
1995–96 FC Karviná FK Teplice
1996–97 FC Dukla Prague AFK Atlantic Lázně Bohdaneč
1997–98 FK Chmel Blšany FC Karviná
1998–99 Bohemians Prague SK České Budějovice
1999–2000 Synot Staré Město FC Viktoria Plzeň
2000–01 FC Hradec Králové SFC Opava
2001–02 SK Dynamo České Budějovice FK Zlín
2002–03 FC Viktoria Plzeň SFC Opava
2003–04 FK Mladá Boleslav FK Drnovice
2004–05 FK SIAD Most FC Vysočina Jihlava
2005–06 SK Kladno SK Dynamo České Budějovice
2006–07 FK Viktoria Žižkov Bohemians 1905
2007–08 Bohemians Prague FK Marila Příbram
2008–09 Bohemians 1905 FC Zenit Čáslav
2009–10 FC Hradec Králové FK Ústí nad Labem
2010–11 FK Dukla Prague FK Viktoria Žižkov
2011–12 FK Ústí nad Labem FC Vysočina Jihlava
2012–13 1. SC Znojmo Bohemians 1905
2013–14 SK Dynamo České Budějovice FC Hradec Králové
2014–15 SK Sigma Olomouc FK Varnsdorf
2015–16 MFK Karviná FC Hradec Králové
2016–17 SK Sigma Olomouc FC Baník Ostrava
2017–18 SFC Opava 1.FK Příbram

Teams promoted to the First League since 1993[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

All information in this table can be found at [7] except for the 2003–04 season, which is sourced from the following link.[8]

Season Top scorer Club Goals
1993–94 Czech Republic Tibor Mičinec Benešov 18
1994–95 Czech Republic Bedřich Hamsa LeRK Brno 22
1995–96 Czech Republic Patrik Holomek Poštorná 16
1996–97 Czech Republic Václav Koloušek Dukla Prague 18
1997–98 Czech Republic Vítězslav Tuma Karviná 19
1998–99 Czech Republic Patrik Holomek St. Město 18
1999–00 Czech Republic Vladimír Malár St. Město 24
2000–01 Czech Republic Pavel Černý Hradec Králové 17
2001–02 Czech Republic Radek Drulák HFK Olomouc 16
2002–03 Czech Republic Petr Švancara Opava 20
2003–04 Czech Republic Tomáš Kaplan Jihlava 10
Czech Republic Roman Bednář Mladá Boleslav 10
Czech Republic Vojtěch Schulmeister Sigma Olomouc B 10
2004–05 Czech Republic Horst Siegl Most 16
2005–06 Czech Republic Petr Faldyna Dynamo Č. Budějovice 19
2006–07 Czech Republic Petr Faldyna Jihlava 15
2007–08 Czech Republic Petr Faldyna Jihlava 13
2008–09 Czech Republic Martin Jirouš Sokolov 18
2009–10 Czech Republic Pavel Černý Hradec Králové 14
Cameroon Dani Chigou Dukla Prague 14
Czech Republic Karel Kroupa Tescoma Zlín 14
2010–11 Cameroon Dani Chigou Dukla Prague 19
2011–12 Czech Republic Jiří Mlika Sokolov 19
2012–13 Czech Republic Lukáš Železník Zlín 13
2013–14 Czech Republic David Vaněček Hradec Králové 17
2014–15 Czech Republic Václav Vašíček Sigma Olomouc 13
2015–16 Czech Republic Jan Pázler Hradec Králové 17
2016–17 Czech Republic Jakub Plšek Sigma Olomouc 18
2017–18 Czech Republic Jan Pázler Hradec Králové 21


  1. ^ Due to dissolution of Czechoslovakia
  2. ^ Union Cheb was relegated due to bankruptcy
  3. ^ Drnovice were refused a Czech First League license so Plzeň were promoted to replace them[4]
  4. ^ Čáslav wasn't able to play 1st liga due to financial problems.[5]
  5. ^ Ústí wasn't able to play 1st liga due to problems with their stadium[6]


  1. ^ Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Ceský a ceskoslovenský fotbal - lexikon osobností a klubu (in Czech). Prague: Grada Publishing. pp. 34–35. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5. 
  2. ^ "Czech Republic 1997/98". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bohemians přišli o licenci, ve 2. lize končí" (in Czech). 28 February 2005. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Drnovice v první lize končí, na řadě je Plzeň" (in Czech). 14 June 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Slovácko se vrací do ligy, koupilo postup od Čáslavi". (in Czech). 10 June 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Novák, Jaromír (6 June 2012). "Brno postupuje do první ligy, Ústí doplatilo na nevyhovující stadion" (in Czech). Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Republic., Football association of Czech. "FOTBAL.CZ - Historie Fotbalové národní ligy". Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Czech Republic 2003/04". Retrieved 6 April 2018. 

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