Danish 1st Division

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1. division
NordicBet Ligaen.jpg
Country Denmark
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1945
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Superliga
Relegation to 2nd Divisions
Domestic cup(s) Danish Cup
Current champions Viborg FF
TV partners TV 2 Sport
Website 1division.dk
2015–16 Danish 1st Division

The Danish 1st Division, called NordicBet Ligaen for sponsorship reasons, is the name of the second highest football league in Denmark. From 1945 to 1991 the 1st Division was the name of the highest level of football in Denmark. With the formation of the Danish Superliga, the second tier of Danish football became the 1st Division. While all the teams in the Superliga are full-time professional the 1.division has a mixture of full-time professional and semi-professional teams.

The top-ranking teams each year win promotion to the Superliga, while the bottom finishers get relegated to the Danish 2nd Divisions.

TV3 Sport 1 broadcasts one match per week from the league. The competition has been named NordicBet Ligaen for sponsorship reasons since 2012.


After World War II the format of the top-flight football division in Denmark, the "Championship League", where reverted with the tournament now named the "1st Division".[1] There were 10 teams in the top division once again, playing each other twice, with the lowest team being relegated.[2] The 1953–54 season saw the first non-Copenhagen team win the Danish championship, when Køge Boldklub won the title.[3] The championship title was not reclaimed by a Copenhagen team in more than ten years, until Akademisk Boldklub (AB) won the 1967 season.

From 1958, the Danish championship was arranged through one calendar year,[1] and the 1956–57 season lasted 18 months with the teams playing each other thrice for a 27 games total.[4] From 1958 to 1974, the tournament was expanded to 12 teams,[1] playing each other twice for 22 games per season each, but now the bottom two teams faced relegation.[5] The number of teams was increased to 16 for the 1975 season,[1] which resulted in 30 games per season.[6] In 1986, the number of participants was altered once more, this time decreasing the number of teams to 14,[1] and the number of games to 26.[7]

Former 1st Division sponsors and logos
Faxe Kondi Divisionen logo
Faxe Kondi Divisionen (1996–2001) 
Viasat Sport Divisionen logo
Viasat Sport Divisionen (2004–2007) 
Viasat Divisionen logo
Viasat Divisionen logo (2007–2010) 
First Division logo
Sponsorless First Division logo (2011-1 January 2012) 

In 1991, the Danish Superliga was created.[1] This meant the 1st Division became the second highest league. Together with the Superliga introduction the best Danish leagues changed back to autumn-spring seasons.

In 1996, the 1st Division had its first name sponsor, as the league received the official name "Faxe Kondi Divisionen" after main sponsor Faxe Brewery. The sponsor deal ended in 2001, but from 2004 to mid-2007 it was named "Viasat Sport Divisionen". The "Sport" was omitted upon the closing of the Viasat Sport-channels in Denmark, and the opening of TV 2 Sport. The sponsorship finally ended prior to the start of the 2010–11 season.

Current Teams (2015–16)[edit]

Locations of the 2015–16 Danish 1st Division teams
Finishing position
last season
First season of
current spell in
1st Division
AC Horsens 6th 2013–14
FC Fredericia 10th 2001–02
FC Helsingør 1st in 2nd Division East 2015–16
FC Roskilde 9th 2014–15
FC Vestsjælland 11th in Superliga 2015–16
HB Køge 7th 2012–13
Lyngby BK 3rd 2012–13
Næstved BK 1st in 2nd Division West 2015–16
Silkeborg IF 12th in Superliga 2015–16
Skive IK 8th 2014–15
Vejle BK 5th 2009–10
Vendsyssel FF 4th 2010–11

Previous winners[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Historien om Danmarksmesterskabet i fodbold" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1945 – 46". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Køges første DM-titel blev til på "Ungarsk Rapsodi"" (in Danish). Køge Boldklub. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1956 – 57". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1958". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  6. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1975". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1986". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22.