Esiliiga

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Esiliiga
Country  Estonia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Divisions Esiliiga
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Meistriliiga
Relegation to Esiliiga B
Domestic cup(s) Estonian Cup
Current champions Tulevik Viljandi (1st title)
(2016)
Most championships Levadia II Tallinn (7 titles)
Website Esiliiga
2017 Esiliiga

The Esiliiga is the second division in the Estonian football league system. The Esiliiga is ranked below the Meistriliiga and above the Esiliiga B.

As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts in March and ends in November. The league features several reserve teams of Meistriliiga clubs. According to the rules set by the Estonian Football Association, reserve teams are ineligible for promotion to the Meistriliiga, but can play in the Estonian Cup.

Competition format[edit]

During the season, the teams play each of the other four times, twice at home and twice away. This makes for a total of 36 games played each season. The teams gain three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a defeat. Promotion and relegation between divisions is a central feature of the league. At the end of the season, clubs at the top of their division win promotion to the next higher division, while those at the bottom will be relegated to the next lower one. At the end of a season, the top Esiliiga club gains promotion to the Meistriliiga. This is providing that the Esiliiga club meets the licensing criteria of the Meistriliiga. Reserve teams in Estonia play in the same league system as the senior team, however, they must play at least one level below their main side, and are thus ineligible for promotion to the Meistriliiga. Two bottom end clubs of Esiliiga are relegated to the Esiliiga B, and two top clubs of Esiliiga B are promoted to the Esiliiga.[1] The two-legged play-offs for the Meistriliiga spot are contested between the ninth placed (second bottom) club in the Meistriliiga and the second in the Esiliiga, and the two-legged play-offs for the Esiliiga spot are contested between the eighth placed (third bottom) club in the Esiliiga and the third in the Esiliiga B.[2]

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

The following clubs are competing in the Esiliiga during the 2016 season.

Club 2015 Seasons in
Esiliiga
Current run
since
Titles Last title
Flora U21b,c 1st 11 2006 2 2015
Maardu Linnameeskonda,b 1st in Esiliiga B 1 2016 0 n/a
Nõmme Kalju U21a,b,c 5th 3 2014 0 n/a
Levadia U21 Tallinna,b,c 2nd 12 2004 7 2013
Tallinna Kalev 6th 6 2015 1 2011
Santos Tartua,b,c 8th 3d 2015 0 n/a
Viljandi JK Tulevik 10th in Meistriliiga 7 2016 0 n/a
FC Infonet II Tallinna,b,c 3rd 2 2015 0 n/a
Vaprus Vändraa,b 9th e 4 2013 0 n/a
Kohtla-Järve JK Järve 2nd in Esiliiga B 7f 2016 1 2003f

a – never been relegated from Esiliiga
b – never played in Meistriliiga
c – ineligible for promotion to Meistriliiga
d - Previously as FC Santos before merger with Tartu Välk
e - Avoided Relegation due to withdrawal of Kiviõli FC Irbis
f - Previously known as Lootus Kohtla-Järve

Champions[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third place Top goalscorer Goals
1992 Kreenholm Narva (1) Tempo Tallinn Lokomotiiv Valga
1992–93 Tervis Pärnu (1) Tallinna Sadam Kreenholm Narva
1993–94 Kalev Pärnu (1) Vall Tallinn Pena Jõhvi Estonia Vadim Dolinin (Kalev Pärnu) 21
1994–95 Dünamo Tallinn (1)[A] Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pena Jõhvi
Lelle (1)[B] Tervis Pärnu Tulevik Viljandi
1995–96 Norma Tallinn (1) Vall Tallinn Tallinna Jalgpallikool
1996–97 Dünamo Tallinn (2) Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pärnu Estonia Igor Bratšuk (Olümp Maardu) 8
1997–98 Vall Tallinn (1) Olümpia Maardu Dokker Tallinn Estonia Andrei Afanassov (Vall Tallinn)
Estonia Aleksei Titov (Vall Tallinn)
13
1998 Levadia Maardu (1) Vigri Tallinn Lootus Kohtla-Järve Estonia Igor Bratšuk (Levadia Maardu) 9
1999 Kuressaare (1) Lootus Kohtla-Järve Vigri Tartu Lithuania Svajūnas Raučkis (Kuressaare) 27
2000 Maardu (1) Tervis Pärnu Viljandi Estonia Vladimir Tšelnokov (Maardu) 26
2001 Levadia Pärnu (1) Valga S.C. Real Maardu Estonia Andrei Afanassov (S.C. Real Maardu) 26
2002 Valga (1) Kuressaare Maardu Estonia Andrei Afanassov (Maardu) 25
2003 Lootus Kohtla-Järve (1) Tervis Pärnu M.C. Tallinn Estonia Aleksei Titov (Ajax Lasnamäe) 29
2004 Tammeka Tartu (1) Levadia II Tallinn Tervis Pärnu Estonia Oliver Konsa (Tammeka Tartu) 25
2005 Vaprus Pärnu (1) Levadia II Tallinn Ajax Lasnamäe Russia Nikita Andreev (Ajax Lasnamäe) 29
2006 Levadia II Tallinn (2) Kuressaare Tallinna Kalev Estonia Kaimar Saag (Levadia II Tallinn) 37
2007 Levadia II Tallinn (3) Flora II Tallinn Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Andrus Mitt (Nõmme Kalju) 24
2008 Levadia II Tallinn (4) Kuressaare Flora II Tallinn Estonia Sergei Jegorov (TVMK II Tallinn) 20
2009 Levadia II Tallinn (5) Lootus Kohtla-Järve Warrior Valga Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Tamme Auto Kiviõli/Levadia II Tallinn) 32
2010 Levadia II Tallinn (6) Flora II Tallinn Ajax Lasnamäe Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Tamme Auto Kiviõli) 28
2011 Tallinna Kalev (1) Infonet Tallinn Tamme Auto Kiviõli Estonia Maksim Rõtškov (Infonet Tallinn) 40
2012 Infonet Tallinn (1) Flora II Tallinn Tarvas Rakvere Ivory Coast Manucho (Infonet Tallinn) 31
2013 Levadia II Tallinn (7) Lokomotiv Jõhvi Flora II Tallinn Estonia Tõnis Starkopf (Irbis Kiviõli) 28
2014 Flora II Tallinn (1) Levadia II Tallinn Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Kristen Saarts (Pärnu Linnameeskond/Levadia II Tallinn) 31
2015 Flora II Tallinn (2) Levadia II Tallinn Infonet II Tallinn Estonia Eduard Golovljov (Infonet II Tallinn) 41
2016 Tulevik Viljandi (1) Flora U21 Tallinn Infonet II Tallinn Estonia Eduard Golovljov (Infonet II Tallinn) 39
  1. ^ East/North champion
  2. ^ South/West champion

Total titles won[edit]

Club 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Winning seasons
Levadia U21 Tallinn 7 4 0 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Flora U21 Tallinn 2 4 2 2014, 2015
Dünamo Tallinn 2 0 0 1994–95[A], 1996–97
Tervis Pärnu 1 3 1 1992–93
Kuressaare 1 3 0 1999
Järve Kohtla-Järve 1 2 1 2003
Vall Tallinn 1 2 0 1997–98
Warrior Valga 1 1 1 2002
Infonet Tallinn 1 1 0 2012
Kreenholm Narva 1 0 1 1992
Pärnu 1 0 1 1993–94
Tallinna Kalev 1 0 1 2011
Tulevik Viljandi 1 0 1 2016
Lelle 1 0 0 1994–95[B]
Norma Tallinn 1 0 0 1995–96
Levadia Tallinn 1 0 0 1998
Levadia Pärnu 1 0 0 2001
Tammeka Tartu 1 0 0 2004
Vaprus Pärnu 1 0 0 2005
Tallinna Jalgpallikool 0 2 1
Vigri Tartu 0 1 1
Tempo Tallinn 0 1 0
Tallinna Sadam 0 1 0
Olümpia Maardu 0 1 0
Lokomotiv Jõhvi 0 1 0
Pena Jõhvi 0 0 2
Maardu 0 0 2
Ajax Lasnamäe 0 0 2
Infonet II Tallinn 0 0 2
Lokomotiiv Valga 0 0 1
Dokker Tallinn 0 0 1
Viljandi 0 0 1
M.C. Tallinn 0 0 1
Sillamäe Kalev 0 0 1
Irbis Kiviõli 0 0 1
Tarvas Rakvere 0 0 1
Pärnu Linnameeskond 0 0 1
  1. ^ East/North champion
  2. ^ South/West champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jalgpall.ee/news.php?st=style_fp.css&news_id=3867 Estonian Football Association (in Estonian). Esiliiga expanded with B division. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.jalgpall.ee/docs/Eesti%202013.a%20meistriv%F5istluste%20Meistri-ja%20Esiliiga%20juhend.pdf Estonian Football Association (in Estonian). Estonian 2013. Meistri- and Esiliiga championship directive. Retrieved 20 March 2013.

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