Esiliiga B

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Esiliiga B
Country  Estonia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 2013
Divisions Esiliiga B
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to Esiliiga
Relegation to II liiga
Domestic cup(s) Estonian Cup
Current champions Kuressaare (1st title)
(2016)
Website Esiliiga B
2016 Esiliiga B

The Esiliiga B is the third division in the Estonian football league system. The Esiliiga B is ranked below the Esiliiga and above the II liiga. As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts in March and ends in November.[1]

Competition format[edit]

The league consists of 10 clubs, all teams play each other four times. Both the winning team and the runners-up are promoted to the Esiliiga directly, whereas the third place club will participate in a two-legged play-off with the 8th place club of the Esiliiga for the spot in next year's competition. Same way the 2 bottom placed teams are relegated to the II liiga. The third bottom team can avoid relegation by winning a two-leg play-off against the II Liiga play-off round winners.[2][3]

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

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

Club 2015 Seasons in
Esiliiga B
Current run
since
Titles Last title
Elvaa, b 4th 4 2013 0 N/A
Flora U19 Tallinna, b, c 10th 4 2013 0 N/A
Joker Raasikua, b 5th 2 2015 0 N/A
Kuressaarea 10th, (Esiliiga) 1 2016 0 N/A
Sillamäe Kalev IIa, b 3rd 4 2013 0 N/A
Tallinna Kalev IIa, b, c 6th 2 2015 0 N/A
Tammeka U21 Tartua, b 3rd, (II liiga N/E) 1 2016 0 N/A
Tulevik II Viljandia, b, c 3rd, (II liiga S/W) 1 2016 0 N/A
Viimsia, b 7th 4 2013 0 N/A
Welco Tartua, b 2nd, (II liiga N/E) 1 2016 0 N/A

a – never been relegated from Esiliiga B
b – never played in Esiliiga
c – ineligible for promotion to Esiliiga

Champions[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third place Top goalscorer Goals
2013 Nõmme Kalju II (1) Pärnu Linnameeskond Sillamäe Kalev II Estonia Jürgen Kuresoo (Elva) 33
2014 Infonet II Tallinn (1) Santos Tartu HÜJK Emmaste Ukraine Yuriy Vereshchak (Santos Tartu) 43
2015 Starbunker Maardu (1) Järve Kohtla-Järve Sillamäe Kalev II Ukraine Klimentiy Boldyrev (Starbunker Maardu) 25
2016 Kuressaare (1) Elva Welco Tartu Estonia Maarek Suursaar (Kuressaare) 33

Total titles won[edit]

Club 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Winning seasons
Nõmme Kalju II 1 0 0 2013
Infonet II Tallinn 1 0 0 2014
Starbunker Maardu 1 0 0 2015
Kuressaare 1 0 0 2016
Pärnu Linnameeskond 0 1 0
Santos Tartu 0 1 0
Järve Kohtla-Järve 0 1 0
Elva 0 1 0
Sillamäe Kalev II 0 0 2
HÜJK Emmaste 0 0 1
Welco Tartu 0 0 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Esiliiga B
  2. ^ http://www.jalgpall.ee/news.php?st=style_fp.css&news_id=3867 Estonian Football Association (in Estonian). Esiliiga expanded with B division. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.jalgpall.ee/docs/Eesti%202013.a%20meistriv%F5istluste%20Meistri-ja%20Esiliiga%20juhend.pdf Estonian Football Association (in Estonian). Estonian 2013. Meistriliiga and Esiliiga championship directive. Retrieved 10 November 2013.

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