Faroe Islands Premier League

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Betri deildin menn
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Founded1942 (as Meistaradeildin)
1976 (as 1. deild)
2005
First season1942
CountryFaroe Islands
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to1. deild
Domestic cup(s)Faroe Islands Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current championsKlaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag (18th title)
(2019)
Most championshipsHavnar Bóltfelag (23)
2019 Faroe Islands Premier League

The Faroe Islands Premier League (known as Betri deildin menn for sponsorship reasons) is the top level of football in the Faroe Islands. It was founded in 2005, replacing 1. deild and it is organised by the Faroe Islands Football Association.

It is contested by 10 clubs. At the end of each season, two teams are relegated and two promoted from 1. deild. All teams in the league have semi-professional status.

As of August 2019 the Faroe Islands Premier League is ranked 53rd out of 55 in the UEFA coefficient.[1]

History[edit]

League logo when it was known as Effodeildin.

The league was founded in 1942[2], although clubs did not take part in European competitions until 1992.[3] The reason for this was because the Faroe Islands Football Association only joined UEFA in 1990.[4] In its early years, the competition was played in a knockout format, rather than in a league format.

Before the creation of the Faroe Islands Football Association in 1979, the league was organized by the Faroe Islands Sports Association. The only time a season wasn't played was during the British occupation in 1944, when a lack of footballs caused the season to be cancelled.[3]

Then called Meistaradeildin (champions division), the league changed its name to 1. deild and introduced promotion and relegation in 1976.[5] Contested by 10 clubs over a 18-game schedule since 1988, its format was changed in 2005 to a 27-game season and the league has had different sponsored names since then, being called Formuladeildin from 2005 to 2008, Vodafonedeildin from 2009 to 2011[6], Effodeildin from 2012 to 2017[7][8], and since 2018 Betri deildin menn,[9] while 1. deild became the 2nd tier.

Competition format[edit]

The league is contested by 10 teams, who play each other thrice. A draw is made before the elaboration of the next season's fixtures to decide which teams will have an additional home game. Formerly this was decided based on clubs' performance in the previous season.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

At the end of the season, two teams are relegated and two are promoted to and from 1. deild. Like in Spain, the teams are allowed to put their B and C teams in the lower divisions, and there will only be relegation if at least one non-reserve team finish in the 1. deild top three.[10]

In the past, the league used a promotion-relegation playoff between the 9th placed team and the 2nd placed team in 1. deild, played from 1995 until 2005.

European qualification[edit]

Currently, the Faroese champion qualify to the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round, while the second and third placed teams enter the UEFA Europa League at the Preliminary round. An additional berth in the Europa League preliminary round is granted to the Faroe Islands Cup winners. If the winners of that competition have already qualified to a European competition, the berth is given to the fourth placed team in the league.

Current teams[edit]

Locations of the 2019 teams
Club Position
in 2018
City Stadium
Argja Bóltfelag 9th Argir Skansi Arena
B36 Tórshavn 3rd Tórshavn Gundadalur
EB/Streymur 8th Streymnes Við Margáir
Havnar Bóltfelag 1st Tórshavn Gundadalur
Ítróttarfelag Fuglafjarðar 1st, 1. deild Fuglafjørður Í Fløtugerði
Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag 4th Klaksvík Við Djúpumýrar
NSÍ Runavík 2nd Runavík Við Løkin
Skála ÍF 6th Skála Undir Mýruhjalla
Tvøroyrar Bóltfelag 7th Tvøroyri Við Stórá
Víkingur Gøta 5th Norðragøta Sarpugerði

List of seasons[edit]

Bold indicates teams who also won the Faroe Islands Cup that season, an achievement known as the double.[11]

Season Clubs Champions Runners-up Top scorer (club)[12] Goals
1942 9 TB not available
1943 12 TB MB
1944 No tournament due to lack of footballs during the British occupation of the Faroe Islands.[13]
1945 8 (2) not available
1946 8 B36 VB
1947 7
1948 6 B36 (2) HB
1949 5 TB (2) HB
1950 5 B36 (3) TB
1951 4 TB (3)
1952 5 (3) TB
1953 4 (4) HB
1954 4 (5) HB
1955 4 HB TB
1956 5 (6) TB
1957 5 (7) VB
1958 5 (8) HB
1959 5 B36 (4)
1960 4 HB (2) B36
1961 4 (9) B36
1962 4 B36 (5)
1963 4 HB (3)
1964 3 HB (4) B36
1965 4 HB (5) B36
1966 5 (10) HB
1967 5 (11) HB
1968 5 (12) B36
1969 5 (13) HB
1970 5 (14) HB
1971 6 HB (6) Faroe Islands Heri Nolsøe (HB) 20
1972 6 (15) HB Faroe Islands Heri Nolsøe (HB) 16
1973 6 HB (7) Faroe Islands John Eysturoy (HB) 13
1974 6 HB (8) Faroe Islands Johan Johannesen (HB) 10
1975 6 HB (9) Faroe Islands Johan Johannesen (HB) 8
1976 7 TB (4) HB Faroe Islands Heri Nolsøe (HB) 14
1977 7 TB (5) HB not available
1978 7 HB (10) TB Faroe Islands Ásmund Nolsøe (TB) 9
1979 8 ÍF TB Faroe Islands Meinhardt Dalbú (ÍF) 17
1980 8 TB (6) HB Iceland Sveinbjørn Danielsson (TB) 15
1981 8 HB (11) TB Faroe Islands Suni Jacobsen (HB) 12
1982 8 HB (12) TB Faroe Islands Henrik Thomsen (TB) 7
1983 8 HB Faroe Islands Petur Hans Hansen (B68) 10
1984 8 B68 TB Faroe Islands Aksel Højgaard (B68)
Faroe Islands Erling Jacobsen (HB)
10
1985 8 B68 (2) HB Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ) 10
1986 8 (2) HB Denmark Jesper Wiemer (B68) 13
1987 8 TB (7) HB Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ)
Iceland Egill Steinþórsson (TB)
10
1988 10 HB (13) B68 Faroe Islands Jógvan Petersen (B68) 9
1989 10 B71 HB Iceland Egill Steinþórsson (VB) 16
1990 10 HB (14) B36 Faroe Islands Jón Pauli Olsen (VB) 10
1991 10 (16) B36 Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ) 15
1992 10 B68 (3) Faroe Islands Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ) 14
1993 10 (3) HB Faroe Islands Uni Arge (HB) 11
1994 10 (4) HB Faroe Islands John Petersen (GÍ) 21
1995 10 (5) HB Faroe Islands Súni Fríði Johannesen (B68) 24
1996 10 (6) Faroe Islands Kurt Mørkøre (KÍ) 20
1997 10 B36 (6) HB Faroe Islands Uni Arge (HB) 24
1998 10 HB (15) Faroe Islands Jákup á Borg (B36) 20
1999 10 (17) Faroe Islands Jákup á Borg (B36) 17
2000 10 VB HB Faroe Islands Súni Fríði Johannesen (B68) 16
2001 10 B36 (7) Faroe Islands Helgi Petersen (GÍ) 19
2002 10 HB (16) NSÍ Faroe Islands Andrew av Fløtum (HB) 18
2003 10 HB (17) B36 Faroe Islands Hjalgrím Elttør (KÍ) 13
2004 10 HB (18) B36 Faroe Islands Sonni Petersen (EB/Streymur) 13
2005 10 B36 (8) Skála Faroe Islands Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ) 18
2006 10 HB (19) EB/Streymur Faroe Islands Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ) 18
2007 10 NSÍ EB/Streymur France Amed Davy Sylla (B36) 18
2008 10 EB/Streymur HB Faroe Islands Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur) 20
2009 10 HB (20) EB/Streymur Faroe Islands Finnur Justinussen (Víkingur) 19
2010 10 HB (21) EB/Streymur Faroe Islands Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur)
Faroe Islands Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ)
22
2011 10 B36 (9) EB/Streymur Faroe Islands Finnur Justinussen (Víkingur) 21
2012 10 EB/Streymur (2) ÍF Brazil Clayton Nascimento (ÍF)
Faroe Islands Páll Klettskarð (KÍ)
22
2013 10 HB (22) ÍF Faroe Islands Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 21
2014 10 B36 (10) HB Faroe Islands Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 22
2015 10 B36 (11) NSÍ Faroe Islands Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 21
2016 10 Víkingur Faroe Islands Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 23
2017 10 Víkingur (2) Nigeria Adeshina Lawal (Víkingur) 17
2018 10 HB (23) NSÍ Faroe Islands Adrian Justinussen (HB) 20
2019 10 (18) B36 Faroe Islands Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 26

Titles by club[edit]

Club Location Titles Runners-up
HB Tórshavn 23 25
Klaksvík 18 13
B36 Tórshavn 11 10
TB Tvøroyri 7 10
[a] Norðragøta 6 3
B68 Toftir 3 1
EB/Streymur Eiði / Streymnes 2 5
Víkingur Norðragøta / Leirvík 2 0
NSÍ Runavík 1 3
VB Vágur 1 2
ÍF Fuglafjørður 1 2
Sørvágur 1 1
B71 Sandur 1 0
MB Miðvágur 0 1
Skála Skála 0 1

Clubs in bold are currently playing in the top-tier.
Clubs in italics are no longer active in adult football.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ GÍ merged with LÍF to form Víkingur in 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country coefficients". UEFA.
  2. ^ Hans Pauli Joensen (9 October 2009). "Season review: Faroe Islands". UEFA. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Introduction to Faroese Soccer". Soccer and Equipment. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Faroese future in safe hands". UEFA. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ Dinant Abbink. "Faroe Islands - List of Second Level Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Vodafonedeildin farin í søguna" (in Faroese). Sudurras. 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Effodeildin is the new name of the top league". Soccer and Equipment. 11 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Effodeildin fram til 2017" (in Faroese). Portal. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Betri og FSF gjørt stuðulsavtalu" (in Faroese). FSF. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  10. ^ Karel Stokkermans. "Faroe Islands 2018". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Menn - Meistarar og steypavinnarar" (in Faroese). Faroe Soccer. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Meistaradeildin - Toppskorarar" (in Faroese). Faroe Soccer. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  13. ^ Gerd Heuser and Hans Schöggl. "Faroe Islands - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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