II liiga

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II liiga
CountryEstonia
ConfederationUEFA
DivisionsII East/North
II West/South
Number of teams28 (14 in each division)
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toEsiliiga B
Relegation toIII liiga
Domestic cup(s)Estonian Cup
Estonian Small Cup
Current championsPaide Linnameeskond III
(2018)
2018 II liiga

II liiga is the fourth level of football league competition in Estonia arranged by the Estonian Football Association. It consists of 28 teams, divided geographically into two divisions with 14 teams respectively in group North/East and South/West. Until 2013 it was third-top league.

Competition[edit]

During the season teams play each opponent twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 26 matches. At the end of the season winners of both divisions face each other in one final match to determine the champion of II liiga. As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts around April and lasts until around the start of November.

At the end of the season winners of both divisions may be promoted to the Esiliiga B. This is providing that the club meets the licensing criteria of the Esiliiga B. Second placed clubs of the divisions face each other in a play-off, the winner of which will play with Esiliiga B eight placed (third bottom) club for promotion to the Esiliiga.

Two clubs from the bottom end of both divisions are relegated to the III liiga. Third bottom clubs in both divisions will play a playoff with winners of play offs of III liiga second placed clubs.[1]

II Liiga North/East[edit]

2017 season[edit]

II Liiga North/East
Number of teams14
Current championsTallinna JK Legion
(2017)
Most championshipsPaide Linnameeskond II
JK Dünamo Tallinn
Jõhvi FC Lokomotiv (2)
WebsiteII liiga

2017 II N/E Liiga consists of 14 different teams. Nine of them remain the same, two were promoted from III Liiga North, one from III Liiga South and two were relegated from higher divisions. Promoted teams were Põhja-Tallinna JK Volta, Tartu JK Welco II and Tartu JK Tammeka III and relegated teams were JK Sillamäe Kalev and Raasiku FC Joker. . These teams replaced Tartu FC Merkuur (dissolved), Tallinna JK Legion, Võru FC Helios and Lasnamäe FC Ajax (promoted) and Tallinna JK Legion II (transferred to II S/W Liiga). There were two name changes as well: Narva United FC is now JK Narva Trans II and Tartu JK Tammeka U19's new name is Tartu JK Tammeka III. Tallinna FC Levadia III is now named FCI Tallinn because of the merging of these two teams.

Clubs[edit]

The following clubs are competing in II liiga North/East during the 2018 season.

Club 2017 Location Titles Last best finish
Ararat 13th Tallinn 0 3rd (2008)
FCI Tallinn 2nd Tallinn 0 2nd (2017)
Joker 8th in Esiliiga B Raasiku 0 2nd (2014)
Järve II a, b, c 14th Jõhvi 0 14th (2017)
Maardu LM II a, b 10th Maardu 0 10th (2017)
Maardu United a, b 12th Maardu 0 12th (2017)
Noorus a, b 7th Jõgeva 0 5th (2013)
Piraaja b 9th Tallinn 0 8th (2015)
Santos II a, b 11th Tartu 0 11th (2017)
Sillamäe 10th in Meistriliiga Sillamäe 2 1st (2000)
Tammeka III a, b, c 5th in III Liiga South Tartu 0
Trans II a, b 8th Narva 0 4th (2016)
Volta a, b 1st in III Liiga North Tallinn 0
Welco II a, b 1st in III Liiga South Tartu 0

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

Statistics[edit]

Winners[edit]

Season 1st, gold medalist(s) Points 2nd, silver medalist(s) Points 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Points
1995–96 Maardu Olümpia 14 JK Sillamäe Kalev 11 Narva Baltika 11
1996–97 Tallinna Dokker 23 Kohtla-Järve Eliit 17 Muuga Sadam 14
1997–98 Tallinna KSK Vigri 28 Kohtla-Järve Veteranid 24 Kiviõli Irbis 23
1998 Narva Baltika 23 M.C. Tallinn 22 Tallinna JK Dünamo 21
1999 Tallinna JK Dünamo 41 Štrommi Tallinn 31 Kiviõli JK Irbis 30
2000 JK Sillamäe Kalev 40 Kohtla-Järve SK Järve 31 Maardu FS Junior 25
2001 Narva Alstom Kick Sai 39 TJK-83 Tallinn 38 Maardu FS Junior 32
2002 Tallinna FC Ajax Estel 60 M.C. Tallinn 34 Narva SK Kick Sai 26
2003 Tallinna JK Dünamo (2) 67 Tallinna FC TVMK II 66 Tallinna FC Levadia II 53
2004 JK Tallinna Kalev 69 Tartu JK Merkuur-Juunior 65 FC Puuma 45
2005 Nõmme JK Kalju 59 Alutaguse FC Lootus 52 FC Levadia-Juunior 47
2006 Narva Trans II 69 Sillamäe Kalev 57 JK Tallinna Kalev II 42
2007 Kiviõli Tamme Auto 60 VJK Rakvere 52 Tallinna FC Ararat 51
2008 Kohtla-Järve FC Lootus 69 Tallinna JK Legion 64 Tallinna FC Ararat 50
2009 Jõhvi JK Orbiit 59 Tallinna JK Dünamo 55 Kohtla-Järve JK Alko 55
2010 FC Puuma Tallinn 59 Tallinna FC Atletik 55 Nõmme Kalju FC II 41
2011 Rakvere JK Tarvas 68 Nõmme Kalju FC II 61 JK Sillamäe Kalev II 56
2012 Jõhvi FC Lokomotiv (2) 66 JK Sillamäe Kalev II 53 Nõmme Kalju FC II 50
2013 Maardu FC Starbunker 59 FC Infonet II Tallinn 57 FCF Tallinna Ülikool 54
2014 Paide Linnameeskond II 61 Raasiku FC Joker 1993 55 Tartu JK Welco 51
2015 Paide Linnameeskond II (2) 61 Tartu JK Welco 56 JK Luunja 53
2016 Tartu FC Merkuur 58 Jõhvi FC Lokomotiv 52 FC Lasnamäe Ajax 51
2017 Tallinna JK Legion 60 Tallinna FC Levadia III 51 Võru FC Helios 49
  • Bold teams were promoted

Top goalscorers[edit]

Season Name Club Goals scored
1998 Heigo Välja M.C. Tallinn 10
1999 Erik Šteinberg Irbis Kiviõli 12
2000 Konstantin Butajev FS Junior Maardu II 12
2001 Konstantin Butajev FS Junior Maardu II 20
2002 Aleksei Titov Lasnamäe FC Ajax 39
2003 Andrei Afanasov FS Junior Maardu 26
2004 Andrei Usmanov JK Merkuur-Juunior 28
2005 Andrus Mitt Nõmme JK Kalju 28
2006 Aleksandr Avdeev JK Sillamäe Kalev 34
2007 Alar Petrovits Virumaa JK Rakvere 25
2008 Anton Semjonov Kohtla-Järve FC Lootus 28
2009 Andrei Afanasov JK Tallinna Kalev U21 25
2010 Sten Teino Tallinna FC Puuma 26
2011 Joonas Ljaš Rakvere JK Tarvas 27
2012 Artisom Kavaliou Kohtla-Järve JK Alko 21
2013 Klimentii Boldyrev Maardu FC Starbunker 26
2014 Mairo Tikerberi Jõgeva SK Noorus-96 27
2015 Rauno Kööp Paide Linnameeskond U21 20
2016 Marek Šatov Tartu FC Merkuur 28
2017 Marek Šatov
Rejal Alijev
Tallinna FC Levadia III
Tallinna JK Legion
33

II Liiga South/West[edit]

2018 season[edit]

II Liiga South/West
Number of teams14
Current championsFC Nõmme United
(2017)
Most championshipsFC Santos Tartu (3)
WebsiteII Liiga

2018 II S/W Liiga consists of 14 different teams. Eight of them remain the same. Two were promoted from III Liiga West, one from III Liiga North and one from III Liiga East. They were Pärnu JK Poseidon, Läänemaa JK, JK Tallinna Kalev III and Paide Linnameeskond III. One team was transferred from II Liiga N/E. It was Tallinna JK Legion II. Remaining team was relegated from Esiliiga B, which was Viimsi JK. These teams replaced FC Nõmme United, Pärnu Jalgpalliklubi and FC Flora U19 (all promoted), Saue JK Laagri, SK Imavere and Viimsi JK II. Also Tallinna JK Dünamo changed its name to Tallinna JK Legion II.

Clubs[edit]

The following clubs are competing in II liiga South/West during the 2018 season.

Club 2017 Location Titles Last best finish
Poseidon a, b 1st in III Liiga W Pärnu 0
Ganvix a, b 5th Türi 0 2nd (2015)
Legion II a, b, c Tallinn 0
Kuressaare II a 10th Kuressaare 1 1st (2003)
Kalev III a, b 3rd in III Liiga N Tallinn 0
Läänemaa a, b 3rd in III Liiga W Haapsalu 0
Otepää a, b 9th Otepää 0 9th (2017)
Paide Linnameeskond III a, b 1st in III Liiga E Paide 0
Raplamaa a, b 8th Rapla 0 8th (2017)
Tabasalu a, b 3rd Tallinn 0 3rd (2017)
Tulevik U21 4th Viljandi 0 2nd (1994/95)
Tõrva a, b 13th Karksi-Nuia 0 7th (2016)
Vaprus II a, b 12th Pärnu 0 12th (2017)
Viimsi 7th in Esiliiga B Haabneeme 1 1st (2012)

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

Statistics[edit]

Winners[edit]

Season 1st, gold medalist(s) Points 2nd, silver medalist(s) Points 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Points
1995–96 Pärnu United 21 Lokomotiiv Valga 16 Merkuur Tartu 11
1996–97 Merkuur Tartu 28 Tartu Jalgpallikool 18 Märjamaa Kompanii 14
1997–98 FC Lelle 21 Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 20 Tartu Jalgpallikool 16
1998 FC Lelle 27 Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 17 Märjamaa Kompanii 13
1999 Merkuur Tartu 54 Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 37 Tervis Pärnu 30
2000 Pärnu FC Levadia 49 Paide Arieks 35 Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 30
2001 JK Tammeka Tartu 45 Pärnu JK Vaprus 43 Muhumaa JK 33
2002 JK Tervis Pärnu 49 FC Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 32 Sörve JK 32
2003 Sörve JK 57 FC Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 55 HÜJK Emmaste 42
2004 Pärnu JK Vaprus 76 FC Elva 58 FC Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 42
2005 Pärnu Pataljoni JK 62 FC Tarvastu 58 FC Elion 49
2006 Tartu Välk 494 59 FC Tarvastu 55 Pärnu Pataljoni JK 54
2007 Paide FC Flora 61 Sörve JK 59 Tartu JK Maag Tammeka III 54
2008 Tartu FC Santos 58 FC Nõmme United 55 Viljandi JK Tulevik II 48
2009 FC Nõmme United 58 Tartu JK Tammeka II 57 Türi Ganvix JK 43
2010 Tartu FC HaServ 62 HÜJK Emmaste 52 FC Nõmme United 47
2011 Tartu FC HaServ 62 Tartu JK Tammeka II 62 Paide Kumake 54
2012 HÜJK Emmaste 69 Viljandi JK Tulevik 56 Vändra JK Vaprus 51
2013 Tartu FC Santos 73 Sörve JK 49 Türi Ganvix JK 48
2014 JK Tallinna Kalev U21 61 FCF Tallinna Ülikool 59 Saue JK Laagri 36
2015 FCF Tallinna Ülikool 63 Türi Ganvix JK 53 Viljandi JK Tulevik U21 52
2016 Paide Linnameeskond II 67 Keila JK 62 FC Nõmme United 60
2017 FC Nõmme United 71 Pärnu Jalgpalliklubi 60 JK Tabasalu 48
  • Bold teams were promoted

Top goalscorers[edit]

Season Name Club Goals scored
1998 Ott Purje FC Lelle 14
1999 Martti Pukk FC Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 24
2000 Martti Pukk FC Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 22
2001 Kristjan Tiirik JK Tammeka Tartu 20
2002 Maikko Mölder Sörve JK 24
2003 Martti Pukk FC Hiiu Kalur Kärdla 26
2004 Indrek Joost Pärnu JK Vaprus 28
2005 Sergei Zenjov Pärnu Pataljoni JK 27
2006 Ants Palumaa FC Tarvastu 30
2007 Rauno Rikberg Paide Linnameeskond 34
2008 Ivar Sova FC Nõmme United 27
2009 Ivar Sova FC Nõmme United 39
2010 Sander Lepik FC Nõmme United 20
2011 Rasmus Luhakooder Viljandi JK Tulevik 23
2012 Ergo Eessaar Tartu SK 10 II 39
2013 Alar Alve
Sander Lepik
Tartu FC Santos
FC Nõmme United
25
2014 Karl Anton Sõerde Viimsi MRJK 28
2015 Rauno Nõmmiko FCF Tallinna Ülikool 32
2016 Kevin Mätas FC Nõmme United 38
2017 Mark Kolosov FC Nõmme United 50

Promotion[edit]

In addition to league winners, second placed teams also get a chance to get promoted. First of all, both second placed teams play each other and the winner goes to the second round, where it meets with Esiliiga B 8th placed team. The winner of this game gets to compete in Esiliiga B.

II liiga finals[edit]

Every season II Liiga North/East and II Liiga South/West winners compete in a match. The winner is named the II liiga champion.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eesti 2017.a meistrivõistluste Meistri- ja Esiliiga juhend" (PDF). jalgpall.ee (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ "II Liiga võitja". jalgpall.ee (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.

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