Icelandic basketball league system

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The Icelandic basketball league system, or Icelandic basketball league pyramid is a series of interconnected competitions for basketball clubs in Iceland. The system has a hierarchical format with a promotion and demotion system between competitions at different levels.


There are currently four different competitions on the pyramid - the 1st tier Úrvalsdeild, the 2nd tier Division I, the 3rd tier Division II, and the 4th tier Division III.

The leagues are organized by the Icelandic Basketball Association.[1]

The tier levels[edit]

For the 2019–20 season, the Icelandic basketball league system is as follows:[2]

Level League
1 Úrvalsdeild karla
12 teams
↓ 2 relegation
(previously 1. deild karla (1951–78))
2 Division I
9 teams1
↑ 2 promotion
↓ 0 relegation1
(previously 2. deild karla (1964–78))
3 Division II
12 teams
↑ 1 promotion
↓ 2 relegation
(previously 3. deild karla (1973–78))
4 Division III
10 teams
↑ 2 promotion

1The 1. deild karla has spot for 10 teams. The 10th placed team is relegated to 2. deild karla. If there are less than 10 teams, no team is relegated.

Other competitions[edit]


There are currently three different competitions on the pyramid and they are all organized by the Icelandic Basketball Association.[3][4][5]

Level League
1 Úrvalsdeild kvenna
8 teams
↓ 1 relegation
(previously 1. deild kvenna (1952–2005))
2 Division I
7 teams1
↑ 1 promotion
(previously 2. deild kvenna (1984–2005))
2 Division II
13 teams

1Stjarnan and Þór Akureyri withdrew prior to the start of season, leaving only 7 teams.

Other competitions[edit]

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