Kakkonen

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Kakkonen - Finnish Division 2
Kakkonen.jpg
Country Finland
Founded 1973
Divisions 3
Number of teams 36
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to Ykkönen
Relegation to Kolmonen
Current champions KPV, FC Honka, GrIFK, Talenttiklubi 04
Website Official Website
2016 Kakkonen

Kakkonen or II divisioona is the third level in the league system of Finnish football and comprises 36 Finnish football teams. The II divisioona was introduced in 1973 and in the mid-1990s became known as the Kakkonen. (Finnish for 'Number Two'; Swedish: Tvåan). Sakari Tukiainen finished the season 2014 as the top goal scorer and setting a new league record with 40 goals for the Kakkonen.[1] Petter Meyer finished the 2015 as the top goal scorer for GrIFK with 23 goals.[2]

League structure[edit]

For the 2012 season the format of the Kakkonen has been changed with the league divided in 4 groups of 10 teams, each representing a geographical area. Every club plays each of the others in the same group three times. Clubs gain three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. The group winners may win promotion to Ykkönen while two bottom clubs of each group and weakest 8th ranked club will be relegated to Kolmonen.

For the 2016 season the format of the Kakkonen has been changed with the league divided into 3 groups of 12 teams. Each club plays the others in its group twice. The group winners and the best second place team have a chance of winning one of two promotion places to Ykkönen after a four team playoff. The bottom three teams in each group 10, 11 and 12 will be relegated to Kolmonen.[3]

Administration[edit]

The Football Association of Finland (Finnish: Suomen Palloliitto, SPL; Swedish: Finlands Bollförbund, FBF) administers the Kakkonen.

Sections and Teams 2016[edit]

Finnish Football
League Structure

Veikkausliiga (Tier 1)
Ykkönen (Tier 2)
Kakkonen (Tier 3)
Kolmonen (Tier 4)
Nelonen (Tier 5)
Vitonen (Tier 6)
Kutonen (Tier 7)
Seiska (Tier 8)

Kakkonen Group A[edit]

No. Abbreviated Name Town or Settlement Official Club and Team Name Movements from 2015
1. FC Futura Porvoo FC Futura
2. FC Lahti Akatemia Lahti FC Kuusysi
3. FCV Jyväskylä FC Vaajakoski
4. Gnistan Helsinki IF Gnistan
5. JäPS Järvenpää Järvenpään Palloseura
6. Kultsu FC Lappeenranta Kultsu FC
7. KäPa Helsinki Käpylän Pallo
8. MPS Helsinki Malmin Palloseura
9. MP Mikkeli Mikkelin Palloilijat
10. PEPO Lappeenranta PEPO Lappeenranta
11. SC KuFu-98 Kuopio Soccer Club Kuopio Futis -98
12. Sudet Kouvola Sudet

Kakkonen Group B[edit]

No. Abbreviated Name Town or Settlement Official Club and Team Name Movements from 2015
1. Atlantis FC Helsinki Atlantis FC
2. BK-46 Karis Bollklubben-46
3. EsPa Espoo Etelä-Espoon Pallo
4. FC Espoo Espoo FC Espoo
5. FC Honka Espoo FC Honka
6. FC Kiffen Helsinki FC Kiffen 08
7. FC Kontu Helsinki FC Kontu
8. FC Viikingit Helsinki FC Viikingit Edustus
9. FC Åland Sund, Åland Football Club Åland
10. Klubi-04 Helsinki Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi
11. SalPa Salo Salon Palloilijat
12. TPV Tampere Tampereen Pallo-Veikot

Kakkonen Group C[edit]

No. Abbreviated Name Town or Settlement Official Club and Team Name Movements from 2015
1. AC Kajaani Kajaani AC Kajaani
2. FC Jazz 2 Pori FC Jazz 2
3. FC Santa Claus AC Rovaniemi FC Santa Claus Arctic Circle
4. GBK Kokkola Gamlakarleby Bollklubb
5. Närpes Kraft Närpes Närpes Kraft Fotbollsförening
6. FC YPA Ylivieska Jalkapalloseura FC YPA
7. Hercules Oulu Jalkapalloseura Hercules
8. Virkiä Lapua Lapuan Virkiä
9. MuSa Pori Musan Salama
10. OPS Oulu Oulun Palloseura
11. TP-47 Tornio Tornion Pallo -47
12. VIFK Vaasa Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Vasa

All details taken from Finnish FA website.[4]

Seasons - League Tables[edit]

1970s: 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980s: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990s: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000s: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010s: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

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