2008 Norwegian First Division
In 2009, the number of teams in the Norwegian Premier League will expand from fourteen to sixteen. Therefore, 2008 was a transitional season, in which more teams were promoted to the top flight, and less teams relegated to the Second Division, than usual. Automatic promotion was awarded to the teams finishing in the top three places in the standings. Only the two teams at the bottom of the standings were relegated to the Second Division, as opposed to the regular four.
The three clubs relegated from the Premier League in 2007 were Odd Grenland, Start and Sandefjord. At the conclusion of the season, all three had managed to secure promotion, with Odd Grenland being confirmed as champions of the First Division after defeating Start 3–2 in the penultimate round.
Sandnes Ulf and Hødd were relegated to the Second Division after finishing in fifteenth and sixteenth place respectively. It was Sandnes Ulf's first season at the second level since 1972. Nybergsund, who had never previously played at the second level, retained their spot, finishing in eighth place.
As in previous years, there was a two-legged promotion playoff at the end of the season, this time between the fourth-placed team in the First Division (Sogndal) and the thirteenth-placed team in the Premier League (Aalesund). Aalesund kept their spot in the Premier League, beating Sogndal 4-1 away, 3-1 at home, and 7-2 on aggregate.
Final league table
||Promotion or relegation
|1||Odd Grenland (P)||30||20||5||5||76||44||+32||65||Promotion to Tippeligaen|
|4||Sogndal||30||15||9||6||53||36||+17||54||Qualification to Tippeligaen|
|15||Sandnes Ulf (R)||30||5||10||15||36||55||−19||25||Relegation to Second Division|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
The winner, runner-up and third place finisher in the First Division are automatically promoted to the Norwegian Premier League. The fourth-placed team in the First Division and the 13th-placed team in the Premier League meet in a playoff at the end of the season. The two teams finishing at the bottom of the table are automatically relegated to the Second Division.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home ╲ Away||ALT||BRY||HAU||ILH||HØN||KIL||LØV||MFK||NOT||NIL||ODD||SF||ULF||SSFK||SIL||IKS|
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
Top goal scorers
|Peter Kovacs||22||Odd Grenland|
|Morten Fevang||15||Odd Grenland|
|Martin Wiig||13||Sarpsborg Sparta|
|Geir Ludvig Fevang||11||Start|
Source: VG Nett
These three teams were relegated from the Norwegian Premier League in 2007:
These four teams were promoted from the Second Division in 2007:
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