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Veikkausliigan logo.svg
Country  Finland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1990
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Ykkönen
Domestic cup(s) Finnish Cup
Finnish League Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions HJK Helsinki
Most championships HJK Helsinki (11)
TV partners ISTV, Yle TV2
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)

Veikkausliiga (Swedish: Tipsligan) is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. As of 2013, Veikkausliiga is ranked as the 32nd best league in Europe. Its main sponsor is the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, hence the league's name. Veikkausliiga was founded in 1990; before that the top division was called Mestaruussarja (championship series) since 1930 which was an amateur or semi-professional league. Between 1908 and 1930 the championship was decided in a cup competition.

Ykkönen (division one) has been the second highest level of Finnish football since 1973.

As with certain other cold-climate European countries (including parts of Norway and Sweden), league matches in Finland are played in summer, with a schedule usually from April to October. The format and number of teams has changed frequently, and in the 2013 season there were 12 teams, with each team playing the others three times, for 33 rounds during the season. An uneven number of matches meant that the best six teams from the 2012 season had 17 home matches and the other six teams had 16 home matches. At the end of the season, the lowest-placed team is relegated to Ykkönen, whose winner is promoted to Veikkausliiga.

In 2010 the average annual salary with fringe benefits for a league player was 24,400 euro.[1] Veikkausliiga is a founding member of the European Professional Football Leagues association.[2]


The Veikkausliiga clubs in the 2015 season are presented in the table below:

City Stadium Capacity 2014 position Number of
Ilves Tampere Tammela Stadion 5,040 3rd in Ykkönen 33
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion 9,372 10th 26
KTP Kotka Arto Tolsa Areena 4,780 2nd in Ykkönen 25
FC Lahti Lahti Lahti Stadium 14,500 3rd 38
FF Jaro Jakobstad Jakobstads Centralplan 5,000 6th 24
HIFK Helsinki Sonera Stadium 10,300 1st in Ykkönen 30
HJK Helsinki Sonera Stadium 10,300 1st 73
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 4,000 5th 10
KuPS Kuopio Savon Sanomat Areena 5,000 7th 57
RoPS Rovaniemi Rovaniemen Keskuskenttä 4,000 9th 27
SJK Seinäjoki Seinäjoen Keskuskenttä 4,500 2nd 1
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti 4,600 4th 47

Number of seasons includes seasons played in preceding Mestaruussarja and seasons of predecessor teams

Former clubs[edit]

Club Home town Seasons
AC Allianssi Vantaa 2002–2005
AC Oulu Oulu 2007, 2010
Atlantis FC Helsinki 2001
FC Haka Valkeakoski 1990–1996, 1998–2012
FC Honka Espoo 2006-2014
FC Hämeenlinna Hämeenlinna 2002–2004
FC Jazz 1 Pori 1991–2004
FC Jokerit Helsinki 1999–2001, 2003
FC KooTeePee Kotka 2003–2008
FC Kuusysi Lahti 1990–1995
FC Oulu Oulu 1992, 1994
FC Viikingit Helsinki 2007
FinnPa Helsinki 1993–1998
JJK Jyväskylä 2009–2013
KPV Kokkola 1990
Kumu Kuusankoski 1990
MP Mikkeli 1990–1996
MyPa Kouvola 1992–2014
OTP Oulu 1990–1991
PK-35 Helsinki 1998
Ponnistus Helsinki 1995
Reipas Lahti 1990–1991
TPV Tampere 1993–1995, 1999
Tampere United Tampere 2000–2010
TP-Seinäjoki Seinäjoki 1997
TP-47 Tornio 2004–2005
TPS Turku 1990-2000, 2003-2014


  • 1 Formerly known as PPT


The following clubs have won either the Veikkausliiga (between 1990 and 2014) or the Mestaruussarja (between 1908 and 1989) championship:

1 Kuusysi and Lahden Reipas merged their professional teams in 1997 to form FC Lahti. Both teams, however, continue in junior football.
2 In 1974 Ilves-Kissat Tampere and TaPa Tampere merged with Ilves Tampere, who took Ilves-Kissat's place in the league. Ilves Tampere were renamed Tampere United before the 1999 season as a result of a failed merger. Although Ilves also continues as its own club, all predecessors' titles are included here in the figure for Tampere United.
3 FC KooTeePee was established to continue top-level football in Kotka when the former Kotka team known as KTP went bankrupt. However as KTP also continues to play in lower divisions its titles are not usually considered to be inherited by FC KooTeePee. In December of 2013 FC KooTeePee and KTP merged to bee FC KTP
4FC Jazz was formerly known as PPT (Porin Pallotoverit)

Top clubs[edit]

Year Champion 2nd 3rd
1990 HJK FC Kuusysi MP
1991 FC Kuusysi MP FC Haka
1992 HJK FC Kuusysi FC Jazz
1993 FC Jazz MyPa HJK
1994 TPV MyPa HJK
1995 FC Haka MyPa HJK
1996 FC Jazz MyPa TPS
1997 HJK VPS FinnPa
1998 FC Haka VPS PK-35
1999 FC Haka HJK MyPa
2000 FC Haka FC Jokerit MyPa
2001 Tampere United HJK MyPa
2002 HJK MyPa FC Haka
2003 HJK FC Haka Tampere United
2004 FC Haka AC Allianssi Tampere United
2005 MyPa HJK Tampere United
2006 Tampere United HJK FC Haka
2007 Tampere United FC Haka TPS
2008 FC Inter Turku FC Honka FC Lahti
2009 HJK FC Honka TPS
2011 HJK FC Inter Turku JJK
2012 HJK FC Inter Turku TPS
2013 HJK FC Honka VPS
2014 HJK SJK FC Lahti

Top scorers[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
1990 Poland Marek Czakon Ilves 16
1991 Finland Kimmo Tarkkio FC Haka 23
1992 Brazil Luiz Antônio FC Jazz 21
1993 Finland Antti Sumiala FC Jazz 20
1994 Brazil Dionísio TPV 17
1995 Russia Finland Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 21
1996 Brazil Luiz Antônio FC Jazz 17
1997 Brazil Rafael HJK 11
1998 Finland Matti Hiukka RoPS 11
1999 Russia Finland Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 23
2000 Finland Shefki Kuqi FC Jokerit 19
2001 Finland Paulus Roiha HJK 22
2002 Finland Mika Kottila HJK 18
2003 Finland Saku Puhakainen MyPa 14
2004 Finland Antti Pohja TamU 16
2005 Finland Juho Mäkelä HJK 16
2006 Finland Hermanni Vuorinen FC Honka 16
2007 Brazil Rafael FC Lahti 14
2008 Finland Aleksandr Kokko FC Honka 13
Finland Henri Myntti TamU
2009 Finland Hermanni Vuorinen FC Honka 16
2010 Finland Juho Mäkelä HJK 16
2011 Finland Timo Furuholm FC Inter Turku 22
2012 Georgia (country) Irakli Sirbiladze FC Inter Turku 17
2013 Finland Tim Väyrynen FC Honka 17
2014 Finland Jonas Emet FF Jaro 14
Argentina Luis Solignac IFK Mariehamn

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted

UEFA Ranking[edit]

UEFA Country Ranking As of 27 November 2014 (Previous year rank in italics)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Palkkatutkimus 2010
  2. ^

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