1997 Norwegian First Division

The 1997 1. divisjon, Norway's second-tier football league, began play on 20 April 1997 and ended on 12 October 1997. The league was contested by 14 teams, and the top two teams won promotion to Tippeligaen, while the third placed played a promotion-playoff against the 12th-placed team in Tippeligaen to win promotion. The bottom four teams were relegated to the 2. divisjon.

1. divisjon
Season1997
PromotedVålerenga
Moss
RelegatedRunar
Drøbak/Frogn
Harstad
Sarpsborg
Matches played182
Goals scored540 (2.97 per match)
1996
1998

Vålerenga and Moss won promotion to Tippeligaen, while Eik-Tønsberg lost the promotion-playoff against Tromsø. Runar, Drøbak/Frogn, Harstad and Sarpsborg was relegated to the 2. divisjon.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Vålerenga (C, P) 26 19 3 4 70 21 +49 60 Promotion to Tippeligaen
2 Moss (P) 26 19 2 5 52 27 +25 59
3 Eik-Tønsberg 26 11 7 8 43 34 +9 40 Qualification for the promotion play-offs
4 Start 26 11 7 8 41 44 −3 40
5 Odd Grenland 26 11 6 9 39 36 +3 39
6 Byåsen 26 11 4 11 42 36 +6 37
7 Hødd 26 11 3 12 35 40 −5 36
8 HamKam 26 9 8 9 40 34 +6 35
9 Bryne 26 10 5 11 46 42 +4 35
10 Aalesund 26 11 2 13 36 36 0 35
11 Runar (R) 26 10 4 12 35 45 −10 34 Relegation to 2. divisjon
12 Drøbak/Frogn (R) 26 6 6 14 21 47 −26 24
13 Harstad (R) 26 4 8 14 21 52 −31 20
14 Sarpsborg (R) 26 5 3 18 19 46 −27 18
Source: nifs.no
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

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