2010 Latvian Higher League
2010 Latvian Higher League (Latvian: LMT Virslīga 2010) was the 19th season of top-tier football in Latvia. It began on 9 April 2010 with the first round of games. Liepājas Metalurgs were the defending champions, having won their second league title last season.
|Champions League||Skonto Riga|
|Baltic League||Skonto Riga|
|Goals scored||416 (3.08 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Nathan Júnior|
(18 goals each)
|Biggest home win||Metalurgs 8–0 Jaunība|
|Biggest away win||Jaunība 0–9 RFS/Olimps|
|Highest scoring||Jaunība 0–9 RFS/Olimps|
With the re-expansion of the league to 10 clubs, the format of the competition was altered for the third year in a row. The ten clubs played 18 rounds of matches, once at home and once away, against each of the other nine clubs in the league. After this, another nine rounds of matches were played for a total of 27 matches. The clubs finishing in the first five positions after 18 rounds received the benefit of hosting five of their last nine matches.
Promoted to the Higher League from the First Division automatically were last season's First Division champions, Jelgava.
Daugava Rīga finished in 8th place in last year's Higher League competition and competed in a promotion/relegation playoff against the runners-up of the First Division, Jaunība Rīga. Jaunība Rīga won this two-legged playoff 1–1 (1–0 on away goals scored) and won promotion to the Higher League for this season and Daugava Rīga was relegated to the First Division.
Despite finishing last year's First Division competition in 9th place, Daugava Daugavpils were offered a place in this year's Higher League competition, which the club accepted.
|FC Daugava||Daugavpils||Daugava Stadium (Daugavpils)||3,500||Tamaz Pertia|
|FK Jaunība||Riga||Daugava Stadium (Riga)||5,000||Sergejs Davidovs|
|FK Jelgava||Jelgava||Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs||1,560||Dainis Kazakevičs|
|FK Jūrmala-VV||Jūrmala||Slokas Stadium||5,000||Vladimirs Babičevs|
|FK Ventspils||Ventspils||Olimpiskais Stadium||3,200||Nunzio Zavettieri|
|JFK Olimps/RFS||Riga||Latvijas Universitates Stadions||5,000||Mihails Miholaps|
|Metalurgs||Liepāja||Daugava Stadium (Liepāja)||5,500||Rüdiger Abramczik|
|SK Blāzma||Rēzekne||Sporta Aģentūras Stadions||3,000||Eriks Grigjans|
|Skonto FC||Riga||Skonto Stadium||10,000||Aleksandrs Starkovs|
|FC Tranzit||Ventspils||Ventspils 2. pamatskolas stadions||500||Igor Kichigin|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Skonto (C)||27||22||3||2||86||16||+70||69||Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round|
|2||Ventspils||27||20||3||4||68||18||+50||63||Qualification for Europa League second qualifying round[a]|
|3||Liepājas Metalurgs||27||19||4||4||70||20||+50||61||Qualification for Europa League second qualifying round|
|4||Daugava Daugavpils||27||16||8||3||35||16||+19||56||Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round[a]|
|9||Tranzīts Ventspils (R)||27||5||4||18||17||56||−39||19||Qualification for relegation play-offs|
|10||Jaunība Rīga (R)||27||4||4||19||16||80||−64||16||Relegation to Latvian First League|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th overall wins; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Regular home/away matchesEdit
Extra home matchesEdit
At season's end, the 9th place club in the Latvian Higher League, Tranzīts Ventspils, was supposed to face the runners-up of the Latvian First League, FC Jūrmala, in a two-legged playoff, with the winner being awarded a spot on next year's Higher League competition. However, before this playoff began, the LFF received information from Tranzits that it would not participate in the playoff and, further, was forfeiting its place in the Latvian Higher League. Because of this, FC Jurmala achieved promotion to the Higher League automatically.
Source: LMT Virslīga 2010 (in Latvian)
- 18 goals
- 15 goals
- 12 goals
- 11 goals
- 9 goals
- 8 goals
- Artūrs Karašausks (Skonto)
- Andrejs Perepļotkins (Skonto)
- Ruslan Mingazov (Skonto)
- Daniils Turkovs (Skonto)
- Pavel Ryzhevski (Blāzma)
* Players in italics left the clubs they are listed in during the season.
|Player of the Month|
Team of the tournamentEdit
(Selected by www.sportacentrs.com)
Defenders: Jevgēņijs Simonovs (Daugava Daugavpils), Kaspars Dubra (Skonto Riga), Tomas Tamošauskas (Liepājas Metalurgs), Vitālijs Maksimenko (Skonto Riga), Māris Smirnovs (Tranzit Ventspils), Yuriy Shelenkov (Daugava Daugavpils)
Midfielders: Ruslan Mingazov (Skonto Riga), Jurijs Žigajevs (Ventspils), Arturs Zjuzins (Ventspils), Valērijs Afanasjevs (Daugava Daugavpils), Michael Tukura (Ventspils), Takafumi Akahoshi (Liepājas Metalurgs)
Best player awardsEdit
- Goalkeeper: Kaspars Ikstens (Skonto Riga)
- Defender: Vitālijs Smirnovs (Skonto Riga)
- Midfielder: Jurijs Žigajevs (Ventspils)
- Forward: Nathan Júnior (Skonto Riga)
- Manager of the season: Aleksandrs Starkovs (Skonto Riga)
- The best youth player (under the age of 21): Artūrs Zjuzins (Ventspils)
- Player of the season: Jurijs Žigajevs (Ventspils)
-  (in Latvian)
- "Динабург" исключен из чемпионата Латвии и Балтийской Лиги (in Russian)
- LFF measures in FC Dinaburg case
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- ""LMT Virslīgas" labākais spēlētājs maijā – Malašenoks". sportacentrs.com. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
- "Natans Žuniors – LMT Virslīgas labākais spēlētājs jūnijā". LFF. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
- "Kaspars Dubra atzīts par labāko spēlētāju jūlijā". LFF. Retrieved 22 August 2010.