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The 2014 Latvian Higher League was the 23rd season of top-tier football in Latvia. FK Ventspils are the defending champions. The season started on 21 March 2014. Initially, Skonto Riga and Daugava Daugavpils, the second and third teams from the previous season, were denied a license to participate and the league began with eight clubs. However, their appeals against this were successful and the league was restored to ten clubs.[1]

Latvian Higher League
Season2014
ChampionsFK Ventspils
RelegatedFC Jūrmala
Champions LeagueFK Ventspils
Europa LeagueSkonto FC
FK Jelgava
FK Spartaks Jūrmala
Matches played162
Goals scored505 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorerVladislavs Gutkovskis (28)
Biggest home winLiepāja 7-0 FC Jūrmala
Biggest away winFC Jūrmala 0-6 Ventspils
FC Jūrmala 0-6 Daugava Rīga
Highest scoringDaugava Daugavpils 5-3 Liepāja
Longest winning run12 matches:
Ventspils
Longest unbeaten run12 matches:
Skonto
Ventspils
Longest winless run23 matches:
FC Jūrmala
Longest losing run11 matches:
FC Jūrmala
2013
2015

Contents

TeamsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ventspils (C) 36 26 5 5 73 20 +53 83 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Skonto FC 36 25 1 10 77 34 +43 71[a] 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Jelgava 36 20 10 6 57 27 +30 70
4 Liepāja 36 21 3 12 72 45 +27 66
5 FC Daugava Daugavpils (R) 36 19 8 9 53 39 +14 65 Relegation to 2015 Latvian First League
6 Spartaks Jūrmala 36 14 9 13 38 32 +6 51 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round[b]
7 FK Daugava Rīga (R) 36 13 4 19 48 64 −16 43 Relegation to 2015 Latvian First League
8 BFC Daugavpils 36 8 5 23 30 65 −35 29
9 METTA/LU (O) 36 3 7 26 26 69 −43 16 Qualification for relegation play-offs
10 FC Jūrmala (R) 36 2 6 28 29 108 −79 7[c] Relegation to 2015 Latvian First League
Updated to match(es) played on 8 November 2014. Source: Virslīga 2014
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. The winners of the 2014–15 Latvian Football Cup competition will qualify for the first qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Skonto FC have had 5 point(s) deducted
  2. ^ Liepāja would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA license as they were affiliated with the Latvian Football Federation for less than three years after reforming from the dissolved Liepājas Metalurgs. As a result, the berth was given to Spartaks Jūrmala, as Daugava Daugavpils also failed to obtain a UEFA license.[2]
  3. ^ FC Jūrmala have had 5 point(s) deducted

Relegation play-offsEdit

The 9th-placed side faced the runners-up of the 2014 Latvian First League in a two-legged play-off, with the winner being awarded a spot in the 2015 Higher League competition.


Rēzeknes BJSS1–5FS METTA/LU
Aguls   14' Loginovs   26'55'
Milašēvičs   29'72'
Pallo   80'

FS METTA/LU won 6–1 on aggregate.

ResultsEdit

Season statisticsEdit

Player of the MonthEdit

Manager of the MonthEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 'Skonto' un Daugavpils 'Daugava' tomēr tiek pielaista startam Latvijas futbola virslīgā, delfi.lv, accessed 22 March 2014
  2. ^ "LFF Apelācijas komisija atstāj spēkā aizliegumu FK 'Liepāja' piedalīties Eirokausos". Delfi Sports. 28 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Rolands Eliņš (2014-05-07). ""Ventspilnieki" Žigajevs un Pučinsks marta/aprīļa labākie Virslīgā". Sportacentrs.com.
  4. ^ a b Jānis Rubulis (2014-06-06). "Virslīgas labākie maijā - J.Ikaunieks un Beškarevs". Sportacentrs.com.
  5. ^ a b Jānis Rubulis (2014-07-04). "Virslīgas labākie jūnijā - Gauračs un Pertija". Sportacentrs.com.
  6. ^ a b Jānis Rubulis (2014-08-06). "Gauračs otro mēnesi pēc kārtas atzīts par Virslīgas labāko futbolistu". Sportacentrs.com.
  7. ^ a b Rolands Eliņš (2014-09-10). "Virslīgas labākie augustā - "Jelgavas" pārstāvji Astafjevs un Ikstens". Sportacentrs.com.
  8. ^ a b Edmunds Novickis (2014-10-10). "Labākie septembrī - Jānis Ikaunieks un Viktors Dobrecovs". Sportacentrs.com.
  9. ^ a b Edmunds Novickis (2014-11-15). "Gutkovskis finišā pirmoreiz mēneša labākais, starp treneriem - Pučinsks". Sportacentrs.com.