2019 Eliteserien Promotion/Relegation play-offs

The 2019 Eliteserien Promotion/Relagetion play-offs is the 46th time a spot in the Eliteserien will be decided by play-off matches between top tier and second level clubs. In the play-offs, five teams compete for one spot in the 2020 Eliteserien.

At the end of the 2019 season, Tromsø and Ranheim were relegated directly to 2020 1. divisjon, and were replaced by Aalesund and Sandefjord who were directly promoted.

Format changeEdit

This season, the format of the qualification rounds for the 1. divisjon teams were changed.[1] In previous seasons, the first two knockout-rounds began with the four teams in the 1. divisjon playing single-legged rounds with home advantage for the best placed team: 3rd v 6th and 4th v 5th, and the winner then played each other to determine who would meet the Eliteserien club in the final. This season, the first round will be played 5th v 6th, and the winner will advance to play away to 4th in the second round. The winner of the second round will advance to play away to 3rd in the third round. The winner of the third round will meet the 14th placed team in Eliteserien in a two-legged final.

BackgroundEdit

The play-offs between Eliteserien and 1. divisjon have been held every year since 1972 with exceptions in 1994 and 2011. They take place for the two divisions following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the fourteenth-placed club in Eliteserien and the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places in the 1. divisjon. The fixtures are determined by final league position – the first round will be played 5th v 6th, and the winner will advance to play away to 4th in the second round. The winner of the second round will advance to play away to 3rd in the third round. The winner of the third round will meet the 14th placed team in Eliteserien in a two-legged final.

Qualified teamsEdit

Five teams entered a play-off for the last Eliteserien spot for the 2020 season. These were:

  • To be announced (14th placed team in Eliteserien)
  • Start (third placed team in the 1. divisjon)
  • KFUM Oslo (fourth placed team in the 1. divisjon)
  • Kongsvinger (fifth placed team in the 1. divisjon)
  • Sogndal (sixth placed team in the 1. divisjon)

MatchesEdit

The third to sixth-placed teams will take part in the promotion play-offs; these are single leg knockout matches, three rounds involving 1. divisjon teams and a final between the winner of these rounds and the fourteenth-placed team in Eliteserien.[2]

Final league position – 1. divisjon
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Start 30 19 5 6 54 31 +23 62
4 KFUM 30 13 9 8 58 42 +16 48
5 Kongsvinger 30 14 4 12 37 36 +1 46
6 Sogndal 30 13 6 11 51 38 +13 45

First roundEdit

Kongsvinger1–0Sogndal
Skagestad   17' Report

Second roundEdit

KFUM Oslo2–0Kongsvinger
Brix   24'
Larsen   74'
Report
Attendance: 1,311

Third roundEdit

Start1–0KFUM Oslo
Report
Attendance: 2,615
Referee: Rohit Saggi (Drafn)

FinalEdit

The 14th-placed team in Eliteserien, Lillestrøm, will play a two-legged play-off against Start, the winners of the 1. divisjon promotion play-offs, to decide who will play in the 2020 Eliteserien.

Start2–1Lillestrøm
Sigurðarson   54' (pen.)69' Report Gustavsson   28'
Attendance: 4,013
Lillestrøm4–3Start
Mikalsen   2'
Lowe   22' (o.g.)
Gustavsson   49'
Melgalvis   61'
Report Ramsland   76'79'82'

The tie ended with a 5–5 draw on aggregate, Start won on the away goals rule and retained promoted to Eliteserien.

BracketEdit

  First round     Second round     Third round     Final round
                                         
    3 Start (a) 2 3 5
      3 Start 1     14 Lillestrøm 1 4 5
      4 KFUM Oslo 2     4 KFUM Oslo 0  
  5 Kongsvinger 1     5 Kongsvinger 0  
  6 Sogndal 0  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kvalifiseringen til Eliteserien endres". aftenposten.no (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Slik spilles kvalifiseringskampene". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.