The Esiliiga is the second division in the Estonian football league system. The Esiliiga is ranked below the Meistriliiga and above the Esiliiga B.

Esiliiga
Founded1992
Country Estonia
ConfederationUEFA
DivisionsEsiliiga
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toMeistriliiga
Relegation toEsiliiga B
Domestic cup(s)Estonian Cup
Current championsLegion Tallinn (1st title)
(2019)
Most championshipsLevadia II Tallinn
(7 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website
2019 Esiliiga

As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts in March and ends in November. The league features several reserve teams of Meistriliiga clubs. According to the rules set by the Estonian Football Association, reserve teams are ineligible for promotion to the Meistriliiga, but can play in the Estonian Cup.

Competition formatEdit

During the season, the teams play each of the other four times, twice at home and twice away. This makes for a total of 36 games played each season. The teams gain three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a defeat. Promotion and relegation between divisions is a central feature of the league. At the end of the season, clubs at the top of their division win promotion to the next higher division, while those at the bottom will be relegated to the next lower one. At the end of a season, the top Esiliiga club gains promotion to the Meistriliiga. This is providing that the Esiliiga club meets the licensing criteria of the Meistriliiga. Reserve teams in Estonia play in the same league system as the senior team, however, they must play at least one level below their main side, and are thus ineligible for promotion to the Meistriliiga. Two bottom end clubs of Esiliiga are relegated to the Esiliiga B, and two top clubs of Esiliiga B are promoted to the Esiliiga. The two-legged play-offs for the Meistriliiga spot are contested between the ninth placed (second bottom) club in the Meistriliiga and the second in the Esiliiga, and the two-legged play-offs for the Esiliiga spot are contested between the eighth placed (third bottom) club in the Esiliiga and the third in the Esiliiga B.[1]

ClubsEdit

Current clubsEdit

The following clubs are competing in the Esiliiga during the 2020 season.

Club Position
in 2019
Seasons in
Esiliiga
First season of
current spell
Titles Last title
Elvab 5th 8 2017 0 N/A
Pärnu JK 3rd in the Esiliiga B 4 2020 1 1993–94
Flora U21 Tallinnb,c 2nd 14 2006 2 2015
Tartu JK Tammeka U21b,c 4th 4 2019 0 N/A
Levadia U21 Tallinna,b,c 6th 16 2004 7 2013
Maardu Linnameeskonda 10th in the Meistriliiga 3 2020 2 2018
Järve Kohtla-Järveb 7th 2 2019 0 N/A
Vändra Vaprusb 2nd in the Esiliiga B 4 2020 0 N/A
Nõmme Uniteda,b 1st in the Esiliiga B 0 2020 0 N/A
Pärnu Vaprus 3rd 5 2019 1 2005

a – never been relegated from Esiliiga
b – never played in Meistriliiga
c – ineligible for promotion to Meistriliiga

ChampionsEdit

Season Champions Runners-up Third place Top goalscorer Goals
1992 Kreenholm Narva Tempo Tallinn Lokomotiiv Valga
1992–93 Tervis Pärnu Tallinna Sadam Kreenholm Narva
1993–94 Kalev Pärnu Vall Tallinn Pena Jõhvi   Vadim Dolinin (Kalev Pärnu) 21
1994–95 Dünamo Tallinn[A] Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pena Jõhvi
Lelle[B] Tervis Pärnu Tulevik Viljandi
1995–96 Norma Tallinn Vall Tallinn Tallinna Jalgpallikool
1996–97 Dünamo Tallinn (2) Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pärnu   Igor Bratšuk (Olümp Maardu) 8
1997–98 Vall Tallinn Olümpia Maardu Dokker Tallinn   Andrei Afanassov (Vall Tallinn)
  Aleksei Titov (Vall Tallinn)
13
1998 Levadia Maardu Vigri Tallinn Lootus Kohtla-Järve   Igor Bratšuk (Levadia Maardu) 9
1999 Kuressaare Lootus Kohtla-Järve Vigri Tartu   Svajūnas Raučkis (Kuressaare) 27
2000 Maardu Tervis Pärnu Viljandi   Vladimir Tšelnokov (Maardu) 26
2001 Levadia Pärnu Valga S.C. Real Maardu   Andrei Afanassov (S.C. Real Maardu) 26
2002 Valga Kuressaare Maardu   Andrei Afanassov (Maardu) 25
2003 Lootus Kohtla-Järve Tervis Pärnu M.C. Tallinn   Aleksei Titov (Ajax Lasnamäe) 29
2004 Tammeka Tartu Levadia II Tallinn Tervis Pärnu   Oliver Konsa (Tammeka Tartu) 25
2005 Vaprus Pärnu Levadia II Tallinn Ajax Lasnamäe   Nikita Andreev (Ajax Lasnamäe) 29
2006 Levadia II Tallinn (2) Kuressaare Tallinna Kalev   Kaimar Saag (Levadia II Tallinn) 37
2007 Levadia II Tallinn (3) Flora II Tallinn Sillamäe Kalev   Andrus Mitt (Nõmme Kalju) 24
2008 Levadia II Tallinn (4) Kuressaare Flora II Tallinn   Sergei Jegorov (TVMK II Tallinn) 20
2009 Levadia II Tallinn (5) Lootus Kohtla-Järve Warrior Valga   Tõnis Starkopf (Kiviõli Tamme Auto/Levadia II Tallinn) 32
2010 Levadia II Tallinn (6) Flora II Tallinn Ajax Lasnamäe   Tõnis Starkopf (Kiviõli Tamme Auto) 28
2011 Tallinna Kalev Infonet Tallinn Kiviõli Tamme Auto   Maksim Rõtškov (Infonet Tallinn) 40
2012 Infonet Tallinn Flora II Tallinn Tarvas Rakvere   Manucho (Infonet Tallinn) 31
2013 Levadia II Tallinn (7) Lokomotiv Jõhvi Flora II Tallinn   Tõnis Starkopf (Irbis Kiviõli) 28
2014 Flora II Tallinn Levadia II Tallinn Pärnu Linnameeskond   Kristen Saarts (Pärnu Linnameeskond/Levadia II Tallinn) 31
2015 Flora II Tallinn (2) Levadia II Tallinn Infonet II Tallinn   Eduard Golovljov (Infonet II Tallinn) 41
2016 Tulevik Viljandi Flora U21 Tallinn Infonet II Tallinn   Eduard Golovljov (Infonet II Tallinn) 39
2017 Maardu Linnameeskond Tallinna Kalev Tarvas Rakvere   Vitali Gussev (Maardu Linnameeskond) 38
2018 Maardu Linnameeskond (2) Flora U21 Tallinn Levadia U21 Tallinn   Vitali Gussev (Maardu Linnameeskond) 43
2019 Legion Tallinn Flora U21 Tallinn Vaprus Pärnu   Rejal Alijev (Legion Tallinn) 38
  1. ^ East/North champion
  2. ^ South/West champion

Total titles wonEdit

Club       Winning seasons
Levadia U21 Tallinn 7 4 1 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Flora U21 Tallinn 2 6 2 2014, 2015
Maardu Linnameeskond 2 0 0 2017, 2018
Dünamo Tallinn 2 0 0 1994–95[A], 1996–97
Tervis Pärnu 1 3 1 1992–93
Kuressaare 1 3 0 1999
Järve Kohtla-Järve 1 2 1 2003
Vall Tallinn 1 2 0 1997–98
Warrior Valga 1 1 1 2002
Tallinna Kalev 1 1 1 2011
Infonet Tallinn 1 1 0 2012
Kreenholm Narva 1 0 1 1992
Pärnu 1 0 1 1993–94
Tulevik Viljandi 1 0 1 2016
Vaprus Pärnu 1 0 1 2005
Lelle 1 0 0 1994–95[B]
Norma Tallinn 1 0 0 1995–96
Levadia Tallinn 1 0 0 1998
Levadia Pärnu 1 0 0 2001
Tammeka Tartu 1 0 0 2004
Legion Tallinn 1 0 0 2019
Tallinna Jalgpallikool 0 2 1
Vigri Tartu 0 1 1
Tempo Tallinn 0 1 0
Tallinna Sadam 0 1 0
Olümpia Maardu 0 1 0
Lokomotiv Jõhvi 0 1 0
Pena Jõhvi 0 0 2
Maardu 0 0 2
Ajax Lasnamäe 0 0 2
Infonet II Tallinn 0 0 2
Tarvas Rakvere 0 0 2
Lokomotiiv Valga 0 0 1
Dokker Tallinn 0 0 1
Viljandi 0 0 1
M.C. Tallinn 0 0 1
Sillamäe Kalev 0 0 1
Irbis Kiviõli 0 0 1
Pärnu Linnameeskond 0 0 1
  1. ^ East/North champion
  2. ^ South/West champion

All-time Esiliiga tableEdit

The table is a cumulative record of all match results, points and goals of every team that has played in the Esiliiga since its inception in 1992. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2018 season. Teams in bold play in the Esiliiga 2019 season. Numbers in bold are the record (highest) numbers in each column.

In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss. Promotion matches and relegation matches involving clubs of higher or lower leagues are not counted.

The table is sorted by all-time points.

Pos.
Club
Seasons
Titles
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
PPG
1 FCI Levadia U21 17 7 588 348 105 139 1548 701 +847 1149 1.95
2 FC Flora U21 10 2 468 254 82 132 1008 576 +432 844 1.80
3 FC Kuressaare 9 1 278 136 41 99 568 482 +86 449 1.62
4 Rakvere JK Tarvas 9 0 324 124 60 140 521 633 -112 432 1.33
5 JK Tallinna Kalev 7 1 252 126 46 80 536 399 +137 424 1.68
6 Kiviõli FC Irbis 8 0 288 110 51 124 556 542 +14 381 1.32
7 Kohtla-Järve FC Lootus 7 1 214 97 27 90 411 400 +11 318 1.49
8 Lasnamäe FC Ajax 6 0 200 93 37 70 449 311 +138 316 1.58
9 Viljandi JK Tulevik 7 1 166 90 30 56 320 250 +70 300 1.81
10 Pärnu KEK 8 1 188 86 23 77 416 370 +46 281 1.49
11 FC Valga 8 1 164 79 14 61 304 276 +28 251 1.53
12 Maardu Linnameeskond 3 2 108 69 12 27 301 160 +141 219 2.03
13 Tallinna FC TVMK II 5 0 172 63 23 86 302 363 -61 212 1.23
14 Valga FC Warrior 6 0 200 61 29 110 285 438 -153 212 1.06
15 FC Elva 7 0 236 58 34 144 274 537 -263 208 0.88
16 Tartu FC Santos 5 0 216 59 27 94 290 388 -98 204 0.94
17 Tallinna JK Dünamo 7 2 144 58 19 67 276 319 -43 193 1.34
18 JK Sillamäe Kalev 7 0 162 56 24 74 232 303 -71 192 1.19
19 Tartu JK Tammeka U21 4 0 144 50 35 59 236 242 -4 185 1.28
20 Pärnu JK Vaprus 4 1 136 52 26 58 255 265 -10 182 1.34
21 FCI Tallinn U21 3 0 108 51 12 45 266 214 +52 165 1.53
22 Tartu JK Merkuur 6 0 122 49 18 55 199 238 -39 165 1.35
23 Nõmme Kalju FC U21 4 0 144 48 21 75 218 293 -75 165 1.15
24 Vändra JK Vaprus 4 0 144 42 28 74 212 303 -91 154 1.07
25 FCI Tallinn 2 1 72 45 16 11 195 80 +115 151 2.10
26 FC Puuma 4 0 144 37 28 79 208 372 -164 139 0.97
27 Pärnu Linnameeskond 3 0 108 37 23 49 207 213 -6 134 1.24
28 Tallinna Jalgpalliklubi 4 0 120 34 22 64 164 300 -136 124 1.03
29 FC M.C. Tallinn 3 0 84 34 17 33 167 189 -22 119 1.42
30 Tallinna JK Vall 4 1 58 36 7 15 171 80 +91 115 1.98
31 Maardu FK Olümpia 5 1 78 33 16 29 158 152 +6 115 1.47
32 Tallinna JK Legion 3 0 108 31 17 60 164 261 -97 110 1.02
33 Tartu SK 10 2 0 72 32 12 28 123 125 -2 108 1.50
34 Viljandi JK Tulevik U21 3 0 108 28 24 56 139 215 -76 108 1.00
35 Nõmme Kalju FC 2 0 72 31 14 27 145 149 -4 107 1.49
36 Tartu JK Tammeka 3 1 84 29 18 37 165 199 -34 105 1.25
37 Tallinna Jalgpallikool 5 0 72 31 10 31 117 141 -24 103 1.43
38 Maardu S.C. Real 2 0 56 27 13 16 144 102 +42 94 1.68
39 Jõhvi FC Lokomotiiv 2 0 72 26 13 33 115 121 -6 91 1.26
40 Tartu KSK Vigri 2 0 42 26 9 7 98 40 +58 87 2.07
41 Narva Kreenholm 4 1 58 25 10 23 120 125 -5 85 1.47
42 Pärnu JK 4 1 62 25 9 20 125 110 +15 84 1.35
43 Kiviõli JK Irbis 4 0 58 23 8 27 99 117 -18 77 1.33
44 Kohtla-Järve JK Pena 3 0 46 22 7 17 95 85 +10 73 1.59
45 Tartu JK Welco 2 0 72 16 13 43 74 178 -104 61 0.85
46 Paide Linnameeskond 1 0 36 14 12 10 58 44 +14 54 1.50
47 Pärnu FC Levadia 1 1 28 15 7 6 67 39 +28 52 1.86
48 Tallinna FC Norma 2 1 28 15 2 11 77 44 +33 47 1.68
49 Viimsi JK 1 0 28 12 4 12 43 50 -7 40 1.43
50 FC Viljandi 1 0 28 12 4 12 31 46 -15 40 1.43
51 JK Tallinna Kalev U21 1 0 36 10 9 17 37 52 -15 39 1.08
52 JK Tallinna Sadam 1 0 16 12 2 2 52 14 +38 38 2.38
53 Paide KEK 2 0 28 10 6 12 56 64 -8 36 1.29
54 Keila JK 1 0 36 10 5 21 41 88 -47 35 0.97
55 Lelle SK 1 0 36 11 1 24 49 100 -51 34 0.94
56 Kohtla-Järve JK Järve 1 0 36 8 6 22 42 97 -55 30 0.83
57 FC Kuressaare II 1 0 28 8 3 17 35 79 -44 27 0.96
58 Kehra JK Paber 1 0 20 7 3 10 33 47 -14 24 1.20
59 Kallaste JK Peipsi Kalur 2 0 28 7 3 18 36 75 -39 24 0.86
60 Tallinna JK Metallist 1 0 12 7 0 5 30 25 +5 21 1.75
61 Tallinna JK Dokker 1 0 14 6 3 5 30 26 +4 21 1.50
62 Tallinna JK Tempo 1 0 12 6 1 5 29 26 +3 19 1.58
63 Tallinna FC Arsenal 1 0 14 5 0 9 26 31 -5 15 1.07
64 Tartu JK Merkuur-Juunior 1 0 36 3 5 28 27 97 -70 14 0.39
65 Põltsamaa JK Sport 1 0 10 1 0 9 6 27 -21 3 0.30
66 Tartu FC DAG 1 0 14 0 1 3 12 67 -55 1 0.07

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Esiliiga tutvustus" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 5 November 2017.

External linksEdit