Faroe Islands Premier League

The Faroe Islands Premier League (known as Betri deildin menn for sponsorship reasons) is the top level of football in the Faroe Islands. It was founded in 1942 as Meistaradeildin, and holds the Premier League name since 2005, when it replaced the 1. deild as the country's top football division. The league is organised by the Faroe Islands Football Association.

Betri deildin menn
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Founded1942 (as Meistaradeildin)
First season1942
CountryFaroe Islands
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to1. deild
Domestic cup(s)Faroe Islands Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsKlaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag (18th title)
Most championshipsHavnar Bóltfelag (23 titles)
2020 Faroe Islands Premier League

It is contested by 10 clubs. At the end of each season, two teams are relegated and two promoted from 1. deild. All teams in the league have semi-professional status.

As of August 2019, the Faroe Islands Premier League is ranked 53rd out of 55 leagues in the UEFA coefficient.[1]

HistoryEdit

 
League logo when it was known as Effodeildin (2012–2017).

The league was founded in 1942,[2] although clubs did not take part in European competitions until 1992,[3] because the Faroe Islands Football Association joined UEFA only in 1990.[4] From 1942 to 1946, the competition was played in a knockout format, and from 1947 onwards in a league format.

Before the creation of the Faroe Islands Football Association in 1979, the league was organized by the Faroe Islands Sports Association. The only time a season wasn't played was during the British occupation in 1944, when a lack of footballs caused the season to be cancelled.[3]

The league was known by several names; from its foundation in 1942 until 1975, it was known as Meistaradeildin. It changed its name to 1. deild in 1976 and introduced promotion and relegation system.[5] Since 2005, it holds the Premier League name.

Sponsorship names

Since 2005 and the league rebranding, four sponsor league names were used:

Formuladeildin (2005–2008)

Vodafonedeildin (2009–2011)

Effodeildin (2012–2017)

Betrideildin (2018–present)

Since 2018, the Faroe Islands Premier League is known as Betri deildin menn, after FSF signed a five year deal with the Faroese bank and insurance company Betri.

Competition formatEdit

The league is contested by 10 teams, who play each other thrice. A draw is made before the elaboration of the next season's fixtures to decide which teams will have an additional home game. Formerly this was decided based on clubs' performance in the previous season.

Promotion and relegationEdit

At the end of the season, two teams are relegated and two are promoted to and from 1. deild. Like in Spain, the teams are allowed to put their B and C teams in the lower divisions, and there will only be relegation if at least one non-reserve team finish in the 1. deild top three.[6]

In the past, the league used a promotion-relegation playoff between the 9th placed team and the 2nd placed team in 1. deild, played from 1995 until 2005.

European qualificationEdit

Currently, the Faroese champion qualify to the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round, while the second and third placed teams enter the UEFA Europa League at the Preliminary round. An additional berth in the Europa League preliminary round is granted to the Faroe Islands Cup winners. If the winners of that competition have already qualified to a European competition, the berth is given to the fourth placed team in the league.

Current teamsEdit

 
 
Tórshavn
 
 
 
 
 
Tórshavn teams
  B36
  HB
Locations of the 2020 teams
Club Position
in 2019
City Stadium
Argja Bóltfelag 7th Argir Skansi Arena
B36 Tórshavn 2nd Tórshavn Gundadalur
EB/Streymur 9th Streymnes Við Margáir
Havnar Bóltfelag 4th Tórshavn Gundadalur
Ítróttarfelag Fuglafjarðar 10th Fuglafjørður Í Fløtugerði
Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag 1st Klaksvík Við Djúpumýrar
NSÍ Runavík 3rd Runavík Við Løkin
Skála ÍF 6th Skála Undir Mýruhjalla
Tvøroyrar Bóltfelag 8th Tvøroyri Við Stórá
Víkingur Gøta 5th Norðragøta Sarpugerði

List of seasonsEdit

Bold indicates teams who also won the Faroe Islands Cup that season, an achievement known as the double.[7]

Season Champion Runner-up Top scorer (club)[8] Goals
1942 TB not available
1943 TB MB
1944 No tournament due to lack of footballs during the British occupation of the Faroe Islands.[9]
1945 (2) not available
1946 B36 VB
1947
1948 B36 (2) HB
1949 TB (2) HB
1950 B36 (3) TB
1951 TB (3)
1952 (3) TB
1953 (4) HB
1954 (5) HB
1955 HB TB
1956 (6) TB
1957 (7) VB
1958 (8) HB
1959 B36 (4)
1960 HB (2) B36
1961 (9) B36
1962 B36 (5)
1963 HB (3)
1964 HB (4) B36
1965 HB (5) B36
1966 (10) HB
1967 (11) HB
1968 (12) B36
1969 (13) HB
1970 (14) HB
1971 HB (6)   Heri Nolsøe (HB) 20
1972 (15) HB   Heri Nolsøe (HB) 16
1973 HB (7)   John Eysturoy (HB) 13
1974 HB (8)   Johan Johannesen (HB) 10
1975 HB (9)   Johan Johannesen (HB) 8
1976 TB (4) HB   Heri Nolsøe (HB) 14
1977 TB (5) HB not available
1978 HB (10) TB   Ásmund Nolsøe (TB) 9
1979 ÍF TB   Meinhardt Dalbú (ÍF) 17
1980 TB (6) HB   Sveinbjørn Danielsson (TB) 15
1981 HB (11) TB   Suni Jacobsen (HB) 12
1982 HB (12) TB   Henrik Thomsen (TB) 7
1983 HB   Petur Hans Hansen (B68) 10
1984 B68 TB   Aksel Højgaard (B68)
  Erling Jacobsen (HB)
10
1985 B68 (2) HB   Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ) 10
1986 (2) HB   Jesper Wiemer (B68) 13
1987 TB (7) HB   Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ)
  Egill Steinþórsson (TB)
10
1988 HB (13) B68   Jógvan Petersen (B68) 9
1989 B71 HB   Egill Steinþórsson (VB) 16
1990 HB (14) B36   Jón Pauli Olsen (VB) 10
1991 (16) B36   Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ) 15
1992 B68 (3)   Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ) 14
1993 (3) HB   Uni Arge (HB) 11
1994 (4) HB   John Petersen (GÍ) 21
1995 (5) HB   Súni Fríði Johannesen (B68) 24
1996 (6)   Kurt Mørkøre (KÍ) 20
1997 B36 (6) HB   Uni Arge (HB) 24
1998 HB (15)   Jákup á Borg (B36) 20
1999 (17)   Jákup á Borg (B36) 17
2000 VB HB   Súni Fríði Johannesen (B68) 16
2001 B36 (7)   Helgi Petersen (GÍ) 19
2002 HB (16) NSÍ   Andrew av Fløtum (HB) 18
2003 HB (17) B36   Hjalgrím Elttør (KÍ) 13
2004 HB (18) B36   Sonni Petersen (EB/Streymur) 13
2005 B36 (8) Skála   Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ) 18
2006 HB (19) EB/Streymur   Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ) 18
2007 NSÍ EB/Streymur   Amed Davy Sylla (B36) 18
2008 EB/Streymur HB   Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur) 20
2009 HB (20) EB/Streymur   Finnur Justinussen (Víkingur) 19
2010 HB (21) EB/Streymur   Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur)
  Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ)
22
2011 B36 (9) EB/Streymur   Finnur Justinussen (Víkingur) 21
2012 EB/Streymur (2) ÍF   Clayton Nascimento (ÍF)
  Páll Klettskarð (KÍ)
22
2013 HB (22) ÍF   Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 21
2014 B36 (10) HB   Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 22
2015 B36 (11) NSÍ   Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 21
2016 Víkingur   Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 23
2017 Víkingur (2)   Adeshina Lawal (Víkingur) 17
2018 HB (23) NSÍ   Adrian Justinussen (HB) 20
2019 (18) B36   Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ) 26
2020

Titles by clubEdit

Club Location Titles Runners-up
HB Tórshavn 23 25
Klaksvík 18 13
B36 Tórshavn 11 10
TB Tvøroyri 7 10
[a] Norðragøta 6 3
B68 Toftir 3 1
EB/Streymur Eiði / Streymnes 2 5
Víkingur Norðragøta / Leirvík 2 0
NSÍ Runavík 1 3
VB Vágur 1 2
ÍF Fuglafjørður 1 2
Sørvágur 1 1
B71 Sandur 1 0
MB Miðvágur 0 1
Skála Skála 0 1

Clubs in bold are currently playing in the top-tier.
Clubs in italics are no longer active in adult football.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ GÍ merged with LÍF to form Víkingur in 2008.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Country coefficients". UEFA.
  2. ^ Hans Pauli Joensen (9 October 2009). "Season review: Faroe Islands". UEFA. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Introduction to Faroese Soccer". Soccer and Equipment. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Faroese future in safe hands". UEFA. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ Dinant Abbink. "Faroe Islands – List of Second Level Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  6. ^ Karel Stokkermans. "Faroe Islands 2018". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Menn – Meistarar og steypavinnarar" (in Faroese). Faroe Soccer. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Meistaradeildin – Toppskorarar" (in Faroese). Faroe Soccer. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ Gerd Heuser and Hans Schöggl. "Faroe Islands – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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