Football in Latvia

Football is the third sport in Latvia after ice hockey and basketball.[1] Many other sports are also more popular than football in Latvia, but in recent years it has gained more popularity.[2][3] The Latvian Football Federation (Latvian: Latvijas Futbola federācija) is the sport's national governing body.[4][5] There is a league system, with the Higher League and First League serving as the top leagues in Latvia. There is the Latvian Second League also, where mostly amateur teams play. There are also national cup competitions, with the Latvian Cup being the most notable.

Football in Latvia
Governing bodyLatvian Football Federation
National team(s)Latvia national football team
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions


Domestic FootballEdit

Skonto FC were the most popular and successful football team in Latvia and have won the Latvian Higher League 14 times since independence from Russia.[6][7][8] Latvian football is rife with corruption and bribery.[9] FK Ventspils is only team from Latvia, which had played in group stage of UEFA Europe League (2009–10). There isn't team from Latvia, which had played in group stage of UEFA Champions League.

League systemEdit

Level League(s)/Division(s)

Latvian Higher League
9 clubs


Latvian First League
10 clubs

3 Latvian Second League
Region of Riga
13 clubs
Latvian Second League
Region of Vidzeme
15 clubs
Latvian Second League
Region of Kurzeme/Zemgale
10 clubs
Latvian Second League
Region of Latgale
8 clubs
Latvian Second League
Region of Northeast
5 clubs

National teamEdit

The Latvia national football team in 2003 qualified to Euro 2004.[10][11] This resulted in being the first and currently only Baltic national team to do so.

See alsoEdit

National teamsEdit

Women's teamsEdit



Women's leaguesEdit




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  9. ^ O'Connor, Robert (26 September 2016). "Match-Fixing and Money Laundering: The Bitter Demise of Latvian Soccer". Retrieved 13 March 2019.
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External linksEdit

  • - Latvian football league tables, records & statistics database. (in English)