Ringkøbing IF

Ringkøbing Idrætsforening (Danish pronunciation: [ˈʁeŋˌkʰøˀpe̝ŋ]) is an association football club based in the town of Ringkøbing, West Jutland, Denmark, that competes in the Denmark Series, the fourth tier of the Danish football league system. Founded in 1900, it is shortly known as 'RIF' and affiliated to the DBU Jutland, the regional body of football in Jutland. The team plays its home matches at Green Arena, where it has been based since 1999.[1][2]

Ringkøbing IF
Ringkøbing IF logo
Full nameRingkøbing Idrætsforening
Founded29 March 1900
GroundGreen Arena, Ringkøbing
ChairmanAndreas Leidesdorff
ManagerJens Nielsen (caretaker)
LeagueDenmark Series
2019–20Danish 2nd Division, 12th Decrease

The club's history includes numerous promotions and relegations, and some spells of sustained success. It was perhaps most prominent between in the Interwar period when it was a regional powerhouse, winning Jutland championships in the A-series (third regional tier) in 1920 and 1935.[3]


Ringkøbing IF was relatively successful in the first decades after its foundation in 1900. In 1935, the club won the Jutland championships in the A-tier, after beating Ølgod (5–3), Holstebro BK (4–3) and finally Vejle Boldklub (3–1) in the finals.[3] The latter was played at Herning Stadion on 4 June, and the result meant that Ringkøbing promoted to the JBU Mellemrækken, the second regional division at that time.[4]

After some decades of struggles, Ringkøbing IF promoted to Series 1, the second highest regional tier in 1960, after a 6–2 win over league table rivals Grønbjerg IF.[3] Some years later, however, the club would suffer relegation to the lower tiers.

Some time would pass before Ringkøbing would reach the second regional tier again. Only in 1985 would the club reach Series 1 again, after finishing second in the Series 2 group.[3]

In the 2011–12 season, Ringkøbing IF secured promotion to the Danish 2nd Division, the third tier of Danish football, in the last round of competition by winning 2–4 away over local rivals Holstebro BK.[5] This was the first time in club history that they reached the divisions; the three highest national leagues of Denmark.[5]


As of 29 April 2020.[6]

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   DEN Mads Vestergaard Petersen (captain)
2 DF   CMR Jules Youmeni
3 DF   DEN Anders Vestergaard Larsen
6 FW   ISL Ragnar Leósson
7 FW   DEN Lennard Lauridsen
8 MF   DEN Klaus Moesgaard
9 FW   DEN Martin Egelund
10 MF   DEN Jacob Getachew Andersen
11 FW   DEN Mark Asp Rasmussen (on loan from Horsens)
12 DF   DEN Jeppe Solgaard
12 DF   NGA Sunday Odeh (on loan from Midtjylland U19)
13 DF   DEN Andreas Jespersen
14 MF   DEN Kasper Møller Thomsen
15 GK   DEN Simon Brogaard Petersen
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   DEN Mikkel Kjeldstrup
16 MF   DEN Mikkel Petersen
20 FW   DEN Kasper Nissen
21 FW   DEN Lauge Olesen
22 DF   DEN Mikkel Koustrup
25 MF   NGA Victor Dawa (on loan from Midtjylland U19)
26 DF   DEN Nikolaj Pape Sørensen
27 FW   DEN Dennis Juelsgård
29 MF   DEN Magnus Merrild
30 FW   DEN Elliott Baliti
31 MF   DEN Mads Overgaard
32 GK   DEN Aksel Teglgaard
77 MF   COD Gloire Rutikanga (on loan from Midtjylland)

Former playersEdit

Backroom staffEdit

Club officialsEdit

Position Staff
Chairman Andreas Leidesdorff
Secretary Torben Dahl
Board of Directors Peder Sørensen
Anders Agger
Jesper Jensen

Source: Ringkøbing IF | Bestyrelse

Position Name
Head coach Nicolai Wael
Assistant coach Allan Mikkelsen
Goalkeeping Coach Brian Andersen
Team leader Ivan Thesbjerg
Team leader Poul Jensen

Source: Ringkøbing IF | Elite | Spilletruppen og trænere


  1. ^ "Ringkøbing Kommune Lokalplan NR. 01.099" (PDF). dokument.plandata.dk. Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality. Retrieved 29 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Lauridsen, Lars (23 June 2009). "Så kom græsset". tvmidtvest.dk. TV Midtvest. Retrieved 29 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d Sand, Kristian (18 April 2019). "Gamle Dage Ekstra: Højdepunkter i Ringkøbing IFs historie". dbrs.dk. Dagbladet Ringkøbing-Skjern. Retrieved 22 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "DBU Jyllands historie". dbu.dk. Danish Football Union. Retrieved 29 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Blond, Mikael (24 June 2012). "Ringkøbing klar til første divisions-eventyr". bold.dk. bold.dk. Retrieved 29 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Vejgaard trup". 2-division.dk. Retrieved 29 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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