II liiga is the fourth level of football league competition in Estonia arranged by the Estonian Football Association. It consists of 28 teams, divided geographically into two divisions with 14 teams respectively in group North/East and South/West. Until 2013 it was the third level league.
|Number of teams||28 (14 in each division)|
|Level on pyramid||4|
|Promotion to||Esiliiga B|
|Relegation to||III liiga|
|Domestic cup(s)||Estonian Cup|
Estonian Small Cup
|Current champions||Paide Linnameeskond III |
|Current: 2020 II liiga|
During the season, teams play each opponent twice, once at home and once away, for 26 matches. At the end of the season, the winners of both divisions face each other in one final match to determine the champion of II liiga. As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts around April and lasts until around the start of November.
At the end of the season, the winners of both divisions may be promoted to the Esiliiga B. This is providing the clubs meet the licensing criteria of the Esiliiga B. Second placed clubs of the divisions face each other in a play-off, the winner of which will play with Esiliiga B eight placed (third bottom) club for promotion to the Esiliiga.
II Liiga North/EastEdit
2019 II N/E liiga consists of 14 teams. Nine of them remain the same, one was promoted from III liiga South, one from III liiga West and two were relegated from higher divisions. Promoted teams are Põhja-Tallinna JK Volta II and FC Jõgeva Wolves and relegated teams are Tartu FC Santos (from Esiliiga) and Lasnamäe FC Ajax (from Esiliiga B). Tallinna JK Legion II joined the league from II S/W liiga. These teams replaced Tartu FC Santos II and Maardu United (dissolved), Põhja-Tallinna JK Volta (promoted) as well as Raasiku FC Joker and Tallinna JK Piraaja (transferred to II S/W liiga).
The following clubs are competing in II liiga North/East during the 2019 season.
|Club||2018||Location||Titles||Last best finish|
|Ajax||9th in Esiliiga B||Tallinn||1||1st (2002)|
|FCI Tallinn||2nd||Tallinn||0||2nd (2018)|
|Järve II||8th||Jõhvi||0||8th (2018)|
|Legion II||6th in II liiga S/W||Tallinn||0||–|
|Maardu LM II||10th||Maardu||0||10th (2017)|
|Santos||7th in Esiliiga||Tartu||0||–|
|Tammeka III||12th||Tartu||0||12th (2018)|
|Trans II||6th||Narva||0||4th (2016)|
|Volta II a||2nd in III liiga West||Tallinn||0||–|
|Welco II||9th||Tartu||0||9th (2018)|
|Wolves||4th in III liiga South||Jõgeva||0||–|
a – ineligible for promotion to Esiliiga B
- Bold teams were promoted
II Liiga South/WestEdit
|Number of teams||14|
|Current champions||FC Nõmme United |
|Most championships||FC Santos Tartu (3)|
2018 II S/W Liiga consists of 14 different teams. Eight of them remain the same. Two were promoted from III Liiga West, one from III Liiga North and one from III Liiga East. They were Pärnu JK Poseidon, Läänemaa JK, JK Tallinna Kalev III and Paide Linnameeskond III. One team was transferred from II Liiga N/E. It was Tallinna JK Legion II. Remaining team was relegated from Esiliiga B, which was Viimsi JK. These teams replaced FC Nõmme United, Pärnu Jalgpalliklubi and FC Flora U19 (all promoted), Saue JK Laagri, SK Imavere and Viimsi JK II. Also Tallinna JK Dünamo changed its name to Tallinna JK Legion II.
The following clubs were competing in II liiga South/West during the 2018 season.
|Club||2017||Location||Titles||Last best finish|
|Poseidon a, b||1st in III Liiga W||Pärnu||0||–|
|Ganvix a, b||5th||Türi||0||2nd (2015)|
|Legion II a, b, c||–||Tallinn||0||–|
|Kuressaare II a||10th||Kuressaare||1||1st (2003)|
|Kalev III a, b||3rd in III Liiga N||Tallinn||0||–|
|Läänemaa a, b||3rd in III Liiga W||Haapsalu||0||–|
|Otepää a, b||9th||Otepää||0||9th (2017)|
|Paide Linnameeskond III a, b||1st in III Liiga E||Paide||0||–|
|Raplamaa a, b||8th||Rapla||0||8th (2017)|
|Tabasalu a, b||3rd||Tallinn||0||3rd (2017)|
|Tulevik U21||4th||Viljandi||0||2nd (1994/95)|
|Tõrva a, b||13th||Karksi-Nuia||0||7th (2016)|
|Vaprus II a, b||12th||Pärnu||0||12th (2017)|
|Viimsi||7th in Esiliiga B||Haabneeme||1||1st (2012)|
a – never been relegated from II liiga
b – never played in Esiliiga B/Esiliiga
c – ineligible for promotion to Esiliiga B
- Bold teams were promoted
In addition to league winners, second placed teams also get a chance to get promoted. First of all, both second placed teams play each other and the winner goes to the second round, where it meets with Esiliiga B 8th placed team. The winner of this game gets to compete in Esiliiga B.
II liiga finalsEdit
Every season II Liiga North/East and II Liiga South/West winners compete in a match. The winner is named the II liiga champion.
|2012||Jõhvi FC Lokomotiv||0–3||HÜJK Emmaste||Tallinn, Estonia|
|14:00||(Report)||Janar Tükk 27'
Kristjan Paapsi 46'
Ergo Reinvald 89'
|Stadium: Sportland Arena|
Referee: Grigori Ošomkov
|2013||Tartu FC Santos||2–1||Maardu FC Starbunker||Tartu, Estonia|
|10:00||Taavi Vellemaa 62'
Alar Alve 87'
|(Report)||Vadim Šalabai 25'||Stadium: Tamme Stadium|
Referee: Mart Martin
|2014||JK Tallinna Kalev II||2–1||Paide Linnameeskond II||Tallinn, Estonia|
|19:30||Timo Paal 7'
Mikk Mario Mõistlik 62'
|(Report)||Tarmo Paju 17'||Stadium: Kalevi Keskstaadion|
Referee: Andrei Karhu
|2015||FCF Tallinna Ülikool||4–1||Paide Linnameeskond II||Tallinn, Estonia|
|19:30||Robert Veskimäe 10'
Sander Lepik 71'
Mark Kolosov 86'
Rasmus Munskind 90'
|(Report)||Volodja Erdei 5'||Stadium: Sportland Arena|
Referee: Aleksei Smirnov
|2016||Paide Linnameeskond II||8–0||Tartu FC Merkuur||Paide, Estonia|
|13:00||Carl Tubarik 3' (pen.)
Martin Saar 9', 34'
Rauno Rikberg 37', 42', 63'
Priit Raal 39'
Andre Mägi 85'
|liigavõitja (Report)||Stadium: Paide linnastaadion|
Referee: Paul Kask
|2017||FC Nõmme United||2–2|
|Tallinna JK Legion||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Stadium: Wismari staadion|
Referee: Roman Daniljuk
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