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Latvian Higher League

Latvian Higher League
Country Latvia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Founded 1927
Number of teams 7
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Latvijas 1. līga
Domestic cup(s) Latvian Cup
Latvian Supercup
International cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions FK Ventspils
(2014)
Most championships Skonto (15)
Website .lv.futbolavirsligawww
.lv.lffwww
2015 Latvian Higher League

The SMScredit.lv Latvian Higher League (NGO "Latvijas Futbola virslīga",[1] adopting the NGO's name. Before the current season in March 2013, the league signed a sponsorship deal with the microfinancing company SMScredit.lv and acquired its current name SMScredit.lv Virslīga.[2]

Contents

  • League format 1
  • Clubs (2015) 2
  • Past Virslīga winners 3
  • Earlier Latvian league winners 4
    • Riga football league 4.1
  • List of Champions 5
    • 1922–1940 5.1
    • 1941–1990 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

League format

From the first season back in 1991 to 2007, there were eight clubs in the Virslīga. During the course of the season each club played all the other clubs four times, twice at their home stadium and twice at that of their opponents, completing a total of 28 games.

After the 2007 season the league increased from eight to ten sides.[3] In 2008 each side played the others four times.

At the end of the season, the lowest placed team are automatically relegated into Traffic 1. liga, and the winner of the Traffic 1. liga automatically takes their place. The second lowest placed team in Virslīga and the second team of 1. liga play two matches for a place in the Virslīga the following season. The winner of Virslīga, the champion of Latvia, plays in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round. The second and third placed clubs play in the UEFA Europa League qualifying games.[4]

Latvijas Futbola virslīga logo (2012–2013)

Clubs (2015)

Locations of the 2015 Latvian Higher League teams
Club Location Stadium Capacity
BFC Daugavpils Daugavpils Celtnieks Stadium 3,980
FK Jelgava Jelgava Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs 2,200
FK Liepāja Liepāja Daugava Stadium 6,000
FS Metta/LU Riga Stadions Arkādija 500
Skonto FC Riga Skonto Stadium 10,000
FK Spartaks Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000
FK Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadium 3,200

Past Virslīga winners

[5] [6] [7]

Season Winner Wins Remarks Runner-up
1927 Olimpija Liepāja 1 (1)   Rīgas FK
1928 Olimpija Liepāja 2 (2)   Rīgas FK
1929 Olimpija Liepāja 3 (3) Undefeated Rīgas FK
1930 Rīgas FK 1 (4)   Olimpija Liepāja
1931 Rīgas FK 2 (5)   Olimpija Liepāja
1932 ASK 1 (1)   Riga Wanderers
1933 Olimpija Liepāja 4 (4)   Rīgas FK
1934 Rīgas FK 3 (6)   Riga Wanderers
1935 Rīgas FK 4 (7)   Olimpija Liepāja
1936 Olimpija Liepāja 5 (5) Undefeated ASK
1937–38 Olimpija Liepāja 6 (6)   Rīgas FK
1938–39 Olimpija Liepāja 7 (7)   ASK
1939–40 Rīgas FK 5 (8) Also won the Latvian Cup Olimpija Liepāja
1941 Tournament Cancelled
1942 ASK 2 (2) Undefeated Olimpija Liepāja
1943 ASK 3 (3) Undefeated & Cup Winners Olimpija Liepāja
1944 Tournament Interrupted
Since Independence
1992 Skonto FC 1 (2) Also Cup Winners RAF Jelgava
1993 Skonto FC 2 (3)   Olimpija Rīga
1994 Skonto FC 3 (4) Undefeated RAF Jelgava
1995 Skonto FC 4 (5) Undefeated & Cup Winners Dinaburg FC
1996 Skonto FC 5 (6)   Daugava Rīga
1997 Skonto FC 6 (7) Undefeated & Cup Winners Daugava Rīga
1998 Skonto FC 7 (8) Also Cup Winners FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
1999 Skonto FC 8 (9)   FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
2000 Skonto FC 9 (10) Also Cup Winners FK Ventspils
2001 Skonto FC 10 (11) Also Cup Winners FK Ventspils
2002 Skonto FC 11 (12) Also Cup Winners FK Ventspils
2003 Skonto FC 12 (13)   FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
2004 Skonto FC 13 (14)   FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
2005 FHK Liepājas Metalurgs 1 (1)   Skonto FC
2006 FK Ventspils 1 (1)   FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
2007 FK Ventspils 2 (2) Also Cup Winners SK Liepājas Metalurgs
2008 FK Ventspils 3 (3)   SK Liepājas Metalurgs
2009 SK Liepājas Metalurgs 2 (2) FK Ventspils
2010 Skonto FC 14 (15) FK Ventspils
2011 FK Ventspils 4 (4) Also Cup Winners FK Liepājas Metalurgs
2012 FC Daugava 1 (1) Skonto FC
2013 FK Ventspils 5 (5) Also Cup Winners Skonto FC
2014 FK Ventspils 6 (6) Skonto FC
2015 FK Liepāja 1 (1)
* Virslīga Championships (Total Latvian Football Championships)
Up to 1927, the winners of the First Division of the Football League were the Latvian Football Champions.
From 1945 till 1991, the winners of the First Division of the Football League were the Latvian SSR Football Champions.
Tournament Cancelled due to Soviet Occupation.
Tournament Interrupted due to Soviet Invasion.

Earlier Latvian league winners

Riga football league

Sourced from RSSSF

.[8]

List of Champions

Source:[9]

1922–1940

1941–1990

References

  1. ^ "About Virslīga". Biedrība Latvijas Futbola Virslīga. Futbolavirsliga.lv. Retrieved 16 June 2013.  (Latvian)
  2. ^ "SMScredit.lv – Latvian football Higher league general sponsor!". Biedrība Latvijas Futbola Virslīga. Futbolavirsliga.lv. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Mike Dryomin (14 March 2008). "Latvia 2007". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Hartmanis, Martins (2007-12-01). "LMT Virslīga new season calendar published".  
  5. ^ "Latvia - List of Champions". RSSSF. 
  6. ^ "Skonto Riga 0 – 1 Portadown: Portadown make progress". Europa League. ESPNSoccernet. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Jared Grellet (10 November 2011). "Ventspils and Flora claim respective titles". The Baltic Times. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Latvia – Riga Football League 1910–1916". RSSSF. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Almantas Lauzadis and Hans Schöggl (10 April 2015). "Latvia - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 

External links

  • One Nil Up – Digital Magazine focusing on football in the Baltic States
  • Association Virsliga at futbolavirsliga.tv (Latvian)
  • Current Virsliga table at eurorivals
  • Virsliga fixtures, including kick off times, at worldfootball.net
  • Latvia – List of Champions, RSSSF.com
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