2. divisjon

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PostNord-ligaen
PostNord-ligaen logo.svg
Founded2016– (as PostNord-ligaen)
2012–2015 (as Oddsen-ligaen)
2009–2011 (as Fair Play ligaen)
1991–2008 (as 2. divisjon)
1963–1990 (as 3. divisjon)
CountryNorway
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams28 (divided into 2 groups of 14)
Level on pyramid3
Promotion to 1. divisjon
Relegation to 3. divisjon
Domestic cup(s) Norwegian Cup
Current champions Fredrikstad (Group 1), Bryne (Group 2)
(2020)
Website fotball.no
Current: 2020 2. divisjon

2. divisjon (often referred to as PostNord-ligaen for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest level of the Norwegian football league system.

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There are 28 teams divided into two groups, and at the end of the season the winner of each group earns promotion to the second-highest division, 1. divisjon. The teams finishing in second place in their respective group will qualify for the promotion play-offs, where they will face each other. The winner will play against the 14th placed team in 1. divisjon for promotion. The bottom three teams in each group are relegated to 3. divisjon.

2. divisjon is the highest league a reserve team can participate in, and only reserve teams from the Eliteserien clubs (first tier) are allowed to enter. The participation of reserve teams stirs debate from time to time. [1]

History

Between 1963 and 1990, 2. divisjon was the second highest level of the Norwegian football league system, therefore the name of the third highest level was 3. divisjon. When the highest level was rebranded in 1991, this level changed its name to 2. divisjon. From 2009 to 2011, the official name of the league was Fair Play ligaen, and from 2012 to 2015 the name was Oddsen-ligaen (after the main sponsor Norsk Tipping's betting-game called Oddsen). [2] [3] The league is currently branded as PostNord-ligaen, sponsored by PostNord.

Current members

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Tromsø
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Trondheim
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Oslo
Location of the 2021 2. divisjon teams.
Green pog.svg Green: Group 1; Red pog.svg Red: Group 2.

The following 28 clubs are competing in the 2021 2. divisjon: [4]

ClubGroupLocationStadiumCapacity
Alta 1 Alta Finnmarkshallen 1,000
Arendal 2 Arendal Norac Stadion3,238
Asker 1 Asker Føyka Stadion 2,000
Brattvåg 1 Brattvåg Brattvåg Stadion2,000
Bærum 1 Bærum Sandvika Stadion 602
Egersund 2 Egersund Idrettsparken4,000
Eidsvold Turn 1 Eidsvoll Myhrer Stadion3,000
Florø 1 Florø Florø Stadion 2,800
Fløy 2 Flekkerøy Flekkerøy Kunstgress1,500
Fløya 1 Tromsø Fløyabanen1,000
Fram Larvik 2 Larvik Framparken3,000
Hødd 1 Ulsteinvik Nye Høddvoll 4,081
Kjelsås 2 Oslo Grefsen Stadion 1,500
Kongsvinger 1 Kongsvinger Gjemselund Stadion 5,824
Kvik Halden 1 Halden Halden Stadion 5,000
Levanger 2 Levanger TOBB Arena2,200
Moss 1 Moss Melløs Stadion 3,085
Nardo 2 Trondheim Nissekollen3,000
Notodden 2 Notodden Idrettsparken 4,000
Odd 2 2 Skien Skagerak Arena 12,000
Rosenborg 2 2 Trondheim SalMar Banen1,000
Senja 1 Silsand Senja Stadion1,000
Skeid 2 Oslo Nordre Åsen 2,000
Sotra 2 Sotra Straume Idrettspark1,000
Tromsdalen 1 Tromsø TUIL Arena 1,695
Vålerenga 2 1 Oslo Intility Arena 16,555
Vard Haugesund 2 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion 8,754
Øygarden 2 Øygarden Ågotnes Stadion 1,200

Winners

1991–1995

All group winners, excluding second teams of top division teams, were promoted to 1. divisjon.

SeasonGroup 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6
1991 Odd Bærum Vard Haugesund Brann 2 [nb 1] Rosenborg 2 [nb 2] Bodø/Glimt
1992 Lillestrøm 2 [nb 3] Skeid Åssiden Åsane Nardo Mjølner
1993 Jevnaker Åndalsnes Stabæk Vidar Stjørdals-Blink Alta
1994 Sarpsborg FK Odd Grenland Sandefjord BK Haugesund Aalesund Stålkameratene
1995 Elverum Ullern Mjøndalen Vidar Byåsen Harstad
  1. Os were promoted
  2. Stjørdals/Blink were promoted
  3. Ski were promoted

1996–2000

Each group winner played qualification play-offs to decide which teams promote to 1. divisjon. Teams in bold promoted to 1. divisjon through qualification play-offs.

SeasonGroup 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8
1996 [nb 1] Sarpsborg FK Skjetten Runar Vigør Rosenborg 2 [nb 2] Finnsnes N/AN/A
1997 Kjelsås Raufoss Ullern Vidar Fana Kolstad Strindheim Lofoten
1998 Liv/Fossekallen Skjetten Ørn-Horten Vidar Fyllingen Clausenengen Rosenborg 2 [nb 3] Lofoten
1999 HamKam Asker Sandefjord Vidar Fyllingen Aalesund Strindheim Tromsdalen
2000 Skjetten FF Lillehammer Ørn-Horten Mandalskameratene Hødd Aalesund Stålkameratene Lofoten
  1. Byåsen and Harstad from 1. divisjon played qualification games against group winners from 2. divisjon
  2. Verdal finished second in Group 5 and qualified for promotion play-offs, but was not promoted.
  3. Mo finished second in Group 7 and qualified for promotion play-offs, but was not promoted.

2001–2016

All group winners, excluding second teams of top division teams, were promoted to 1. divisjon.

SeasonGroup 1Group 2Group 3Group 4
2001 Skeid Åsane Oslo Øst Lørenskog
2002 Fredrikstad Bærum Mandalskameratene Alta
2003 Pors Grenland Kongsvinger Vard Haugesund Tromsdalen
2004 FK Tønsberg Follo Løv-Ham Alta
2005 Sparta Sarpsborg Oslo Øst Viking 2 [nb 1] Tromsdalen
2006 Notodden Skeid Mandalskameratene Raufoss
2007 Nybergsund Hødd Sandnes Ulf Alta
2008 Mjøndalen Skeid Stavanger Tromsdalen
2009 Strømmen Follo Sandnes Ulf Ranheim
2010 Asker Hødd Randaberg HamKam
2011 Ullensaker/Kisa Bærum Notodden Tromsdalen
2012 Elverum Kristiansund Vard Haugesund Follo
2013 Bærum Alta Nest-Sotra Tromsdalen
2014 Jerv Levanger Åsane Follo
2015 KFUM Raufoss Ullensaker/Kisa Kongsvinger
2016 Tromsdalen Elverum Florø Arendal
  1. Haugesund finished second in Group 3 and was promoted

2017–

Teams in bold were promoted to 1. divisjon.
Teams in italics were relegated to 2. divisjon.

SeasonGroup 1Group 2Play-off teams
2017 Ham-Kam Nest-Sotra Fredrikstad (1. div), Raufoss (2. div, gr. 1), Notodden (2. div, gr. 2)
2018 Raufoss Skeid Åsane (1. div), Fredrikstad (2. div, gr. 1), KFUM Oslo (2. div, gr. 2)
2019 Stjørdals-Blink Grorud Notodden (1. div), Kvik Halden (2. div, gr. 1), Åsane (2. div, gr. 2)
2020 Fredrikstad Bryne Stjørdals-Blink (1. div), Skeid (2. div, gr. 1), Asker (2. div, gr. 2)

Reserve teams

Reserve teams of clubs from the two top divisions can participate in the 2. divisjon. Reserve teams of clubs from the 1. divisjon can not play in the 2. divisjon, so if a team is relegated from the 1. divisjon, the club's reserve team will be relegated to the 3. divisjon regardless of their final position in the league. [5]

Sponsorship

From 2016, 2. divisjon has its title sponsorship rights sold to PostNord.

PeriodSponsorName
1963–1990No sponsor3. divisjon
1991–20082. divisjon
2009–2011Fair Play ligaen
2012–2015 Norsk Tipping Oddsen-ligaen
2016– PostNord PostNord-ligaen

Records and statistics

Team records

2001–2016

4 groups
RecordTeamSeason
Most points70 (Kongsvinger) 2003
Fewest points3 (Stord and Skjervøy) 2001 and 2003
Most goals in one season105 (Tromsdalen) 2011
Fewest goals in one season18 (Langevåg) 2003
Most goals conceded in one season130 (Skjervøy) 2003
Fewest goals conceded in one season13 (Elverum) 2016
Most goals in one game15–0 (StrindheimSalangen)
15–0 (Sparta SarpsborgFram Larvik)
2004
2005
Biggest win15–0 (StrindheimSalangen)
15–0 (Sparta SarpsborgFram Larvik)
2004
2005

2017–

2 groups
RecordTeamSeason
Most points65 (HamKam) 2017
Fewest points13 (Byåsen) 2017
Most goals in one season66 (Åsane) 2019
Fewest goals in one season21 (Brumunddal) 2017
Most goals conceded in one season69 (Odd 2 and Stabæk 2) 2017 and 2018
Fewest goals conceded in one season18 (HamKam) 2017
Most goals in one game5–5 (BærumOppsal)
2019
Biggest win8–0 (RaufossFollo) 2017

Average attendances

SeasonAverage
2014258
2015285
2016262
2017350
2018493
2019474

Top 10 most attended games

No.SeasonGameAttendance
1 2018 FredrikstadMoss 10 413
2 2019 FredrikstadByåsen 7 912
3 2002 FredrikstadKvik Halden 7 013
4 2018 FredrikstadAsker 5 691
5 2002 FredrikstadEidsvold Turn 5 370
6 2003 KongsvingerUllensaker/Kisa 5 024
7 2010 HamarkamerateneBrumunddal 4 565
8 2019 FredrikstadKvik Halden 4 462
9 2018 FredrikstadRaufoss 4 291
10 2019 FredrikstadStjørdals-Blink 4 245

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