|Top goalscorer||Mika Kottila, HJK Helsinki (18)|
The 2002 season was the 72nd completed season of Finnish Football League Championship, known as the Veikkausliiga. At the same time it was the 13th season of the Veikkausliiga. This season 3 teams could promote from the 2nd division and only one would relegate, because the Veikkausliiga would extend its number of participating teams from 12 to 14, starting the 2003 season.
Veikkausliiga is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. Its main sponsor is the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, hence the league's name. Veikkausliiga was founded in 1990; before that the top division was called Mestaruussarja since 1930 which was an amateur or semi-professional league. Between 1908 and 1930 the championship was decided in a cup competition.
Ykkönen is the second highest level of the Finnish football league system, although it is the highest league managed by the Football Association of Finland.
The Veikkausliiga is administered by the Finnish Football Association and the competition's 2002 season was contested by 12 teams. Following the Preliminary Stage, the higher 8 teams progressed to the Championship Group while the lower 4 teams competed in the Promotion/Relegation Group with the higher 4 teams from the Ykkönen. HJK Helsinki won the championship and qualified for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League qualification round, while the second and third placed teams qualified for the first qualification round of the 2003–04 UEFA Cup. The fourth placed team qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2002, while VPS Vaasa were relegated to the Ykkönen.
The 2003–04 UEFA Champions League was the 12th season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, the UEFA Champions League, since its rebranding from the European Cup in 1992, and the 49th tournament overall. The competition was won by Portugal's Porto, who defeated AS Monaco of France 3–0 at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany for Portugal's first win since 1987. This was Porto's second European trophy in two years, following their UEFA Cup success from the previous season. This was the first UEFA Champions League competition to feature a 16-team knockout round instead of a second group stage.
The 2003–04 UEFA Cup was won by Valencia in the final against Marseille. It wrapped up a league and UEFA Cup double for Valencia.
In 2002 there were 12 participants in the Veikkausliiga:
AC Vantaan Allianssi was a Finnish football club, based in the town of Vantaa.
FC Hämeenlinna is a Finnish football club, based in Hämeenlinna. It currently plays in the Finnish Second Division (Kakkonen). The club's manager is Tomi Uusitorppa, and it plays its home matches at Kauriala.
FC Lahti is a Finnish football club based in the city of Lahti. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier League (Veikkausliiga) after placing first in the Finnish First Division (Ykkönen) during season 2011. The homeground of FC Lahti is Lahden Stadion. FC Lahti is famous of being the local team of the most successful Finnish player, Jari Litmanen. Litmanen played in FC Lahti two times, 2004 and 2009-2010. In his youth years and the start of his career, he played in Reipas Lahti.
|5||FC Inter Turku||22||8||8||6||28||17||+11||32|
|12||FC Jazz Pori||22||4||4||14||17||42||−25||16|
|1||HJK Helsinki (C)||29||20||5||4||51||21||+30||65|
|6||FC Inter Turku||29||9||9||11||33||29||+4||36|
|2||TPS Turku (P)||7||4||2||1||10||9||+1||1||15|
|4||FC Jokerit (P)||7||3||1||3||13||13||0||0||10|
|5||FC Jazz Pori||7||2||3||2||6||5||+1||0||9|
|6||FC KooTeePee (P)||7||2||2||3||8||11||−3||1||9|
|7||VPS Vaasa (R)||7||2||2||3||6||12||−6||1||9|
|1||Mika Kottila||HJK Helsinki||18|
|2||Valeri Popovits||Haka Valkeakoski||17|
|3||Petteri Kaijasilta||Allianssi Vantaa||13|
|3||Saku Puhakainen||MyPa 47 Anjalankoski||13|
|5||Richard Teberio||Inter Turku||11|
The 2006 season of the Veikkausliiga the 17th season in the league's history, began on April 19 and ended on October 29.
The league was originally supposed to have 14 teams, but AC Allianssi was refused a license, and the league was subsequently played with only 13 teams.
The 2007 season of the Veikkausliiga, the 18th season in the league's history, began on April 21.
The 2008 season of Veikkausliiga was the seventy-eighth season of top-tier football in Finland. It started on 27 April 2008 and ended on 26 October 2008. The defending champions were Tampere United.
Statistics of Mestaruussarja in the 1981 season.
This article contains statistics of Veikkausliiga in the 1993 season.
Statistics of Veikkausliiga in the 2000 season.
The 2001 season was the 71st completed season of Finnish Football League Championship, known as the Veikkausliiga. At the same time it was the 12th season of the Veikkausliiga.
The 2003 season was the 73rd completed season of Finnish Football League Championship, known as the Veikkausliiga. At the same time it was the 14th season of the Veikkausliiga.
The 2009 Veikkausliiga was the seventy-ninth season of top-tier football in Finland. It began on 18 April 2009 and ended on 17 October 2009. Inter Turku were the defending champions.
The 2010 Veikkausliiga was the eightieth season of top-tier football in Finland. It began on 16 April 2010 and ended on 23 October 2010.
League Tables for teams participating in Ykkönen, the second tier of the Finnish Soccer League system, in 2005.
The 2011 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-first season of top-tier football in Finland. It began on 2 May 2011 and ended on 29 October 2011. HJK were the defending champions and successfully defended their title.
The 2012 Veikkausliiga is the eighty-second season of top-tier football in Finland. It began on 15 April 2012 and ended on 27 October 2012. HJK Helsinki were the defending champions and successfully defended their title.
The 2013 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-third season of top-tier football in Finland. The season began on 13 April 2013 and is scheduled to end on 26 October 2013. HJK Helsinki are the defending champions.
The 2014 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-fourth season of top-tier football in Finland. The league started on 6 April 2014 and ended on 25 October 2014. HJK Helsinki are the defending champions.
HIFK Fotboll or IFK Helsingfors is an association football section of HIFK, a sports club from Helsinki, Finland. The men's football first team plays in the highest tier of Finnish football, Veikkausliiga. Their home ground is at the Telia 5G -areena.
The 2015 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-fifth season of top-tier football in Finland. HJK Helsinki were the defending champions. The season was won by SJK.
The 2013 season was Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi's 105th competitive season. HJK is the most successful Finnish football club with 25 Finnish Championships, 11 Finnish Cup titles, 4 Finnish League Cup titles and one appearance in the UEFA Champions League Group Stages.
The 2017 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-seventh season of top-tier football in Finland. IFK Mariehamn were the defending champions.
The 2018 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-eighth season of top-tier football in Finland. HJK were the defending champions.