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The 2020 LFF I Lyga is the 31st season of the I Lyga, the second tier football league of Lithuania. The season was planned to begin in March, but was delayed to June because of COVID-19 pandemic. The season finished on time on 31 October.

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Teams

Team changes

The last-placed A Lyga team is normally relegated to I Lyga. Since FC Stumbras had gone out of business in July 2019, no team was relegated from A Lyga in 2019. The 7th placed team in A Lyga contests a play-off match with 2nd placed I Lyga team. In this play-off match FK Banga Gargždai beat A Lyga side FC Palanga to claim a spot in the A Lyga.

Decrease2.svg Demoted to II lyga
FC Palanga
FK Atlantas (from A lyga to II lyga)
FC Kupiškis

Licensing Process

Ultimately, the licensing process determines clubs eligibility to contest in the respective league in Lithuanian football.

At the end of 2019 A Lyga season, a match fixing investigation was launched after irregular betting patterns were reported. In December 2019 the results of the investigation were published, resulting expulsion of FK Atlantas and FC Palanga from A Lyga, and their demotion to II Lyga. The clubs appealed, but their appeals were rejected. The clubs attempted to license to I Lyga, but the decision to demote the clubs to II Lyga stood ground. [1] [2]

With reduction of numbers in A Lyga, several I Lyga clubs attempted to leapfrog into promotion to A Lyga. DFK Dainava, Vilniaus Vytis and FC Hegelmann Litauen have applied for A Lyga license. FC Hegelmann Litauen later withdrew their application, while DFK Dainava and Vilniaus Vytis had their applications rejected. FC Džiugas, last season's I Lyga winners application was also rejected failing to meet several criteria. FK Banga Gargždai was the only I Lyga club that successfully licensed to A Lyga. Three of the four other applicants, FC Džiugas, DFK Dainava and FC Hegelmann Litauen I Lyga licenses were automatically approved. Vilniaus Vytis failed to meet I Lyga licensing criteria, and license was not issued even after the appeal. However, the club was granted an exception with a condition that the club reaches certain milestones by 9 March. Vytis will start the season with 3 point penalty. [3] [4]

In February 2020 further match fixing investigation results were published. As a result, FC Kupiškis was fined and expelled from I Lyga. [5]

Other I Lyga teams FK Nevėžis, FA Šiauliai, Baltijos Futbolo Akademija (which split up from partnership with FK Vilnius (2019)), FK Minija (2017), FK Jonava , Riteriai B renewed their licenses successfully, although FK Nevėžis needed to go through the appeal process. Successful licensing to I Lyga was awarded to FK Atmosfera (2012) and Žalgiris B as well, despite their results suggesting relegation to II Lyga. [6]

Three II Lyga teams licensed successfully to I Lyga - II Lyga Southern Group winners Kauno Žalgiris B, as well as 4th placed Panevėžys B and 13th placed Sūduva B. Other II Lyga teams that sought I Lyga licenses were FK Aukštaitija and the II Lyga Western Group winners FSK Radviliškis. The licensing criteria were not met and the promotion was not granted. FK Aukštaitija asked to grant an exception to participate without a license, but this request was rejected as well.

III Lyga (Klaipėda`s zone) side FC Sakuona Plikiai have also attempted to license, but later withdrew their application.

Only FC Pakruojis have dropped out of the I Lyga, along with Stumbras B which had gone out of business.

Participants

TeamTownStadiumCapacity
FK Atmosfera Mažeikiai Mažeikių miesto stadionas2,500
Baltijos Futbolo Akademija Vilnius Širvintų stadionas500
DFK Dainava Alytus Alytaus miesto stadionas4,000
FC Džiugas Telšiai Telšių miesto centrinis stadionas3,000
FC Hegelmann Litauen Kaunas NFA stadionas1,000
FK Jonava Jonava Jonavos miesto stadionas1,400
Kauno Žalgiris B Kaunas Kauno Žalgirio FA stadionas 500
FK Minija Kretinga Kretingos miesto stadionas1,000
FK Nevėžis Kėdainiai Kėdainių miesto centrinis stadionas3,000
Panevėžys B Panevėžys Žemynos progimnazijos stadionas500
Riteriai B Vilnius LFF Stadium 5,400
FA Šiauliai Šiauliai Šiaulių stadionas 9,125
Žalgiris B Vilnius LFF Stadium 5,400
Vilniaus Vytis Vilnius LFF Stadium 5,400

Season progress

The Lithuanian Football Federation announced that top four teams will qualify for promotion to A Lyga next season. [7] The reserve teams are not eligible for promotion.

Originally, the first round was scheduled for 21 March, and the final round to be played in October. Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic the start of the championship was postponed. The first round took place on 5 June, and the last round took place on 31 October.

On 10 April the decision was taken to make changes to the format of the championship this year. The competition will take place in a form of one-and-a-half round system. In the first round all teams would play with each other. In the second round the teams would split into two groups. In the top group, the teams positioned 1-8 would play with each other, competing for promotion. The teams in the bottom group, positioned in positions 9-14 would continue the relegation fight. By shortening the calendar and by giving up a longer summer break the season will end by November as planned. As originally planned, the first four teams will win the right to advance to the A league in the following season. In case of refusal or ineligibility of some teams (such as reserve teams), only the teams in the top 8 positions will be allowed to seek promotion to the A league. [8] The two bottom teams are liable for relegation.

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Jonava 139402811+1731Qualification for Promotion Round
2 Nevėžis 131012349+2531
3 Džiugas Telšiai 139312811+1730
4 Hegelmann Litauen 13841246+1828
5 Vilniaus Vytis 138322617+927
6 Dainava 137152012+822
7 FA Šiauliai 137153018+1222
8 Panevėžys B 135262525017
9 Žalgiris B 135262425117Qualification for Relegation Round
10 Minija 1332819301111
11 Atmosfera 1331910261610
12 Kauno Žalgiris B 1320111336236
13 Baltijos Futbolo Akademija 1320111140296
14 Riteriai B 130211935262
Updated to match(es) played on 7 August 2020. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only for deciding promotion); 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored ; 6) Matches won; 7) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored;

Promotion round and Regulation round League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Nevėžis (P)2015324612+3448Promotion to the 2021 LFF A Lyga
2 Hegelmann Litauen (P)2014423912+2746
3 Jonava (P)2012533819+1941
4 Džiugas Telšiai (P)2011543419+1538
5 FA Šiauliai 2010284227+1532
6 Dainava 2010282819+932
7 Vilniaus Vytis 209383538330
8 Panevėžys B 20631134441021
9 Žalgiris B 187383332+124
10 Minija 186393338521
11 Kauno Žalgiris B 18511221412016
12 Atmosfera 18431120381815
13 Baltijos Futbolo Akademija 18421220482814
14 Riteriai B 1803151450363
Updated to match(es) played on 10 November 2020. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only for deciding promotion); 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored ; 6) Matches won; 7) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored;
(P) Promoted.

Top Scorers

Data at the end of the season 31 October 2020

#PlayerTeamGoals
1. Evaldas Kugys FK Nevėžis Kėdainiai 16
2. Rokas Gedminas FA Šiauliai 14
Meinardas Mikulėnas Žalgiris B
4. Aretas Gėgžna FK Nevėžis Kėdainiai 11
5. Joao Pedro Ferreira da Silva FK Minija 10
6. Eimantas Abramavičius Panevėžys B 9
Vilius Armanavičius FC Hegelmann Litauen
Ernestas Stočkūnas DFK Dainava
9. Dovydas Arlauskis FC Džiugas Telšiai 8
Ibrahima Sory Soumah Vilniaus Vytis

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