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Allsvenskan logo.svg
Founded13 January 1924;98 years ago (1924-01-13)
Country Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Superettan
Domestic cup(s) Svenska Cupen
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current champions Malmö FF (25th title)
Most championships Malmö FF (25 titles)
Most appearances Sven Andersson (431)
Top goalscorer Sven Jonasson (254 goals)
TV partners
Current: 2022 Allsvenskan

Allsvenskan (Swedish pronunciation:  [ˈâlːˌsvɛnːskan] ; English: the All-Swedish, also known as Fotbollsallsvenskan, English: the Football All-Swedish) is a Swedish professional league for men's association football clubs. It was founded in 1924 and is the top tier of the Swedish football league system, operating on a system of promotion and relegation with Superettan. Seasons run from late March or early April to the beginning of November, with the 16 clubs all meeting each other twice, resulting in a 30-match season, for a total of 240 matches league-wide.


Allsvenskan is ranked 23rd in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years. Allsvenskan is currently ranked second highest of the leagues in Scandinavia after Denmark in 14th place. The current champions are Malmö FF, who won the title in the 2021 season.

"The Big Three" in Swedish football and Allsvenskan is used to refer to AIK, IFK Göteborg, and Malmö FF. They are generally considered to be the three largest clubs in Sweden from the three largest cities (Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö). The three teams with most Swedish championships are Malmö FF (22), IFK Göteborg (18) and IFK Norrköping (13).

Including the 2021 season, Allsvenskan has been running for an unbroken streak of 96 seasons. Unlike other European football leagues, the Allsvenskan did not experience an interruption in play during World War II due to Swedish neutrality.


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Sune Sandbring, Malmö FF in a game with Frank Jacobsson, GAIS in 1953.

Allsvenskan started in the 1924–25 Allsvenskan season and the first winner was GAIS. The one-league twelve team Allsvenskan replaced the Svenska Serien, consisting of a southern and northern group that was held before. In 1931, the league started to decide the Swedish football champions.

In the early years, Norrland and Gotland teams were not allowed to play on higher levels in the league system, which was gradually changed to include the Norrland and Gotland teams on higher levels.

For the 1959 Allsvenskan, the season start was changed from autumn to spring to be played in one calendar year. In 1973, it was expanded to contain 14 teams. In the 1970s, Malmö FF, under the lead of Spanish Antonio Durán and later English Bob Houghton, won five Allsvenskan and managed to proceed to the 1979 European Cup Final, which they lost to Nottingham Forest.

From the 1982 season, the league introduced a play-off to determine the Swedish football champions. In the late 1980s, Malmö FF were dominant, winning the league five times in a row, but only two Swedish championships. The 1990 season saw the introduction of three points per win. The play-off season years were followed by two years of continuation league, named Mästerskapsserien.

The 1993 season saw a return to the classical format, again with 14 teams. IFK Göteborg won five Allsvenskan league titles in the 1990s.

In the early 2000s, Djurgårdens IF won three titles (2002, 2003 and 2005). In 2004, Örebro SK lost its place in the league due to financial problems, and Assyriska FF got their place. Since 2008, the league consists of 16 teams.


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Logo used from 2008 until 2018.

The champions are considered Swedish champions and gold medal winners. The runners-up are awarded the Large Silver medal, the third positioned team are awarded the Small Silver medal and the team positioned in fourth place are awarded the Bronze medal.

There have been seasons with exceptions when the winners of Allsvenskan wasn't considered Swedish champions as well. Allsvenskan winners between 1924 and 1930 were crowned league champions and awarded gold medals, the title of Swedish champions was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet up until 1925 and then not at all until 1930. The years 1982 through 1990 are also exceptions, the title was instead decided through play-offs during these years. The same was true for the years 1991 and 1992 when the title was decided through a continuation league called Mästerskapsserien. Historically, however, there is a big difference between the Allsvenskan winners before 1931 compared to the period between 1982 and 1992. As winning Allsvenskan in its earlier seasons was the optimal aim for the clubs, while as during the era of play-offs and Mästerskapsserien, the optimal goal wasn't to win Allsvenskan, but the play-offs or Mästerskapsserien.

Competition format

Since 2008 there are 16 clubs in Allsvenskan. During the course of a season (starting in late March and ending in early November) each club plays the others twice (home and away) for a total of 30 games. The two lowest placed teams at the end of the season are relegated to Superettan and the top two teams from Superettan are promoted in their place. The third lowest team in Allsvenskan plays a relegation/promotion play-off against the third placed team in Superettan.

The winners of Allsvenskan qualify for the UEFA Champions League, the runner-up together with the third placed team in the table qualify for the UEFA Europa League as well as the team who wins the Svenska Cupen. In case the winner of the Cup has already qualified to Champions League or Europa League, the third Europa League spot is given to the team that finishes fourth in Allsvenskan.

Changes in competition format

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Lennart Johanssons Pokal
FromToTeamsMatch-weeksSeason StartSeason EndPlay-offs
1924–25 1956–57 1222AutumnSpring
1957–58 33Next autumn
1959 1972 22SpringAutumn
1973 1981 1426
1982 1983 1222Play-offs with eight teams
1984 1990 Play-offs with four teams
1991 1992 1018SummerLeague with six teams
1993 2007 1426Autumn
2008 Present1630

The decider at equal number of points was goal ratio until the 1940–41 season, thereafter goal difference.



The current trophy awarded to the Swedish champions is the Lennart Johanssons Pokal. Created in 2001, the trophy is named after former UEFA chairman, Lennart Johansson. A different trophy that was named after Clarence von Rosen, the first chairman of the Swedish Football Association, had previously been used between 1903 and 2000, but was replaced after journalists reported that von Rosen had personal connections to the later infamous Nazi leader Hermann Göring during the time he lived in Sweden (soon after World War One). [1] The former President of the Swedish Football Association, Lars-Åke Lagrell stated that the reason for the change of trophy was not a personal attack against Von Rosen but rather that the Football Association did not want to be linked to Nazism and constantly engage in discussions regarding this every time the trophy was awarded. [1]

Player and manager awards

In addition to the winner's trophy and the individual winner's medals awarded to players, Allsvenskan also awards the most valuable player, goalkeeper of the year, defender of the year, midfielder of the year, forward of the year, newcomer of the year and manager of year at Allsvenskans stora pris together with C More and Magasinet Offside. [2] Also, the Allsvenskan top scorer is awarded.



The Swiss corporation Kentaro has owned the TV rights for Allsvenskan since 2006. [3] Through licence agreements with the media company TV4 Group matches are aired through C More Entertainment who broadcasts them on their C More Sport and C More Live channels, until 2019. Matches can also be bought through the online pay-per-view service C SPORTS. [4]

On March 24, 2017, Discovery-owned channel Eurosport and OTT streaming service dPlay will be the new domestic broadcaster for both SEF competitions (Allsvenskan and Superettan) effectively from 2020 until 2025, as well as selected European countries (exc. Italy) for Allsvenskan. [5]


Beginning in 2018, Allsvenskan matches were previously broadcast in the UK on Premier Sports and FreeSports. [6] In October 2018, ESPN picked up the rights to broadcast one Allsvenskan match per week in the United States. [7] Allsvenskan matches have also been broadcast in several countries, such as DAZN in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, Sport Klub in Balkan countries, [8] Nova sports in Cyprus and Greece, TV2 in Norway [9] and 4th Sports TV in Iraq [10]

Current broadcast rights

Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Eurosport, Discovery+
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Sport Klub
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Eurosport
Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong TVB
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland NENT
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 4th Sports TV
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Sportitalia
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom LiveScore
Flag of the United States.svg  United States ESPN+ [7]


A total of 66 clubs have played in Allsvenskan from its inception in 1924 up to and including the 2020 season. No club have been a member of the league for every season since its inception. AIK is the club that has participated in the most seasons, with a record of 91 out of 96 seasons in total. Malmö FF has the record of most consecutive seasons, 63 consecutive seasons between 1936–37 and 1999. IFK Göteborg is currently the club with the longest running streak, starting their 46th season in 2022.

The following 16 clubs are competing in Allsvenskan during the 2022 season:

in 2021
First seasonNumber of seasonsFirst season of
current spell
TitlesLast title
AIK 2nd1924–2592200662018
BK Häcken 12th19832020090
Degerfors IF 13th1940-41620210
Djurgårdens IF 3rd1927–2865200172019
Hammarby IF 5th1924–2552201512001
Helsingborgs IF 3rd in Superettan 1924–2568202272011
IF Elfsborg 4th1926–2777199762012
IFK Göteborg 8th1924–25881977132007
IFK Norrköping 7th1924–25802011132015
IK Sirius 11th1969720170
Kalmar FF 6th1949–5033200412008
Malmö FF 1st1931–32852001252021
Mjällby AIF 9th19801020200
GIF Sundsvall 2nd in Superettan 1965520220
Varbergs BoIS 10th2020220200
IFK Värnamo 1st in Superettan 2022120220

Stadiums and locations

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Friends Arena in Solna.
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Tele2 Arena in Stockholm.
Eleda Stadion in Malmo. Mffstadiumnight.jpg
Eleda Stadion in Malmö.

Current team and stadiums:

AIK Solna Friends Arena 54,000
BK Häcken Gothenburg Bravida Arena 6,500
Degerfors IF Degerfors Stora Valla 7,500
Djurgårdens IF Stockholm Tele2 Arena 33,000
GIF Sundsvall Sundsvall NP3 Arena 8,000
Hammarby IF Stockholm Tele2 Arena 33,000
IF Elfsborg Borås Borås Arena 16,899
IFK Göteborg Gothenburg Gamla Ullevi 18,900
IFK Norrköping Norrköping PlatinumCars Arena 15,734
IK Sirius Uppsala Nya Studenternas 10,000
Kalmar FF Kalmar Guldfågeln Arena 12,182
Malmö FF Malmö Eleda Stadion 22,500
Mjällby AIF Hällevik Strandvallen 6,750
Varbergs BoIS Varberg Varberg Energi Arena 4,500
IFK Värnamo Värnamo Finnvedsvallen 5,000
Örebro SK Örebro Behrn Arena 12,645


The current managers in Allsvenskan are:

Flag of Sweden.svg Bartosz Grzelak AIK 31 July 2020
Flag of Norway.svg Per-Mathias Høgmo BK Häcken 12 June 2021
Flag of Sweden.svg Tobias Solberg
Andreas Holmberg
Degerfors IF 19 November 2019
Flag of Sweden.svg Kim Bergstrand
Thomas Lagerlöf
Djurgårdens IF 16 November 2018
Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Åhnstrand GIF Sundsvall 12 December 2019
Flag of Spain.svg Martí Cifuentes Hammarby IF 12 January 2022
Flag of Sweden.svg Jörgen Lennartsson Helsingborgs IF 23 December 2020
Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Thelin IF Elfsborg 6 December 2017
Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael Stahre IFK Göteborg 2 June 2021
Flag of Sweden.svg Rikard Norling IFK Norrköping 23 December 2020
Flag of Sweden.svg Kim Hellberg IFK Värnamo 6 December 2021
Flag of Sweden.svg Daniel Bäckström IK Sirius 14 December 2020
Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Rydström Kalmar FF 29 December 2020
Flag of Serbia.svg Miloš Milojević Malmö FF 7 January 2022
Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Brännström Mjällby AIF 29 December 2021
Flag of Sweden.svg Joakim Persson Varbergs BoIS 28 November 2017


1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sven Andersson 4310
2 Flag of Sweden.svg Thomas Ravelli 4160
3 Flag of Sweden.svg Daniel Tjernström 41124
4 Flag of Sweden.svg Sven Jonasson 410254
5 Flag of Sweden.svg Bengt Andersson 3873


Sven Andersson has the record for most appearances in Allsvenskan with 431 appearances for Örgryte IS and Helsingborgs IF. Sven Jonasson has the record for most matches in a row with 332 matches for IF Elfsborg between 11 September 1927 and 1 November 1942.

Foreign players

Until 1974, foreign players were banned from playing in Allsvenskan, however not on all levels of football in Sweden. [11] In the first season of allowance, on 13 April 1974, English Ronald Powell in Brynäs IF became the first foreign player in Allsvenskan [11] In 1977, Tunisian Melke Amri became the first non-European player. In 1978, Icelandic Teitur Þórðarson in Östers IF became the first foreign player to win the Allsvenskan [12]

1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sven Jonasson 410254
2 Flag of Sweden.svg Carl-Erik Holmberg 260194
3 Flag of Sweden.svg Filip Johansson 181180
4 Flag of Sweden.svg Harry Lundahl 176179
5 Flag of Sweden.svg Harry Bild 288162
Flag of Sweden.svg Bertil Johansson 267162

Top scorers

Sven Jonasson has scored the most goals in Allsvenskan history, with 254 goals in 410 appearances. Gunnar Nordahl has become the top scorer most times, with four wins.

Previous winners

Season when the league didn't decide the Swedish champions
Season when Swedish champions wasn't awarded at all


Medal table

Historically the players and coaching staff from the four best teams in Allsvenskan are awarded medals at the end of each season. The champions are awarded the gold medal while the runners-up receive the "big silver" medal. The third place team gets the "small silver" medal instead of the more commonly used bronze medal which is instead awarded to the fourth-place finisher. This tradition of awarding four medals and not three is thought to have to do with the fact that the losers of the Semi-finals of Svenska Mästerskapet were both given bronze medals since no bronze match was played. [13]

The overall medal rank is displayed below after points in descending order. 5 points are awarded for a "gold" medal, 3 points for a "big silver" medal, 2 points for a "small silver" medal and 1 point for a bronze medal. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2020 season. [13] [14] [15]

RankClubGold Gold medal.svg Big Silver Silver medal.svg Small Silver Silver medal.svg Bronze Bronze medal.svg Points
1 Malmö FF 2515108198
2 IFK Göteborg 13131610146
3 IFK Norrköping 131058113
4 AIK 615128107
5 Helsingborgs IF 7881085
6 Djurgårdens IF 8311475
7 IF Elfsborg 676972
8 GAIS 444444
9 Östers IF 433338
10 Örgryte IS 226634
11 Halmstads BK 422232
12 Hammarby IF 123320
13 Kalmar FF 122318
14 Åtvidabergs FF 22-117
15 Örebro SK -22414
16 Degerfors IF -22212
17 IK Sleipner 111111
18 BK Häcken -1116
19 Landskrona BoIS --135
Sandvikens IF --135
21 IFK Malmö -1--3
Jönköpings Södra IF -1--3
Råå IF -1--3
24 Trelleborgs FF --113
25 IK Brage ---33

Honoured clubs

Clubs in European football are commonly honoured for winning multiple league titles and a representative golden star is sometimes placed above the club badge to indicate the club having won 10 league titles. In Sweden the star instead symbolizes 10 Swedish championship titles for the majority of the clubs as the league winner has not always been awarded the title of Swedish champions. [lower-alpha 1] Stars for Allsvenskan clubs was not common practise until 2006, although AIK had already introduced a star to their kit in 2000. IFK Göteborg, Malmö FF, IFK Norrköping, Örgryte IS and Djurgårdens IF were the first teams after AIK to introduce their stars. No new club has introduced a star since 2006, the clubs closest to their first are IF Elfsborg with 6 Swedish championship titles and Helsingborgs IF with 7 Allsvenskan titles depending on what the star symbolizes. The following table is ordered after number of stars followed by number of Swedish championship titles and then the number of Allsvenskan titles.

Statistics updated as of the end of the 2021 season
ClubSwedish championship titlesAllsvenskan titlesStarsIntroduced
Malmö FF 2225 Star full.svg Star full.svg 2006
IFK Göteborg 1813 Star full.svg 2006
IFK Norrköping 1313 Star full.svg 2006
AIK 126 Star full.svg 2000
Djurgårdens IF 128 Star full.svg 2006
Örgryte IS 122 Star full.svg 2006


Town or cityLeague winsClubs
Malmö FF (25)
IFK Göteborg (13), GAIS (4), Örgryte IS (2)
Djurgårdens IF (8), AIK (6), Hammarby IF (1)
IFK Norrköping (13), IK Sleipner (1)
Helsingborgs IF (7)
IF Elfsborg (6)
Halmstads BK (4)
Östers IF (4)
Åtvidabergs FF (2)
Kalmar FF (1)

All-time Allsvenskan table

The all-time Allsvenskan table, "maratontabellen" in Swedish, is a cumulative record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in Allsvenskan since its inception in 1924–25. It uses three points for a win even though this system was not introduced until the 1990 season. The matches played in the championship play-offs between 1982 and 1990 or the matches played in Mästerskapsserien in 1991 and 1992 are not included. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2021 season. [17]

Malmö FF are the current leaders, having had the lead since the end of the 2012 season when they overtook the lead from IFK Göteborg. IFK Göteborg are the club to have spent most seasons in the top spot with 48 seasons as leaders with a record of the most consecutive seasons as leaders with 35 seasons between 1938 and 1972. Six clubs have been in the lead, the lead having changed among them ten times since 1925. The former leader with the lowest current ranking in the table is GAIS, currently placing 12th and 2010 points short of Malmö FF.

A total of 66 clubs have played at least one season at Allsvenskan up to and including 2021 season.


UEFA coefficients

The following data indicates Swedish coefficient rankings between European football leagues. [18]


Last five seasons average attendance
YearSpectators per match

The record for highest average home attendance for a club was set by Hammarby in 2015 (25,507 over 15 home matches). Most other attendance records for Allsvenskan were set in the 1959 season, coinciding with the first season that the league switched from an autumn–spring format to a spring–autumn format. 1959 saw records for highest attendance at a match (52,194 at an Örgryte win over IFK Göteborg at Ullevi), second highest average home attendance for a club (25,490 for Örgryte's 11 home matches), and the highest ever average attendance for Allsvenskan as a whole (13,369).

In the past, AIK had the league's highest attendance for the season more often than any other club, followed by IFK Göteborg and Örgryte. However, for the past two decades, Hammarby has dominated the attendance figures helped by a move to the larger Tele2 Arena from the much smaller Söderstadion. Other teams that have for at least one season had the best attendance in the league include Helsingborg, Malmö FF, Djurgården, GAIS, Örebro SK and Öster.


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Mohammed Al-Hakim

Allsvenskan has 23 active referees that are available for matches as of the 2020 season. Currently there are seven fully certified international FIFA referees in Allsvenskan. There are also a further twelve referees who are certified by the Swedish Football Association who have refereed matches in Allsvenskan. A further four referees certified by the Swedish Football Association are available to referee Allsvenskan matches but have not done so as of 2020. [21]

FIFA certified referees

Allsvenskan in international competition

Malmö FF were runners up in the 1978–79 European Cup, after a 1–0 defeat against Nottingham Forest. [22] IFK Göteborg won the UEFA Cup twice, in 1981–82 (defeating Hamburger SV in the finals) [23] and 1986–87 (defeating Dundee United in the finals). [24] IFK Göteborg also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1985–86. They won 3–0 against FC Barcelona, and lost 0–3 at Camp Nou, Barcelona won on penalty shootout. [25]

The following teams have participated in UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League group stages:

ClubUEFA Champions LeagueUEFA Europa LeagueUEFA Conference League
IFK Göteborg 1992–93
Malmö FF 2014–15
Helsingborgs IF 2000–01 2007–08
AIK 1999–2000 2012–13
IF Elfsborg 2007–08
Halmstads BK 2005–06
Östersunds FK 2017–18
Djurgårdens IF Fotboll 2022–23

See also


  1. The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No club were given the title between 1926 and 1930 even though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played. In 1931 the title was reinstated and awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. [16]
  2. Hammarby IF were deducted three points in 2006.
  3. Ljungskile SK were known as Panos Ljungskile SK during the season of 1997.

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