|Founded||13 January 1924|
|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||Svenska Cupen|
|International cup(s)|| UEFA Champions League |
UEFA Europa League
|Current champions|| Djurgårdens IF (8th title) |
|Most championships||Malmö FF (23 titles)|
|Most appearances||Sven Andersson (431)|
|Top goalscorer||Sven Jonasson (254 goals)|
|TV partners|| Eurosport |
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| Swedish football |
|Allsvenskan (Tier 1)|
|Superettan (Tier 2)|
|Division 1 (Tier 3)|
|Division 2 (Tier 4)|
|Division 3 (Tier 5)|
|Division 4 (Tier 6)|
|Division 5 (Tier 7)|
|Division 6 (Tier 8)|
|Division 7 (Tier 9)|
|Division 8 (Tier 10)|
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 flight 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 20th 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 16th place. The current champions are Djurgårdens IF, who won the title in the 2019 season.
Swedes often talk about "The Big Three", which means 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 (23), IFK Göteborg (18) and IFK Norrköping (13).
Including the 2020 season, Allsvenskan has been running for an unbroken streak of 95 seasons [update] . Unlike many other European football leagues, the Allsvenskan did not experience an interruption in play during World War II due to Swedish neutrality in that conflict.
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.
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.
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.
|From||To||Teams||Match-weeks||Season Start||Season End||Play-offs|
|1982||1983||12||22||Play-offs with eight teams|
|1984||1990||Play-offs with four teams|
|1991||1992||10||18||Summer||League with six teams|
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).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.
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.Also, the Allsvenskan top scorer is awarded.
The Swiss corporation Kentaro has owned the TV rights for Allsvenskan since 2006.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.
On March 24, 2017, Discovery-owned broadcaster Eurosport will be the new domestic broadcaster for both SEF competitions (Allsvenskan and Superettan) effectively from 2020 until 2025.
Beginning in 2018, Allsvenskan matches are broadcast in the UK on Premier Sports and FreeSports until 2021. : DAZN in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, Sport Klub in Balkan countries, Nova sports in Cyprus and Greece, and TV2 in Norway.In October 2018, ESPN picked up the rights to broadcast one Allsvenskan match per week in the United States. Allsvenskan matches also broadcast in several countries; such as
A total of 65 clubs have played in Allsvenskan from its inception in 1924 up to and including the 2018 season. No club have been a member of the league for every season since its inception. AIK are the club to have participated in most seasons with a record of 89 seasons played out of 93 seasons in total. Malmö FF have the record of most consecutive seasons, 63 consecutive seasons between 1936–37 and 1999. IFK Göteborg are currently the club with the longest running streak, starting their 42nd season in 2018.
The following 16 clubs are competing in Allsvenskan during the 2019 season:
|First season||Seasons||First season of|
|AFC Eskilstuna||3rd in Superettan||2017||1||2019||0||N/A|
|Falkenbergs FF||2nd in Superettan||2014||4||2019||0||N/A|
|Helsingborgs IF||1st in Superettan||1924–25||67||2019||7||2011|
Current team and stadiums:
|BK Häcken||Gothenburg||Bravida Arena||6,500|
|Djurgårdens IF||Stockholm||Tele2 Arena||33,000|
|Falkenbergs FF||Falkenberg||Falcon Alkoholfri Arena||5,500|
|GIF Sundsvall||Sundsvall||Norrporten Arena||7,700|
|Hammarby IF||Stockholm||Tele2 Arena||33,000|
|IF Elfsborg||Borås||Borås Arena||16,899|
|IFK Göteborg||Gothenburg||Gamla Ullevi||18,900|
|IK Sirius||Uppsala||Studenternas IP||10,000|
|Kalmar FF||Kalmar||Guldfågeln Arena||12,182|
|Malmö FF||Malmö||Eleda Stadion||22,500|
|Örebro SK||Örebro||Behrn Arena||12,645|
|Östersunds FK||Östersund||Jämtkraft Arena||9,500|
The current managers in Allsvenskan are:
|Hans Eklund||Falkenbergs FF||26 November 2014|
|Rikard Norling||AIK||13 May 2016|
|Jens Gustafsson||IFK Norrköping||1 June 2016|
|Axel Kjäll||Örebro SK||28 August 2017|
|Poya Asbaghi||IFK Göteborg||21 November 2017|
|Jimmy Thelin||IF Elfsborg||6 December 2017|
|Andreas Alm||BK Häcken||8 December 2017|
|Stefan Billborn||Hammarby IF||10 January 2018|
|Jon Dahl Tomasson||Malmö FF||5 January 2020|
|Ian Burchnall||Östersunds FK||20 June 2018|
| Kim Bergstrand |
|Djurgårdens IF||16 November 2018|
|Magnus Pehrsson||Kalmar FF||27 November 2018|
|Henrik Rydstrom||IK Sirius||22 December 2019|
|Tony Gustavsson||GIF Sundsvall||2 September 2019|
|Olof Mellberg||Helsingborgs IF||3 September 2019|
|Saulius Širmelis||AFC Eskilstuna||5 September 2019|
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.
Until 1974, foreign players were banned from playing in Allsvenskan, however not on all levels of football in Sweden.In the first season of allowance, on 13 April 1974, English Ronald Powell in Brynäs IF became the first foreign player in Allsvenskan 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
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.
|Season when the league didn't decide the Swedish champions|
|Season when Swedish champions wasn't awarded at all|
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.
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 2019 season.
|Rank||Club||Gold ||Big Silver ||Small Silver ||Bronze ||Points|
|Jönköpings Södra IF||-||1||-||-||3|
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.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.
|Club||Swedish championship titles||Allsvenskan titles||Stars||Introduced|
|Town or city||League wins||Clubs|
|Malmö||Malmö FF (23)|
|Gothenburg||IFK Göteborg (13), GAIS (4), Örgryte IS (2)|
|Stockholm||Djurgårdens IF (8), AIK (6), Hammarby IF (1)|
|Norrköping||IFK Norrköping (13), IK Sleipner (1)|
|Helsingborg||Helsingborgs IF (7)|
|Borås||IF Elfsborg (6)|
|Halmstad||Halmstads BK (4)|
|Växjö||Östers IF (4)|
|Åtvidaberg||Åtvidabergs FF (2)|
|Kalmar||Kalmar FF (1)|
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 2019 season.
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 11th and 1891 points short of Malmö FF.
A total of 66 clubs have played at least one season at Allsvenskan up to and including 2020 season.
The following data indicates Swedish coefficient rankings between European football leagues.
|Year||Spectators 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).
AIK has had the league's highest attendance for the season more often than any other club, followed by IFK Göteborg and Örgryte. Other teams that have for at least one season had the best attendance in the league include Helsingborg, Malmö FF, Djurgården, GAIS, Hammarby, Örebro SK, and Öster.
Allsvenskan has 24 active referees that are available for matches as of the 2018 season. Currently there are six fully certified international FIFA referees in Allsvenskan. There are also a further eleven referees who are certified by the Swedish Football Association who have refereed matches in Allsvenskan. Markus Strömbergsson and Stefan Johannesson are still active referees who previously have been certified by FIFA. A further seven referees certified by the Swedish Football Association are available to referee Allsvenskan matches but have not done so as of 2018.
Malmö FF were runners up in the 1978–79 European Cup, after a 1–0 defeat against Nottingham Forest.IFK Göteborg won the UEFA Cup twice, in 1981–82 (defeating Hamburger SV in the finals) and 1986–87 (defeating Dundee United in the finals). 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.
The following teams have participated in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA-Cup/UEFA Europa League group stages:
|Club||UEFA Champions League||UEFA Europa League|
|IFK Göteborg|| 1992–93 |
|Malmö FF|| 2014–15 |
| 2011–12 |
|Helsingborgs IF||2000–01|| 2007-08 |
|IF Elfsborg||N/A|| 2007-08 |
Association football is the most popular sport in Sweden, with over 240,000 licensed players with another 240,000 youth players. There are around 3,200 active clubs fielding over 8,500 teams, which are playing on the 7,900 pitches available in the country. Football was first played in Sweden in the 1870s, the first championship was decided in 1896 and the Swedish Football Association was founded in 1904. Despite being a relatively small country population-wise, both the men's and women's national teams and the club teams have gained rather large success from time to time.
Allsvenskan 2006, part of the 2006 Swedish football season, was the 82nd Allsvenskan season played. The first match was played 1 April 2006 and the last match was played 5 November 2006. IF Elfsborg won the league ahead of runners-up AIK, while BK Häcken, Östers IF and Örgryte IS were relegated.
Allsvenskan 2009, part of the 2009 Swedish football season, was the 85th Allsvenskan season played. AIK clinched their first Swedish title since 1998.
Malmö FF competed in Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen for the 2001 season. The club was back in Allsvenskan after one season in Superettan. Zlatan Ibrahimović was sold to AFC Ajax in the summer of 2001 after heavy discussions which raised the price tag to approximately €9 million, the largest transfer sum ever recorded in Swedish football history.
The 2011 Svenska Cupen was the 56th season of Svenska Cupen, the main Swedish football Cup. It began on 5 March 2011 with the first match of the Preliminary Round and ended on 5 November with the Final. Helsingborgs IF won the cup after beating Kalmar FF 3–1 in the final, Helsingborg were also the defending champions. The winners of this competition earned a place in the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, however the second round spot was awarded to Allsvenskan runners-up AIK since Helsingborg were already qualified for European cup play, Kalmar FF who were the runners-up of the cup were awarded AIKs previous qualification spot in the first round.
There are several derbies in the Allsvenskan and in the lower divisions of the Swedish football pyramid.
The 2012 Allsvenskan, part of the 2012 Swedish football season, was the 88th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2012 fixtures were released on 12 December 2011. The season started on 31 March 2012 and ended on 4 November 2012. There was a five-week-long break between 24 May and 30 June during the UEFA Euro 2012. Helsingborgs IF were the defending champions, having won their fifth Swedish championship and their seventh Allsvenskan title the previous season.
The 2012–13 Svenska Cupen was the 57th season of Svenska Cupen and the first season since 2000–01 to be held according to the fall-spring season format. The season also reintroduced a group stage, the first since 1995–96.
Malmö Fotbollförening, also known simply as Malmö FF, is a Swedish professional association football club based in Malmö. The club is affiliated with Skånes Fotbollförbund, and plays its home games at Stadion. Formed on 24 February 1910, Malmö FF is the most successful club in Sweden in terms of trophies won. The club have won the most league titles of any Swedish club with twenty-three, a record twenty Swedish championship titles and a record fourteen national cup titles. The team competes in Allsvenskan as of the 2018 season; this is Malmö FF's 18th consecutive season in the top flight, and their 83rd overall. The main rivals of the club are Helsingborgs IF, IFK Göteborg and, historically, IFK Malmö.
The 2013 Allsvenskan, part of the 2013 Swedish football season, was the 89th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2013 fixtures were released on 14 December 2012. The season started on 31 March 2013 and ended on 3 November 2013. IF Elfsborg were the defending champions, having won their sixth title the previous season.
The 2013 season is AIK's 122nd in existence, their 85th season in Allsvenskan and their 8th consecutive season in the league. The team will be competing in Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen.
The 2013–14 Svenska Cupen was the 58th season of Svenska Cupen and the second season with the current format. The winners of the competition earned a place in the second qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. If they had already qualified for European competition, the qualification spot would have gone to another team, determined by a number of factors.
The 2014 Allsvenskan, part of the 2014 Swedish football season, was the 90th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2014 fixtures were released on 20 December 2013. The season started on 30 March 2014 and concluded on 1 November 2014. Malmö FF were the defending champions from the 2013 season.
The 2014 season was the 117th season of competitive football in Sweden. The competitive started with the group stage of Svenska Cupen on 1 March. League competition started late March and early April with Allsvenskan on 30 March, Superettan on 6 April, Damallsvenskan on 13 April and Division 1 on 20 April. Svenska Cupen ended with the final on 18 May. Damallsvenskan ended on 19 October, Allsvenskan and Division 1 ended on 1 November, Superettan one day later on 2 November and lower men's leagues on the weekend before. Qualification play-offs were held after the end of league play with the Allsvenskan and Superettan play-offs being held on 6 and 9 November. Svenska Supercupen was held on 9 November and was contested by the winner of Allsvenskan and Svenska Cupen. Sweden participated in qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016.
The 2015 Allsvenskan, part of the 2015 Swedish football season was the 91st season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2015 fixtures were released on 21 January 2015. The season started on 4 April 2015, when BK Häcken visited newly promoted Hammarby IF at Tele2 Arena and ended on 31 October 2015. Malmö FF were the defending champions from the 2014 season.
The 2016 Allsvenskan, part of the 2016 Swedish football season, is the 92nd season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The fixtures were released on 9 December 2015 and it included a meeting between the two most recent champions IFK Norrköping and Malmö FF as the opening match, a replay of the last round of the previous season. The season started on 2 April 2016 and ended in November 2016.
The 2015 season was IFK Norrköping's 118th in existence, their 75th season in Allsvenskan and 5th consecutive season in the league. The club competed in 2015 Allsvenskan, 2014–15 Svenska Cupen and 2015–16 Svenska Cupen. The season began with 2014–15 Svenska Cupen group stage on 22 February, with 2015 Allsvenskan starting on 4 April. The league ended with the last match on 31 October 2015, in which they became league champions, and the last match of the season was 2015 Svenska Supercupen on 8 November where IFK Norrköping, as champions, met 2014–15 Svenska Cupen winners, IFK Göteborg.
The 2017 Allsvenskan, part of the 2017 Swedish football season, is the 93rd season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The season began on 1 April 2017 and ended on 5 November the same year. Fixtures for the 2017 season were announced on 9 December 2016. A total of 16 teams participated.
The 2019 Allsvenskan, part of the 2019 Swedish football season, was the 95th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. A total of 16 teams participated. AIK were the defending champions after winning the title in the previous season.
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