|No. of teams||8|
|Unia Leszno x 6 times|
|TV partner(s)||England: Premier Sports Poland: Eleven Sports PL and nSport+|
|Official website||Official site|
The Speedway Ekstraliga (English: Polish Extraleague, Polish : Ekstraliga żużlowa) is the top division of motorcycle speedway in Poland. It has been called the "richest and most popular speedway league in the world", and attracts riders from all over the world. The Ekstraliga has the highest average attendances for any sport in Poland.
With the fall of communism in Poland in the 1990s and the resultant sharp increase in the value of the Złoty, the sport began to attract a wider range of star riders from other countries. The first of these was Denmark’s Hans Nielsen.
In 2000, the First Division was renamed Ekstraliga, and the number of teams was reduced.Since 2012 the official sponsor of Ekstraliga is the Polish energy company ENEA, which signed the financial contract for three consecutive seasons through 2014. The top division tournaments are named Enea Ekstraliga respectively.
|City||Club||Current team name||Seasons in Ekstraliga||App|
|Leszno||Unia Leszno||Fogo Unia Leszno||2000-20||21|
|Wrocław||WTS Wrocław||Betard Sparta Wrocław||2000-20||21|
|Toruń||KS Toruń||Get Well Toruń||2000-19||20|
|Częstochowa||Włókniarz Częstochowa||forBET Włókniarz Częstochowa||2000-14, 2017-20||19|
|Zielona Góra||ZKŻ Zielona Góra||Stelmet Falubaz Zielona Góra||2001, 2003-05, 2007-20||19|
|Gorzów Wlkp.||Stal Gorzów Wlkp.||truly.work Stal Gorzów||2000-02, 2008-20||16|
|Tarnów||Unia Tarnów||Unia Tarnów||2004-08, 2010-16, 2018||13|
|Bydgoszcz||Polonia Bydgoszcz||ZOOleszcz Polonia Bydgoszcz||2000-07, 2009-10, 2012-13||12|
|Gdańsk||Wybrzeże Gdańsk||Zdunek Wybrzeże Gdańsk||2000, 2002-03, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2014||7|
|Rzeszów||Stal Rzeszów||Stal Rzeszów||2006-08, 2011-13, 2015||7|
|Grudziądz||GKM Grudziądz||MRGARDEN GKM Grudziądz||2015-20||6|
|Rybnik||RKM Rybnik||PGG ROW Rybnik||2004, 2006, 2016-17, 2020||5|
|Piła||Polonia Piła||Euro Finnance Polonia Piła||2000-03||4|
|Lublin||Motor Lublin (speedway team)||Speed Car Motor Lublin||2019-2020||2|
|Gniezno||Start Gniezno||Car Gwarant Start Gniezno||2013||1|
|2000||Polonia Bydgoszcz||Ludwik-Polonia Piła||Pergo Gorzów Wlkp.|
|2001||Apator-Adriana Toruń||Atlas Wrocław||Bractwo-Polonia Bydgoszcz|
|2002||Point S-Polonia Bydgoszcz||Unia Leszno||Atlas Wrocław|
|2003||Top Secret-Włókniarz Częstochowa||Apator-Adriana Toruń||Plusssz-Polonia Bydgoszcz|
|2004||Unia Tarnów||Atlas Wrocław||Złomrex-Włókniarz Częstochowa|
|2005||Unia Tarnów||Budlex-Polonia Bydgoszcz||Złomrex-Włókniarz Częstochowa|
|2006||Atlas Wrocław||Złomrex-Włókniarz Częstochowa||Budlex-Polonia Bydgoszcz|
|2007||Unia Leszno||Unibax Toruń||Atlas Wrocław|
|2008||Unibax Toruń||Unia Leszno||ZKŻ Kronopol Zielona Góra|
|2009||Falubaz Zielona Góra||Unibax Toruń||Cognor-Włókniarz Częstochowa|
|2010||Unia Leszno||Falubaz Zielona Góra||Unibax Toruń|
|2011||Stelmet Falubaz Zielona Góra||Unia Leszno||Caelum Stal Gorzów Wlkp.|
|2012||Azoty Tauron Tarnów||Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski||Unibax Toruń|
|2013||Stelmet Falubaz Zielona Góra||Unibax Toruń||Unia Tarnów|
|2014||Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski||Fogo Unia Leszno||Grupa Azoty Unia Tarnów|
|2015||Fogo Unia Leszno||Betard Sparta Wrocław||Unia Tarnów|
|2016||Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski||Unibax Toruń||Stelmet Falubaz Zielona Góra|
|2017||Fogo Unia Leszno||Betard Sparta Wrocław||Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski|
|2018||Fogo Unia Leszno||Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski||Betard Sparta Wrocław|
|2019||Fogo Unia Leszno||Betard Sparta Wrocław||ForBet-Włókniarz Częstochowa|
Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines which use only one gear and have no brakes; racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock. Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).
Poland's sports include almost all sporting disciplines, in particular: football, volleyball, motorcycle speedway, ski jumping, track & field, handball, basketball, tennis and combat sport. The first Polish Formula One driver, Robert Kubica, has brought awareness of Formula One Racing to Poland. Volleyball is one of the country's most popular sports, with a rich history of international competition. Poland has made a distinctive mark in motorcycle speedway racing thanks to Tomasz Gollob, Jaroslaw Hampel and Rune Holta. Speedway is very popular in Poland with them winning the world cup (2014) and the Polish Extraleague has the highest average attendances for any sport in Poland. The Polish mountains are an ideal venue for hiking, skiing and mountain biking and attract millions of tourists every year from all over the world. Cross country skiing and ski jumping are popular TV sports, gathering 4–5 million viewers each competition, with Justyna Kowalczyk, Adam Małysz and Kamil Stoch as the main attractions. Baltic beaches and resorts are popular locations for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and a broad-range of other water-themed sports.
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