Esiliiga

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Esiliiga
Founded1992
CountryFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
Confederation UEFA
DivisionsEsiliiga
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid2
Promotion to Meistriliiga
Relegation to Esiliiga B
Domestic cup(s) Estonian Cup
Current champions Legion Tallinn (1st title)
(2019)
Most championships Levadia II Tallinn
(7 titles)
Website Official website
Current: 2020 Esiliiga

The Esiliiga is the second division in the Estonian football league system. The Esiliiga is ranked below the Meistriliiga and above the Esiliiga B.

Contents

As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts in March and ends in November. The league features several reserve teams of Meistriliiga clubs. According to the rules set by the Estonian Football Association, reserve teams are ineligible for promotion to the Meistriliiga, but can play in the Estonian Cup.

Competition format

During the season, the teams play each of the other four times, twice at home and twice away. This makes for a total of 36 games played each season. The teams gain three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a defeat. Promotion and relegation between divisions is a central feature of the league. At the end of the season, clubs at the top of their division win promotion to the next higher division, while those at the bottom will be relegated to the next lower one. At the end of a season, the top Esiliiga club gains promotion to the Meistriliiga. This is providing that the Esiliiga club meets the licensing criteria of the Meistriliiga. Reserve teams in Estonia play in the same league system as the senior team, however, they must play at least one level below their main side, and are thus ineligible for promotion to the Meistriliiga. Two bottom end clubs of Esiliiga are relegated to the Esiliiga B, and two top clubs of Esiliiga B are promoted to the Esiliiga. The two-legged play-offs for the Meistriliiga spot are contested between the ninth placed (second bottom) club in the Meistriliiga and the second in the Esiliiga, and the two-legged play-offs for the Esiliiga spot are contested between the eighth placed (third bottom) club in the Esiliiga and the third in the Esiliiga B. [1]

Clubs

Current clubs

The following clubs are competing in the Esiliiga during the 2020 season.

ClubPosition
in 2019
Seasons in
Esiliiga
First season of
current spell
TitlesLast title
Elva b5th8 2017 0N/A
Pärnu JK 3rd in the Esiliiga B 4 2020 1 1993–94
Flora U21 Tallinn b,c2nd14 2006 2 2015
Tartu JK Tammeka U21 b,c4th4 2019 0N/A
Levadia U21 Tallinn a,b,c6th16 2004 7 2013
Maardu Linnameeskond a10th in the Meistriliiga 3 2020 2 2018
Järve Kohtla-Järve b7th2 2019 0N/A
Vändra Vaprus b2nd in the Esiliiga B 4 2020 0N/A
Nõmme United a,b1st in the Esiliiga B 0 2020 0N/A
Pärnu Vaprus 3rd5 2019 1 2005

a – never been relegated from Esiliiga
b – never played in Meistriliiga
c – ineligible for promotion to Meistriliiga

Champions

SeasonChampionsRunners-upThird placeTop goalscorerGoals
1992 Kreenholm Narva Tempo Tallinn Lokomotiiv Valga
1992–93 Tervis Pärnu Tallinna Sadam Kreenholm Narva
1993–94 Kalev Pärnu Vall Tallinn Pena Jõhvi Flag of Estonia.svg Vadim Dolinin (Kalev Pärnu)21
1994–95 Dünamo Tallinn [A] Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pena Jõhvi
Lelle [B] Tervis Pärnu Tulevik Viljandi
1995–96 Norma Tallinn Vall Tallinn Tallinna Jalgpallikool
1996–97 Dünamo Tallinn (2) Tallinna Jalgpallikool Pärnu Flag of Estonia.svg Igor Bratšuk (Olümp Maardu)8
1997–98 Vall Tallinn Olümpia Maardu Dokker Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg Andrei Afanassov (Vall Tallinn)
Flag of Estonia.svg Aleksei Titov (Vall Tallinn)
13
1998 Levadia Maardu Vigri Tallinn Lootus Kohtla-Järve Flag of Estonia.svg Igor Bratšuk (Levadia Maardu)9
1999 Kuressaare Lootus Kohtla-Järve Vigri Tartu Flag of Lithuania.svg Svajūnas Raučkis (Kuressaare)27
2000 Maardu Tervis Pärnu Viljandi Flag of Estonia.svg Vladimir Tšelnokov (Maardu)26
2001 Levadia Pärnu Valga S.C. Real Maardu Flag of Estonia.svg Andrei Afanassov (S.C. Real Maardu)26
2002 Valga Kuressaare Maardu Flag of Estonia.svg Andrei Afanassov (Maardu)25
2003 Lootus Kohtla-Järve Tervis Pärnu M.C. Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg Aleksei Titov (Ajax Lasnamäe)29
2004 Tammeka Tartu Levadia II Tallinn Tervis Pärnu Flag of Estonia.svg Oliver Konsa (Tammeka Tartu)25
2005 Vaprus Pärnu Levadia II Tallinn Ajax Lasnamäe Flag of Russia.svg Nikita Andreev (Ajax Lasnamäe)29
2006 Levadia II Tallinn (2) Kuressaare Tallinna Kalev Flag of Estonia.svg Kaimar Saag (Levadia II Tallinn)37
2007 Levadia II Tallinn (3) Flora II Tallinn Sillamäe Kalev Flag of Estonia.svg Andrus Mitt (Nõmme Kalju)24
2008 Levadia II Tallinn (4) Kuressaare Flora II Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg Sergei Jegorov (TVMK II Tallinn)20
2009 Levadia II Tallinn (5) Lootus Kohtla-Järve Warrior Valga Flag of Estonia.svg Tõnis Starkopf (Kiviõli Tamme Auto/Levadia II Tallinn)32
2010 Levadia II Tallinn (6) Flora II Tallinn Ajax Lasnamäe Flag of Estonia.svg Tõnis Starkopf (Kiviõli Tamme Auto)28
2011 Tallinna Kalev Infonet Tallinn Kiviõli Tamme Auto Flag of Estonia.svg Maksim Rõtškov (Infonet Tallinn)40
2012 Infonet Tallinn Flora II Tallinn Tarvas Rakvere Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Manucho (Infonet Tallinn)31
2013 Levadia II Tallinn (7) Lokomotiv Jõhvi Flora II Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg Tõnis Starkopf (Irbis Kiviõli)28
2014 Flora II Tallinn Levadia II Tallinn Pärnu Linnameeskond Flag of Estonia.svg Kristen Saarts (Pärnu Linnameeskond/Levadia II Tallinn)31
2015 Flora II Tallinn (2) Levadia II Tallinn Infonet II Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg Eduard Golovljov (Infonet II Tallinn)41
2016 Tulevik Viljandi Flora U21 Tallinn Infonet II Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg Eduard Golovljov (Infonet II Tallinn)39
2017 Maardu Linnameeskond Tallinna Kalev Tarvas Rakvere Flag of Estonia.svg Vitali Gussev (Maardu Linnameeskond)38
2018 Maardu Linnameeskond (2) Flora U21 Tallinn Levadia U21 Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg Vitali Gussev (Maardu Linnameeskond)43
2019 Legion Tallinn Flora U21 Tallinn Vaprus Pärnu Flag of Estonia.svg Rejal Alijev (Legion Tallinn)38
  1. ^
    East/North champion
  2. ^
    South/West champion

Total titles won

ClubGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgWinning seasons
Levadia U21 Tallinn 741 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Flora U21 Tallinn 262 2014, 2015
Maardu Linnameeskond 200 2017, 2018
Dünamo Tallinn 200 1994–95 [A] , 1996–97
Tervis Pärnu 131 1992–93
Kuressaare 130 1999
Järve Kohtla-Järve 121 2003
Vall Tallinn 120 1997–98
Warrior Valga 111 2002
Tallinna Kalev 111 2011
Infonet Tallinn 110 2012
Kreenholm Narva 101 1992
Pärnu 101 1993–94
Tulevik Viljandi 101 2016
Vaprus Pärnu 101 2005
Lelle 100 1994–95 [B]
Norma Tallinn 100 1995–96
Levadia Tallinn 100 1998
Levadia Pärnu 100 2001
Tammeka Tartu 100 2004
Legion Tallinn 100 2019
Tallinna Jalgpallikool 021
Vigri Tartu 011
Tempo Tallinn 010
Tallinna Sadam 010
Olümpia Maardu 010
Lokomotiv Jõhvi 010
Pena Jõhvi 002
Maardu 002
Ajax Lasnamäe 002
Infonet II Tallinn 002
Tarvas Rakvere 002
Lokomotiiv Valga 001
Dokker Tallinn 001
Viljandi 001
M.C. Tallinn 001
Sillamäe Kalev 001
Irbis Kiviõli 001
Pärnu Linnameeskond 001
  1. ^
    East/North champion
  2. ^
    South/West champion

All-time Esiliiga table

The table is a cumulative record of all match results, points and goals of every team that has played in the Esiliiga since its inception in 1992. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2020 season. Teams in bold play in the Esiliiga 2021 season. Numbers in bold are the record (highest) numbers in each column.

In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss. Promotion matches and relegation matches involving clubs of higher or lower leagues are not counted.

The table is sorted by all-time points.

Pos.
Club
Seasons
Titles
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
PPG
1 FCI Levadia U21 1976543761151671670807+86312431.90
2 FC Flora U21 122536291951501157659+4989681.81
3 Rakvere JK Tarvas 10036013264164556731-1754601.28
4 FC Kuressaare 912781364199568482+864491.62
5 JK Tallinna Kalev 712521264680536399+1374241.68
6 Kiviõli FC Irbis 8028811051124556542+143811.32
7 Kohtla-Järve FC Lootus 71214972790411400+113181.49
8 Lasnamäe FC Ajax 60200933770449311+1383161.58
9 Pärnu JK Vaprus 62204923874400343+573141.54
10 FC Elva 903049043171395652-2573131.03
11 Viljandi JK Tulevik 71166903056320250+703001.81
12 Maardu Linnameeskond 42140891635369205+1642832.02
13 Tartu JK Tammeka U21 60212804290342365-232821.33
14 Pärnu KEK 81188862377416370+462811.49
15 FC Valga 81164791461304276+282511.53
16 Tallinna FC TVMK II 50172632386302363-612121.23
17 Valga FC Warrior 602006129110285438-1532121.06
18 Tartu FC Santos 50216592794290388-982040.94
19 Tallinna JK Legion 41144602163291296-52011.40
20 Tallinna JK Dünamo 72144581967276319-431931.34
21 JK Sillamäe Kalev 70162562474232303-711921.19
22 Vändra JK Vaprus 50174523092259375-1161861.07
23 FCI Tallinn U21 30108511245266214+521651.53
24 Tartu JK Merkuur 60122491855199238-391651.35
25 Nõmme Kalju FC U21 40144482175218293-751651.15
26 FCI Tallinn 217245161119580+1151512.10
27 FC Puuma 40144372879208372-1641390.97
28 Pärnu Linnameeskond 30108372349207213-61341.24
29 Tallinna Jalgpalliklubi 40120342264164300-1361241.03
30 Pärnu JK 5192361632186166+201241.35
31 FC M.C. Tallinn 3084341733167189-221191.42
32 Tallinna JK Vall 41583671517180+911151.98
33 Maardu FK Olümpia 5178331629158152+61151.47
34 Tartu SK 10 2072321228123125-21081.50
35 Viljandi JK Tulevik U21 30108282456139215-761081.00
36 Nõmme Kalju FC 2072311427145149-41071.49
37 Tartu JK Tammeka 3184291837165199-341051.25
38 Tallinna Jalgpallikool 5072311031117141-241031.43
39 Maardu S.C. Real 2056271316144102+42941.68
40 Jõhvi FC Lokomotiiv 2072261333115121-6911.26
41 Tartu KSK Vigri 204226979840+58872.07
42 Narva Kreenholm 4158251023120125-5851.47
43 Tartu JK Welco 30108221967113267-164850.79
44 Kiviõli JK Irbis 40582382799117-18771.33
45 Kohtla-Järve JK Järve 30102211368106270-164760.75
46 Kohtla-Järve JK Pena 3046227179585+10731.59
47 JK Tallinna Kalev U21 207218134175134-59670.93
48 FC Nõmme United 103216797643+33551.72
49 Paide Linnameeskond 10361412105844+14541.50
50 Pärnu FC Levadia 112815766739+28521.86
51 Tallinna FC Norma 2128152117744+33471.68
52 Viimsi JK 1028124124350-7401.43
53 FC Viljandi 1028124123146-15401.43
54 JK Tallinna Sadam 101612225214+38382.38
55 Paide KEK 2028106125664-8361.29
56 Keila JK 1036105214188-47350.97
57 Lelle SK 10361112449100-51340.94
58 FC Kuressaare II 102883173579-44270.96
59 Kehra JK Paber 102073103347-14241.20
60 Kallaste JK Peipsi Kalur 202873183675-39240.86
61 Tallinna JK Metallist 10127053025+5211.75
62 Tallinna JK Dokker 10146353026+4211.50
63 Tallinna JK Tempo 10126152926+3191.58
64 Tallinna FC Arsenal 10145092631-5151.07
65 Tartu JK Merkuur-Juunior 103635282797-70140.39
66 Põltsamaa JK Sport 1010109627-2130.30
67 Tartu FC DAG 10140131267-5510.07

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References

  1. "Esiliiga tutvustus" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 5 November 2017.