|Founded||1942 (as Meistaradeildin)|
|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||1. deild|
|Domestic cup(s)||Faroe Islands Cup|
|International cup(s)|| UEFA Champions League |
UEFA Europa Conference League
|Current champions|| Havnar Bóltfelag (24th title) |
|Most championships||Havnar Bóltfelag (24 titles)|
|Top goalscorer||Klæmint Olsen (212)|
|Current: 2021 Faroe Islands Premier League|
The Faroe Islands Premier League (known as Betri deildin menn for sponsorship reasons) is the top level of football in the Faroe Islands. It was founded in 1942 as Meistaradeildin, and holds the Premier League name since 2005, when it replaced the 1. deild as the country's top football division. The league is organised by the Faroe Islands Football Association.
It is contested by 10 clubs. At the end of each season, two teams are relegated and two promoted from 1. deild. All teams in the league have semi-professional status.
As of August 2021, the Faroe Islands Premier League is ranked 44th out of 55 leagues in the UEFA coefficient.
The league was founded in 1942,although clubs did not take part in European competitions until 1992, because the Faroe Islands Football Association joined UEFA only in 1990. From 1942 to 1946, the competition was played in a knockout format, and from 1947 onwards in a league format.
Before the creation of the Faroe Islands Football Association in 1979, the league was organized by the Faroe Islands Sports Association. The only time a season wasn't played was during the British occupation in 1944, when a lack of footballs caused the season to be cancelled.
The league was known by several names; from its foundation in 1942 until 1975, it was known as Meistaradeildin. It changed its name to 1. deild in 1976 and introduced promotion and relegation system.Since 2005 the league has had different sponsored names, being called Formuladeildin from 2005 to 2008, Vodafonedeildin from 2009 to 2012, Effodeildin from 2012 to 2017, and since 2018 Betri deildin menn.
The league is contested by 10 teams, who play each other thrice. A draw is made before the elaboration of the next season's fixtures to decide which teams will have an additional home game. Formerly this was decided based on clubs' performance in the previous season.
At the end of the season, two teams are relegated and two are promoted to and from 1. deild. Like in Spain, the teams are allowed to put their B and C teams in the lower divisions, and there will only be relegation if at least one non-reserve team finish in the 1. deild top three.
In the past, the league used a promotion-relegation playoff between the 9th placed team and the 2nd placed team in 1. deild, played from 1995 until 2005.
Currently, the Faroese champion qualify to the UEFA Champions League Preliminary round, while the second placed team enter the UEFA Europa Conference League at the first qualifying round. An additional berth in the Europa Conference League first qualifying round is granted to the Faroe Islands Cup winners. If the winners of that competition have already qualified to a European competition, the berth is given to the third placed team in the league. Since the introduction of Europa Conference League, teams from the Faroe Islands can only qualify directly to the UEFA Europa League by winning the Europa Conference League.
Bold indicates teams who also won the Faroe Islands Cup that season, an achievement known as the double.
|Season||Champion||Runner-up||Top scorer (club)||Goals|
|1944||No tournament due to lack of footballs during the British occupation of the Faroe Islands.|
|1945||KÍ (2)||SÍ||not available|
|1971||HB (6)||KÍ||Heri Nolsøe (HB)||20|
|1972||KÍ (15)||HB||Heri Nolsøe (HB)||16|
|1973||HB (7)||KÍ||John Eysturoy (HB)||13|
|1974||HB (8)||KÍ||Johan Johannesen (HB)||10|
|1975||HB (9)||KÍ||Johan Johannesen (HB)||8|
|1976||TB (4)||HB||Heri Nolsøe (HB)||14|
|1977||TB (5)||HB||not available|
|1978||HB (10)||TB||Ásmund Nolsøe (TB)||9|
|1979||ÍF||TB||Meinhardt Dalbú (ÍF)||17|
|1980||TB (6)||HB||Sveinbjørn Danielsson (TB)||15|
|1981||HB (11)||TB||Suni Jacobsen (HB)||12|
|1982||HB (12)||TB||Henrik Thomsen (TB)||7|
|1983||GÍ||HB||Petur Hans Hansen (B68)||10|
|1984||B68||TB|| Aksel Højgaard (B68)|
Erling Jacobsen (HB)
|1985||B68 (2)||HB||Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ)||10|
|1986||GÍ (2)||HB||Jesper Wiemer (B68)||13|
|1987||TB (7)||HB|| Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ)|
Egill Steinþórsson (TB)
|1988||HB (13)||B68||Jógvan Petersen (B68)||9|
|1989||B71||HB||Egill Steinþórsson (VB)||16|
|1990||HB (14)||B36||Jón Pauli Olsen (VB)||10|
|1991||KÍ (16)||B36||Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ)||15|
|1992||B68 (3)||GÍ||Símun Petur Justinussen (GÍ)||14|
|1993||GÍ (3)||HB||Uni Arge (HB)||11|
|1994||GÍ (4)||HB||John Petersen (GÍ)||21|
|1995||GÍ (5)||HB||Súni Fríði Johannesen (B68)||24|
|1996||GÍ (6)||KÍ||Kurt Mørkøre (KÍ)||20|
|1997||B36 (6)||HB||Uni Arge (HB)||24|
|1998||HB (15)||KÍ||Jákup á Borg (B36)||20|
|1999||KÍ (17)||GÍ||Jákup á Borg (B36)||17|
|2000||VB||HB||Súni Fríði Johannesen (B68)||16|
|2001||B36 (7)||GÍ||Helgi Petersen (GÍ)||19|
|2002||HB (16)||NSÍ||Andrew av Fløtum (HB)||18|
|2003||HB (17)||B36||Hjalgrím Elttør (KÍ)||13|
|2004||HB (18)||B36||Sonni Petersen (EB/Streymur)||13|
|2005||B36 (8)||Skála||Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ)||18|
|2006||HB (19)||EB/Streymur||Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ)||18|
|2007||NSÍ||EB/Streymur||Amed Davy Sylla (B36)||18|
|2008||EB/Streymur||HB||Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur)||20|
|2009||HB (20)||EB/Streymur||Finnur Justinussen (Víkingur)||19|
|2010||HB (21)||EB/Streymur|| Arnbjørn Hansen (EB/Streymur)|
Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ)
|2011||B36 (9)||EB/Streymur||Finnur Justinussen (Víkingur)||21|
|2012||EB/Streymur (2)||ÍF|| Clayton Nascimento (ÍF)|
Páll Klettskarð (KÍ)
|2013||HB (22)||ÍF||Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ)||21|
|2014||B36 (10)||HB||Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ)||22|
|2015||B36 (11)||NSÍ||Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ)||21|
|2016||Víkingur||KÍ||Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ)||23|
|2017||Víkingur (2)||KÍ||Adeshina Lawal (Víkingur)||17|
|2018||HB (23)||NSÍ||Adrian Justinussen (HB)||20|
|2019||KÍ (18)||B36||Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ)||26|
|2020||HB (24)||NSÍ|| Klæmint Olsen (NSÍ)|
Uroš Stojanov (ÍF)
|EB/Streymur||Eiði / Streymnes||2||5|
|Víkingur||Norðragøta / Leirvík||2||0|
Clubs in bold are currently playing in the top-tier.
Clubs in italics are no longer active in adult football.
EB/Streymur is a Faroese semi-professional football club based in Streymnes and Eiði. The club was founded in 1993, as result of the merger between EB and Streymur. They have won the Faroe Islands Premier League twice and the Faroe Islands Cup four times.
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