Icelandic football league system

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The Icelandic football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in Iceland. [1] As of 2013 a fifth level was added to the previous men's format of four levels. [2] As of 2019 there are 79 participating men's teams and 27 women's teams in the football league.

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The system

Below shows how the current system, as of 2019, works. For each division, its English name, official name or sponsorship name (which often differs radically from its official name) and number of clubs is given. Each division promotes to the division(s) that lie directly above them and relegates to the division(s) that lie directly below them.

Men's leagues

Fourth Division playoffs

Only two teams are promoted from the fifth-tier 4. deild karla. The top two teams from each group play in a knock-out competition (played home and away) with the final being one match determining the 4. deild champions. Both finalists are promoted to 3. deild karla. The two teams relegated from 3. deild take a place in 4. deild, in one of four groups. The groups can change from year to year based on the number of teams. Football Association of Iceland attempts to distribute the teams evenly between groups.

Level

League(s) / Division(s)

1

Úrvalsdeild karla
(Nationwide League)
12 clubs

↓↑ 2 clubs

2

1. deild karla
(Nationwide League)
12 clubs

↓↑ 2 clubs

3

2. deild karla
(Nationwide League)
12 clubs

↓↑ 2 clubs

4

3. deild karla
(Nationwide League)
12 clubs

↓↑ 2 clubs

5

4. deild karla
(Nationwide League)
35 clubs divided in 4 series, three of 9 clubs and one of 8 clubs, as of 2021

Cup competitions

Clubs at all five levels are eligible for cup competitions.

Women's leagues

Level

League(s) / Division(s)

1

Úrvalsdeild kvenna
(Nationwide League)
10 clubs

2

1. deild kvenna
(Nationwide League)
10 clubs

3

2. deild kvenna
(Nationwide League)
13 clubs as of 2021

Cup competitions

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References

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