Seiska (football)

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Seiska -
Finnish Division 7
Nation
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Number of Teams
30
Level of Pyramid
8
Promotion to
Kutonen
Finnish Football
League Structure

Veikkausliiga (Tier 1)
Ykkönen (Tier 2)
Kakkonen (Tier 3)
Kolmonen (Tier 4)
Nelonen (Tier 5)
Vitonen (Tier 6)
Kutonen (Tier 7)
Seiska(Tier 8)

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Seiska or VII divisioona is the eighth level in the Finnish football league system and comprises 30 teams. The VII divisioona was introduced in 1973 and in the mid-1990s became known as the Seiska (Number Seven in English and Sjuan in Swedish). In theory, Seiska is the last league in Finland where a club can go all the way and become Veikkausliiga champions.

The Finnish football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in Finland. The three highest levels are managed by the Finnish FA while the other leagues are managed by the regional departments of the FA.

Veikkausliiga association football league

Veikkausliiga is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. Its main sponsor is the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, hence the league's name. Veikkausliiga was founded in 1990; before that the top division was called Mestaruussarja since 1930 which was an amateur or semi-professional league. Between 1908 and 1930 the championship was decided in a cup competition.

Competition

There are 30 clubs in the Seiska, divided in 2 groups of 15 teams, from the Helsinki district. During the course of a season (starting in April and ending in October) teams play each other once. The top teams in each Seiska group are normally promoted to the Kutonen. [1]

Kutonen or VI divisioona is the seventh level in the Finnish football league system and comprises 265 teams. The VI divisioona was introduced in 1973 and in the mid-1990s became known as the Kutonen.

In the past there were more divisions and in the 1980s there was a lower tier VIII divisioona level. In 2002 Seiska comprised 5 divisions with 64 teams affiliated to the SPL Helsingin piiri. [2]

SPL Helsingin piiri organization

The SPL Helsingin piiri(Helsinki Football Association) is one of the 12 district organisations of the Football Association of Finland. It administers lower tier football in Helsinki.

Notable clubs

Helsingin Palloseura

HPS Helsinki won the Finnish football championship (Mestaruussarja) 9 times and they also played in the European Cup, against Stade de Reims in 1958–59. In 1999 they were forced to abandon their place in the Kakkonen and reformed in Section 1 of the Seiska for the 2000 season. In their first season they finished in ninth place in their section and spent two more seasons at this level before gaining promotion at the end of the 2002 campaign under player coach Harri Hiltunen. [2] [3] [4]

Mestaruussarja was the top division of Finnish football from 1930 to 1989. It was replaced by Veikkausliiga in 1990.

Stade de Reims French association football club

Stade de Reims is a French association football club based in Reims. The club was formed in 1910 under the name Société Sportive du Parc Pommery and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football, having been promoted from Ligue 2 in the previous season. Reims plays its home matches at the Stade Auguste Delaune, a renovation of the old complex located within the city. The team is managed by David Guion.

Kakkonen or II divisioona is the third level in the league system of Finnish football and comprises 36 Finnish football teams. The II divisioona was introduced in 1973 and in the mid-1990s became known as the Kakkonen.. Sakari Tukiainen finished the season 2014 as the top goal scorer and setting a new league record with 40 goals for the Kakkonen. Petter Meyer finished the 2015 as the top goal scorer for GrIFK with 23 goals.

Administration

District Football Associations

The Seiska is administered by one of the District Football Associations, the SPL Helsingin piiri.

The District Football Associations are the local governing bodies of association football in Finland. The 12 District FAs exist to govern all aspects of local football in their defined areas, providing grassroots support to the Finnish Football Association by promoting and administering football and futsal in their respective districts. The District FAs administer youth football and the lower tier leagues covering Kolmonen and the lower divisions.

Teams within the Seiska are eligible to compete in the Suomen Cup and the Suomen Regions' Cup. The clubs are normally listed in an abbreviated form and their full names can be viewed by referring to the List of clubs or the relevant District Association.

Current clubs - 2012 Season

Helsinki
- Lohko 1 (Section 1)
Helsinki
- Lohko 2 (Section 2)
  • Canona
  • Club Latino Español
  • Dynamo/2
  • FC Elite
  • FC FINNKURD/2
  • FC POHU/Burros
  • FC Pakila
  • FC Spede
  • HPS/Jägers
  • HöySä
  • JP13
  • Kullervo/Überkleber
  • MoPo
  • PETO/MJK
  • PPJ/Taalerit

[5]

  • AFC EMU/Akatemia
  • Atlantis FC/RS
  • Dynamo
  • FC POHU/KurdFin
  • FC Viikingit/KoMa
  • FC Wartti/WB
  • HDS/Magnifiga
  • HerTo/3
  • HuPaVeikot
  • JFC Helsinki
  • Ponnistajat/2
  • Ponnistus/HePo
  • RAIVO
  • SUMU/7-7
  • Trikiinit

[6]

Footnotes

  1. "Resultcode". SPL. Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  2. 1 2 "Sarjataulukot - FUTIS-sanomat 5/2002" (PDF). SPL Helsingin piiri. Retrieved 2012-04-18.[ permanent dead link ]
  3. "Tähtäimessä HPS - FUTIS-sanomat" (PDF). SPL Helsingin piiri. March 2003. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  4. "HPS - Historiaa" (PDF). Helsingin Palloseura. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  5. "SPL Helsingin piiri 2012 - Seiska 1". SPL Helsingin piiri. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  6. "SPL Helsingin piiri 2012 - Seiska 2". SPL Helsingin piiri. Retrieved 2012-04-18.

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