Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Veikkausliigan logo.svg
Founded1990
CountryFinland
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Ykkönen
Domestic cup(s) Finnish Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current champions HJK
(2020)
Most championships HJK Helsinki (30)
TV partners IS Extra, Ruutu+, Nelonen, Jim
Website Veikkausliiga
Current: 2020 Veikkausliiga
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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Veikkausliiga (Swedish : Tipsligan) is the premier division of Finnish football, the highest tier of the Finnish football league structure, 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 (championship series) since 1930 which was an amateur or semi-professional league. Between 1908 and 1930 the championship was decided as a knock-out cup competition.

Structure

During the 1990 and 1991 seasons the Veikkausliiga was played under the name "Futisliiga" (Swedish : Fotbollsligan). [1]

As with certain other cold-climate European countries, league matches in Finland are played in summer, with a schedule usually from April to October. The format and number of teams has changed frequently. As of 2020 there are 12 teams, which first face the other teams two times. After the two rounds, the league is divided into championship group (6 teams) and challenge group (6 teams), and both groups play a single series of five further matches. At the end of the season, the last team is relegated to Ykkönen, whose winner is promoted to Veikkausliiga, and the second last team plays a two-leg play-off versus the Ykkönen runner-up.

In 2010 the average annual salary with fringe benefits for a league player was 24,400 euros. [2] Veikkausliiga is a founding member of the European Professional Football Leagues association. [3]

Clubs

The Veikkausliiga clubs in the 2021 season are presented in the table below. Number of seasons includes seasons played in Veikkausliiga and preceding Mestaruussarja and seasons of predecessor teams after season 2020. In the case of mergers, the seasons of the predecessor with the most seasons are counted.

Club
CityStadiumCapacity2020 positionNumber of
seasons*
AC Oulu Oulu Raatti Stadium 4,3921st in Ykkönen 2
FC Haka Valkeakoski Tehtaan kenttä 3,51610th63
FC Honka Espoo Tapiolan Urheilupuisto 4,1004th12
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion 9,3722nd24
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden kisapuisto 4,0006th48
HIFK Helsinki Telia 5G -areena 10,7708th34
HJK Helsinki Telia 5G -areena 10,7701st82
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 1,6509th16
Ilves Tampere Tammela Stadion 5,0505th39
KuPS Kuopio Savon Sanomat Areena 5,0003rd64
KTP Kotka Arto Tolsa Areena 4,2002nd in Ykkönen 26
SJK Seinäjoki OmaSP Stadion 6,0007th10

Former clubs

ClubHome townSeasons
AC Allianssi Vantaa 2002–2005
Atlantis FC Helsinki 2001
FC Hämeenlinna Hämeenlinna 2002–2004
FC Jazz 1 Pori 1991–2004
FC Jokerit Helsinki 1999–2001, 2003
FC KooTeePee Kotka 2003–2008
FC Kuusysi 2 Lahti 1990–1995
FC Oulu Oulu 1992, 1994
FC Viikingit Helsinki 2007
FinnPa Helsinki 1993–1998
JJK Jyväskylä 2009–2013, 2017
KPV Kokkola 1990, 2019
Kumu Kuusankoski 1990
MP Mikkeli 1990–1996
MyPa Kouvola 1992–2014
OTP Oulu 1990–1991
PK-35 Helsinki 1998, 2016
Ponnistus Helsinki 1995
Reipas 2 Lahti 1990–1991
RoPS Rovaniemi 1990-2001, 2004-2005, 2008-2009, 2011, 2013-2020
TPV Tampere 1993–1995, 1999
Tampere United 3 Tampere 2000–2010
TPS Turku 1990-2000, 2003-2014, 2018, 2020
TP-Seinäjoki Seinäjoki 1997
TP-47 Tornio 2004–2005
VPS Vaasa 1995-2002, 2006-2019

1) FC Jazz was formerly known as PPT (Porin Pallotoverit).
2) Kuusysi and Reipas merged their professional teams in 1996 to form FC Lahti. Kuusysi returned to Kakkonen in 2011 under the name Lahti Akatemia, while Reipas returned to Kolmonen one year later.
3) Tampere United was formed in 1998 after it inherited the place of FC Ilves. Tampere United was dissolved in 2011 and Ilves, which in the meantime had bought the place of KooVee in second division, got promoted back to the highest league in 2015.

Veikkausliiga 1990–present

SeasonWinnerRunners-upThird place
1990 HJK Kuusysi MP
1991 Kuusysi MP FC Haka
1992 HJK Kuusysi FC Jazz
1993 FC Jazz MyPa HJK
1994 TPV MyPa HJK
1995 FC Haka MyPa HJK
1996 FC Jazz MyPa TPS
1997 HJK VPS FinnPa
1998 FC Haka VPS PK-35
1999 FC Haka HJK MyPa
2000 FC Haka FC Jokerit MyPa
2001 TamU HJK MyPa
2002 HJK MyPa FC Haka
2003 HJK FC Haka TamU
2004 FC Haka AC Allianssi TamU
2005 MyPa HJK TamU
2006 TamU HJK FC Haka
2007 TamU FC Haka TPS
2008 FC Inter FC Honka FC Lahti
2009 HJK FC Honka TPS
2010 HJK KuPS TPS
2011 HJK FC Inter JJK
2012 HJK FC Inter TPS
2013 HJK FC Honka VPS
2014 HJK SJK FC Lahti
2015 SJK RoPS HJK
2016 IFK Mariehamn HJK SJK
2017 HJK KuPS FC Ilves
2018 HJK RoPS KuPS
2019 KuPS FC Inter FC Honka
2020 HJK FC Inter KuPS

Performance

Performance by club

The following clubs have won:

Finnish Championship Cup Competition (1908–1929)
Mestaruussarja (1930–1989)
Veikkausliiga (1990–present)

30 clubs have been Champions.

ClubTitlesRunners-upWinning Years
HJK
30
14
1911, 1912, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1923, 1925, 1936, 1938, 1964, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2020
FC Haka
9
7
1960, 1962, 1965, 1977, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004
HPS
9
6
1921, 1922, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1957
TPS
8
12
1928, 1939, 1941, 1949, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975
HIFK
7
7
1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1947, 1959, 1961
KuPS
6
11
1956, 1958, 1966, 1974, 1976, 2019
FC Kuusysi
5
4
1982, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991
Kiffen
4
1913, 1915, 1916, 1955
ÅIFK
3
5
1910, 1920, 1924
Reipas Lahti
3
3
1963, 1967, 1970
VIFK
3
2
1944, 1946, 1953
Tampere United
3
2001, 2006, 2007
VPS
2
5
1945, 1948
KTP
2
1951, 1952
OPS
2
1979, 1980
FC Jazz
2
1993, 1996
MyPa
1
5
2005
FC Inter Turku
1
4
2008
SJK
1
1
2015
PUS
1
1
1909
Sudet Vyborg
1
1
1940
KPV
1
1
1969
FC Ilves
1
1
1983
Unitas
1
1908
HT
1
1942
Ilves-Kissat
1
1950
Pyrkivä Turku
1
1954
TPV
1
1994
IFK Mariehamn
1
2016

Top scorers

SeasonPlayerClubGoals
1990 Flag of Poland.svg Marek Czakon Ilves 16
1991 Flag of Finland.svg Kimmo Tarkkio FC Haka 23
1992 Flag of Brazil.svg Luiz Antônio FC Jazz 21
1993 Flag of Finland.svg Antti Sumiala FC Jazz 20
1994 Flag of Brazil.svg Dionísio TPV 17
1995 Flag of Russia.svg Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 21
1996 Flag of Brazil.svg Luiz Antônio FC Jazz 17
1997 Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael HJK 11
1998 Flag of Finland.svg Matti Hiukka RoPS 11
1999 Flag of Russia.svg Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 23
2000 Flag of Finland.svg Shefki Kuqi FC Jokerit 19
2001 Flag of Finland.svg Paulus Roiha HJK 22
2002 Flag of Finland.svg Mika Kottila HJK 18
2003 Flag of Finland.svg Saku Puhakainen MyPa 14
2004 Flag of Finland.svg Antti Pohja TamU 16
2005 Flag of Finland.svg Juho Mäkelä HJK 16
2006 Flag of Finland.svg Hermanni Vuorinen FC Honka 16
2007 Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael FC Lahti 14
2008 Flag of Finland.svg Aleksandr Kokko FC Honka 13
Flag of Finland.svg Henri Myntti TamU
2009 Flag of Finland.svg Hermanni Vuorinen FC Honka 16
2010 Flag of Finland.svg Juho Mäkelä HJK 16
2011 Flag of Finland.svg Timo Furuholm FC Inter Turku 22
2012 Flag of Georgia.svg Irakli Sirbiladze FC Inter Turku 17
2013 Flag of Finland.svg Tim Väyrynen FC Honka 17
2014 Flag of Finland.svg Jonas Emet FF Jaro 14
Flag of Argentina.svg Luis Solignac IFK Mariehamn
2015 Flag of Finland.svg Aleksandr Kokko RoPS 17
2016 Flag of Finland.svg Roope Riski SJK 17
2017 Flag of Finland.svg Aleksei Kangaskolkka IFK Mariehamn 16
2018 Flag of Brazil.svg Klauss HJK 21
2019 Flag of Slovenia.svg Filip Valenčič FC Inter 16
2020 Flag of Finland.svg Roope Riski HJK 16

Individual all-time records

  Player in activities

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