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Latvian First League

Latvian First League
Country  Latvia
Founded 1992
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Latvian Higher League
Relegation to Latvian Second League
Domestic cup(s) Latvian Cup
Current champions FK Liepājas Metalurgs-2
(2012)
Website Latvian Football Federation
2013 Latvian First League

The Latvian First League (Latvian: Latvijas Pirmā līga, 1. līga) is the second tier of football in Latvia and is organised by the Latvian Football Federation. From 2007 to 2008, the tournament was known as the Traffic 1. līga, due to its sponsorship by the "Traffic auto advert" advertising company.[1]

Format

There are 16 clubs in the First League. During the course of the season each club plays the every other club twice, once at home and once away, with a total of 30 games. At the end of the season, the highest placed club is automatically promoted to the Virslīga. The second lowest placed club in the Virslīga and the second placed club in the First League compete in a Play-off over two matches for the remaining place in the following season's Virslīga. However, for the 2009 season, the Virslīga was expanded to 9 clubs. Therefore there was no relegation and the top two clubs in the First League, FK Daugava (champions) and FC Tranzīts (runners-up) were promoted to the Virslīga. The two clubs finishing at the bottom of the First League are relegated to the Second League.[2]

First League clubs (2013)

16 clubs are taking part in the 2013 First League season.[3]

Past First League winners

Season Winner Total wins* Runner-up
1992 Decemviri Rīga 1 (1) "Zenta Rīga"
1993 Gemma-RFS 1 (1) Baltnet Daugavpils
1994 FK Kvadrāts 1 (1) Starts Brocēni
1995 FK Jūrnieks 1 (1) FK Lokomotīve Daugavpils
1996 Vecrīga Rīga 1 (1) FK Valmiera
1997 Ranto/AVV 1 (1) FK Jūrnieks
1998 PFK Rīga 1 (1) Jaunība Daugavpils
1999 LU-Daugava 1 (1) LBB-Mido
2000 Zibens-Zemessardze Daugavpils 1 (1) Skonto/Metāls Rīga
2001 Auda Rīga 1 (1) RKB-Arma Rīga
2002 RKB-Arma Rīga 1 (1) Ditton Daugavpils
2003 FK Jūrmala 1 (1) Multibanka Rīga
2004 FK Ventspils-2 1 (1) Ditton-2 Daugavpils
2005 Skonto-2 Rīga 1 (1) Skonto-2 Rīga
2006 JFK Olimps Rīga 1 (1) Ditton-2 Daugavpils
2007 FK Vindava Ventspils 1 (1) FK Blāzma Rēzekne
2008 FK Daugava 1 (1) FC Tranzīts
2009 FK Jelgava 1 (1) FK Jaunība Rīga
2010 FB Gulbene 2005 1 (1) FC Jūrmala
2011 FS METTA/LU 1 (1) FK Liepājas Metalurgs-2
2012 FK Liepājas Metalurgs-2 1 (1) Ilūkstes NSS

References

External links

  • The First League on the Latvian Football Federation website
  • League321.com - Latvian football league tables, records & statistics database. (English)
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