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Ykkönen (Finnish)
Ettan (Swedish)
Country Finland
Founded 1995
Divisions 1
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Veikkausliiga
Relegation to Kakkonen
Current champions SJK
Website Miesten Ykkönen

Ykkönen (Finnish for 'Number One'; Swedish: Ettan) is the second highest level of the Finnish football league system (after the Veikkausliiga), although it is the highest league managed by the Football Association of Finland.


The first league format competition in the second level of Finnish football was called Suomensarja, which was founded in 1936. In the autumn of 1969, the Finnish football underwent a league system reform, and the Suomensarja was renamed II divisioona, or 2nd Division, with regional sections.[1]

In 1973, this level of football in Finland became nationwide, and the new name was 1. divisioona (‘First Division’), present-day Ykkönen (likewise ‘First Division’).[2]

Before the inauguration of the Suomensarja, there had been, in 1930–1935, special qualification matches for the right to play in the Mestaruussarja, ‘Championship series’. A proper league format competition on this level began in 1936 with the 1936 Suomensarja.[2]


Like the Veikkausliiga, the first division is played mainly during the summer. It comprises 10 clubs, all of whom play three matches against all other clubs in the division. The winner of the Ykkönen qualifies directly for promotion to Veikkausliiga. The bottom 2 clubs are directly relegated to Kakkonen.


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)

The clubs in the Ykkönen for the 2013 season are (with their home towns in brackets):

Top scorers 2006–

Season Player Club Goals
2006 Finland Petteri Kaijasilta PK-35 19
2007 Finland Petteri Kaijasilta PK-35 18
2008 Nigeria Babatunde Wusu JJK 22
2009 Finland Pekka Sihvola FC Hämeenlinna 20
2010 Georgia (country) Irakli Sirbiladze KPV 16
2011 Finland Ville Salmikivi FC Viikingit 20
2012 Finland Aleksandr Kokko RoPS 15
2013 Finland Jussi Aalto FC Haka 15


External links

  • Football Association of Finland
  • List of League Second Level tables since 1930
  • - Finnish football league tables, records & statistics database. (English)
  • Football scores for Finnish Football Leagues

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