2. divisjon

2. divisjon (often referred to as PostNord-ligaen for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest level of the Norwegian football league system.

PostNord-ligaen
Founded2016– (as PostNord-ligaen)
2012–2015 (as Oddsen-ligaen)
2009–2011 (as Fair Play ligaen)
1991–2008 (as 2. divisjon)
1963–1990 (as 3. divisjon)
Country Norway
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams28 (divided into 2 groups of 14)
Level on pyramid3
Promotion to1. divisjon
Relegation to3. divisjon
Domestic cup(s)Norwegian Cup
Current championsStjørdals-Blink, Grorud
(2019)
Websitefotball.no
2019 2. divisjon

There are 28 teams divided into two groups, and at the end of the season the winner of each group earns promotion to the second-highest division, 1. divisjon. The teams finishing in second place in their respective group will qualify for the promotion play-offs, where they will face each other. The winner will play against the 14th placed team in 1. divisjon for promotion. The bottom three teams in each group are relegated to 3. divisjon.

2. divisjon is the highest league a reserve team can participate in, and only reserve teams from the Eliteserien clubs (first tier) are allowed to enter. The participation of reserve teams stirs debate from time to time.[1]

History

Between 1963 and 1990, 2. divisjon was the second highest level of the Norwegian football league system, therefore the name of the third highest level was 3. divisjon. When the highest level was rebranded in 1991, this level changed its name to 2. divisjon. From 2009 to 2011, the official name of the league was Fair Play ligaen, and from 2012 to 2015 the name was Oddsen-ligaen (after the main sponsor Norsk Tipping's betting-game called Oddsen).[2][3] The league is currently branded as PostNord-ligaen, sponsored by PostNord.

Current members


Club Group Finishing position last season Location Stadium Capacity
Alta 2 5th (gr. 1) Alta Alta Idrettspark / Finnmarkshallen 3,000 / 1,000
Arendal 1 6th (gr. 2) Arendal Norac Stadion 3,238
Åsane 2 14th 1. divisjon Bergen Åsane Idrettspark 3,000
Asker 2 4th (gr. 1) Asker Føyka Stadion 2,000
Bærum 2 8th (gr. 1) Bærum Sandvika Stadion 602
Brattvåg 1 8th (gr. 2) Haram Brattvåg Stadion 2,000
Bryne 1 5th (gr. 2) Time Bryne Stadion 10,000
Byåsen 1 1st 3. divisjon (gr. 5) Trondheim Byåsen Arena 2,000
Egersund 1 4th (gr. 2) Egersund Idrettsparken 4,000
Elverum 2 6th (gr. 1) Elverum Elverum Stadion 1,400
Florø 2 15th 1. divisjon Florø Florø Stadion 2,800
Fram Larvik 2 10th (gr. 1) Larvik Framparken 3,000
Fredrikstad 1 2nd (gr. 1) Fredrikstad Fredrikstad Stadion 12,565
Grorud 2 3rd (gr. 1) Oslo Grorud Matchbane 1,000
Hødd 1 3rd (gr. 2) Ulsteinvik Nye Høddvoll 4,081
Kjelsås 2 7th (gr. 2) Oslo Grefsen Stadion 1,500
Kvik Halden 1 1st 3. divisjon (gr. 2) Halden Halden Stadion 5,000
Levanger 1 16th 1. divisjon Levanger TOBB Arena 6,000
Mjølner 2 7th (gr. 1) Narvik Narvik Stadion 2,000
Moss 1 9th (gr. 1) Moss Melløs Stadion 3,085
Nardo 1 10th (gr. 2) Trondheim Nissekollen 3,000
Odd 2 2 11th (gr. 1) Skien Skagerak Arena 12,000
Oppsal 2 1st 3. divisjon (gr. 1) Oslo Trasop Idrettspark 1,000
Senja 2 1st 3. divisjon (gr. 6) Silsand Senja Stadion 1,000
Sola 1 1st 3. divisjon (gr. 3) Sola Sola Stadion 1,000
Sotra 2 1st 3. divisjon (gr. 4) Sotra Straume Idrettspark 1,000
Stjørdals-Blink 1 11th (gr. 2) Stjørdalshalsen Nye Blinkbanen 1,500
Vidar 1 9th (gr. 2) Stavanger Lassa Idrettspark 5,000

Winners

1991–1995

All group winners, excluding second teams of top division teams, were promoted to 1. divisjon.

SeasonGroup 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6
1991Odd GrenlandBærumVard HaugesundBrann 2 [nb 1]Rosenborg 2 [nb 2]Bodø/Glimt
1992Lillestrøm 2 [nb 3]SkeidÅssidenÅsaneNardoMjølner
1993JevnakerÅndalsnesStabækVidarStjørdals-BlinkAlta
1994Sarpsborg FKOdd GrenlandSandefjord BKHaugesundAalesundStålkameratene
1995ElverumUllernMjøndalenVidarByåsenHarstad
  1. Os were promoted
  2. Stjørdals/Blink were promoted
  3. Ski were promoted

1996–2000

Each group winner played qualification play-offs to decide which teams promote to 1. divisjon. Teams in bold promoted to 1. divisjon through qualification play-offs.

SeasonGroup 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8
1996 [nb 1]Sarpsborg FKSkjettenRunarVigørRosenborg 2 [nb 2]FinnsnesN/AN/A
1997KjelsåsRaufossUllernVidarFanaKolstadStrindheimLofoten
1998Liv/FossekallenSkjettenØrn-HortenVidarFyllingenClausenengenRosenborg 2 [nb 3]Lofoten
1999HamKamAskerSandefjordVidarFyllingenAalesundStrindheimTromsdalen
2000SkjettenFF LillehammerØrn-HortenMandalskamerateneHøddAalesundStålkamerateneLofoten
  1. Byåsen and Harstad from 1. divisjon played qualification games against group winners from 2. divisjon
  2. Verdal finished second in Group 5 and qualified for promotion play-offs, but was not promoted.
  3. Mo finished second in Group 7 and qualified for promotion play-offs, but was not promoted.

2001–2016

All group winners, excluding second teams of top division teams, were promoted to 1. divisjon.

SeasonGroup 1Group 2Group 3Group 4
2001SkeidÅsaneOslo ØstLørenskog
2002FredrikstadBærumMandalskamerateneAlta
2003Pors GrenlandKongsvingerVard HaugesundTromsdalen
2004FK TønsbergFolloLøv-HamAlta
2005Sparta SarpsborgOslo ØstViking 2 [nb 1]Tromsdalen
2006NotoddenSkeidMandalskamerateneRaufoss
2007NybergsundHøddSandnes UlfAlta
2008MjøndalenSkeidStavangerTromsdalen
2009StrømmenFolloSandnes UlfRanheim
2010AskerHøddRandabergHamKam
2011Ullensaker/KisaBærumNotoddenTromsdalen
2012ElverumKristiansundVard HaugesundFollo
2013BærumAltaNest-SotraTromsdalen
2014JervLevangerÅsaneFollo
2015KFUMRaufossUllensaker/KisaKongsvinger
2016TromsdalenElverumFlorøArendal
  1. Haugesund finished second in Group 3 and was promoted

2017–

Teams in bold were promoted to 1. divisjon.
Teams in italics were relegated to 2. divisjon.

SeasonGroup 1Group 2Play-off teams
2017Ham-KamNest-SotraFredrikstad (1. div), Raufoss (2. div, gr. 1), Notodden (2. div, gr. 2)
2018RaufossSkeidÅsane (1. div), Fredrikstad (2. div, gr. 1), KFUM Oslo (2. div, gr. 2)
2019Stjørdals-BlinkGrorudNotodden (1. div), Kvik Halden (2. div, gr. 1), Åsane (2. div, gr. 2)

Reserve teams

Reserve teams of clubs from the two top divisions can participate in the 2. divisjon. Reserve teams of clubs from the 1. divisjon can not play in the 2. divisjon, so if a team is relegated from the 1. divisjon, the club's reserve team will be relegated to the 3. divisjon regardless of their final position in the league.[4]

Sponsorship

From 2016, 2. divisjon has its title sponsorship rights sold to PostNord.

Period Sponsor Name
1963–1990No sponsor3. divisjon
1991–20082. divisjon
2009–2011Fair Play ligaen
2012–2015Norsk TippingOddsen-ligaen
2016–PostNordPostNord-ligaen

Records and statistics

Team records

2001–2016

4 groups
RecordTeamSeason
Most points 70 (Kongsvinger) 2003
Fewest points 3 (Stord and Skjervøy) 2001 and 2003
Most goals in one season 105 (Tromsdalen) 2011
Fewest goals in one season 18 (Langevåg) 2003
Most goals conceded in one season 130 (Skjervøy) 2003
Fewest goals conceded in one season 13 (Elverum) 2016
Most goals in one game 15–0 (StrindheimSalangen)
15–0 (Sparta SarpsborgFram Larvik)
2004
2005
Biggest win 15–0 (StrindheimSalangen)
15–0 (Sparta SarpsborgFram Larvik)
2004
2005

2017–

2 groups
RecordTeamSeason
Most points 65 (HamKam) 2017
Fewest points 13 (Byåsen) 2017
Most goals in one season 66 (Åsane) 2019
Fewest goals in one season 21 (Brumunddal) 2017
Most goals conceded in one season 69 (Odd 2 and Stabæk 2) 2017 and 2018
Fewest goals conceded in one season 18 (HamKam) 2017
Most goals in one game 5–5 (BærumOppsal)
2019
Biggest win 8–0 (RaufossFollo) 2017

Average attendances

Season Average
2014 258
2015 285
2016 262
2017 350
2018 493
2019 474

Top 10 most attended games

No. Season Game Attendance
1 2018 FredrikstadMoss 10 413
2 2019 FredrikstadByåsen 7 912
3 2002 FredrikstadKvik Halden 7 013
4 2018 FredrikstadAsker 5 691
5 2002 FredrikstadEidsvold Turn 5 370
6 2003 KongsvingerUllensaker/Kisa 5 024
7 2010 HamarkamerateneBrumunddal 4 565
8 2019 FredrikstadKvik Halden 4 462
9 2018 FredrikstadRaufoss 4 291
10 2019 FredrikstadStjørdals-Blink 4 245

References

  1. Aarre, Eivind (5 September 2007). "Foreslår 2.-lagene i egen liga". Stavanger Aftenblad. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
  2. "Fair Play Ligaen 2009". Mo IL. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  3. "2. divisjon skifter navn". nettavisen.no (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  4. Norwegian Football Association website (in Norwegian)
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