The 2012 Tippeligaen was the 67th completed season of top division football in Norway. The competition began on 23 March 2012 and ended on 18 November 2012, with a summer break from 28 May to 30 June. Molde were the defending champions, while Hønefoss and Sandnes Ulf entered as the promoted teams from the 2011 1. divisjon. They replaced Start and Sarpsborg 08 who were relegated to the 2012 1. divisjon.
Hødd (via cup)
|Goals scored||693 (2.89 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Zdeněk Ondrášek, Péter Kovács (14)|
|Biggest home win||Lillestrøm 6–0 Stabæk|
(4 November 2012)
|Biggest away win||Stabæk 0–5 Molde|
(12 May 2012)
|Highest scoring||Brann 6–2 Odd Grenland|
(15 July 2012)
|Longest winning run||5 matches - Molde, Viking|
|Longest unbeaten run||13 matches - Rosenborg|
|Longest winless run||13 games - Hønefoss|
|Longest losing run||9 matches - Stabæk|
Rosenborg v Hønefoss
(16 May 2012)
Hønefoss v Haugesund
(29 July 2012)
|Average attendance||7,005 |
On 11 November 2011, Molde won the title with one matchday left to play after a 1–0 home win over Hønefoss. It was their second consecutive league title and also their second top-flight title overall.
Strømsgodset were leading the league most of the season, but four matches before the end of the season there were three teams competing for the title. Rosenborg lost out on the title-race after losing to Strømsgodset and Molde. Molde secured the title in the 29th round after they won 1–0 at home, while Strømsgodset lost 2–1 against Sandnes Ulf.
Stabæk were relegated after being positioned at the bottom of the table throughout the season. Ahead of the last round, four teams were fighting against relegation, but Fredrikstad lost their match against the league-winners Molde and were relegated, while Sandnes Ulf finished 14th and played relegation play-offs against Ullensaker/Kisa, the sixth-placed team in the 1. divisjon. Sandnes Ulf won the play-offs 7–1 on aggregate (4–0 away and 3–1 at home), and were not relegated.
Sixteen teams competed in the league – the top fourteen teams from the previous season and the two teams promoted from the 1. divisjon The promoted teams were Hønefoss (returning after a season's absence) and Sandnes Ulf (their first post-World War II top-flight season). They replaced Sarpsborg 08 (relegated after their first ever presence) and Start (ending their three-year spell in the top flight).
Stadiums and locations
- Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
|Color Line Stadion||Brann Stadion||Fredrikstad Stadion||Haugesund Stadion|
|Capacity: 10,778||Capacity: 17,824||Capacity: 13,300||Capacity: 5,000|
|Aka Arena||Åråsen Stadion||Aker Stadion||Skagerak Arena|
|Capacity: 4,000||Capacity: 11,637||Capacity: 11,800||Capacity: 13,500|
|Lerkendal Stadion||Sandnes Idrettspark||Fosshaugane Campus||Nadderud Stadion|
|Capacity: 21,850||Capacity: 3,850||Capacity: 5,402||Capacity: 7,000|
|Marienlyst Stadion||Alfheim Stadion||Ullevaal Stadion||Viking Stadion|
|Capacity: 7,500||Capacity: 7,500||Capacity: 25,572||Capacity: 16,600|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of appointment||Table|
|Sogndal||End of contract||31 December 2011||1 January 2012||Pre-Season|
|Lillestrøm||End of contract||31 December 2011||1 January 2012||Pre-Season|
|Stabæk||Signed by IF Elfsborg||31 December 2011||2 January 2012||Pre-Season|
|Fredrikstad||Resigned||10 May 2012||10 May 2012||13th|
|Viking||Sacked||9 June 2012||19 June 2012||10th|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Molde (C)||30||19||5||6||51||31||+20||62||Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round|
|2||Strømsgodset||30||17||7||6||62||40||+22||58||Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round|
|3||Rosenborg||30||15||10||5||53||26||+27||55||Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round|
|14||Sandnes Ulf (O)||30||8||8||14||44||56||−12||32||Qualification for relegation play-offs|
|15||Fredrikstad (R)||30||9||3||18||42||59||−17||30||Relegation to 1. divisjon|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
- Hødd, which played in the 2012 1. divisjon, also qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round as winners of the 2012 Norwegian Cup.
- Tromsø qualified for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League via the UEFA Fair Play ranking.
- Odd Grenland were deducted 1 point for lack of financial control
Positions by round
Notes: As of the last match in each round; delayed matches are not included.
Five teams entered a play-off for the last Tippeligaen spot in the 2013 season. These were:
- A) Sandnes Ulf (by virtue of being the 14th placed team in the Tippeligaen)
- B) Sandefjord (by virtue of being the third placed team in the 1. divisjon)
- C) Mjøndalen (by virtue of being the fourth placed team in the 1. divisjon)
- D) Bodø/Glimt (by virtue of being the fifth placed team in the 1. divisjon)
- E) Ullensaker/Kisa (by virtue of being the sixth placed team in the 1. divisjon)
The four 1. divisjon teams first played a single game knockout tournament, with the winner (Ull/Kisa) advancing to a two-legged tie against the Tippeligaen team (Sandnes Ulf) for the 16th and final spot in the 2013 season. Sandnes Ulf retained their Tippeligaen spot with an aggregate 7–1 win over Ull/Kisa.
Sandnes Ulf won 7–1 on aggregate.
|First round||Second round||Final round|
|Home \ Away||AAL||SKB||FFK||HAU||HØN||LSK||MFK||ODD||RBK||ULF||SIL||STB||SIF||TIL||VIF||VIK|
- Most yellow cards: 7
Tremaine Stewart (Aalesund)
- Most red cards: 1
- 23 players
1: Team played last season in 1. divisjon.
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