2018 Úrvalsdeild

The 2018 Úrvalsdeild karla, also known as Pepsi-deild karla for sponsorship reasons, was the 107th season of top-flight Icelandic football. Twelve teams contested the league, including the defending champions Valur, who won their 21st league title in 2017. [1]

Úrvalsdeild karla (Pepsi-deildin)
Season2018
Dates27 April – 29 September 2018
ChampionsValur
RelegatedFjölnir
Keflavík
Matches played132
Goals scored361 (2.73 per match)
Top goalscorer17 goals
Patrick Pedersen, Valur
2017
2019
All statistics correct as of 29 September 2018.

The season began on 27 April 2018 and concluded on 29 September 2018.

Teams

The 2018 Úrvalsdeild was contested by twelve teams, ten of which played in the division the previous year and two teams promoted from 1. deild karla. The bottom two teams from the previous season, Víkingur Ó. and ÍA, were relegated to the 2018 1. deild karla and were replaced by Fylkir and Keflavík, champions and runners-up of the 2017 1. deild karla respectively.

Club Information

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Breiðablik Kópavogur Kópavogsvöllur 5,501
FH Hafnarfjörður Kaplakriki 6,738
Fjölnir Reykjavík (Grafarvogur) Extra völlurinn 2,000
Fylkir Reykjavík (Árbær) Floridana völlurinn 5,000
Grindavík Grindavík Grindavíkurvöllur 1,750
ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar Hásteinsvöllur 3,034
KA Akureyri Akureyrarvöllur 1,770
Keflavík Reykjanesbær (Keflavík) Keflavíkurvöllur 5,200
KR Reykjavík (Vesturbær) Alvogenvöllurinn 3,333
Stjarnan Garðabær Samsung völlurinn 2,300
Valur Reykjavík (Hlíðar/Miðborg) Valsvöllur 2,465
Víkingur R. Reykjavík (Fossvogur) Víkingsvöllur 1,613

Source:

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Breiðablik Ágúst Gylfason Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson Jako Vörður
FH Ólafur Kristjánsson Davíð Þór Viðarsson Adidas Actavis
Fjölnir Ólafur Páll Snorrason Þórður Ingason Hummel Bónus
Grindavík Páll Kristjánsson Gunnar Þorsteinsson Stanno LÝSI
Fylkir Helgi Sigurðsson Ásgeir Börkur Ásgeirsson Jako Wurth
ÍBV Kristján Guðmundsson Sindri Snær Magnússon Hummel Bónus
KA Srdjan Tufegdzic Guðmann Þórisson Diadora N1
Keflavík Guðlaugur Baldursson Marc McAusland Nike Landsbankinn
KR Rúnar Kristinsson Pálmi Rafn Pálmason Nike Alvogen
Stjarnan Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson Baldur Sigurðsson Uhlsport Orkan
Valur Ólafur Jóhannesson Haukur Páll Sigurðsson Macron Munck
Víkingur R. Logi Ólafsson Sölvi Ottesen Macron TVG-Zimsen

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Breiðablik Milos Milojevic Resigned 3 October 2017[2] Pre-season Ágúst Gylfason 6 October 2017[3]
Fjölnir Ágúst Gylfason Resigned 6 October 2017[4] Pre-season Ólafur Páll Snorrason 11 October 2017[5]
FH Heimir Guðjónsson Sacked 6 October 2017[6] Pre-season Ólafur Kristjánsson 14 October 2017[7]

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Valur (C) 22 13 7 2 50 24 +26 46 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Breiðablik 22 13 5 4 39 17 +22 44 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
3 Stjarnan 22 11 7 4 45 26 +19 40
4 KR 22 10 7 5 36 25 +11 37
5 FH 22 10 7 5 36 28 +8 37
6 ÍBV 22 8 5 9 29 31 2 29
7 KA 22 7 7 8 36 34 +2 28
8 Fylkir 22 7 5 10 31 37 6 26
9 Víkingur R. 22 6 7 9 29 38 9 25
10 Grindavík 22 7 4 11 26 37 11 25
11 Fjölnir (R) 22 4 7 11 22 44 22 19 Relegation to 1. deild karla
12 Keflavík (R) 22 0 4 18 11 49 38 4
Updated to match(es) played on 29 September 2018. Source: KSÍ (in Icelandic), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head goals scored; 7) Head-to-head away goals scored; 8) Play-off (only for deciding champion); 9) Draw.[8]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Since the winners of 2018 Icelandic Cup, Stjarnan, qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the Cup winner (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the next best-placed team (the fourth-placed team).

Positions by round

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Valur2235762111121122111111
Breiðablik1111114222333311233332
Stjarnan59910585443212233322223
KR9577846765564444444444
FH3722333556646555555555
ÍBV12121212121191111111099998888886
KA510591010810108887777777667
Fylkir1068447106791111111110111110910108
Víkingur R.333899118877588899910999
Grindavík104632213344756666667710
Fjölnir58106657991091010101110101111111111
Keflavík5111111111212121212121212121212121212121212
Leader
2019–20 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Relegation to 1. deild karla
Source: KSÍ

Results

Each team will play home and away once against every other team for a total of 22 games each. [9]

Home \ Away BRE FH FJÖ FYL GRI ÍBV KA KEF KR STJ VAL VIK
Breiðablik 4–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–3 0–0
FH 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–3 2–1 3–0
Fjölnir 0–2 2–3 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Fylkir 0–3 1–1 7–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–5 0–2 0–0 2–3
Grindavík 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–5 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–1
ÍBV 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1
KA 0–0 1–1 2–0 5–1 4–3 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–3 4–1
Keflavík 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–3 0–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4
KR 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–1
Stjarnan 2–1 0–1 6–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 3–3
Valur 2–1 2–1 5–3 2–2 4–0 5–1 3–1 4–1 2–1 2–2 4–1
Víkingur R. 2–3 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 2–3 0–4 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 23 September 2018. Source: KSÍ (Football Association of Iceland) (in Icelandic)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

As of matches played on 29 September 2018[10]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Patrick Pedersen Valur 17
2 Hilmar Árni Halldórsson Stjarnan 16
3 Pálmi Rafn Pálmason KR 11
4 Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson KA 10
Thomas Mikkelsen Breiðablik
6 Steven Lennon FH 9
7 Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson ÍBV 8
8 Kennie Chopart KR 7
Gísli Eyjólfsson Breiðablik
Guðmundur Steinn Hafsteinsson Stjarnan
Brandur Olsen FH
12 Geoffrey Castillion Vikingur 6
Nikolaj Hansen Vikingur
Kristinn Freyr Sigurðsson Valur
15 Elfar Árni Aðalsteinsson KA 5

References

  1. "Milos hættur með Breiðablik (Staðfest)". Fótbolti.net. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. "Gústi Gylfa ráðinn þjálfari Breiðabliks (Staðfest)". Fótbolti.net. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. "Gústi Gylfa ráðinn þjálfari Breiðabliks (Staðfest)". Fótbolti.net. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. "Óli Palli nýr þjálfari Fjölnis (Staðfest)". Fótbolti.net. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. "Heimir Guðjónsson rekinn frá FH (Staðfest)". Fótbolti.net. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  6. "Óli Kristjáns tekur við FH (Staðfest)". Fótbolti.net. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  7. "Úrvalsdeild 2018 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  8. "Markahæstu menn". www.ksi.is. Knattspyrnusamband Íslands. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
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