Danish 2nd Division

The 2nd Division is the third tier Danish football league, just after the 1st Division. It was founded in 1945, after World War II, as the second-best Danish football division. When the Danish Superliga was founded in 1991, the 2nd Division became the third level league. From 1991 to 1997 the league was played as half-year seasons, as the lower league played spring-autumn tournaments, and the higher leagues played autumn-spring.

Danish 2nd Division
Number of teams24
Level on pyramid3
Promotion to1st Division
Relegation toDenmark Series (3 divisions)
Domestic cup(s)Danish Cup
Current championsSkive IK
TV partnersKanal Sport (2014–2016)[2]
Ekstra Bladet PLUS (2019–present)[3]
2019–20 Danish 2nd Divisions


The third tier of Danish football has undergone many changes as a buffer zone between the elite classes and amateur clubs. The division, that we today know as the Danish 2nd Division was back in days called the 3rd Division. It started already back in 1936 when III Series was created with two geographically divided constituencies, which included four teams each. Out of the eight teams, there was one who gained promotion to Serie II.

In the years 1945–46, the third Division with 10 teams was grounded. One team gained promotion to 2nd Division, and one relegated to the Denmark Series. A change was made in 1951. The 3rd Division was expanded to 12 teams and to teams was relegated to a newly created Qualification Series – the new buffer between the Denmark Series and local leagues.

The structure was changed again in 1966. Two geographical circles with 12 teams each were created. Only one team could be promoted and two teams be relegated. When we reached the 1975’s, the number of teams in the league got expanded and the 3rd Division rolled into one row with 16 teams, where two teams could be promoted to the 2nd Division and teams relegated to the Denmark Series.

From 3rd Division to 2nd Division

The Danish Superliga got a new name in 1991, and at the same time, was the second best division at the time, renamed to 1st Division instead of 2nd Division. The same story happened with the 3rd Division, that changed the name to the 2nd Division – as we know it today. The new 2nd Division consisted now of a West and an East pool.

In 1997, the 2nd Division changes back to the old structure with a Qualification Series, but only three years later, they changed it back to have a West and East pool.

From 2005, the 2nd Division was changed to have 14 teams each in the East and West pools, with three teams to promote. In addition, was there allowed access to have up to eight reserve teams of the Danish Superliga clubs, in the 2nd Division. The number of teams in the 2nd Division was increased to 16 teams in 2008. But in 2010 they removed the access to have reserve teams in the 2nd Division since they had grounded a Reserve League. This led to a real extension of the 2nd Division, leaving the 2nd Division back with only 8 teams in 2010.

The 2nd Division did change again in 2015, that reduced the number of teams in the 2nd Division from 32 to 24. 3 pools with each 8 teams was created, where the four top finishers in each pool would be playing for promotion to the 1st Division, with promotion for the two best-placed teams. Also, there would be a relegation pool for the 12 teams that end up as 5–8 in one of their 3 pools, where the 9–12th places relegated to the Denmark Series.[4]

Sponsors and logos

Former and current logos for the Danish 2nd Division.


Second tier until 1991

Season Winner
1947–48B 1909
1948–49Esbjerg fB
1949–50B 1909
1950–51Skovshoved IF
1953–54B 1909
1954–55AIA, Aarhus
1955–56Vejle Boldklub
1958B 1903
1959B 1913
1960Køge BK
1961Brønshøj BK
1963BK Frem
1964Hvidovre IF
1966Horsens fS
1967B 1913
1968B 1903
1969Randers Sportsklub Freja
1970B 1909
1973Holbæk B&I
1974Vanløse IF
1975Kastrup Boldklub
1976Frederikshavn fI
1977Næstved IF
1979Køge BK
1980Viborg FF
1981Brøndby IF
1982BK Frem
1984B 1903
1986Hvidovre IF
1987Silkeborg IF
1988B 1913
1990B 1909

From 1991 to 1997 the Danish 2nd Division was split into two groups, East and West.

Season Winner
1997–98B 1909
1998–99Randers Sportsklub Freja
1999–00B 1913
2000–01Kolding IF
2001–02BK Skjold
2002–03FC Nordjylland
2004–05Kolding FC

From 2005 to 2015 the Danish 2nd Division was split into two groups, East and West.

Season Winner
2015–16Akademisk Boldklub
2016–17Thisted FC
2017–18Hvidovre IF


  1. "Om 2. division". divisionsforeningen.dk (in Danish). Foreningen af Divisionsklubber i Danmark. Archived from the original on 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  2. Kjærgaard, Bo (23 July 2015). "Dansk 2. Divisions fodbold får nyt liganavn og mere online dækning" (in Danish). digitalt.tv. Archived from the original on 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  3. Høier, Nikolaj; Kokborg, Johnny W. (11 July 2019). "Banebrydende aftale: Se din lokale klub på tv" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. Archived from the original on 4 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  4. Et overblik over 2. Division, divisionsforeningen.dk
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