Deildabikar

The Deildabikar, also known as the Icelandic League Cup, is a pre-season professional football competition in Iceland. It is considered the third most important competition in Icelandic football.

Deildabikar
Founded1996
Region Iceland
Number of teams24
Current championsValur (3rd title)
Most successful club(s)KR (7 titles)
2018 Deildabikar

The pre-season tournament involves the top 22 clubs in Iceland from the previous season and the two clubs promoted from 2. deild, for a total of the 24 teams that will comprise the top two divisions in Iceland the following season. It generally takes place between February and May. The number of teams in the 2008 edition rose from 16 to 24.

Format

The 24 teams are divided into four pools of six teams. Each team meets each other once during the pool stage. The final positions of the group are determined after these 5 games are played. The top two of each group automatically gain entry to the next stage in the competition.

From the quarter final round it is a purely knockout competition where ties take place over 1-leg only. If a tie is not decided in 90 minutes, penalty kicks are taken to decide the game.

Since 2001, two other pre-season tournaments have been arranged in the same format for teams lower down in the Icelandic football league ladder.

Winners

Club Titles Year(s)
KR 7 1998, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017
FH 6 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014
ÍA 3 1996, 1999, 2003
Valur 3 2008, 2011, 2018
Breiðablik 2 2013, 2015
Grindavík 1 2000
ÍBV 1 1997

Finals

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1996ÍA3–1 (aet)Breiðablik
1997ÍBV3–2 (aet)Valur
1998KR2–2 (6–5p)Valur
1999ÍA1–0Fylkir
2000Grindavík4–0Valur
2001KR0–0 (5–3p)FH
2002FH2–2 (4–3p)Fylkir
2003ÍA1–1 (4–2p)Keflavik
2004FH2–1KR
2005KR3–2Þróttur
2006FH3–2Keflavik
2007FH3–2 (aet)Valur
2008Valur4–1Fram
2009FH3–0Breiðablik
2010KR2–1Breiðablik
2011Valur3–1 (aet)Fylkir
2012KR1–0Fram
2013Breiðablik3–2Valur
2014FH4–1Breiðablik
2015Breiðablik1−0KA
2016KR2−0Víkingur R.
2017KR4–0Grindavík
2018Valur4–2Grindavík
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