I Lyga

The I Lyga, LFF I Lyga, Pirma Lyga, is the second level of professional Lithuanian football championship.

LFF I Lyga
Founded1991
CountryLithuania
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toA Lyga
Relegation toII Lyga
Current championsDžiugas (2019)
TV partnersFutbolo.tv, Init
Websitehttp://www.pirmalyga.lt
2019 LFF I Lyga

Format

Organized by the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF), I Lyga is contested by 16 teams, with the top team promoted to A Lyga and replaced by the lowest-placed team in that division and the bottom clubs being relegated to the II Lyga. Starting with 2016 season the second-placed team qualifies to direct promotion play-offs with A Lyga seventh-placed team. The final list of participants often does not correlate to the final results of the previous season, as the participation is finalized through the Lithuanian Football Federation league licensing process.

History

There were 15 teams competing in the 2017 season. At the end of this season three teams withdrew from all competitions.

In 2018 there were 14 teams that started the championship. However, FK Koralas Klaipėda withdrew in the mid-season. After the end of the season, two more teams have withdrawn from participation in the next season.

The 2019 season saw 16 teams starting the championship. In June FC Stumbras ran into financial difficulties, it's license was withdrawn from the A Lyga, along with Stumbras B license in the I Lyga. In July Stumbras B was removed from the league, with all results annulled as the team played less than half of all season games. Championship winners FC Džiugas Telšiai won promotion to A lyga, along with second-placed FK Banga Gargždai, who won promotion playoff against the A lyga 7-th placed FK Jonava.

Current Season

The I Lyga suffered withdrawal of 3 clubs before the start of the 2019 season. The league was replenished with a promotion of 3 clubs from II Lyga, and one relegated club was granted an exception to remain in the I Lyga. Two other clubs were also granted exceptions and allowed to participate in I Lyga, even though they failed to meet licensing criteria. In June FC Stumbras B ran into financial difficulties and has been withdrawn from the competition. Since it played less than half of league games, all results were annulled. Final standings:

Pos Team Games Win Draw Lose Goals+ Goals- Diff+/- Points Notes
1.FC Džiugas Telšiai2819455823+3561Promotion
2.FK Banga Gargždai2817565724+3356Won promotion play-off
3.Vilniaus Vytis2817477431+4355
4.DFK Dainava2817296432+3253
5.FK Nevėžis Kėdainiai2816486637+2952
6.FA Šiauliai2814596137+2447
7.FC Hegelmann Litauen2812885742+1544
8.FK Minija (2017)28125115449+541
9.FK Jonava28124125546+940
10.FC Kupiškis28106124956-736
11.FK Vilnius281031155653+333
12.Riteriai B2895146149+1232
13.Žalgiris B2864184383-4022Relegation
14.FK Atmosfera (2012)2834212396-7313Relegation
15.FC Pakruojis28332225145-12012Relegation
16.FC Stumbras B00000000Withdrawn

Promotion/relegation play-off

Second placed FK Banga Gargždai won the promotion in a play-off with A lyga 7th placed FK Palanga.

Promotion play-off
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
FK Banga Gargždai 4 : 2 FK Palanga 2 : 0 2 : 2

Past Seasons

Season Champion Topscorer Goals
1990 Panerys Vilnius
1991 Žalgiris-2 Vilnius
1991–92 Žalgiris-2 Vilnius
1992–93 Azotas Jonava
1993–94 Mūša Ukmergė
1994–95Geležinis Vilkas Vilnius Igoris Verbovikas (Lokomotyvas Vilnius)13
1995–96Ranga-Politechnika Kaunas Svajūnas Česnulis (Laisvė Šilutė)19
1996–97Klevas ŠiauliaiSvajūnas Česnulis (Laisvė Šilutė)23
1997–98Dainava Alytus Jevgenijus Medvedevas (Lietava Jonava17
1998–99Lietava Jonava Marijus Kursevičius (Atletas Kaunas)20
1999Kauno Jėgeriai Ruslanas Kirsanovas (Geležinis Vilkas Vilnius)15
2000Vėtra Rūdiškės Šarūnas Litvinas (Pieno Cechas Kalvarija)32
2001Polonija Vilnius Tomas Radzinevičius (Sūduva Marijampolė)33
2002Vėtra Rūdiškės Denisas Vasilkovas (Interas Visaginas, Vėtra Rūdiškės)27
2003Polonija Vilnius Vytautas Zaboras (Polonija Vilnius)27
2004KFK Šiauliai Gvidas Juška (Babrungas Plungė, Kauno Jėgeriai)21
2005Alytis Alytus Kęstutis Nepas (Vėtra-2 Vilnius, Alytis Alytus)22
2006Kauno Jėgeriai Ramūnas Timinskas (Kruoja Pakruojis)22
2007Alytis Alytus Rimantas Cepovas (Rodiklis Kaunas)25
2008Tauras Tauragė Martynas Karalius (Glestum Klaipėda)19
2009Šilutė Gvidas Juška (Šilutė)21
2010FBK Kaunas Arsenijus Buinickis (Lietava Jonava)28
2011REO Vilnius Aivaras Lyberis (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)24
2012Lietava Jonava Aivaras Lyberis (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)24
2013Klaipėdos Granitas Aivaras Lyberis (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)
Edgaras Mastianica (Klaipėdos Granitas)
18
2014Stumbras Kaunas Artūras Rimkevičius (Stumbras Kaunas)26
2015Lietava Jonava Laurynas Stonkus (Lietava Jonava)30
2016Šilas Kazlų Rūda Artur Skuratovič (Vilniaus Vytis)31
2017Palanga Gvidas Juška (Palanga)31
2018Panevėžys Evaldas Kugys (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)20
2019FC Džiugas Telšiai Evaldas Kugys (Nevėžis Kėdainiai), Jose Luis Balanta (DFK Dainava)19

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