Veikkausliiga (Swedish: Tipsligan) is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. Its main sponsor is the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, hence the league's name. Veikkausliiga was founded in 1990; before that the top division was called Mestaruussarja (championship series) since 1930 which was an amateur or semi-professional league. Between 1908 and 1930 the championship was decided in a cup competition.
|Number of teams||12|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||Finnish Cup|
|International cup(s)||Champions League|
UEFA Europa League
|Current champions||Kuopion Palloseura |
|Most championships||HJK Helsinki (29)|
|TV partners||IS Extra, Ruutu+, Nelonen, Jim|
|Finnish football league structure|
Ykkönen (division one) has been the second highest level of Finnish football since 1973.
During the 1990 and 1991 seasons the Veikkausliiga was played under the name "Futisliiga" (Swedish: Fotbollsligan).
As with certain other cold-climate European countries, league matches in Finland are played in summer, with a schedule usually from April to October. The format and number of teams has changed frequently, and as of 2016 there are 12 teams, with each team playing the others three times, for 33 rounds during the season. The best six teams from the previous season play 17 home matches, while the other six teams play 16 home matches. At the end of the season, the lowest-placed team is relegated to Ykkönen, whose winner is promoted to Veikkausliiga, and the second-worst team plays a two-leg play-off versus the Ykkönen runner-up.
In 2010 the average annual salary with fringe benefits for a league player was 24,400 euro. Veikkausliiga is a founding member of the European Professional Football Leagues association.
The Veikkausliiga clubs in the 2019 season are presented in the table below. Number of seasons includes seasons played in preceding Mestaruussarja and seasons of predecessor teams after season 2018. In the case of mergers, the seasons of the predecessor with the most seasons are counted.
||City||Stadium||Capacity||2018 position||Number of |
|FC Honka||Espoo||Tapiolan Urheilupuisto||4,100||4th||10|
|FC Inter||Turku||Veritas Stadion||9,372||7th||22|
|FC Lahti||Lahti||Lahden kisapuisto||4,000||8th||46|
|HIFK||Helsinki||Telia 5G -areena||10,770||1st in Ykkönen||32|
|HJK||Helsinki||Telia 5G -areena||10,770||1st||80|
|IFK Mariehamn||Mariehamn||Wiklöf Holding Arena||1,650||10th||14|
|KPV||Kokkola||Kokkolan keskuskenttä||3,000||2nd in Ykkönen||19|
|KuPS||Kuopio||Savon Sanomat Areena||5,000||3rd||62|
|AC Oulu||Oulu||2007, 2010|
|FC Haka||Valkeakoski||1990–1996, 1998–2012|
|FC Jokerit||Helsinki||1999–2001, 2003|
|FC Oulu||Oulu||1992, 1994|
|TPS||Turku||1990–2000, 2003–2014, 2018|
1) FC Jazz was formerly known as PPT (Porin Pallotoverit).
2) Kuusysi and Reipas merged their professional teams in 1996 to form FC Lahti. Kuusysi returned to Kakkonen in 2011 under the name Lahti Akatemia, while Reipas returned to Kolmonen one year later.
3) Tampere United was formed in 1998 after it inherited the place of FC Ilves. Tampere United was dissolved in 2011 and Ilves, which in the meantime had bought the place of KooVee in second division, got promoted back to the highest league in 2015.
|2000||FC Haka||FC Jokerit||MyPa|
|2004||FC Haka||AC Allianssi||TamU|
|2008||FC Inter||FC Honka||FC Lahti|
|2019||KuPS||FC Inter||FC Honka|
Performance by club
The following clubs have won:
Finnish Championship Cup Competition (1908–1929)
29 clubs have been Champions.
|2011||FC Inter Turku||22|
|2012||FC Inter Turku||17|
Individual all-time records
Most matches played
Last updated: 20 September 2019.
Most goals scored
Last updated: 20 September 2019.
- Antti Koivukangas (31 March 2016). "Fotbollsligan 1990: Kuusela ledde HJK till guld" (in Swedish). Yle. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- Palkkatutkimus 2010 Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "The Finnish Football League Association Veikkausliiga - EPFL". epfl-europeanleagues.com. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
- Official website
- Finland - List of League First Level Tables at RSSSF (in English)
- Fixtures and Tables on aragon.ws (in English)