Faroese Football Championship

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Full name Betrideildin
Association Fótbóltssamband Føroya
First edition 1942
hierarchy 1st League
Teams 10
master KÍ Klaksvík (18)
Record champions HB Torshavn (23)
Record player Fróði Benjaminsen (503)
Record scorer Klæmint Olsen (188)
Current season 2020
Website www.football.fo

The Faroese Football Championship is played in the first division of men's football in the Faroe Islands . It was founded in 1942 and was called Meistaradeildin ( German  champions league ) until 1975 , 1st Deild (German: 1st league ) from 1976 to 2004 and Formuladeildin from 2005 to 2008 after its main sponsor, the Faroese IT company Formula . From 2009 to 2011 Vodafone acted as namesake of Vodafonedeildin . After the departure of the main sponsor, the energy company Effo was announced as a new sponsor on February 27, 2012 , so that the league will bear the name Effodeildin for the next three years from the 2012 season . On December 15, 2017, Betri Banki was presented as the new sponsor, so that the league has been called Betrideildin since the 2018 season . The term is initially valid until 2022.

In addition to the Betrideildin, there is the 1st , 2nd and 3rd Deild (corresponds to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th league) and the 1st and 2nd Deild for women .


The home of second division team Skála ÍF in Skála .

In the Meistaradeildin , founded in 1942 , the champion was determined in qualifying games in the early years, and in 1943 the maximum number of twelve teams played. Regular participants were B36 Tórshavn , HB Tórshavn , KÍ Klaksvík , MB Miðvágur , SÍF Sandavágur and TB Tvøroyri, and from 1943 SÍ Sørvágur and VB Vágur . It was not until 1947 that a closed amateur league was established, in which all the aforementioned teams took part except for TB Tvøroyri. Each team played once against each other, promotion and relegation was not yet regulated in the Meistaradeildin . In 1948, MB Miðvágur, SÍF Sandavágur and SÍ Sørvágur no longer took part in the game operation, with the latter team the game operation almost came to a standstill due to the fishing carried out in the summer months, which is why regular games could no longer be guaranteed. Instead, the B teams from B36 Tórshavn and HB Tórshavn took part, at HB also in the following year. From 1949 TB Tvøroyri was again a permanent member of the league, so that from 1950 five teams played against each other for the first time twice to determine the master. This mode as well as the league composition was largely maintained until 1970. Exceptions were the years 1951, 1953–55 and 1960–65, in which VB Vágur did not participate in the league. In 1964, after KÍ Klaksvík withdrew, there were only three participants who competed against each other once. From 1971 ÍF Fuglafjørður took part for the first time , so that now six teams were playing for the title in the league.

After the first Deild was introduced in 1976 with seven teams and a permanent relegated team, each team continuing to play twice against each other, the increase to eight teams took place three years later. That's why there was no relegation in 1978. In 1988, the next expansion to ten teams was carried out with from then on two permanent relegated teams, which is why relegation was suspended again the year before. In the 1991 season, the clubs were able to qualify for the first time for the European Cup , which was played in 1992/93, via the league and cup placement . In 1995, the three-point rule was introduced in the 1st Deild , and from this season there was a relegation game of the ninth-placed against the runner-up in the 2nd Deild . In 2001, when the points were equal, the direct comparison between the teams involved was introduced as the first decision criterion, but was abolished again in 2006. Since then, as before, goal difference and goals scored are the first criteria. From 2005, at the same time as the name was changed to Formuladeildin after the new main sponsor, the number of league games was increased to 27, so that each team plays three times against each other. By 2016, the five teams with the highest points from the previous season played 14 home games, the other teams 13. In the following year, the relegation game was also abolished and there have been two more permanent relegations since then. In 2009, after a change in the main sponsor, the company was renamed Vodafonedeildin . The naming rights were initially granted for the next three years. In 2012, after Vodafone left, the company was renamed Effodeildin for the next three years. The league has been called Betrideildin since 2018 .

season Teams mode Number of games Relegation regulation
194200000 9 Playoffs 13 -
194300000 12 17th
194400000 no event
194500000 7th Playoffs 10 -
194600000 8th 13
194700000 7th Semicircular 21st no
1948-1949 6th 15th
195000000 5 Single round 20th
195100000 4th 12
195200000 5 20th
1953-1955 4th 12
1956-1959 5 20th
1960-1963 4th 12
196400000 04 1 08 1
196500000 4th 12
1966-1970 5 20th
1971-1975 6th 30th
1976-1977 7th 42 1 relegated
197800000 0 relegated
1979-1986 8th 56 1 relegated
198700000 0 relegated
1988-1994 10 90 2 relegated
1995-2004 1 relegation,
1 relegation participant
200500000 1.5 times round 135
2006–0000 1-2 relegated
1 KÍ Klaksvík retired after two games.

Current mode

In the Betrideildin , each team plays against each other three times on 27 match days. Since 2016, five drawn teams have played 14 home games, the other teams 13. The team with the highest points at the end of the season is champions of this league, the last two teams are relegated to the 1st Deild , provided that the two potential promoters are among the top three teams . If there is a tie, a decision will be made based on the goal difference and then on the goals scored. If there is still a tie after that, a playoff will be played on a neutral pitch. Due to the placement in the UEFA five-year ranking , the champions are entitled to qualify for the Champions League and the runners-up and thirds in the table are entitled to qualify for the UEFA Europa League . The cup winner will also take part in qualifying for the UEFA Europa League. If this is also the Faroese champion, the cup finalist will take part in qualifying for the UEFA Europa League instead. If the cup winner is in second or third place at the end of the championship, the fourth-placed will advance to the UEFA Europa League.

Yellow and red cards

If a player receives five yellow cards in the course of a season , they are suspended for the next league game. If there are two more yellow cards, the league will be banned again. If a player sees the red card in a league game , a ban will be issued for at least one competitive game, depending on the severity of the offense. It does not matter whether the next match is a league or a cup game.

Transfer window

Until 2007, the clubs could sign players at any time. The clubs have been tied to two transfer windows since 2007. The first ends at the end of February, the second takes place during the summer break between the end of June and the end of July.



Since 1947 89% of all missions have been carried out by Faroese. Serbia (2.6%) has the largest share of foreign players, followed by Denmark (1.8%) and Poland (1.4%). In 2019 the distribution was 86% Faroese. The largest share of foreign players was again Serbia with 3.7%. It was followed by Denmark (3%) and Norway (2.1%).


Since 1947, the teams in the first division have been looked after by 187 different coaches, of which 85 (45%) were Faroese. The largest foreign contingent was made up of the Danes with 43 trainers (23%), followed by the Icelanders with 16 trainers (9%) and the Serbs and Yugoslavs with 14 trainers (7%).

Participant season 2020

Television rights

In 2009 the television rights for the next four years for the record sum of 64 million DKK were awarded to the sports rights agency Kentaro . Previously, the rights were held by Sportfive , which paid around DKK 11 million.


On average, the games are attended by around 500 spectators. Certain derbies generate an increased number of spectators, for example between B36 Tórshavn and HB Tórshavn . Games by B36 Tórshavn, HB Tórshavn and EB / Streymur against KÍ Klaksvík and games by EB / Streymur and NSÍ Runavík against HB Tórshavn as well as general top games usually also attract between 1000 and 2000 spectators, in exceptional cases up to 3000.


Usually local referees lead the games. As of the end of the 2019 season, the active referees with the most appearances in the first division are Eiler Rasmussen (316 games) as well as Petur Reinert (299) and Dagfinn Forná (271). Since 2005, individual games have been refereed every season by foreign referees, who, apart from the Brazilian referee Alex Troleis, who lives in the Faroe Islands and who has meanwhile become naturalized, come exclusively from the Nordic countries . This was previously the case in 1991.

Top scorer (since 1968)

year player team Gates
1968 Baldvin Baldvinsson B36 Tórshavn 09
1969 Heri Nolsøe HB Tórshavn 11
1970 unknown
1971 Heri Nolsøe HB Tórshavn 20th
1972 Heri Nolsøe HB Tórshavn 20th
1973 John Eysturoy HB Tórshavn 13
1974 Beiggin Johannesen HB Tórshavn 10
1975 Beiggin Johannesen HB Tórshavn 08th
1976 Heri Nolsøe HB Tórshavn 14th
1977 EnglandEngland Dave Jones ÍF Fuglafjørður 12
1978 Ásmund Nolsøe TB Tvøroyri 09
1979 Meinhardt Dalbúð ÍF Fuglafjørður 17th
1980 SwedenSweden Sveinbjørn Danielsson TB Tvøroyri 15th
1981 Suni Jacobsen HB Tórshavn 14th
1982 Henrik Thomsen TB Tvøroyri 09
1983 Petur Hans Hansen B68 Toftir 10
1984 Aksel Højgaard B68 Toftir 10
1985 Símun Petur Justinussen GÍ Gøta 10
1986 DenmarkDenmark Jesper Wiemer B68 Toftir 13
1987 Símun Petur Justinussen GÍ Gøta 12
1988 Jógvan Petersen B68 Toftir 09
1989 IcelandIceland Egill Steinþórsson VB Vágur 16
1990 Jón Pauli Olsen VB Vágur 10
1991 Símun Petur Justinussen GÍ Gøta 15th
1992 Símun Petur Justinussen GÍ Gøta 14th
1993 Uni Arge HB Tórshavn 11
1994 John Petersen GÍ Gøta 21st
1995 Súni Fríði Barbá (née Johannesen) B68 Toftir 24
1996 Kurt Mørkøre KÍ Klaksvík 20th
1997 Uni Arge HB Tórshavn 24
1998 Jákup á Borg B36 Tórshavn 20th
1999 Jákup á Borg B36 Tórshavn 17th
2000 Súni Fríði Barbá (née Johannesen) B68 Toftir 16
2001 Helgi Petersen GÍ Gøta 19th
2002 Andrew av Fløtum HB Tórshavn 18th
2003 Hjalgrím Elttør KÍ Klaksvík 13
2004 Sonni Petersen EB / Streymur 13
2005 Christian Høgni Jacobsen NSÍ Runavík 18th
2006 Christian Høgni Jacobsen NSÍ Runavík 18th
2007 Ivory CoastIvory Coast Sylla Amed Davy B36 Tórshavn 18th
2008 Arnbjørn Theodor Hansen EB / Streymur 20th
2009 Finnur Justinussen Víkingur Gøta 19th
2010 Arnbjørn Theodor Hansen EB / Streymur 22nd
Christian Høgni Jacobsen NSÍ Runavík
2011 Finnur Justinussen Víkingur Gøta 21st
2012 Páll Klettskard KÍ Klaksvík 22nd
BrazilBrazil Clayton Nascimento ÍF Fuglafjørður
2013 Klæmint Olsen NSÍ Runavík 21st
2014 Klæmint Olsen NSÍ Runavík 22nd
2015 Klæmint Olsen NSÍ Runavík 21st
2016 Klæmint Olsen NSÍ Runavík 23
2017 NigeriaNigeria Adeshina Lawal Víkingur Gøta 17th
2018 Adrian Justinussen HB Tórshavn 20th
2019 Klæmint Olsen NSÍ Runavík 26th

Since 1968, Heri Nolsøe (1969, 1971, 1972, 1976) and Símun Petur Justinussen (1985, 1986, 1991, 1992) have won the title of top scorer most often. Klæmint Olsen (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019), Christian Høgni Jacobsen (2005, 2006, 2010), Beiggin Johannesen (1974, 1975), Uni Arge (1993, 1997), Jákup á Borg (1998 , 1999), Súni Fríði Barbá (1995, 2000), Arnbjørn Theodor Hansen (2008, 2010) and Finnur Justinussen (2009, 2011). Klæmint Olsen scored the most goals with 26 (2019). In 1975 eight goals were already enough for the title, but only ten games were played per team. Furthermore, the Englishman Dave Jones, the Swede Sveinbjørn Danielsson, the Icelandic Egill Steinþórsson, the Ivorian Sylla Amed Davy, the Brazilian Clayton Nascimento and the Nigerian Adeshina Lawal with the titles won in 1977, 1980, 1989, 2007, 2012 and 2017, respectively, are the only ones foreign players who could become top scorer.

Among the teams, HB Tórshavn was the top scorer most often with twelve titles. The other multiple successful teams are NSÍ Runavík with eight, B68 Toftir and GÍ Gøta with six each, B36 Tórshavn with four, EB / Streymur, ÍF Fuglafjørður, KÍ Klaksvík, TB Tvøroyri and Víkingur Gøta with three each and VB Vágur with two titles.

Previous masters

2Under the British occupation there was a shortage of soccer balls, which is why no championship could be played.

Record champions

title team Seasons
23 HB Tórshavn 1955, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2018
18th KÍ Klaksvík 1942, 1945, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1991, 1999, 2019
11 B36 Tórshavn 1946, 1948, 1950, 1959, 1962, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2014, 2015
07th TB Tvøroyri 1943, 1949, 1951, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1987
06th GÍ Gøta 1983, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
03 B68 Toftir 1984, 1985, 1992
02 EB / Streymur 2008, 2012
02 Víkingur Gøta 2016, 2017
01 SÍ Sørvágur 1947
01 ÍF Fuglafjørður 1979
01 B71 Sandur 1989
01 VB Vágur 2000
01 NSÍ Runavík 2007

Worth mentioning

  • HB Tórshavn is the only club that has played in the first division (including Meistaradeildin ) every year .
  • In addition, GÍ Gøta (ascent in 1980) also had to accept no decline. This team went on in 2008 after a merger in Víkingur Gøta .
  • From 1966 to 1970 KÍ Klaksvík won five championships in a row.
  • The closest championship went to KÍ Klaksvík in 1952, who prevailed against TB Tvøroyri due to the better goal quotient . Only one goal made the difference.
  • The reigning champions have so far been relegated from the first division twice. In 1988 TB Tvøroyri was hit, and in 1990 B71 Sandur .
  • The most common runner-up was HB Tórshavn (20 times), followed by B36 Tórshavn (15), KÍ Klaksvík (11) and TB Tvøroyri (10).
  • The best placement as a climber was achieved in 1989 when B71 Sandur won the championship title straight away. In 1988, B36 Tórshavn reached third place as a climber. Fourth place went to GÍ Gøta (1980), B68 Toftir (1981), ÍF Fuglafjørður (1988) and MB Miðvágur (1990) in their promotion season .
  • ÍF Fuglafjørður changed the class most often between the first and second division. There was an ascent or descent six times each. This is followed by NSÍ Runavík , TB Tvøroyri and B71 Sandur, each with five ascents and descents.
  • In eleven years there were relegation duels for promotion and relegation between the ninth placed in the first division and the runner up in the second division, most recently in 2005. Most of them denied B71 Sandur with four and lost them all. Overall, the first division team was nine times victorious, the second division only twice.




The following is a list of the players with the most stakes in the competition since 1978. Players marked in bold are still active. If there are several clubs, the current club is marked in bold.

Record player Fróði Benjaminsen
space player society Calls Playing times
1 Fróði Benjaminsen HB Tórshavn (221)
B68 Toftir (139)
B36 Tórshavn (72)
NSÍ Runavík (26)
Skála ÍF (24)
Víkingur Gøta (21)
503 1994–
2 Hjalgrím Elltør KÍ Klaksvík (324)
NSÍ Runavík (67)
B36 Tórshavn (27)
418 2000-2018
3 Heðin á Lakjuni KÍ Klaksvík (314)
NSÍ Runavík (50)
B36 Tórshavn (36)
HB Tórshavn (17)
417 1995-2015
4th Egil á Bø EB / Streymur (258)
B36 Tórshavn (83)
ÍF Fuglafjørður (52)
NSÍ Runavík (17)
410 1994-2015
5 Hans Pauli Samuelsen EB / Streymur (336)
Víkingur Gøta (47)
B36 Tórshavn (27)
410 2002–
6th Jákup á Borg B36 Tórshavn (298)
HB Tórshavn (94)
392 1996-2016
7th Jónhard Frederiksberg NSÍ Runavík (194)
Skála ÍF (165)
EB / Streymur (27)
386 2002-2018
8th Hanus Jacobsen Víkingur Gøta (291)
GÍ Gøta (70)
AB Argir (22)
383 2003–
9 Andy Olsen ÍF Fuglafjørður (173)
NSÍ Runavík (173)
KÍ Klaksvík (27)
373 2003–
10 Bartal Eliasen ÍF Fuglafjørður (292)
GÍ Gøta (80)
372 1993-2015


Below is a list of the most successful goal scorers in the competition since 1968. Players marked in bold are still active. If there are several clubs, the current club is marked in bold.

Record goal scorer Klæmint Olsen
space Player society Gates Playing times
1 Klæmint Olsen NSÍ Runavík 188 1996–
2 Jákup á Borg B36 Tórshavn (121)
HB Tórshavn (32)
153 1996-2016
3 Arnbjørn Theodor Hansen EB / Streymur (145)
HB Tórshavn (7)
152 2004–
4th John Petersen B36 Tórshavn (104)
GÍ Gøta (40)
B68 Toftir (3)
147 1993-2009
5 Fróði Benjaminsen HB Tórshavn (76)
B68 Toftir (37)
B36 Tórshavn (22)
NSÍ Runavík (4)
Víkingur Gøta (4)
Skála ÍF (2)
145 1994–
6th Súni Fríði Barbá B68 Toftir (94)
HB Tórshavn (28)
GÍ Gøta (7)
AB Argir (6)
NSÍ Runavík (5)
140 1991-2008
Kurt Mørkøre KÍ Klaksvík (125)
LÍF Leirvík (8)
B68 Toftir (7)
140 1986-2005
8th Christian Høgni Jacobsen NSÍ Runavík (112)
HB Tórshavn (10)
B68 Toftir (4)
126 1997-2017
9 Andrew av Fløtum HB Tórshavn 123 1996-2017
10 Símun Petur Justinussen GÍ Gøta 122 1980-1999



  • Four teams managed to remain free of loss points for one season. These were in the Meistaradeildin TB Tvøroyri 1949, KÍ Klaksvík 1969 and HB Tórshavn 1973 and 1975. HB did not give up a point in ten games. In 1973 HB also remained victorious in all cup games. The best season after the introduction of the 1. Deild 1976 played ÍF Fuglafjørður 1979. In 14 games, the team remained unbeaten and could reach 25: 3 points with a goal difference of 34: 9. In 1980 TB Tvøroyri also reached 25: 3 points with a goal difference of 52:10, but this was a defeat to book. Otherwise HB Tórshavn 1978, who scored 20: 4 points and 25:13 goals, and B71 Sandur 1989 with 31: 5 points and 37:13 goals remained unbeaten .
  • The highest number of points after the introduction of the three-point rule in 1995 was achieved by B36 Tórshavn in 1997 with 48 in 18 match days. In 27 match days, the record is 73 points, set by HB Tórshavn in 2018.
  • Five teams didn't get a single point in one season. These were in the Meistaradeildin MB Miðvágur 1947, B36 Tórshavn II 1948, VB Vágur 1949 and TB Tvøroyri 1963 as well as after the introduction of the 1st Deild NSÍ Runavík in 1976. NSÍ played the largest number of games with twelve and achieved a goal difference of 6: 47.


  • The highest number of goals with an average of 6.00 was scored by HB Tórshavn in 1971 (60 goals in 10 games), after the introduction of the league game in 1976 the record stood at 3.71 goals on average (52 goals in 14 games), set by TB Tvøroyri in 1980.
  • The fewest goals conceded with an average of 0.17 VB Vágur 1947 (1 goal against in 6 games), after 1976 the record is 0.5 goals against average, set up by B68 Toftir 1985 (7 goals against in 14 games)
  • The best goal difference was recorded by HB Tórshavn 1971 with +5.00 on average (+50 with 10 games), after 1976 TB Tvøroyri has the best performance since 1980 with +3.00 per game (+42 with 14 games)
  • B36 Tórshavn II scored an average of just 0.20 goals in 1948 (1 goal in 5 games), after 1976 the lowest average was 0.50 goals per game, established by NSÍ Runavík 1976, Fram Tórshavn 1977 (6 goals each in 12 games ) and LÍF Leirvík 1989 (9 goals in 18 games).
  • 5.80 goals conceded an average of B36 Tórshavn II 1948 (29 goals against in 5 games) and ÍF Fuglafjørður 1971 (58 goals against in 10 games), after 1976 the most conceded with an average of 4.22 per game FS Vágar 2001 (76 goals in 18 games).
  • B36 Tórshavn II holds the negative record in this division with an average goal difference of −5.60 (−28 in 5 games), which was set in 1948. After 1976 the negative record was −3.42 per game (−41 in 12 games), set by NSÍ Runavík in 1976.

UEFA five-year ranking

Placement in the UEFA five-year ranking ( previous year's ranking in brackets ). The abbreviations CL and EL after the country coefficients indicate the number of representatives in the 2019/20 season of the Champions League and the Europa League .

Status: end of the European Cup season 2018/19

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Besta deildin eitur nú Vodafonedeildin ( Memento of the original dated December 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Faroese: “The best league is now called the Vodafone League.” In May 2008, Vodafone took over the private Faroese mobile operator Kall ), February 26, 2009 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / atgongd.fsf.fo
  2. ^ New name for the top league , January 16, 2012. Accessed February 4, 2012.
  3. a b Besta deildin eitur nú Effodeildin (Faroese: "Best league is now called Effo-Liga"), February 27, 2012. Accessed on February 28, 2012.
  4. a b Fremsta fótbóldsdeildin eitur nú Betri deildin hjá kvinnum og monnum (Faroese: "First football league is now called Betri-Liga for women and men"), December 15, 2017. Accessed January 31, 2018.
  5. A total of 15 teams took part. Of these, twelve played for the title in the Meistaradeildin , three more from the island of Suðuroy played in the second-class Meðaldeildin (Suni Merkistein: Teir reystastu dreingir í Norðum. Tórshavn 2010, p. 180).
  6. ^ Formula Division becomes Vodafone Division (English), February 28, 2009
  7. Overview of the 1964 participants at rsssf.com (English), January 2, 2005. Accessed June 14, 2011.
  8. ^ New Transfer-window , February 28, 2007. Accessed August 2, 2011.
  9. Football Association earns 64 million DKK on TV rights , February 28, 2009
  10. Based on an evaluation of the match reports available at faroesoccer.com for 2009 , 2010 and 2011 .
  11. Faroe Islands - List of Topscorers (English)
  12. Faroe Islands - List of Champions (English)
  13. UEFA rankings for club competitions. In: UEFA. Retrieved July 14, 2019 .