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Veikkausliiga logoTemplate: Infobox football competition / maintenance / logo format
Association Suomen Palloliitto
First edition 1990
hierarchy 1st League
Teams 12
master Kuopio PS
(6th title)
Record champions HJK Helsinki (29)
Record player Toni Huttunen (441)
Record scorer Valeri Popovitš (166)
Current season 2019
Qualification for Champions League
Europa League
Ykkönen (II)

The Veikkausliiga is the top division in Finnish football . In it the Finnish champion is determined.


The league consists of twelve teams. Each team plays against every other team three times during the season. The first in the table is champions and takes part in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League . If two teams are at the top of the table with equal points at the end of the season, these two teams will contest the championship in the home and away leg. The bottom of the table will be relegated to the Ykkönen (German: First Division) at the end of the season .

As usual in the Scandinavian countries, soccer is also played in Finland in the summer. The season starts in April or May and ends in October. The Veikkausliiga is overshadowed by the Finnish ice hockey league in terms of media and audience interest. On average, around 3,000 viewers see the Veikkausliiga games.

Participants in the 2019 season

Venues of the Veikkausliiga 2019

In the 2019 season the following teams will take part in the Veikkausliiga .



In 1908 the Finnish champion was determined for the first time. The championship at that time was played in cup mode, Unitas Helsinki won its only championship title with a 4-1 final win over PUS Helsinki . In 1914 the championship had to pause for the first time because of the First World War , but was resumed the following year.

Introduction of a league

In 1930 the championship in league mode was introduced with the Mestaruussarja , also known as SM-sarja . This consisted of eight teams. Each team played once against the competition. After seven games, HIFK Helsinki and Turku PS were tied, so the champions had to be determined in a play-off. In this, HIFK clearly prevailed with 4: 1.

The founding members in 1930

In 1932 return games were introduced, so that each team had to play in a home and an away game against the other teams. Therefore, it took 14 match days to determine the champion.

Turbulence in the war

In 1939 the championship was canceled shortly before the end of the season because of the Second World War . The championship leader Turku PS was declared. In the following season, the championship was played in cup mode, as in the early days. 1940/41 was played again in league form, but again had to be canceled shortly before the end of the season because of the war. TPS again benefited from the decision. 1942 was played again in cup mode, in 1943 no championship was organized.

Immediately after the war, the championship was played in a competition of the Finnish Federation and the Workers Sports Federation. The respective winners played out the Finnish champions. Individual clubs had to relocate their hometowns as parts of Finland were annexed by the Soviet Union .

Re-creation of the league

In 1948 the two competitions were combined so that the championship was held in a league with 16 teams. In the following two years the number of teams was reduced. First on twelve, then on ten clubs.

In 1960 the number was increased again to twelve teams before briefly, in the 1971 season, there was an increase to 14 clubs. In the following season twelve teams were again first class. Between 1979 and 1989 there were play-off games for the championship title or a final in league form after the end of regular time.


Until 1989, the championship was held in a league operated by the Finnish Football Association. In 1990 the Veikkausliiga was founded as an independent championship. The main sponsor of the league is the state betting company Veikkaus. Championship play-offs were played in the first season. From 1991 , the twelve top division teams competed against each other in three games, so that each team had to play 33 season games. At the same time, the 3-point rule for a win was introduced.

In 1993 a championship round was played after the end of the regular season. At the same time, a relegation round ran with the four worst teams in the first division and the four best-placed teams in the second division. The championship was increased to 14 teams, which was reversed two years later. Between 1997 and 2003 the mode was changed five more times.

In 2006 the championship had to be played with only 13 teams due to the bankruptcy of Allianssi Vantaa . From 2003 to 2010, 14 teams were again represented in the first division. From 2011 the Veikkausliiga will be played with twelve teams in a triple round.

List of Finnish football champions

Record champions

The following list includes all Finnish championships:

rank society title year
01. HJK Helsinki 29 1911, 1912, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1923, 1925, 1936, 1938, 1964, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
02. HPS Helsinki 9 1921, 1922, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1957
FC Haka 9 1960, 1962, 1965, 1977, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004
04th Turku PS 8th 1928, 1939, 1941, 1949, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975
05. HIFK Helsinki 7th 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1947, 1959, 1961
06th Tampere United 5 1950, 1983, 2001, 2006, 2007
Kuopion PS 5 1956, 1958, 1966, 1974, 1976
Kuusysi Lahti 1st 5 1982, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991
09. KIF Helsinki 4th 1913, 1915, 1916, 1955
10. ÅIFK Turku 3 1910, 1920, 1924
Vasa IFK 3 1944, 1946, 1953
Reipas Lahti 1 3 1963, 1967, 1970
13. Vaasan PS 2 1945, 1948
KTP Kotka 2 1951, 1952
OPS Oulu 2 1979, 1980
FC Jazz Pori 2 1993, 1996
18th Unitas Helsinki 1 1908
PUS Helsinki 1 1909
Sudet Viipuri 1 1940
HT Helsinki 1 1942
Pyrkiva Turku 1 1954
KPV Kokkola 1 1969
TPV Tampere 1 1994
MyPa Anjalankoski 1 2005
Inter Turku 1 2008
Seinäjoen JK 1 2015
IFK Mariehamn 1 2016
1 In 1997 Kuusysi Lahti (5 titles) merged with Reipas Lahti (3 titles) to form FC Lahti.


Top scorer

Eternal table of the Veikkausliiga

Since the Veikkausliiga was introduced in 1990, 38 teams have competed in this division. The eternal table is led by HJK Helsinki .

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. UEFA rankings for club competitions. In: UEFA. Retrieved July 14, 2019 .