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Veikkausliiga is the premier division of Finnish
football, comprising the top 14 clubs of the country.
Veikkausliiga is currently ranked as the
28th best league in Europe. 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
one) has been the second highest level of Finnish football since
Like in some other cold-climate European countries (including Norway, Sweden and Russia), league matches in Finland are played in
summer, with a schedule usually from April to October. In current
format each team plays all other teams twice, both at home and
away. At the end of the season, the lowest-placed team is relegated
to Ykkönen, whose winner will be promoted to Veikkausliiga. In
normal seasons, the team placed next to lowest will play a
two-legged relegation/promotion match with the second-placed team
in Ykkönen. In season 2006, because the Veikkausliiga was one team
short, this promotion match was not played and two best clubs of
Viikingit and AC Oulu,
were promoted directly. KuPS were
The average annual salary for a league player is about 20 000
Veikkausliiga is a founding member of the European Professional
Football Leagues associoation .
The Veikkausliiga clubs in the 2010 season are (with their home
towns in brackets):
The following clubs have won either the Veikkausliiga (between
1990 and 2008) or the Mestaruussarja (between 1908 and 1989)
- 22 wins: HJK
- 9 wins: FC Haka, HPS
- 8 wins: TPS
- 7 wins: HIFK
- 5 wins: KuPS, Kuusysi1, Tampere
- 4 wins: KIF
- 3 wins: Reipas
Lahti1, VIFK, ÅIFK
- 2 wins: FC Jazz4, KTP3, OPS, VPS
- 1 win: HT, KPV, PUS, Turun Pyrkivä, Viipurin
Sudet, Unitas, TPV, MyPa, FC Inter Turku
1 Kuusysi and Lahden Reipas merged their professional
teams in 1997 to form FC
Lahti. Both teams, however, continue in junior football.
2 Ilves-Kissat Tampere merged with TaPa Tampere in 1975
to form Ilves Tampere, who took
over Ilves-Kissat's place. Ilves Tampere were renamed Tampere
United before the 1999 season as a result of failed merger.
Although Ilves continues also as its own club all predecessors'
titles are included here in the figure for Tampere United.
3 FC KooTeePee was established to continue top-level
football in Kotka when the former Kotka team known as KTP went
bankrupt. However as KTP also continues to play in lower divisions
its titles are not usually considered to be inherited by FC
4FC Jazz was formerly known as PPT (Porin
UEFA Country Ranking for league
participation in 2010-11 European football season
(Previous year rank in italics)