Liiga 1

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Liiga 1 is the highest division in the Karolian men's domestic football league system organised by the Karolian Football Association. It is currently contested by sixteen teams and competitive matches are played between September and June, with each team playing each other once at home and once away, a total of 30 games each per season. Relegation is to Liiga 2, the second division in the national system.

The league is estimated to contribute around Kr5 billion to the national economy in business, and the top ten teams claim a combined fan base of around 30% of the entire national population. The majority of revenues come from television rights and sponsorship deals. Matches from Karolia are broadcast around the world and the league is amongst the most watched worldwide.

The current season champions (2014-15) are Kyor Linne.

History

The current Karolian league system came into being at the start of the 1970-71 season, replacing the previous four-tier division and changing the number of teams promoted/relegated from four to three. It has operated using sixteen teams ever since. (The reason for the relatively small number of teams per tier is to fit into the football season around other fixtures and ensure the international players have time to train). Only Säntjana Linna, Känton 1880, Kyor Linne, Osmila, Lapise '96 and FC Vasireii have been present in the league for every season since its introduction. The league is fairly competitive and it is rare for a team to win two years in a row.

Past seasons

Season Champions 2nd place
2010-11 Kyor Linne Säntjana Linna
2011-12 FC Säntjana Losse Lapise '96
2012-13 Känton 1880 FC Säntjana Losse
2013-14 Säntjana Linna Kyor Linne
2014-2015 Kyor Linne FC Vasireii

In 1994 the rules surrounding the number of overseas players in a team were relaxed, and teams of multiple nationalities are common in the top-flight. The most expensive player in the league is the Veguin striker Carlos Mario de Flores, who was purchased by Kyor Linne in 2013 for Kr102 million.

Organisation

Each team plays every other team twice in a season, once at home and once away, totalling 480 games (30 x 16). The top five teams are eligible to enter the Archanta Champions tournament for the following season (three places are allocated, with the third-placed team entered into international play-offs for qualification), whilst the bottom three teams are relegated to Liiga 2 and replaced by the top three teams from that division. Matches are generally played on Saturday afternoons, although occasional weekday matches are scheduled to avoid international fixtures or other sporting events.

Transfers

Clubs may only trade players during the summer break and in a two-week period in January.

Teams

2015-2016 season

Team Colours Sponsor City Stadium Finished in 2013-14 season Highest placed finish
Säntjana Linna Dark blue and white Finira Säntjana Riikstadion 1 1
FC Säntjana Losse Red and black Air Karolia Säntjana Rääntastadion 3 1
Gorjee Football Black and white Gorjee 5 1
FC Potlac Red Sola E-Map Potlac 9 1
Känton 1880 Yellow and black Agri Group Nord Känton 4 1
Vasantan Sportklubbe Orange Vasantan 12 1
FC Vasireii Purple and white KAcom Vasireii 8 1
Lapise '96 Green Lapise 6 2
Osmila Red and white Vaanto Osmila 7 1
Ösu Räänta Gold and black Ösustadion (promoted from Liiga 2) 14
S.C. Paliiso Red and Black Paliiso (promoted from Liiga 2) first season in Liiga 1
Admiraalitä Dark blue Osu 13 5
Riispere Sausiide Blue and orange Banka Taamras Riispere 11 6
Fontjäna FC Red and light blue SAI Fontjäna 10 3
Kyor Linne Red, orange and white Kyori Kiiritibank Kyor Kyoras Liidustadion 2 1
Sebee Jalkpall Green and yellow Sebee (promoted from Liiga 2) 12

2014-2015 season

Team Colours Sponsor City Stadium Finished in 2013-14 season Highest placed finish
Säntjana Linna Dark blue and white Finira Säntjana Riikstadion 1 1
FC Säntjana Losse Red and black Air Karolia Säntjana Rääntastadion 3 1
Gorjee Football Black and white Gorjee 5 1
FC Potlac Red Sola E-Map Potlac 9 1
Känton 1880 Yellow and black Agri Group Nord Känton 4 1
Vasantan Sportklubbe Orange Vasantan 12 1
FC Vasireii Purple and white KAcom Vasireii 8 1
Lapise '96 Green Lapise 6 2
Osmila Red and white Vaanto Osmila 7 1
Pojhamei Football White Vasireii Pohjastadion 16 (promoted from Liiga 2) 10
Jaarvemänti Light blue FAAR Lapise 14 (promoted from Liiga 2) 7
Admiraalitä Dark blue Osu 15 (promoted from Liiga 2) 5
Riispere Sausiide Blue and orange Banka Taamras Riispere 11 6
Fontjäna FC Red and light blue SAI Fontjäna 10 3
Kyor Linne Red, orange and white Kyori Kiiritibank Kyor Kyoras Liidustadion 2 1
Känton Linn Blue, white and grey Känton 13 10

Table

As of 07/02/15
Position Team Played GD Pts
1 Kyor Linne 22 14 46
2 Santjana Linna 22 8 42
3 FC Vasireii 22 10 40
4 Fontjana FC 22 13 39
5 Riispere Sauside 22 7 37
6 FC Santjana Losse 22 8 33
7 Kanton 1880 22 5 31
8 Osmila 22 7 28
9 Gorjee Football 22 2 25
10 Lapise '96 22 0 24
11 Jaarvemanti 22 -2 22
12 Kanton Linn 22 -5 20
13 Vasantan Sportklubbe 22 -4 17
14 FC Potlac 22 -9 17
15 Admiraalita 22 -8 16
16 Pohjamei Football 22 -10 11

Economic contribution

The Liiga 1 is estimated to contribute around Kr5 billion to the economy of Karolia each year; this is derived from merchandise sales, ticket sales, television rights, travel and taxes paid by the clubs. In addition, nearly all Karolian league matches are often screened in other countries where football is popular. Many clubs and players operate charitable trusts and projects both in Karolia and abroad.

Broadcasting

KTV Sport has primary rights to screen matches on four channels in Karolia. However, certain fixtures may also be shown live on the state broadcaster. All broadcasters have the right to produce highlight shows.