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Latvian Higher League
2016
Season information
Winners Spartaks Jūrmala
1st title
Relegated BFC Daugavpils
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Spartaks Jūrmala
Europa League Jelgava
Ventspils
Season statistics
Matches played 112
Goals scored 252
Top goalscorer Ģirts Karlsons (17 goals)
Biggest home win Jelgava 4–0 Rīgas Futbola skola
(12 March 2016)
Spartaks Jūrmala 5–1 Ventspils
(10 June 2016)
Biggest away win BFC Daugavpils 0–5 Ventspils
(16 April 2016)
Highest scoring Jelgava 4–3 Ventspils
(22 June 2016)
Liepāja 4–3 Spartaks Jūrmala
(24 July 2016)
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The 2016 Latvian Higher League was the 25th season of top-tier football in Latvia. FK Liepāja were the defending champions. The season began on 11 March 2016 and ended on 5 November 2016; the relegation play-offs took place on 9 and 13 November 2016.

Teams

FB Gulbene were excluded from the previous season due to suspicion of match-fixing. 2015 Latvian First League winners FC Caramba/Dinamo were promoted to the league and before the season changed their name to Riga FC.

Skonto FC did not obtain a license to play in the 2016 Higher League. Skonto appealed the decision, but the appeal was denied. Since 2015 Latvian First League runners-up Valmiera Glass FK/BSS turned down the opportunity to be promoted to the Higher League, third-placed Rīgas Futbola skola (RFS) was promoted instead.

Stadiums and locations

Club Location Stadium Capacity
BFC Daugavpils Daugavpils Celtnieks Stadium 1,980
FK Jelgava Jelgava Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs 1,560
FK Liepāja Liepāja Daugava Stadium 5,000
FS Metta/LU Riga Hanzas vidusskolas futbola laukums 500
Riga FC Riga Skonto Stadium 9,500
Rīgas Futbola skola Riga Stadions Arkādija 500
FK Spartaks Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 2,500
FK Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadium 3,200

Kits manufacturer and sponsors

Club Kit manufacturer Sponsor
BFC Daugavpils Adidas Intergaz
FK Jelgava Nike Igate
FK Liepāja Adidas Mogo
FS Metta/LU Nike
Riga FC Jako
Rīgas Futbola skola Nike LNK Group
FK Spartaks Jūrmala Nike Hanseatisches Fußball Kontor
FK Ventspils Adidas VK Tranzīts

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Template:Fb team Spartaks Jurmala (C) 28 17 4 7 46 22+24 55 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Template:Fb team Jelgava 28 16 3 9 37 24+13 51 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Template:Fb team Ventspils 28 15 6 7 47 28+19 51
4 Template:Fb team FK Liepāja 28 12 6 10 38 31+7 42
5 Template:Fb team Riga 28 8 12 8 28 24+4 36
6 Template:Fb team Rīgas Futbola skola 28 9 8 11 11 31−20 35
7 Template:Fb team Metta-LU (O) 28 8 6 14 21 47−26 30 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
8 Template:Fb team Daugava Daugavpils (R) 28 2 5 21 13 56−43 11 Relegation to Latvian First League
Source: Virslĩga (Latvian), UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Relegation play-offs

The 7th-placed side, FS METTA/LU, faced AFA Olaine, runners-up of the 2016 Latvian First League in a two-legged play-off, with the winner being awarded a spot in the 2017 Higher League competition.

First Leg

9 November 2016 (2016-11-09)
19:00 EET
AFA Olaine 1–1 METTA/LU Olaines pilsētas stadions, Olaine
Attendance: 150
Referee: Mareks Ķere
Asgarov Soccerball 85' Report Uldriķis Soccerball 52'

Second Leg

13 November 2016 (2016-11-13)
15:00 EET
METTA/LU 1–0 AFA Olaine Hanzas vidusskolas futbola laukums, Riga
Attendance: 250
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs
Šibass Soccerball 10' Report

METTA/LU won 2–1 on aggregate and retained their place in the 2017 Higher League.

Results

First half of the season

Home \ Away Template:Fb team BFC Daugavpils Template:Fb team Jelgava Template:Fb team FK LiepājaTemplate:Fb team Metta-LUTemplate:Fb team Riga FCTemplate:Fb team Rīgas Futbola skolaTemplate:Fb team Spartaks JurmalaTemplate:Fb team Ventspils
Template:Fb team BFC Daugavpils 0–0 0–3 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–5
Template:Fb team Jelgava 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 4–0 0–1 4–3
Template:Fb team FK Liepāja 1–0 0–1 3–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 2–3
Template:Fb team Metta-LU 2–1 3–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1
Template:Fb team Riga FC 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1
Template:Fb team Rīgas Futbola skola 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 0–2 1–2
Template:Fb team Spartaks Jurmala 3–0 3–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 2–0 5–1
Template:Fb team Ventspils 3–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–1
Source: Virslīga 2016 (Latvian)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of the season

Home \ Away Template:Fb team BFC Daugavpils Template:Fb team Jelgava Template:Fb team FK LiepājaTemplate:Fb team Metta-LUTemplate:Fb team Riga FCTemplate:Fb team Rīgas Futbola skolaTemplate:Fb team Spartaks JurmalaTemplate:Fb team Ventspils
Template:Fb team BFC Daugavpils 0–1 0–1 3–3 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–4
Template:Fb team Jelgava 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
Template:Fb team FK Liepāja 1–0 1–3 2–3 2–2 0–1 4–3 0–0
Template:Fb team Metta-LU 2–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–1
Template:Fb team Riga FC 3–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2
Template:Fb team Rīgas Futbola skola 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–2 0–3
Template:Fb team Spartaks Jurmala 4–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–3 2–1 0–1
Template:Fb team Ventspils 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1
Source: Virslīga 2016 (Latvian)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

^†The Round 28 match between Spartaks Jūrmala and Riga was cancelled due to a snow laden pitch. On 7 November 2016, the LFF awarded a 3–0 win to Riga.

Season statistics

Top scorers

As of 29 October 2016
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons Ventspils 17
2 Belarus Flag Dzmitry Platonaw Spartaks 11
3 Latvia Jevgēņijs Kazačoks Spartaks 10
4 Latvia Eduards Tīdenbergs Ventspils 8
5 Latvia Edgars Gauračs Liepāja/Spartaks 7
Latvia Gļebs Kļuškins Jelgava
7 Latvia Andrejs Kovaļovs Jelgava 6
Latvia Oskars Kļava Liepāja
Latvia Roberts Uldriķis FS Metta/LU
Latvia Raivis Jurkovskis Rīgas Futbola skola
Flag of Russia Good One Yevgeni Kozlov Spartaks

Updated to match(es) played on 29 October 2016.
Source:UEFA

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