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Eliteserien
2018
Season information
Winners Rosenborg
(26th title)
Relegated Sandefjord
Start
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Rosenborg
Europa League Molde
Brann
Haugesund
Season statistics
Matches played 240
Goals scored 672
Top goalscorer Franck Boli
(17 goals)
Biggest home win Molde 5–0 Sandefjord
(11 March 2018)
Biggest away win Start 1–6 Vålerenga
(14 April 2018)
Highest scoring Start 1–6 Vålerenga
(14 April 2018)
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The 2018 Eliteserien was the 74th season of top-tier football in Norway.

The season began on 11 March and ended on 25 November 2018, not including play-off matches. Fixtures for the 2018 season were announced on 19 December 2017.

Team changes

The following teams have changed division since the 2017 season.

To Eliteserien

Promoted from OBOS-ligaen

From Eliteserien

Relegated to OBOS-ligaen

Teams

Sixteen teams compete in the league – the top thirteen teams from the previous season, and three teams promoted from OBOS-ligaen.

Stadia and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Ap. Location Arena Turf Capacity
Bodø/Glimt 23 Bodø Aspmyra Stadion Artificial 5,635
Brann 60 Bergen Brann Stadion Natural 12,914
Haugesund 12 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Kristiansund 2 Kristiansund Kristiansund Stadion Artificial 4,277
Lillestrøm 54 Lillestrøm Åråsen Stadion Natural 11,500
Molde 42 Molde Aker Stadion Artificial 11,249
Odd 37 Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 11,767
Ranheim 9 Trondheim EXTRA Arena Artificial 3,000
Rosenborg 55 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,421
Sandefjord 22 Sandefjord Komplett Arena Natural 6,582
Sarpsborg 08 7 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 8,022
Stabæk 22 Bærum Nadderud Stadion Natural 4,938
Start 37 Kristiansand Sør Arena Artificial 14,448
Strømsgodset 31 Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Tromsø 30 Tromsø Alfheim Stadion Artificial 6,687
Vålerenga 57 Oslo Intility Arena Artificial 16,555

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Bodø/Glimt Flag of Norway Kjetil Knutsen Flag of Norway Martin Bjørnbak Diadora Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Brann Flag of Norway Lars Arne Nilsen Netherlands Vito Wormgoor Nike Sparebanken Vest
Haugesund Flag of Norway Eirik Horneland Flag of Norway Christian Grindheim Macron Haugaland Kraft
Kristiansund Flag of Norway Christian Michelsen Flag of Norway Dan Peter Ulvestad Umbro SpareBank 1 Nordvest
Lillestrøm Flag of Sweden Good one Jörgen Lennartsson Flag of Norway Frode Kippe Puma DNB
Molde Flag of Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær Flag of Norway Ruben Gabrielsen Nike Sparebanken Møre
Odd Flag of Norway Dag-Eilev Fagermo Flag of Norway Steffen Hagen Hummel SpareBank 1 Telemark
Ranheim Flag of Norway Svein Maalen Flag of Norway Mads Reginiussen Umbro SpareBank 1 SMN
Rosenborg Netherlands Rini Coolen (interim) Flag of Denmark Mike Jensen Adidas SpareBank 1 SMN
Sandefjord Flag of Spain Martí Cifuentes Flag of Norway Håvard Storbæk Macron Jotun
Sarpsborg 08 Flag of Norway Geir Bakke Flag of Denmark Patrick Mortensen Select Borregaard
Stabæk Flag of Norway Henning Berg Flag of Norway Andreas Hanche-Olsen Macron SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Start Flag of Norway Kjetil Rekdal Flag of Norway Simon Larsen Macron Sparebanken Sør
Strømsgodset Flag of Norway Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen (interim) Flag of Norway Jakob Glesnes Puma DNB
Tromsø Flag of Finland Simo Valakari Flag of Norway Simen Wangberg Select Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Vålerenga Flag of Norway Ronny Deila Flag of Norway Daniel Fredheim Holm Umbro DNB

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Start England Mick Priest (interim) End of caretaker spell 1 December 2017 Pre-season England Mark Dempsey 1 December 2017 Pre-season
Sandefjord Flag of Norway Lars Bohinen Signed by Aalesund 20 December 2017 Pre-season Flag of Sweden Good one Magnus Powell 16 January 2018 Pre-season
Sandefjord Flag of Sweden Good one Magnus Powell Sacked 25 April 2018 12th Flag of Norway Geir Ludvig Fevang (interim) 27 April 2018 12th
Start England Mark Dempsey Sacked 18 May 2018 16th Flag of Iceland Johannes Hardarson (interim) 19 May 2018 16th
Sandefjord Flag of Norway Geir Ludvig Fevang (interim) End of caretaker spell 31 May 2018 16th Flag of Spain Martí Cifuentes 31 May 2018 16th
Start Flag of Iceland Johannes Hardarson (interim) End of caretaker spell 1 June 2018 15th Flag of Norway Kjetil Rekdal 1 June 2018 15th
Strømsgodset Flag of Norway Tor Ole Skullerud Resigned 6 June 2018 12th Flag of Norway Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen (interim) 7 June 2018 12th
Lillestrøm Flag of Norway Arne Erlandsen Sacked 26 June 2018 13th Flag of Norway Arild Sundgot (interim) 26 June 2018 13th
Stabæk Flag of Spain Antoni Ordinas Sacked 27 June 2018 14th Flag of Norway Jan Peder Jalland (interim)
Flag of Norway Gaute Larsen (interim)
28 June 2018 14th
Stabæk Flag of Norway Jan Peder Jalland (interim)
Flag of Norway Gaute Larsen (interim)
End of caretaker spell 4 July 2018 14th Flag of Norway Henning Berg 4 July 2018 14th
Lillestrøm Flag of Norway Arild Sundgot (interim) End of caretaker spell 13 July 2018 13th Flag of Sweden Good one Jörgen Lennartsson 13 July 2018 13th
Rosenborg Flag of Norway Kåre Ingebrigtsen Sacked 19 July 2018 2nd Netherlands Rini Coolen (interim) 19 July 2018 2nd

League table

Template:2018 Eliteserien table

Relegation play-offs

The 14th-placed team, Stabæk takes part in a two-legged play-off against Aalesunds, the winners of the 1. divisjon promotion play-offs, to decide who will play in the 2019 Eliteserien.

5 December 2018
18:00 CET (UTC+1)
Stabæk 1 – 0 Aalesund Nadderud Stadion
Attendance: 3,831
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen
Børkeeiet Soccerball 27' Report
9 December 2018
18:00 CET (UTC+1)
Aalesund 1 – 1 Stabæk Color Line Stadion
Attendance: 6,333
Referee: Tore Hansen
O. Lie Soccerball 30' Report Guèye Soccerball 71' (o.g.)

Stabæk won 2–1 on aggregate and retained their position in Eliteserien.

Season statistics

As of 24 November 2018

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals Games Average
1 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Franck Boli Stabæk 17 29 0,59
2 Flag of Norway Marcus Pedersen Strømsgodset 14 23 0,61
3 Flag of Norway Erling Haaland Molde 12 25 0,48
Flag of Denmark Patrick Mortensen Sarpsborg 08 12 28 0,43
Flag of Norway Thomas Lehne Olsen Lillestrøm 12 29 0,41
6 Flag of Liberia 001 Sam Johnson Vålerenga 11 24 0,46
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Daouda Bamba Kristiansund/Brann 11 29 0,38
8 Flag of Norway Bård Finne Vålerenga 10 25 0,40
Flag of Norway Kristian Fardal Opseth Bodø/Glimt 10 30 0,30
10 Flag of Norway Mads Reginiussen Ranheim 9 26 0,35
Flag of Norway Steffen Lie Skålevik Brann 9 28 0,32
Flag of Norway Bendik Bye Kristiansund 9 30 0,30
Flag of Nigeria 001 David Akintola Haugesund 9 30 0,30

Hat tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Norway Marcus Pedersen Strømsgodset Odd 3–0 (H) 15 April 2018
Flag of Norway Erling Haaland4 Molde Brann 4–0 (A) 1 July 2018
Flag of Norway Bendik Bye Kristiansund Strømsgodset 3–2 (A) 9 July 2018
Notes

4 Player scored 4 goals
(H) – Home team
(A) – Away team

Top assists

Rank Player Club Assists Games Average
1 Flag of Norway Gjermund Åsen Tromsø 10 21 0,48
2 Flag of Norway Magnus Wolff Eikrem Molde 8 14 0,57
Flag of Norway Birger Meling Rosenborg 8 28 0,29
4 Flag of Norway Stian Aasmundsen Kristiansund 7 27 0,26
Flag of Norway Tokmac Nguen Kristiansund 7 28 0,25
Flag of Norway Fredrik Aursnes Molde 7 29 0,24
Flag of Ghana Gilbert Koomson Brann 7 30 0,23
Flag of Norway Eirik Hestad Molde 7 30 0,23
9 Flag of Norway Pau Morer Sandefjord 6 22 0,27
Flag of Norway Erling Knudtzon Lillestrøm 6 23 0,26
Flag of Norway Vegar Eggen Hedenstad Rosenborg 6 27 0,22
Flag of Kosovo Elbasan Rashani Odd 6 27 0,22
Flag of Norway Eirik Ulland Andersen Strømsgodset 6 28 0,21
Flag of Norway Ulrik Saltnes Bodø/Glimt 6 28 0,21
Flag of Norway Kristoffer Løkberg Ranheim 6 28 0,21
Flag of Norway Alexander Stølås Haugesund 6 29 0,21
Flag of Nigeria 001 David Akintola Haugesund 6 30 0,20

Clean sheets

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Flag of Norway André Hansen Rosenborg 12
2 Flag of Austria Samuel Şahin-Radlinger Brann 11
3 Flag of Ghana Adam Larsen Kwarasey Vålerenga 10
4 Flag of Norway Per Kristian Bråtveit Haugesund 9
Flag of Sweden Good one Andreas Linde Molde 9
6 Flag of Norway Sondre Rossbach Odd 8
7 Flag of Norway Aslak Falch Sarpsborg 08 5
Flag of Norway Gudmund Kongshavn Tromsø 5
Flag of Republic Ireland Sean McDermott Kristiansund 5
Germany Jonas Deumeland Start 5
Eliteserien seasons

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Flag of Norway 2018 in Norwegian football
Domestic leagues

Eliteserien · 1. divisjon · 2. Divisjon · 3. Divisjon

Domestic cups

Norwegian Football Cup (Qualifying Rounds · Final) · Mesterfinalen

European competitions

Champions League (Final) · Europa League (Final)

National teams

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Domestic leagues

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Domestic cups

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League cups

England · Estonia · Finland '17 '18 · France · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland '17 '18 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Scotland · Wales

Supercups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Cyprus · Czech Republic · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan · Lithuania · Macedonia · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Turkey · Ukraine

UEFA competitions

Champions League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Europa League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Super Cup

International competitions

2018 FIFA World Cup (UEFA qualification) · 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

201819 in European football (UEFA)
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Domestic cups

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League cups

England · Estonia · France · Iceland '18 '19 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '18 '19 · Scotland · Wales

Supercups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Cyprus · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan · Lithuania '18 '19 · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '18 '19 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '18 '19 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Slovakia · Spain · Turkey · Ukraine

UEFA competitions
Champions League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Europa League (qualifying phase and play-off round (Main Path), qualifying phase and play-off round (Champions Path) · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Super Cup
International competitions
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2018–19 UEFA Nations League (League A · League B · League C · League D · Finals)

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