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Latvian Higher League
2018
Season information
Winners Riga
Relegated Valmiera Glass ViA
Domestic cup winners
Champions League Riga
Europa League Ventspils
RFS
Liepāja
Season statistics
Matches played 112
Goals scored 315
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The 2018 Latvian Higher League was the 27th season of top-tier football in Latvia. Spartaks Jūrmala were the defending champions, having won their second title in the previous season.

Teams

At the end of the 2017 season, Babīte were excluded from the league due to match-fixing. This resulted in METTA/LU ending up as the bottom-placed team. They were sent to the relegation playoffs against FK Progress/AFA Olaine. METTA/LU won, keeping them in the Latvian Higher League.

Babīte were replaced by the champions of the 2017 Latvian First League, Valmieras FK.

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Valmieras Valmiera J. Daliņa stadions 2,000
Jelgava Jelgava Olympic Sports Center of Zemgale 1,560
Liepāja Liepāja Daugava Stadium 5,008
Metta/LU Riga Hanzas vidusskolas laukums 2,000
RFS Riga Stadions Arkādija 1,000
Riga Riga Skonto Stadium 8,207
Spartaks Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 2,800
Ventspils Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions 3,044

Source: Scoresway

Kits manufacturer and sponsors

Club Kit manufacturer Sponsor
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
Valmiera Glass ViA Nike Valmiera Glass

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Template:Fb team Riga (C) 28 20 4 4 45 16+29 64 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Template:Fb team Ventspils 28 18 6 4 54 22+32 60 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Template:Fb team RFS 28 18 1 9 57 23+34 55
4 Template:Fb team Liepāja 28 15 6 7 46 25+21 51
5 Template:Fb team Spartaks Jūrmala 28 12 6 10 48 37+11 42
6 Template:Fb team Jelgava 28 6 3 19 19 48−29 21
7 Template:Fb team METTA/LU (O) 28 5 4 19 24 52−28 19 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
8 Template:Fb team Valmiera Glass ViA (R) 28 2 2 24 22 92−70 8 Relegation to Latvian First League
Source: 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 seventh-placed team from the 2018 Higher League faced the runners-up of the 2018 Latvian First League in a two-legged play-off. The winner, METTA/LU, earned the right to participate in the 2019 Higher League.

1st leg 14 November 2018 METTA/LU 7–2 SK Super Nova  
2nd leg 17 November 2018 SK Super Nova 0–3
(2–10 agg.)
METTA/LU  

Top scorers

As of 13 November 2018
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Serbia Darko Lemajić Riga 15
2 Flag of Ukraine Maksym Marusych RFS 14
3 Latvia Aleksejs Višņakovs Spartaks Jūrmala 13
Flag of Nigeria Adeleke Akinyemi Ventspils 13
Flag of Nigeria Tosin Aiyegun Ventspils 13
4 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons Liepāja 10
5 Latvia Jānis Ikaunieks Liepāja 9
6 Latvia Roberts Uldriķis RFS 7
Flag of Russia Good One Tamirlan Dzhamalutdinov METTA/LU 7

External links

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201718 in European football (UEFA)
Domestic leagues

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Domestic cups

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League cups

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Supercups

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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)
Domestic leagues

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Austria · Azerbaijan · Belarus '18 '19 · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia '18 '19 · Faroe Islands '18 '19 · Finland '18 '19 · France · Georgia '18 '19 · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '18 '19 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '18 '19 · Kosovo · Latvia '18 '19 · Lithuania '18 '19 · Luxembourg · Macedonia · Malta · Moldova '18 '19 · Montenegro · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '18 '19 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '18 '19 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden '18 '19 · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales

Domestic cups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Austria · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands '18 '19 · Finland · France · Georgia '18 '19 · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '18 '19 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '18 '19 · Kosovo · Latvia '18 '19 · Liechtenstein · Lithuania '18 '19 · Luxembourg · Macedonia · Malta · Moldova · Montenegro · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '18 '19 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '18 '19 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales

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
UEFA Euro 2020 (qualification) ·

2018–19 UEFA Nations League (League A · League B · League C · League D · Finals)

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