Eliteserien
2020
Season information
Dates 16 June 2020 – 22 December 2020
Winners Bodø/Glimt
1st title
Relegated Aalesund
Start
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Bodø/Glimt
Europa Conference League Molde
Vålerenga
Rosenborg
Season statistics
Matches played 240
Goals scored 758
Average 3.16 (per match)
Top goalscorer Kasper Junker
(27 goals)
Biggest home win Bodø/Glimt 7–0 Aalesund
(8 November 2020)
Biggest away win Start 0–5 Odd
(27 June 2020)
Aalesund 1–6 Bodø/Glimt
(12 July 2020)
Highest scoring Kristiansund 7–2 Aalesund
(21 June 2020)
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The 2020 Eliteserien was the 75th season of top-tier football in Norway.

The season was scheduled to begin on 4 April, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Norway the opening games of the season were delayed, first till 2 May, then further delayed till 23 May. The season was scheduled to end 29 November 2020, not including play-off matches, but is expected to be rescheduled to a later date. On 7 May, the Norwegian government allowed the league to start on 16 June with full training starting immediately. The season eventually ended on 22 December.

Molde were the defending champions. Aalesund, Sandefjord and Start joined as the promoted clubs from the 2019 1. divisjon. They replaced Lillestrøm, Tromsø and Ranheim who were relegated to the 2020 1. divisjon.

Bodø/Glimt were crowned champions for the first time in their 104 years of club history, following a 2–1 win at Strømsgodset on 23 November 2020.

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

The season was scheduled to begin on 4 April, but on 12 March it was revealed that the first five rounds of the season were postponed and the opening game therefore would be delayed till 2 May due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Norway. On 24 March, the Norwegian Football Federation announced that the football season was further delayed till 23 May. On 7 May, the Norwegian government allowed the teams to begin with full training starting immediately, and opened for the league season to start on 16 June. On 12 June, the NFF announced that until 200 spectators would be allowed to attend the games.

Teams

Sixteen teams competed in the league – the top thirteen teams from the previous season, and three teams promoted from 1. division. The promoted teams were Aalesund (after an absence of two years), Sandefjord and Start (both returning to the top flight after one season's absence). They replaced Lillestrøm, Tromsø and Ranheim, ending their top flight spells of forty-five, five and two years respectively.

Stadiums and locations

Team Ap. Location Arena Turf Capacity
Aalesund 17 Ålesund Color Line Stadion Artificial 10,778
Bodø/Glimt 25 Bodø Aspmyra Stadion Artificial 5,635
Brann 63 Bergen Brann Stadion Natural 17,049
Haugesund 14 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Kristiansund 4 Kristiansund Kristiansund Stadion Artificial 4,444
Mjøndalen 21 Mjøndalen Consto Arena Artificial 4,200
Molde 44 Molde Aker Stadion Artificial 11,249
Odd 39 Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 11,767
Rosenborg 57 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,421
Sandefjord 9 Sandefjord Sandefjord Arena Natural 6,582
Sarpsborg 08 9 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 8,022
Stabæk 24 Bærum Nadderud Stadion Natural 4,938
Start 42 Kristiansand Sør Arena Artificial 14,448
Strømsgodset 33 Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Vålerenga 60 Oslo Intility Arena Artificial 16,555
Viking 70 Stavanger Viking Stadion Artificial 15,900

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Aalesund Flag of Norway Nilsen, Lars ArneLars Arne Nilsen Flag of Norway Carlsen, FredrikFredrik Carlsen Umbro Sparebanken Møre
Bodø/Glimt Flag of Norway Knutsen, KjetilKjetil Knutsen Flag of Norway Saltnes, UlrikUlrik Saltnes Diadora Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Brann Flag of Norway Ingebrigtsen, KåreKåre Ingebrigtsen Flag of Norway Barmen, KristofferKristoffer Barmen Nike Sparebanken Vest
Haugesund Flag of Norway Grindhaug, JosteinJostein Grindhaug Flag of Norway Grindheim, ChristianChristian Grindheim Macron Haugaland Kraft
Kristiansund Flag of Norway Michelsen, ChristianChristian Michelsen Flag of Norway Ulvestad, Dan PeterDan Peter Ulvestad Macron SpareBank 1 Nordvest
Mjøndalen Flag of Norway Hansen, VegardVegard Hansen Flag of Norway Gauseth, ChristianChristian Gauseth Umbro Sparebanken Øst
Molde Flag of Norway Moe, ErlingErling Moe Flag of Norway Eikrem, Magnus WolffMagnus Wolff Eikrem Nike Sparebanken Møre
Odd Flag of Norway Nornes, Jan FrodeJan Frode Nornes Flag of Norway Hagen, SteffenSteffen Hagen Hummel SpareBank 1 Telemark
Rosenborg Flag of Norway Hareide, ÅgeÅge Hareide Flag of Norway Reginiussen, ToreTore Reginiussen Adidas SpareBank 1 SMN
Sandefjord Flag of Spain Cifuentes, MartíMartí Cifuentes Flag of Norway Grorud, LarsLars Grorud Macron Jotun
Sarpsborg 08 Flag of Sweden Stahre, MikaelMikael Stahre Flag of Norway Thomassen, JoachimJoachim Thomassen Select Borregaard
Stabæk Flag of Sweden Jönsson, JanJan Jönsson Flag of Norway Amankwah, YawYaw Amankwah Macron SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Start Flag of Iceland Harðarson, JóhannesJóhannes Harðarson Flag of Norway Segberg, ErlendErlend Segberg Macron Sparebanken Sør
Strømsgodset Flag of Denmark Pedersen, HenrikHenrik Pedersen Flag of Denmark Maigaard, MikkelMikkel Maigaard Puma DNB
Vålerenga Flag of Norway Fagermo, Dag-EilevDag-Eilev Fagermo Flag of Norway Tollås, JonatanJonatan Tollås Umbro DNB
Viking Flag of Norway Berntsen, BjarneBjarne Berntsen Flag of Norway Vevatne, ViljarViljar Vevatne Diadora Lyse

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Sarpsborg 08 Flag of Norway Geir Bakke Signed by Lillestrøm 1 January 2020 Pre-season Flag of Sweden Mikael Stahre 13 January 2020 Pre-season
Vålerenga Flag of Norway Ronny Deila Signed by New York City 6 January 2020 Pre-season Flag of Norway Dag-Eilev Fagermo 31 January 2020 Pre-season
Odd Flag of Norway Dag-Eilev Fagermo Signed by Vålerenga 31 January 2020 Pre-season Flag of Norway Jan Frode Nornes 11 March 2020 Pre-season
Rosenborg Flag of Norway Eirik Horneland Mutual consent 26 June 2020 12th Flag of Norway Trond Henriksen (interim) 21 July 2020
Brann Flag of Norway Lars Arne Nilsen Mutual consent 1 August 2020 8th Flag of Norway Kåre Ingebrigtsen 8 August 2020 7
Aalesund Flag of Norway Lars Bohinen Sacked 23 August 2020 16th Flag of Norway Lars Arne Nilsen 25 August 2020 16
Rosenborg Flag of Norway Trond Henriksen (interim) End of caretaker spell 1 September 2020 4th Flag of Norway Åge Hareide 1 September 2020 4

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Bodø/Glimt  (C) 30 26 3 1 103 32 +71 81 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Molde 30 20 2 8 77 36 +41 62 Qualification for the Europa Conference League second qualifying round
3 Vålerenga 30 15 10 5 51 33 +18 55
4 Rosenborg 30 15 7 8 50 35 +15 52
5 Kristiansund 30 12 12 6 57 45 +12 48
6 Viking 30 12 8 10 54 52 +2 44
7 Odd 30 13 4 13 52 51 +1 43
8 Stabæk 30 9 12 9 41 45 −4 39
9 Haugesund 30 11 6 13 39 51 −12 39
10 Brann 30 9 9 12 40 49 −9 36
11 Sandefjord 30 9 8 13 31 43 −12 35
12 Sarpsborg 08 30 8 8 14 33 43 −10 32
13 Strømsgodset 30 7 10 13 41 57 −16 31
14 Mjøndalen  (O) 30 8 3 19 26 45 −19 27 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
15 Start  (R) 30 6 9 15 33 56 −23 27 Relegation to 1. divisjon
16 Aalesund  (R) 30 2 5 23 30 85 −55 11

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 playoffs

The 14th-placed team in Eliteserien will play against the winners of the 1. divisjon promotion play-offs on neutral ground to decide who will play in the 2021 Eliteserien.

28 December 2020
17:00 CET (UTC+1)
Mjøndalen 3–2 Sogndal Intility Arena, Oslo
Attendance: 200
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen
Sveen Goal 9'88'
Nakkim Goal 90+7'
Report Adams Goal 79' (pen.)
Kristoffersen Goal 80'

Mjøndalen IF won 3–2 and maintained their position in the Eliteserien; Sogndal Fotball stayed in the 1. divisjon.

Season statistics

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Denmark Kasper Junker Bodø/Glimt 27
2 Flag of Norway Amahl Pellegrino Kristiansund 25
3 Flag of Denmark Philip Zinckernagel Bodø/Glimt 19
4 Flag of Norway Veton Berisha Viking 16
5 Flag of Norway Mushaga Bakenga Odd 15
6 Flag of Norway Jens Petter Hauge Bodø/Glimt 14
7 Flag of Nigeria Leke James Molde 13
8 Flag of Montenegro Dino Islamovic Rosenborg 12
Flag of Norway Ohi Omoijuanfo Molde
Flag of Norway Ulrik Saltnes Bodø/Glimt
Flag of Norway Kristoffer Zachariassen Rosenborg

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Denmark Kasper Junker Bodø/Glimt Haugesund 6–1 (H) 21 June 2020
Flag of Norway Amahl Pellegrino Kristiansund Aalesund 7–2 (H) 21 June 2020
Flag of Norway Torgeir Børven Odd Vålerenga 4–1 (H) 24 June 2020
Flag of Denmark Kasper Junker Bodø/Glimt Brann 5–0 (H) 5 July 2020
Flag of Iceland Viðar Örn Kjartansson Vålerenga Brann 5–1 (H) 13 September 2020
Flag of Ivory Coast Daouda Bamba Brann Aalesund 3–1 (H) 28 November 2020
Flag of Denmark Kasper Junker Bodø/Glimt Haugesund 0–4 (B) 9 December 2020
Flag of Norway Mushaga Bakenga Odd Kristiansund 4–3 (B) 9 December 2020
Flag of Norway Lars-Jørgen Salvesen Strømsgodset Odd 1–3 (B) 19 December 2020
Flag of Senegal Ibrahima Wadji Haugesund Kristiansund 1–3 (B) 22 December 2020

Top assists

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Flag of Denmark Philip Zinckernagel Bodø/Glimt 18
2 Flag of Norway Ulrik Saltnes Bodø/Glimt 12
3 Flag of Norway Espen Ruud Odd 10
4 Flag of Norway Magnus Wolff Eikrem Molde 9
Flag of Sweden Liridon Kalludra Kristiansund
6 Flag of Norway Jens Petter Hauge Bodø/Glimt 8
Flag of Denmark Kasper Junker Bodø/Glimt
8 Flag of Denmark Mikkel Maigaard Strømsgodset 7
Flag of Norway Lars-Jørgen Salvesen Strømsgodset
10 Flag of Norway Niklas Castro Aalesund 6
Flag of Kosovo Zymer Bytyqi Viking

Clean sheets

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Flag of North Macedonia David Mitov Nilsson Sarpsborg 08 9
2 Flag of Sweden Andreas Linde Molde 6
Flag of Norway Sondre Rossbach Odd
4 Flag of Norway Julian Faye Lund Rosenborg 5
Flag of Sweden Marcus Sandberg Stabæk
Flag of Norway Helge Sandvik Haugesund
Flag of Norway Jacob Storevik Sandefjord
8 Flag of Iran Sosha Makani Mjøndalen 4
9 5 players 3

Discipline

Player

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 47
    • Aalesund
  • Most red cards: 3
    • Molde
    • Vålerenga

League attendances

Due to COVID-19 restrictions onlye 200 people were allowed in each match at the beggining of the season.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Aalesund 400 200 200 200 -0.048792388387412−95.1%1
2 Bodø/Glimt 400 200 200 200 -0.059880239520958−94.0%
3 Brann 400 400 200 200 -0.018112660749864−98.1%
4 Haugesund 400 200 200 200 -0.047778308647874−95.2%
5 Kristiansund 400 200 200 200 -0.048875855327468−95.1%
6 Mjøndalen 400 200 200 200 -0.08536064874093−91.4%
7 Molde 400 200 200 200 -0.028752156411731−97.1%
8 Odd 400 200 200 200 -0.035720664404358−96.4%
9 Rosenborg 400 200 200 200 -0.015743073047859−98.4%
10 Sandefjord 400 200 200 200 -0.080645161290323−91.9%1
11 Sarpsborg 08 400 200 200 200 -0.036192544335867−96.3%
12 Stabæk 400 200 200 200 -0.054749520941692−94.5%
13 Start 400 200 200 200 -0.038058991436727−96.1%1
14 Strømsgodset 400 200 200 200 -0.037757221068529−96.2%
15 Vålerenga 400 200 200 200 -0.025529742149604−97.4%
16 Viking 400 200 200 200 -0.022388895108026−97.7%
League total 6,400 200 200 200 -0.034644032565391−96.5%

Updated to games played on 28 June 2020
Source: nifs.no

Notes:
1: Team played last season in 1. divisjon.

See also

Eliteserien seasons

2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 · 2020 · 2021 ·

Flag of Norway 2020 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

Norway

2019                                                        2021

201920 in European football (UEFA)
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Domestic cups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Austria · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands '20 '21 · Finland · France · Georgia '20 '21 · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '20 '21 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '20 '21 · Kosovo · Latvia '20 '21 · Liechtenstein · Lithuania '20 '21 · Luxembourg · Malta · Moldova · Montenegro · Netherlands · North Macedonia · Northern Ireland · Norway '20 '21 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales

League cups

England · Estonia · Iceland '20 '21 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · Scotland · Wales

Supercups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Cyprus · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan · Kosovo · Lithuania '20 '21 · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '20 '21 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '20 '21 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · 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, Champions Path, Main Path, group stage, knockout phase, Final) · Super Cup
International competitions
UEFA Euro 2021 (qualification) · 2022 FIFA World Cup (qualification) · 2020–21 UEFA Nations League (League A · League B · League C · League D · Finals · Final)
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