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Eliteserien
2020
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Dates 16 June 2020 – December 2020
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The 2020 Eliteserien will be 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.

Molde are 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.

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 compete 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 Bohinen, LarsLars Bohinen 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 Nilsen, Lars ArneLars Arne Nilsen 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 Magnus 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 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 Hanche-Olsen, AndreasAndreas Hanche-Olsen 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

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Aalesund 0 0 0 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Bodø/Glimt 0 0 0 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Brann 0 0 0
4 Haugesund 0 0 0
5 Kristiansund 0 0 0
6 Mjøndalen 0 0 0
7 Molde 0 0 0
8 Odd 0 0 0
9 Rosenborg 0 0 0
10 Sandefjord 0 0 0
11 Sarpsborg 08 0 0 0
12 Stabæk 0 0 0
13 Start 0 0 0
14 Strømsgodset 0 0 0 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
15 Vålerenga 0 0 0 Relegation to 1. divisjon
16 Viking 0 0 0
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

Season statistics

As of 25 June 2020

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Norway Torgeir Børven Odds BK 6
2 Flag of Denmark Kasper Junker Bodø/Glimt 4
3 Flag of Ivory Coast Daouda Bamba Brann 3
Flag of Norway Mathias Bringaker Start
Flag of Norway Amahl Pellegrino Kristiansund
Flag of Norway Niklas Sandberg Haugesund
Flag of Iceland Matthias Vilhjalmsson Valerenga
8 8 players 2

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

Top assists

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Flag of Denmark Philip Zinckernagel Bodø/Glimt 3
2 Flag of Norway Kristoffer Barmen Brann 2
Flag of Norway Jens Petter Hauge Bodø/Glimt
Flag of Norway Fredrik Haugen Brann
Flag of Iceland Viðar Ari Jónsson Sandefjord
Flag of Sweden Kevin Kabran Start
Flag of Sweden William Kurtovic Sandefjord
Flag of Norway Ulrik Saltnes Bodø/Glimt
Flag of Norway Kristoffer Tokstad Strømsgodset
10 20 players 1

Clean sheets

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Flag of Iran Sosha Makani Mjøndalen 2
2 Flag of Comoros Ali Ahamada Brann 1
Flag of Norway André Hansen Rosenborg
Flag of Norway Kristoffer Klaesson Vålerenga
Flag of Sweden Andreas Linde Molde
Flag of Senegal Serigne Mor Mbaye Kristiansund
Flag of Norway Viljar Myhra Strømsgodset
Flag of Sweden Marcus Sandberg Stabæk

Discipline

Player

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 13
    • Vålerenga
  • Most red cards: 1
    • Mjøndalen
    • Molde
    • Rosenborg
    • Sandefjord
    • Strømsgodset
    • 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 ·

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

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League cups

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

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, 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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