Veikkausliiga
2020
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Season information
Winners HJK
30th title
Relegated RoPS
TPS
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League HJK
Europa Conference League KuPS
Turku
FC Honka
Season statistics
Matches played 132
Goals scored 372
Average 2.82 (per match)
Top goalscorer Roope Riski
(16 goals)
Biggest home win HJK 6–1 Mariehamn
(30 August 2020)
Biggest away win Mariehamn 0–5 HJK
(1 November 2020)
Highest scoring Ilves 4–3 Mariehamn
(1 July 2020)
HJK 6–1 Mariehamn
(30 August 2020)
HIFK 4–3 HJK
(10 September 2020)
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The 2020 Veikkausliiga was the ninetieth season of top-tier football in Finland with KuPS being the defending champions.

The league was originally scheduled to start on 11 April. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Veikkausliiga was postponed to June, and later on it was postponed again to 1 July 2020. The season finished on 4 November 2020.

Format

Initially, Veikkausliiga would continue the same format as the 2019 season. However, on 28 October 2020, it was decided to cancel the championship and relegation round due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Finland, and the regular season standings after 22 rounds would be considered final.

Teams

VPS were relegated to Ykkönen after finishing at the bottom of the 2019 season. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions FC Haka.

KPV as 11th-placed team lost their Veikkausliiga spot after losing to second-placed Ykkönen team TPS in a relegation/promotion playoff.

Stadia and locations

Club Location Stadium Turf Capacity
FC Haka Valkeakoski Tehtaan kenttä Artificial 3,516
FC Honka Espoo Tapiolan Urheilupuisto Natural 6,000
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion Natural 10,000
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden Stadion Natural 15,000
HIFK Helsinki Bolt Arena Artificial 10,770
HJK Helsinki Bolt Arena Artificial 10,770
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena Artificial 4,000
Ilves Tampere Tammelan Stadion Natural 5,040
KuPS Kuopio Savon Sanomat Areena Artificial 5,000
RoPS Rovaniemi Rovaniemen keskuskenttä Artificial 4,000
SJK Seinäjoki OmaSP Stadion Artificial 6,000
TPS Turku Veritas Stadion Natural 10,000

League table

Regular season

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 HJK  (C) 22 14 6 2 53 17 +36 48 Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 FC Inter 22 12 5 5 36 17 +19 41 Qualification to Europa Conference League first qualifying round
3 KuPS 22 12 5 5 39 26 +13 41
4 FC Honka 22 9 10 3 26 17 +9 37
5 Ilves 22 10 6 6 37 29 +8 36
6 FC Lahti 22 8 8 6 33 30 +3 32
7 SJK 22 8 5 9 27 29 −2 29
8 HIFK 22 8 4 10 29 33 −4 28
9 IFK Mariehamn 22 6 5 11 29 43 −14 23
10 Haka 22 5 7 10 25 41 −16 22
11 TPS  (R) 22 6 3 13 23 39 −16 21 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
12 RoPS  (R) 22 1 2 19 15 51 −36 5 Relegation to Ykkönen

Source: Veikkausliiga (Finnish), 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


European competition

Five teams would originally play for a spot in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League first qualifying round, but this was cancelled and the spot would be awarded based on regular season position.

Relegation play-offs

11 November 2020 (2020-11-11)
18:30 EET (UTC+2)
KTP 0–0 TPS Arto Tolsa Areena
Attendance: 1,315
Referee: Mattias Gestranius
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14)
16:00 EET (UTC+2)
TPS 1–1 KTP Veritas Stadion
Attendance: 2,469
Referee: Dennis Antamo
Muzaci Goal 58' Mäkijärvi Goal 83'

1–1 on aggregate. KTP won on away goals.

Season statistics

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Finland Roope Riski HJK 16
2 Flag of Albania Albion Ademi IFK Mariehamn 14
3 Flag of Finland Timo Furuholm Inter Turku 10
4 Flag of Finland Jasin-Amin Assehnoun FC Lahti 9
Flag of Finland Tim Väyrynen HJK
6 Flag of Finland Lauri Ala-Myllymäki Ilves 7
Flag of Cameroon Jean Marie Dongou FC Honka
Flag of Finland Naatan Skyttä Ilves
Flag of Nigeria Aniekpeno Udo KuPS
10 Flag of France Dimitry Imbongo FC Lahti 6
Flag of Finland Ilmari Niskanen KuPS
Flag of Finland Salomo Ojala FC Haka
Veikkausliiga 2020

FC Haka · FC Honka · FC Inter · FC Lahti · HIFK · HJK · IFK Mariehamn · Ilves · KuPS · RoPS · SJK · TPS

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League cups

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Supercups

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UEFA competitions

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International competitions
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