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Meistriliiga
2021
Season information
Dates 13 March–5 December 2021
Winners FCI Levadia (10th title)
Relegated Tulevik
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League FCI Levadia
Europa Conference League Flora
Season statistics
Matches played 156
Goals scored 518
Top goalscorer Henri Anier
(26 goals)
Biggest home win Flora 9–0 Tammeka
(27 October 2021)
Biggest away win Vaprus 1–7 Nõmme Kalju
(19 May 2021)
Highest scoring Flora 9–0 Tammeka
(27 October 2021)
 ← 2020
2022 → 

The 2021 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons) was the 31st season of the Meistriliiga, the top Estonian league for association football clubs. The season was scheduled to begin on 5 March 2021, but was delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic until 13 March and concluded on 5 December.

Flora were the defending champions. The title was decided in the last round match between Flora and FCI Levadia. FCI Levadia drew the game, holding on to their one point lead over Flora and winning their 10th Meistriliiga title, their first since 2014.

Teams

Ten teams were competing in the league, nine clubs from the 2020 season and 2020 Esiliiga champions Vaprus who had earned a promotion after a two-year absence. Vaprus were to be relegated at the end of the 2021 season after finishing in the bottom of the table, however 8th Tulevik chose voluntary relegation to due financial difficulties. Tammeka retained their Meistriliiga spot after winning a relegation playoff against Esiliiga runners-up Tallinna Kalev.

Venues

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena &0000000000014336.00000014,336
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare linnastaadion &0000000000001000.0000001,000
TJK Legion Tallinn Kadrioru staadion &0000000000004750.0000004,750
FCI Levadia Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena &0000000000014336.00000014,336
Narva Trans Narva Narva Kreenholm Stadium &0000000000001065.0000001,065
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Kadrioru staadion &0000000000004750.0000004,750
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide linnastaadion &0000000000001000.0000001,000
Tammeka Tartu Tartu Tamme Stadium &0000000000001500.0000001,500
Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion &0000000000001084.0000001,084
Vaprus Pärnu Pärnu Rannastaadion &0000000000001501.0000001,501

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Flora Flag of Estonia Jürgen Henn Flag of Estonia Konstantin Vassiljev Nike Optibet
Kuressaare Flag of Ukraine Roman Kozhukhovskyi Flag of Estonia Sander Seeman Nike
TJK Legion Flag of Estonia Denis Belov Flag of Estonia Pavel Londak Uhlsport
FCI Levadia Flag of Estonia Vladimir Vassiljev
Flag of Serbia Marko Savić
Flag of Estonia Brent Lepistu Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Narva Trans Flag of Russia Igor Pyvin Flag of Ivory Coast Elysée Nike Sportland
Nõmme Kalju Flag of Russia Sergei Frantsev Flag of Estonia Aleksandr Kulinitš Adidas Rämmar
Paide Linnameeskond Flag of Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Flag of Estonia Andre Frolov Nike Verston
Tammeka Flag of Latvia Dmitrijs Kalašņikovs Flag of Estonia Karl Johan Pechter Nike Metec
Tulevik Flag of Estonia Sander Post Flag of Estonia Kaimar Saag Joma Fenix
Vaprus Flag of Estonia Taavi Midenbritt Flag of Estonia Magnus Villota Nike Coolbet

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Tulevik Flag of Estonia Sander Post Resigned 6 December 2020 Pre-season Flag of Estonia Jaanus Reitel 6 December 2020
Nõmme Kalju Flag of Estonia Marko Kristal Resigned 7 December 2020 Flag of Russia Sergei Frantsev 7 December 2020
Narva Trans Flag of Estonia Oleg Kurotškin End of contract 6 December 2020 Flag of Russia Igor Pyvin 3 January 2021
Tammeka Flag of Estonia Kaido Koppel Sacked 1 September 2021 10th Flag of Latvia Dmitrijs Kalašņikovs 1 September 2021
Tulevik Flag of Estonia Jaanus Reitel Mutual consent 20 September 2021 8th Flag of Estonia Sander Post 20 September 2021

Format changes

Due to delayed season opening and many postponed matches, the season was shortened. Instead of the regular format of each team playing each of the other teams four times, the league table will be split after the third playthrough (27th match) into two sections of top 6 and bottom 4, with each team playing each other in that section.

League table

Template:2021 Meistriliiga table

Relegation play-offs

At season's end Tammeka, the ninth place club, participated in a two-legged play-off with the runners-up (of independent teams) of the 2021 Esiliiga, for the spot in 2022 Meistriliiga.

27 November 2021 Tallinna Kalev 0–0 Tammeka Tallinn  
16:00 (UTC+2) Report Stadium: Kalevi Keskstaadioni kunstmuruväljak
Referee: Joonas Jaanovits
4 December 2021 Tammeka 3–0 Tallinna Kalev Tartu  
16:00 (UTC+2) Koskor Goal 33'
Veelma Goal 34'
Uljanov

Goal 87'

Report Stadium: Tartu Sepa jalgpallikeskuse kunstmuruväljak
Referee: Juri Frischer
Tammeka won 3–0 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2022 season.

Results

A total of four rounds will be played. In the first three rounds teams play each other three times. In the fourth round the league was split into 2 groups – top 6, and bottom 4, where they play each team in their group one more time.

Rounds 1–18

Teams play each other twice, once at home and once away.

Home \ Away FLO KUR LEG LEV NAR NÕM PAI TAM TUL VAP
Flora 2–2 2–1 0–0 5–0 1–0 3–3 9–0 3–0 2–0
Kuressaare 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–3 2–1
TJK Legion 1–2 1–0 2–3 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 7–1
FCI Levadia 2–4 3–0 4–3 3–2 4–1 0–4 2–1 4–1 5–0
Narva Trans 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–4 1–2 0–1 2–1 6–2 1–1
Nõmme Kalju 1–2 0–3 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 5–1 0–1
Paide 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 5–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–1
Tammeka 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–2 3–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2
Tulevik 3–3 1–2 1–0 0–4 0–1 1–3 0–1 5–3 3–1
Vaprus 0–4 2–1 1–4 0–4 2–1 1–7 1–3 1–2 AWD
Source: Estonian Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Rounds 19–27

Teams play each other once, either home or away.

Home \ Away FLO KUR LEG LEV NAR NÕM PAI TAM TUL VAP
Flora 5–1 5–2 2–0 3–0
Kuressaare 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–0 6–0
TJK Legion 1–2 1–2 3–1 2–1
FCI Levadia 1–5 3–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 5–0
Narva Trans 2–2 0–3 0–1 3–0
Nõmme Kalju 2–2 1–1 3–2 3–1
Paide 1–1 4–1 0–3 4–0 3–1
Tammeka 0–2 2–1 0–3 2–5
Tulevik 2–2 3–2 4–1 1–0
Vaprus 0–6 1–4 1–1 1–2
Source: Estonian Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top six rounds 28–32

Teams play each other once, either home or away.

Home \ Away FLO LEG LEV NAR NÕM PAI
Flora 2–2 3–0
TJK Legion 0–2 0–2 2–2
FCI Levadia 2–2 1–0
Narva Trans 0–2 0–2 0–0 1–5
Nõmme Kalju 0–1 1–2
Paide 4–0 5–3
Updated to match(es) played on 4 December 2021. Source: Estonian Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Bottom four rounds 28–30

Teams play each other once, either home or away.

Home \ Away KUR TAM TUL VAP
Kuressaare
Tammeka 1–0 2–0 2–3
Tulevik 0–2
Vaprus 0–4 1–2
Source: Estonian Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistics

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Estonia Henri Anier Paide Linnameeskond 26
2 Flag of Estonia Zakaria Beglarishvili FCI Levadia 24
3 Flag of Estonia Rauno Sappinen Flora 23
4 Flag of Estonia Robert Kirss FCI Levadia 17
5 Flag of Estonia Sergei Zenjov Flora 14
6 Flag of Estonia Kaimar Saag Tulevik 12
7 Flag of Estonia Tristan Koskor Tammeka 11
Flag of Estonia Mattias Männilaan Kuressaare
Flag of Estonia Aleksandr Šapovalov TJK Legion
10 Flag of Russia Aleksandr Zakarlyuka Narva Trans 10

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Estonia Zakaria Beglarishvili FCI Levadia Tulevik 4–0 (A) 4 April 2021
Flag of Estonia Eduard Golovljov Narva Trans Tulevik 6–2 (H) 11 April 2021
Flag of Russia Aleksandr Zakarlyuka
Flag of Estonia Henri Anier Paide Linnameeskond Vaprus 3–1 (A) 25 April 2021
Flag of Estonia Aleksandr Šapovalov TJK Legion Vaprus 7–1 (A) 11 May 2021
Flag of Estonia Henri Anier Paide Linnameeskond Tammeka 5–2 (A) 19 September 2021
Flag of Estonia Rauno Sappinen4 Flora Narva Trans 5–2 (H) 22 September 2021
Flag of Estonia Sergei Zenjov Flora Tammeka 9–0 (H) 27 October 2021
Flag of Estonia Henri Anier Paide Linnameeskond Legion 4–0 (H) 30 October 2021
Flag of Estonia Otto-Robert Lipp Kuressaare Vaprus 4–0 (A) 6 November 2021

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

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March/April Flag of Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Flag of Estonia Henri Anier Paide Linnameeskond
May Flag of Estonia Jürgen Henn Flora Flag of Estonia Zakaria Beglarishvili FCI Levadia
June/July Flag of Serbia Marko Savić
Flag of Estonia Vladimir Vassiljev
FCI Levadia Flag of Estonia Robert Kirss
August Flag of Estonia Joseph Saliste Paide Linnameeskond
September Flag of Ukraine Roman Kozhukhovsky Kuressaare Flag of Estonia Rauno Alliku Flora
October Flag of Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Flag of Estonia Ken Kallaste Flora
November Flag of Estonia Jürgen Henn Flora Flag of Estonia Zakaria Beglarishvili FCI Levadia

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