|Latvian Higher League|
|Number of teams||8|
|Relegation to||Latvijas 1. līga|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)|| Latvian Cup|
|UEFA (Europe) cup(s)|| Champions League|
|Current champions|| Spartaks Jūrmala|
1st title (2016)
|Most successful club||Skonto (15)|
The SynotTip Latvian Higher League (SynotTip Virslīga) is a semi-professional football league and the top tier of association football in Latvia and is organised by the Latvian Football Federation. The new season kicks off in mid-March of every year, and runs until early November. There are no games in winter because of the harsh climate.
From 2005 until 2011, the league was sponsored by the telecommunications operator LMT, naming the league LMT Virslīga. In 2012 the league was reorganised in partnership with the NGO "Latvijas Futbola virslīga", adopting the NGO's name. Before the current season in March 2013, the league signed a sponsorship deal with the microfinancing company SMScredit.lv and acquired its current name SMScredit.lv Virslīga. In March 2016, it was announced that the Virslīga would be sponsored by SynotTip on a three-year contract.
From the first season back in 1991 to 2007, there were eight clubs in the Virslīga. During the course of the season each club played all the other clubs four times, twice at their home stadium and twice at that of their opponents, completing a total of 28 games.
After the 2007 season the league increased from eight to ten sides. In 2008 each side played the others four times.
At the end of the season, the lowest placed team are automatically relegated into Traffic 1. liga, and the winner of the Traffic 1. liga automatically takes their place. The second lowest placed team in Virslīga and the second team of 1. liga play two matches for a place in the Virslīga the following season. The winner of Virslīga, the champion of Latvia, plays in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round. The second and third placed clubs play in the UEFA Europa League qualifying games.
|Jelgava||Jelgava||Olympic Sports Center of Zemgale||1,560|
|Metta/LU||Riga||Hanzas vidusskolas laukums||2,000|
|Spartaks Jūrmala||Jūrmala||Slokas Stadium||2,800|
|Ventspils||Ventspils||Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions||3,044|
- One Nil Up – Digital Magazine focusing on football in the Baltic States
- Association Virsliga at futbolavirsliga.tv
- Current Virsliga table at eurorivals
- Virsliga fixtures, including kick off times, at worldfootball.net
- Latvia – List of Champions, RSSSF.com
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