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Ykkönen (Finnish)
Ettan (Swedish)
Country Finland
Founded 1973
Divisions 1
Number of teams 10
Promotion to Veikkausliiga
Relegation to Kakkonen
Levels on pyramid 2
Current champions HIFK (2014)
Website Official website
Football current event 2017

Ykkönen (Finnish for 'Number One'; Ettan) is the second highest level of the Finnish football league system (after the Veikkausliiga), although it is the highest league managed by the Football Association of Finland.

History

The first league format competition in the second level of Finnish football was called Suomensarja, which was founded in 1936. In the autumn of 1969, the Finnish football underwent a league system reform, and the Suomensarja was renamed II divisioona, or 2nd Division, with regional sections.

In 1973, this level of football in Finland became nationwide, and the new name was 1. divisioona (‘First Division’). Name Ykkönen has been used since 1995.


Before the inauguration of the Suomensarja, there had been, in 1930–1935, special qualification matches for the right to play in the Mestaruussarja, ‘Championship series’. A proper league format competition on this level began in 1936 with the 1936 Suomensarja.

Competition

Like the Veikkausliiga, the first division is played mainly during the summer. It comprises 10 clubs, all of whom play three matches against all other clubs in the division. The winner of the Ykkönen qualifies directly for promotion to Veikkausliiga. The bottom 2 clubs are directly relegated to Kakkonen.

Clubs

Finnish Football
League Structure

Veikkausliiga (Tier 1)
Ykkönen (Tier 2)
Kakkonen (Tier 3)
Kolmonen (Tier 4)
Nelonen (Tier 5)
Vitonen (Tier 6)
Kutonen (Tier 7)
Seiska (Tier 8)

The clubs in the Ykkönen for the 2015 season are:

Club Location Stadium Capacity Manager
AC Oulu Oulu Raatin Stadion 6,996 Flag of Finland Ojanen, RaunoRauno Ojanen
EIF Raseborg Ekenäs Centrumplan 2,500 Flag of Finland Rantanen, JariJari Rantanen
FC Jazz Pori Pori Stadium 12,000 Flag of Wales Allen, JohnJohn Allen
Haka Valkeakoski Tehtaan kenttä 3,516 Flag of Finland Rantala, JuhoJuho Rantala
JJK Jyväskylä Harjun stadion 3,000 Flag of Finland Pasoja, JuhaJuha Pasoja
MP Mikkeli Mikkelin Urheilupuisto 7,000 Flag of Finland Mäkelä, IlkkaIlkka Mäkelä
PK-35 Vantaa Vantaa ISS Stadion 4,500 Flag of Finland Kuqi, ShefkiShefki Kuqi
PS Kemi Kemi Sauvosaari 2,500 Flag of Finland Åhman, JariJari Åhman
TPS Turku Veritas Stadion 9,372 Flag of Finland Laurikainen, MikaMika Laurikainen
VIFK Vaasa Hietalahti Stadium 4,600 Flag of Finland Kärkkäinen, TomiTomi Kärkkäinen

Champions and top scorers 1973–2014

Season Champion League promotions Top scorer Club Goals
1973 MiPK MiPK, FC Haka Flag of Finland Matti Paatelainen FC Haka 21
1974 MyPa MyPa, VPS Flag of Finland Kari Lehtolainen HPS 19
1975 GBK GBK, OPS Flag of Finland Christian Nyman GBK 16
1976 Kiffen Kiffen, OTP Flag of Finland Jarmo Lindahl Kiffen 15
1977 KPT KPT, Pyrkivä Flag of Finland Raimo Kuuluvainen FC Ilves 17
1978 FC Ilves FC Ilves, KTP Flag of Finland Ari Tissari KPT 21
1979 MP OTP, Sepsi-78 Flag of Finland Tuomo Hakala RoPS 19
1980 MP MP, RoPS, MiPK Flag of Finland Keijo Kousa FC Kuusysi 21
1981 FC Kuusysi FC Kuusysi, KPV, Elo Flag of Poland Władysław Dąbrowski OTP 26
1982 Reipas Reipas, RoPS England Craig Ramsay FF Jaro 18
1983 MP MP, KePS, PPT Flag of Finland Arto Keisalo
Flag of Finland Jukka Mykkänen
HPS
MP
14
1984 OTP OTP Flag of Finland Hannu Tiilikainen Elo 18
1985 MP MP Flag of Finland Jukka Rautakallio FinnPa 17
1986 Reipas Reipas Flag of Finland Jari Aaltonen TPV 18
1987 OTP OTP Flag of Finland Kalle Lehtinen FC Kontu 18
1988 FF Jaro FF Jaro Flag of Finland Juha Lahtinen VaKP 19
1989 KPV KPV, Kumu Flag of Finland Mauri Keskitalo MyPa 18
1990 PPT PPT, FF Jaro Flag of Finland Janne Murtomäki
Flag of Finland Jari Vanhala
FC Kontu
Grankulla IFK
14
1991 MyPa MyPa Flag of the Soviet Union Igor Danilov Kumu 17
1992 TPV TPV, FinnPa Flag of Poland Tomasz Arceusz
Flag of Russia Oleg Ivanov
Flag of Russia Valeri Popovitch
VPS
TPV
TPV
16
1993 KuPS KuPS, FC Oulu Flag of Finland Kimmo Savolainen KePS 17
1994 Ponnistus Ponnistus, VPS Flag of Finland Mika Riutto Reipas 15
1995 FC Inter FC Inter Flag of Finland Mika Marjamaa KePS 18
1996 TP-Seinäjoki TP-Seinäjoki Brazil Luciano Martins FC Kuusysi 18
1997 FC Haka FC Haka, PK-35 Flag of Russia Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 25
1998 FC Lahti FC Lahti, KTP, Inter, TPV Flag of Finland Ismo Lius FC Lahti 18
1999 Tampere United Tampere United Brazil Dionísio Tampere United 24
2000 KuPS KuPS, Atlantis FC Flag of Finland Niclas Grönholm Hangö IK 25
2001 FC Hämeenlinna FC Hämeenlinna FF Jaro Flag of Finland Jani Myllyniemi HIFK 18
2002 KuPS KuPS, FC Jokerit, FC KooTeePee Flag of Finland Janne Kauria FC Honka 17
2003 TP-47 TP-47, RoPS Flag of Finland Mikko Mäkelä PP-70 15
2004 KuPS KuPS, IFK Mariehamn Flag of Finland Miikka Oinonen MP 15
2005 FC Honka FC Honka, VPS Flag of The Gambia Dawda Bah
Flag of Finland Rami Louke
KPV
VPS
16
2006 FC Viikingit FC Viikingit, AC Oulu Flag of Finland Petteri Kaijasilta PK-35 19
2007 KuPS KuPS, RoPS Flag of Finland Petteri Kaijasilta PK-35 18
2008 JJK Jyväskylä JJK Flag of Nigeria Babatunde Wusu JJK 22
2009 AC Oulu AC Oulu Flag of Finland Pekka Sihvola FC Hämeenlinna 20
2010 RoPS RoPS Flag of Georgia Irakli Sirbiladze KPV 16
2011 FC Lahti FC Lahti Flag of Finland Ville Salmikivi FC Viikingit 20
2012 RoPS RoPS Flag of Finland Aleksandr Kokko RoPS 15
2013 SJK SJK Flag of Finland Jussi Aalto Haka 15
2014 HIFK HIFK, FC KTP, FC Ilves Flag of Finland Kalle Multanen Haka 30

External links

Ykkönen 2017

AC Oulu · EIF · FC Honka · FF Jaro · Gnistan · GrIFK · Haka · KPV · OPS · TPS

Football in Finland
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Ykkönen (tier 2) {U-21) (U-19) (U-17) Finnish League Cup
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Nelonen (tier 5) · Vitonen (tier 6) List of competitions
Kutonen (tier 7) · Seiska (tier 8) List of venues
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