Thursday, 19 October 2017

Estonia - 2017 Meistriliiga


The 2017 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons) is the 27th season of the Meistriliiga, the top level of the Estonian football system. The season began on 3 March 2017 and ends on 4 November 2017.
FCI Tallinn are the defending champions. The champions underwent a name change between the seasons having been known as Infonet from 2011 to 2016.

Teams
A total of 10 teams will contest the league, including 8 teams from the 2016 season. Tarvas were relegated after a winless season. Their spot was taken by Esiliiga champions Tulevik, making an immediate return after their 2015 relegation.
In the relegation play-off Pärnu Linnameeskond successfully defended their league spot by defeating challengers Maardu Linnameeskond, but on 11 January 2017 Pärnu Linnameeskond, a union of football clubs from Pärnu, broke up. Vaprus, one of the three clubs that had formed Linnameeskond, took over the league spot.
Each team plays every opponent four times, twice at home and twice away. A total of 180 matches will be played, with 36 matches played by each team.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Latvia - 2017 SynotTip Higher League



Latvian Higher League  also known as SynotTip Higher League for sponsorship reasons with SynotTip, is a professional football league and the top tier of association football in Latvia. Organised by the Latvian Football Federation, Higher League is contested by 8 clubs. The new season kicks off in mid-March of every year, and runs until early November.
The League has changed sponsors for several times. 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 name SMScredit.lv Virslīga.In March 2016, it was announced that the Virslīga would be sponsored by SynotTip on a three-year contract.
The 2017 Latvian Higher League is the 26th season of top-tier football in Latvia. Spartaks Jūrmala are the defending champions, having won their first title in the previous season. The season began on 10 March 2017 and is scheduled to conclude on 4 November 2017; the relegation play-offs will take place afterwards.

Teams
The bottom-placed team from the 2016 season, BFC Daugavpils, were directly relegated to the 2017 Latvian First League. They were replaced by Babīte, champions of the 2016 Latvian First League.
The seventh-placed team from the 2016 season, FS METTA/LU, retained their top-flight spot for the 2017 season by defeating 2016 First League runners-up, AFA Olaine in the play-offs.
Babīte was removed from the league on 22 June 2017 after the Latvian Football Federation received a notice from UEFA's Betting Fraud Detection System for 6 separate games involving Babite. All the results for Babīte games were invalidated and do not count for the standings.
Each team will play the other seven teams home-and-away twice, for a total of 28 games each




Sunday, 1 October 2017

Barbados - Premier League 2017


The 2017 Barbados Premier League (officially the Digicel Premier League for sponsorship reasons) is the 71st season of the highest tier of football in BarbadosUWI Blackbirds are the defending champions, coming off their first league title.



The Premier League is the top football league in Barbados. It was created in 1947 and is headed by the Barbados Football Association. Ten teams participate in this league. 
The 9th- and 10th-placed teams are relegated to Barbados Division One. All teams play their games at the Barbados National Stadium in Bridgetown.



 Neighbourhood Care Pharmacy Weymouth Wales are the 2017 Digitel Premier League champions

Source: www.barbadosfa.com

Monday, 18 September 2017

Portugal - 2017/18 Primeira Liga


The 2017–18 Primeira Liga (also known as Liga NOS for sponsorship reasons) is the 84th season of the Primeira Liga, the top professional league for Portuguese association football clubs. Benfica are the three-time defending champions, having won their fourth consecutive league title in the previous season.

Eighteen teams will compete in the league – the top sixteen teams from the previous season, as well as two teams promoted from the LigaPro.

Portimonense became the first club to be promoted on 23 April 2017 and will play in Primeira Liga for the first time since the 2010–11 season. On 21 May 2017, after a 2–1 win in Azores against Santa Clara, they were crowned champions. The other team promoted were runners-up Desportivo das Aves, following a 2–2 draw against União da Madeira on 30 April 2017. This will mark the return of the Vila das Aves' team to the top flight after a 10-season absence.
The two promoted clubs replaced Nacional and Arouca. Nacional confirmed their relegation on 5 May 2017, 15 years after their promotion, when Moreirense, who were also struggling to escape relegation, beat Braga. On the last matchday, Arouca's 4–2 defeat against Estoril sealed their relegation, four seasons after having been promoted for the first time to Primeira Liga.




SL Benfica  was the champion in the last season


More Information : http://www.ligaportugal.pt

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Portugal - 2016/17 Ledman LigaPro

The 2016–17 LigaPro (also known as Ledman LigaPro for sponsorship reasons) is the 27th season of Portuguese football's second-tier league, and the second season under the current LigaPro title. A total of 22 teams compete in this division, including reserve sides from top-flight Primeira Liga teams.
Porto B are the defending champions, after winning their first title in the competition in the previous season
A total of 22 teams contest the league, including 17 sides from the 2015–16 season, two teams relegated from the 2015–16 Primeira Liga (União da Madeira and Académica) and three promoted from the 2015–16 Campeonato de Portugal (Cova da Piedade, Vizela and Fafe).
Other team changes compared to the previous season included the promotion of Chaves and Feirense to the 2016–17 Primeira Liga, and the relegation of Farense, Mafra, Atlético CP, Oriental and Oliveirense to the 2016–17 Campeonato de Portugal.




Wednesday, 28 June 2017

France - 2016/17 Ligue 2

The 2016–17 Ligue 2 (referred to as the Domino's Ligue 2 for sponsorship reasons) season is the 78th season since its establishment. The fixtures were announced on 6 June 2016.
The following teams played for the 2016–17 season. They are listed below in alphabetical order.





Promotion to Ligue 1: Strasbourg, Amiens and Troyes

Strasbourg Dominos Ligue 2 champions


Source: Ligue 2

Monday, 20 March 2017

Argentina - Primera B Nacional 2016-17


Primera B Nacional (usually called simply Nacional B, in English National B Division) is the second division of the Argentine football league system, made up of 23 teams in the 2016–17 season.
It is played by teams from all over the country. Clubs from Buenos Aires surroundings, as well as some from Santa Fe Province, are promoted from or relegated to the Primera B Metropolitana ("Metropolitan B Division") while for teams from the other provinces the Torneo Federal A ("Federal A Tournament") is the next level down. In the league system of Argentine football, Nacional B is the second-highest league, and from it the three best teams are automatically promoted to Primera División.
For the 2016–17 season, the twenty-three participating teams played each other twice for a total of forty-six matches. Teams received three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points.
The champion and runner-up teams automatically promoted to Primera División. Four teams were relegated at the end of the season.



Source: www.afa.org.ar

Friday, 20 January 2017

Faroe Islands - Premier League 2016


The Faroese premier division is sponsored by the Faroese oil company, Effo, and is therefore named “Effodeildin”

There are ten clubs in the Premier League, playing each other thrice. The bottom two teams are each year relegated to the Faroese 1st division and the top two teams of the 1st division are promoted in their place.

The season begins in March and goes on to October. Each team plays a total of 27 games.
Each team meets each one of the other teams one time at home and one time away, plus one more time either home or away, depending on the club’s league position in the past season.

Clubs are allowed to be represented with one team in each division. As for example in Spain some of the bigger clubs are also represented in the 1st and 2nd division with their B and C teams respectively. B and C teams can how ever only gain promotion if the same club is relegated from a division above.

Four teams usually qualify for European football. The champions qualify for the Champions league. Number two and three qualify for the Europa league along with the winner of the national cup competiton.

The teams are mostly made up by Faroese players, but since the nineties foreign players have also been represented in the Faroese league. Foreign players usually come from Scandinavia, Africa, Brazil and Eastern Europe. The teams can have a maximum of four players in the squad for a league game.

Clubs are represented in four divisions: The Premier League, 1st division, 2nd division and the 3rd division.

2016 Faroe Islands Premier League is the 74th season of top-tier football on the Faroe Islands. For sponsorship reasons, it is known as Effodeildin. B36 Tórshavn are the defending champions, having won their eleventh Faroese title last season.

The season is scheduled to begin on 5 March 2016 and conclude on 22 October 2016






Faroe Islands Cup-2016 (Løgmanssteypið)

KÍ - Víkingur Gøta - 1:1, 5:3 pen.

You can see overview here



Source:  http://www.fsf.fo and  http://www.faroesoccer.com

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Lithuania - 2016 A Lyga



The 2016 A Lyga, also known as SMSCredit.lt A Lyga for sponsoring purposes is the 27th season of the A Lyga, the top-tier association football league of Lithuania. The season began on 2 March and will end on 27 November 2016. Žalgiris Vilnius are the defending champions.

FK Šiauliai failed to obtain a license to play in the A Lyga and were relegated alongside FK Kruoja, which withdrew andFK Klaipedos Granitas, which was disqualified. They were replaced by FK Lietava Jonava, which will make its debut at the top level. FK Spyris Kaunas changed its name to FK Kauno Žalgiris.

The league reduced its number of teams from ten sides down to eight. As a consequence, each team will play every other four times, twice at home and twice away with the top six then playing an additional round against each other.




Source: Lithuania Football Federation

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Russia - 2015/16 Premier League



The 2015–16 Russian Premier League is the 24th season of the premier football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 14th under the current Russian Premier League name.
Zenit Saint Petersburg will come into the season as defending champions of the 2014–15 season.
As in previous season, 16 teams will play in the 2015–16 season. After the 2014–15 seasonFC Torpedo Moscow andFC Arsenal Tula were relegated to the 2015–16 Russian National Football League. There were replaced by two clubs who qualified automatically from the 2014–15 Russian National Football LeagueFC Krylia Sovetov Samara and FC Anzhi Makhachkala




Source: Russian Football Premier League

France - 2015/16 Ligue 2



The 2015–16 Ligue 2 season is the 77th season since its establishment.
The 2015–16 Ligue 2 season is the 77th season since its establishment
The 2015–16 Ligue 2 season is the 77th season since its establishment.
The 2015–16 Ligue 2 season is the 77th season since its establishment.
There are 20 clubs in the league, with three pro­moted teams from Cham­pi­onnat Na­tional re­plac­ing the three teams that were rel­e­gated to the same level, and three rel­e­gated teams from Ligue 1 re­plac­ing the three teams that were pro­moted to the same level. All clubs that se­cured Ligue 2 sta­tus for the sea­son were sub­ject to ap­proval by the DNCG be­fore be­com­ing el­i­gi­ble to participate.
The first team to of­fi­cially join the di­vi­sion for the 2015–16 was Lens, who were rel­e­gated from Ligue 1 on 2 May 2015 as re­sults on the day went against them. They were joined a week later by Metz, after a 4–0 home de­feat against Lo­ri­ent. The last rel­e­gated club were Evian after a 2-1 de­feat on 16 May 2015.
Red Star were the first team pro­moted from Na­tional, after a 4–0 vic­tory against Istres on 8 May 2015, mark­ing their re­turn to the pro­fes­sional lev­els after six­teen years in the am­a­teur leagues. Paris FC and Bourg-Péron­nas only gained the right to pro­mote on the last day of the sea­son, when Paris FC drew 0–0 against CA Bas­tia and Bourg-Péron­nas won 1–0 against Boulogne.
For the sea­son 2015-2016 the best two teams will be pro­moted in Ligue 1 and the last two teams will be rel­e­gated in National.
 
Teams:



 

Calendrier Ligue 2: http://www.lfp.fr/calendriers/2015_2016/Ligue2_2015_2016.pdf

References: Ligue 2 - 2014/15


Source: http://www.lfp.fr

Monday, 7 September 2015

Lithuania - 2015 LFF I lyga



2015 LFF I Lyga is a Lithuanian second-tier football league season which started on March 28, 2015 and finished on October 31. It consisted of 18 teams.


 

Source: Lithuania Football Federation

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Spain - Segunda División B 2014/15


Segunda División B is the third level of the Spanish football league system. It is administered by the RFEF. It is below the top two levels of the league, the Primera División (also known as La Liga) and the Segunda División, and above the Tercera División. The Segunda División B includes the reserve teams of several La Liga and Segunda División teams.
Segunda División B currently features 80 teams divided into 4 groups of 20. The top four teams from each group, 16 teams in total, qualify for play-offs to determine which four teams will replace the four teams relegated from the Segunda División. However reserve teams are only eligible for promotion to the Segunda División if their senior team is in the Primera División. The top five teams from each group and best two teams regardless of group outside the previous twenty, excluding reserve teams, also qualify for the following seasons Copa del Rey. The bottom four teams in each league are relegated to the Tercera División. Also, the four 16th-placed teams enter into a relegation playoff to determine the two teams to be relegated. One team is paired with one of the others in home and away series. the two winners remain in the division while the losers are relegated. A reserve team can also be relegated if their senior team is relegated from the Segunda División. Along with teams from the Tercera División, teams from the division also compete in the Copa Federación.
Since the 2008-09 season, the four group winners had the opportunity to be promoted directly and be named the overall Segunda División B champion. The four group winners are drawn into a two-legged series where the two winners are promoted to the Segunda División and enter into the final for the Segunda División B championship. The two losing semifinalists enter the playoff round for the last two promotion spots.
The four group runners-up are drawn against one of the three fourth-placed teams outside their group while the four third-placed teams are drawn against one another in a two-legged series. The six winners advance with the two losing semifinalists to determine the four teams that will enter the last two-legged series for the last two promotion spots. In all the playoff series, the lower-ranked club plays at home first. Whenever the is a tie in position (like the group winners in the Semifinal Round and Final or the third-placed teams in the first round), a draw will determine the club to play at home first.

The 2014–15 Segunda División B season will be the 38th since its establishment. The first matches of the season will be played on 23 August 2014, and the season will end on 21 June 2015 with the promotion play-off finals.

Teams 2014/15:

Grupo I: Real Oviedo, Sporting B, Marino de Luanco, Real Avilés, Langreo, Lealtad, Tropezón. Zamora, Guijuelo, Burgos, Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa, Real Valladolid B, Mirandés, Astorga, Coruxo, Racing de Ferrol, Compostela, Somozas, Celta B y UD Logroñés.
Grupo II: Huesca, Las Palmas Atlético, Toledo, Conquense, Guadalajara, Socuéllamos, Trival Valderas, Atlético de Madrid B, Getafe B, Rayo Vallecano B, Fuenlabrada, Real Madrid Castilla, Tudelano, Real Sociedad B, Baracaldo, Amorebieta, Bilbao Athletic, Real Unión, Sestao River y Leioa.
Grupo III: Atlético Baleares, Mallorca B, Hospitalet, Badalona, Reus, Cornellá, Gimnástico, San Andrés, Español B, Olot, Lérida, Alcoyano, Huracán Valencia, Valencia Mestalla, Villarreal B, Hércules, Olímpico, Elche Ilicitano, Eldense y Real Zaragoza B.
Grupo IV: Linense, Marbella, Cádiz, Almería B, El Palo, Lucena, Granada B, Jaén, Sevilla Atlético, Córdoba B, Betis B, San Roque, Melilla, Cacereño, Arroyo, Villanovense, UCAM Murcia, La Hoya Lorca, Cartagena y La Roda.
 

 Due to their financial problems, Real Murcia was relegated  to Segunda División B



Teams are distributed by zone:

The 2015 Segunda División B play-offs (Playoffs de Ascenso or Promoción de Ascenso) are the final playoffs for promotion from 2014–15 Segunda División B to the 2015–16 Segunda División. The four first placed teams in each of the four Segunda División B groups join the Playoffs de Ascenso and the four last placed teams in Segunda División will be relegated to Segunda División B. It also decides the teams which placed 16th to be relegated to the 2015–16 Tercera División
The four group winners have the opportunity to promote directly and become the overall Segunda División B champion. The four group winners will be drawn into a two-legged series where the two winners will be promoted to the Segunda División and will enter into the final for the Segunda División B champion. The two losing semifinalists will enter the playoff round for the last two promotion spots.
The four group runners-up will be drawn against one of the three fourth-placed teams outside their group while the four third-placed teams will be drawn against each other in a two-legged series. The six winners will advance with the two losing semifinalists to determine the four teams that will enter the last two-legged series for the last two promotion spots. In all the playoff series, the lower-ranked club will play at home first. Whenever there is a tie in position (e.g. like the group winners in the Semifinal Round and Final or the third-placed teams in the first round), a draw will determine the club to play at home first.


Source: http://www.rfef.es/
            http://www.lasegundab.es/
            http://www.vavel.com/es/futbol/segunda-b