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Ykkönen (in Finnish)
Ettan (in Swedish)
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toVeikkausliiga
Relegation toKakkonen
Current championsFC Haka
TV partnersVeikkausTV, Huuhkaja.tv
WebsiteMiesten Ykkönen
2020 Ykkönen

Ykkönen (Finnish for 'Number One'; Swedish: 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.


The first league format competition in the second level of Finnish football was called Suomensarja, which was founded in 1936.[1] Before the inauguration of the Suomensarja, from 1930 to 1935, there had been special qualification matches for the right to play in the Mestaruussarja.

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.[2]

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


Like the Veikkausliiga, the first division is played mainly during the summer. It comprises 12 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, and the team finishing second in the league will play a two-legged promotion playoff against the team finishing 11th in the Veikkausliiga. The bottom 2 clubs are directly relegated to Kakkonen.


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 2019 season are:

Champions and top scorers 1973-2018

Season Champion League promotions Top scorer Club Goals
1973 MiPK MiPK, FC Haka Finland Matti Paatelainen FC Haka 21
1974 MyPa MyPa, VPS Finland Kari Lehtolainen HPS 19
1975 GBK GBK, OPS Finland Christian Nyman GBK 16
1976 Kiffen Kiffen, OTP Finland Jarmo Lindahl Kiffen 15
1977 KPT KPT, Pyrkivä Finland Raimo Kuuluvainen FC Ilves 17
1978 FC Ilves FC Ilves, KTP Finland Ari Tissari KPT 21
1979 MP OTP, Sepsi-78 Finland Tuomo Hakala RoPS 19
1980 MP MP, RoPS, MiPK Finland Keijo Kousa FC Kuusysi 21
1981 FC Kuusysi FC Kuusysi, KPV, Elo Poland W?adys?aw D?browski OTP 26
1982 Reipas Reipas, RoPS England Craig Ramsay FF Jaro 18
1983 MP MP, KePS, PPT Finland Arto Keisalo
Finland Jukka Mykkänen
1984 OTP OTP Finland Hannu Tiilikainen Elo 18
1985 MP MP Finland Jukka Rautakallio FinnPa 17
1986 Reipas Reipas Finland Jari Aaltonen TPV 18
1987 OTP OTP Finland Kalle Lehtinen FC Kontu 18
1988 FF Jaro FF Jaro Finland Juha Lahtinen VaKP 19
1989 KPV KPV, Kumu Finland Mauri Keskitalo MyPa 18
1990 PPT PPT, FF Jaro Finland Janne Murtomäki
Finland Jari Vanhala
FC Kontu
Grankulla IFK
1991 MyPa MyPa Soviet Union Igor Danilov Kumu 17
1992 TPV TPV, FinnPa Poland Tomasz Arceusz
Russia Oleg Ivanov
Russia Valeri Popovitch
1993 KuPS KuPS, FC Oulu Finland Kimmo Savolainen KePS 17
1994 Ponnistus Ponnistus, VPS Finland Mika Riutto Reipas 15
1995 FC Inter FC Inter Finland Mika Marjamaa KePS 18
1996 TP-Seinäjoki TP-Seinäjoki Brazil Luciano Martins FC Kuusysi 18
1997 FC Haka FC Haka, PK-35 Russia Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 25
1998 FC Lahti FC Lahti, KTP, Inter, TPV Finland Ismo Lius FC Lahti 18
1999 Tampere United Tampere United Brazil Dionísio Tampere United 24
2000 KuPS KuPS, Atlantis FC Finland Niclas Grönholm Hangö IK 25
2001 FC Hämeenlinna FC Hämeenlinna FF Jaro Finland Jani Myllyniemi HIFK 18
2002 KuPS KuPS, FC Jokerit, FC KooTeePee Finland Janne Kauria FC Honka 17
2003 TP-47 TP-47, RoPS Finland Mikko Mäkelä PP-70 15
2004 KuPS KuPS, IFK Mariehamn Finland Miikka Oinonen MP 15
2005 FC Honka FC Honka, VPS The Gambia Dawda Bah
Finland Rami Louke
2006 FC Viikingit FC Viikingit, AC Oulu Finland Petteri Kaijasilta PK-35 19
2007 KuPS KuPS, RoPS Finland Petteri Kaijasilta PK-35 18
2008 JJK Jyväskylä JJK Nigeria Babatunde Wusu JJK 22
2009 AC Oulu AC Oulu Finland Pekka Sihvola FC Hämeenlinna 20
2010 RoPS RoPS Georgia (country) Irakli Sirbiladze KPV 16
2011 FC Lahti FC Lahti Finland Ville Salmikivi FC Viikingit 20
2012 RoPS RoPS Finland Aleksandr Kokko RoPS 15
2013 SJK SJK Finland Jussi Aalto Haka 15
2014 HIFK HIFK, FC KTP, FC Ilves Finland Kalle Multanen Haka 30
2015 PS Kemi PS Kemi, PK-35 Vantaa Finland Kalle Multanen Haka 19
2016 JJK JJK Democratic Republic of the Congo Aristote M'Boma AC Oulu 18
2017 TPS TPS, FC Honka Finland Kalle Multanen
Brazil Felix de Bona
2018 HIFK HIFK, KPV Mexico Alberto Alvarado Morín AC Oulu 17
2019 Haka Haka, TPS Finland Salomo Ojala Haka 23


  1. ^ a b Pietarinen, Heikki. "Finland - List of League Second Level Tables". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Lautela, Yrjö & Wallén, Göran (2007). Rakas jalkapallo. Hämeenlinna: Teos. p. 61. ISBN 978-951-851-068-3.

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