Veikkausliiga
FIFA Region
UEFA
Season
2021
Location
Finland
Abbreviation
FIN1

Summary

The Veikkausliiga (FIN1) is the top football league in the Finnish football system. At the end of the 2021 FIN1 season, the FIN1 teams listed below qualify for the following non-league play:

  • 2022 - 2023 UEFA Champions League (UEFACL) - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 1st place 2021 FIN1 team
  • 2022 - 2023 UEFA Europa Conference League (UEFAECL) - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 2nd place 2021 FIN1 team
    • 2021 FIN1 UEFAECL Playoffs winner

    The winner of the 2021 Suomen Cup (Finnish Cup), typically a FIN1 team, also receives a berth in the 1st Qualifying Round of the 2022 - 2023 UEFA Europa Conference League.

Leagues Pyramid - Finland

Abbrev League # of Teams
FIN1 Veikkausliiga 12
FIN2 Ykkönen 12
FIN3 Kakkonen 36
FIN4 Kolmonen 104
FIN5 Nelonen 159
FIN6 Vitonen -
FIN7 Kutonen -
FIN8 Seiska -

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

Regular
1 Jul 2020 - 11 Sep 2021
Champ/Challenger Series
17 Sep 2021 - 20 Oct 2021
UEFAECL Playoffs
23 Oct 2021 - 15 Nov 2021
12: FIN1 (10 minimum), FIN2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

Each FIN1 team plays Home/Away matches against the other 11 FIN1 teams for a total of 22 regular season league matches. At the end of regular season, the top 6 teams play in the Championship Series, while the bottom 6 teams play in the Challenger Series. For each series, each team plays against the other 5 teams in their group once for 5 more matches (27 total league matches). Table ranking ties are broken by (1) goal difference, (2) goals scored, (3) head-to-head points, (4) head-to-head goal difference, (5) head-to-head away goals scored, then (6) a playoff.

Playoffs

Upon completion of the 2021 FIN1 Championship and Challenger Series, the 4th place Championship Round team plays the 1st place Challenger Series team, and the 5th and 6th place Championship Round teams play each other in the 1st Round of the UEFA Europa Conference League Playoffs. The winners of the 1st Round, meet in the 2nd Round. The 2nd Round winner plays the 3rd place Championship Round team in the UEFA Europa Conference League Playoff final. The winner of the final receives a berth in the 2022 UEFA Europa League - 1st Qualifying Round.

Relegation

At the end of the 2021 FIN1 Regular season, the 12th place FIN1 team is relegated to the FIN2, and the 11th place FIN1 team plays Home-Away highest aggregate goals wins playoff matches with the 2nd place FIN2 team. The playoff winner and the 1st place FIN2 are promoted to the 2022 FIN1.


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1st Stage

 LeagueHomeRoad
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1HJK 21 -1-04-42211 -0-0342210 -1-01000
2FC Ilves 11 -0-03-20200 -0-0000011 -0-03202
3IFK Mariehamn 11 -0-03-20200 -0-0000011 -0-03202
4HIFK 11 -0-03-20211 -0-0320200 -0-00000
5FC Lahti 11 -0-03-21111 -0-0321100 -0-00000
6FC Inter Turku 21 -0-13-22011 -0-0310110 -0-1012-1
7KTP 10 -1-01-11000 -0-0000010 -1-01110
8Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho 10 -1-01-11010 -1-0111000 -0-00000
9KuPS 20 -1-11-01-110 -1-0100010 -0-1001-1
10AC Oulu 10 -0-10-02-210 -0-1002-200 -0-00000
11FC Haka 10 -0-10-02-200 -0-0000010 -0-1002-2
12FC Honka 20 -0-20-26-410 -0-1002-210 -0-1024-2
Championship Series
Challenger Series

Fixtures

Fri - 7 May 2021
 KTP   FC HonkaArto Tolsa Areena
Sun - 9 May 2021
 FC Inter Turku   FC HakaVeritas Stadion
 IFK Mariehamn   AC OuluWiklöf Holding Arena
Tue - 11 May 2021
 FC Lahti   KuPSLahden Stadion
 FC Ilves   HJKRatinan Stadion
Fri - 14 May 2021
 HJK   FC LahtiBolt Arena
 KuPS   IFK MariehamnSavon Sanomat Areena
 FC Honka   FC Inter TurkuTapiolan Urheilupuisto
 FC Haka   KTPTehtaan kenttä
Sat - 15 May 2021
 HIFK   FC IlvesBolt Arena
 AC Oulu   Seinäjoen JalkapallokerhoRaatin stadion (Oulu)
Sat - 22 May 2021
 FC Inter Turku   KTPVeritas Stadion
 FC Lahti   FC HonkaLahden Stadion
 FC Ilves   KuPSRatinan Stadion
Sun - 23 May 2021
 IFK Mariehamn   FC HakaWiklöf Holding Arena
 AC Oulu   HIFKRaatin stadion (Oulu)
Fri - 28 May 2021
 HJK   AC OuluBolt Arena
 FC Ilves   KTPRatinan Stadion

Results

Mon - 3 May 2021
 AC Oulu 02 FC IlvesRaatin stadion (Oulu)
 HIFK 20 FC HakaBolt Arena
 FC Lahti 21 FC Inter TurkuLahden Stadion
 FC Honka 02 IFK MariehamnTapiolan Urheilupuisto
Sun - 2 May 2021
 KuPS 00 HJKSavon Sanomat Areena
Sat - 24 Apr 2021
 FC Inter Turku 10 KuPSVeritas Stadion
 HJK 42 FC HonkaBolt Arena