The Faroe Islands is a self-governing country under the sovereignty of Denmark, situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland. The island group has a population of just under 50,000 people and the capital is Tórshavn.
Football is the most popular sport in the Faroe Islands with more than 8,000 players o which some 5,700 are registered. The Faroe Islands Football Association (Fótbóltssamband Føroya) is the governing body of football in the Faroe Islands and is based in Tórshavn. The FSF oversees all aspects of football in the country including the Faroe Islands Premier League and the Faroe Islands national football team. The organisation was founded in 1979 and became affiliated FIFA in 1988 and to UEFA in 1990.
The Faroe Islands Premier League (commonly known as Effodeildin) is the highest football league in the Faroe Islands. It has also been known as the known as Vodafonedeildin and Formuladeildin for sponsorship reasons. The competition was originally established in 1942 as the Meistaradeildin (Champions Division) with 4 clubs. The first team to win the championship was KÍ Klaksvík. The most successful club in Faroe Islands football in terms of league championship wins is held by HB Tórshavn, followed by RKÍ Klaksvík. At the present time 10 clubs compete in the top division.
Below the top tier, the national league structure comprises the 1. Deild (1 section of 10 clubs), 2. Deild (1 section of 10 clubs) and 3. Deild (6 sections serving 24 clubs). The second tier of football in the Faroe Islands (now known as the 1. Deild) was established in 1943 and was named Meðaldeildin (Middle Division). All the leagues are administered by the Faroe Islands Football Association and there is a system of promotion and relegation between the tiers.
The Faroe Islands Cup (Løgmanssteypið) is the national knockout cup competition in Faroe Islands football. It was first held in 1955 and the most successful club in the competition has been HB
Tórshavn. This club's success far outshines other cup winners such as GÍ Gøta, B36 Tórshavn, KÍ Klaksví and TB Tvøroyri.
Some 18 clubs enter the competition as only the first teams of Faroese football clubs are allowed to participate. The preliminary round involves teams from 1. Deild, 2. Deild and 3. Deild leagues.
Main league tables & results
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Season by season matrix
Appreciation: Full recognition and acknowledgement is made to Foot.dk and Claudio Nicoletti and the work of the many contributors to the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation who have catalogued the above tables. Current league standings are provided by Fótbóltssamband Føroya (Faroe Islands Football Association).
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