The Úrvalsdeild karla is the top tier of the Icelandic football pyramid and currently comprises 12 clubs. The most championships have been won by KR (Reykjavík), followed by ÍA (Akranes) and Fram Reykjavík. The 1912 season of Úrvalsdeild was the first season of league football in Iceland.
The next levels are the 1. deild karla (second tier) which is fed by 2. deild karla (third tier), both of wjich have 12 teams. The fourth tier up to 2012 was run on a regional basis with 4 groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the play-off stage.
In 2013 a new league will be added to the Icelandic football league system, a nationwide league of ten teams. This division will take over from the current 3. deild which will be renamed 4. deild karla
All divisions are administered by the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) and there is promotion and relegation between each tier.
The Icelandic Cup (known as the VISA-bikar) is the national knock-out football cup competition in Iceland. The final is played at Laugardalsvöllur at the end of the Icelandic season in October. The winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
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