Wednesday, May 10, 2006

ICELANDIC FOOTBALL IN A NUTSHELL - Part 2

The Icelandic league competition starts in middle of May. There are 4 leagues in Iceland and the highest one is called Premium League. None of these leagues are professional although the best players are paid somewhat during the playing season, mostly in the form of bonuses. Each league consists of 10 teams and during the interval from mid May to mid September they play each other in two rounds, total 18 games. The winner of the Premium League and the team in second place qualify for UEFA place. There is also another competition that is called the 'Coca Cola cup' played where the winner also qualifies for UEFA.

FC Reykjavík (KR) is probably the most famous Icelandic team and it is 'probably' the biggest. Other teams that also could qualify as big in Iceland are ÍA Akranes, ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar, Fc Fram, Valur and more recently Fylkir and Grindavík.

Source: Tryggvi Már Ingvarsson. Toeter. 2003

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