Besta-deild karla

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Besta deild karla
Country Iceland
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to1. deild karla
Domestic cup(s)Bikarkeppni karla
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsVíkingur
Most championshipsKR (27 titles)
Current: 2022 Besta deild karla

The Úrvalsdeild (English: Men's Select Division) is the top Icelandic association football league. It was founded in 1912. Because of the harsh winters in Iceland, it is often played from spring to summer. It is run by the Football Association of Iceland. It has 12 clubs. As of 31 July 2015, the league was the 35th best in Europe.[1] Since 27 April 2009, the league has also been known as the Pepsi-deildin (English: The Pepsi League) after the Football Association of Iceland and Ölgerðin signed a three-year contract together.[2]

Since 1955, the worst teams in the league were sent to the 1. deild karla. The current champions are Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (FH), and the team with the most titles is Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur (KR).

2016 Teams[change | change source]

Team Location 2015 season
Breiðablik Kópavogur 2nd
FH Hafnarfjörður 1st (Champions)
Fjölnir Reykjavík 6th
Fylkir Reykjavík 8th
ÍA Akranes 7th
ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar 10th
KR Reykjavík 3rd
Stjarnan Garðabær 4th
Valur Reykjavík 5th
Víkingur Reykjavík Reykjavík 9th
Víkingur Ólafsvík Ólafsvík 1st in the 1. deild karla
Þróttur Reykjavík Reykjavík 2nd in the 1. deild karla

Champions[change | change source]

The only teams to have won a title are KR (26), Valur (20), ÍA (18), Fram (18), FH (6), Víkingur (5), Keflavík (4), ÍBV (3), KA (1), Breiðablik (1) and Stjarnan (1).

References[change | change source]

  1. UEFA Association club coefficients accessed on 3 August 2015.
  2. Pepsi-deildin í knattspyrnu 2009 Archived 2015-06-09 at the Wayback Machine accessed on 3 August 2015.
  3. Fram Reykjavík was the only team to participate in the 1913 season
  4. Fram Reykjavík was the only team to participate in the 1914 season