Division 1 (Swedish football)

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Division 1
Ettan Fotboll logo.svg
Number of teams32
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toSuperettan
Relegation toDivision 2
Current championsVasalunds IF (north)
IFK Värnamo (south)
Current: 2020 Division 1

Division 1, branded as Ettan (English: the one), which also is its common name in everyday speech, is the third level in the Swedish football league system and consists of 32 Swedish football teams. Division 1 was the second tier from 1987 to 1999, but was replaced by Superettan in 2000. It was reestablished for the 2006 season as the third tier below Superettan.


The old Division 1 replaced Division 2 as the second highest level in 1987 and consisted of two separate leagues with 14 teams each, Norra (Northern) and Södra (Southern), except for the 1991 and 1992 seasons which comprised 32 teams in four leagues, adding Östra (Eastern) and Västra (Western). As of the 2018 season, both Norra and Södra leagues of Division 1 are composed of 16 clubs, similar to Allsvenskan and Superettan.[1]

The competition[edit]

There are 32 clubs in Division 1, divided in two groups of 16 teams each representing Northern and Southern Sweden. During the course of a season (starting in April and ending in November) each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 30 games. At the end of each season the three lowest placed teams of each group are relegated to Division 2 and the six winning teams from the six Division 2 leagues are promoted in their place. The top team in each Division 1 group is promoted to Superettan and the two lowest placed teams from Superettan are relegated in their place. The second placed teams in each Division 1 group plays a promotion/relegation play-off against the third and fourth lowest teams in Superettan.[2]

Current clubs (2021 season)[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]


Team Location Stadium Stadium capacity1
Assyriska FF Södertälje Södertälje Fotbollsarena 6,700
IF Brommapojkarna Bromma Grimsta IP 5,000
Dalkurd FF Uppsala Nya Studenternas IP 10,000
IK Frej Täby kyrkby Vikingavallen 2,650
Gefle IF Gävle Gavlevallen 6,500
IFK Haninge Haninge Torvalla IP 1,000
Hudiksvalls FF Hudiksvall Glysisvallen 3,000
IF Karlstad Karlstad Tingvalla IP 10,000
IFK Luleå Luleå Skogsvallen 5,000
Piteå IF Piteå LF Arena 6,000
Sandvikens IF Sandviken Jernvallen 7,000
Sollentuna FK Sollentuna Sollentunavallen 4,500
IF Sylvia Norrköping Östgötaporten 17,000
Täby FK Täby Tibblevallen 1,000
Umeå FC Umeå Umeå Energi Arena 10,000
Örebro Syrianska IF Örebro Örnsro IP 1,000


Team Location Stadium Stadium capacity1
Assyriska Turabdin IK Jönköping Rosenlunds IP 1,500
IFK Malmö Malmö Malmö IP 7,600
Lindome GIF Lindome Lindevi IP 1,500
FC Linköping City Linköping Linköping Arena 8,300
Ljungskile SK Ljungskile Skarsjövallen 8,000
Lunds BK Lund Klostergårdens IP 8,560
Oskarshamns AIK Oskarshamn Arena Oskarshamn 2,000
Qviding FIF Gothenburg Valhalla IP 4,000
Skövde AIK Skövde Södermalms IP 4,500
Torns IF Stångby Tornvallen 1,500
FC Trollhättan Trollhättan Edsborgs IP 5,100
Tvååkers IF Tvååker Övrevi IP 1,000
Utsiktens BK Gothenburg Ruddalens IP 5,000
Vänersborgs IF Vänersborg Vänersvallen 2,000
Åtvidabergs FF Åtvidaberg Kopparvallen 8,000
Österlen FF Skillinge Skillinge Idrottsplats 1,000
  • 1 Correct as of end of 2018 season

Seasons - Previous Winners[edit]

Second tier[edit]

Season League Won Promotion Won Promotion Playoffs Lost Promotion Playoffs
1987 Norra Djurgårdens IF N/A N/A
Södra GAIS N/A N/A
1988 Norra Örebro SK N/A N/A
Södra Halmstads BK N/A N/A
1989 Norra Hammarby IF N/A N/A
Södra Östers IF N/A N/A
1990 Norra N/A GIF Sundsvall N/A
Södra N/A N/A BK Häcken
1991 Norra N/A N/A Kiruna FF
Östra N/A N/A Hammarby IF
Västra N/A Västra Frölunda IF N/A
Södra N/A Trelleborgs FF N/A
1992 Norra N/A N/A IFK Sundsvall
Östra N/A IK Brage N/A
Västra N/A BK Häcken N/A
Södra N/A Halmstads BK N/A
1993 Norra Hammarby IF N/A Vasalunds IF
Södra Landskrona BoIS N/A IFK Hässleholm
1994 Norra Djurgårdens IF N/A Umeå FC
Södra Örgryte IS N/A Kalmar FF
1995 Norra Umeå FC N/A Gefle IF
Södra IK Oddevold N/A GAIS
1996 Norra Västerås SK N/A Hammarby IF
Södra IF Elfsborg Ljungskile SK N/A
1997 Norra Hammarby IF N/A Djurgårdens IF
Södra Västra Frölunda IF BK Häcken N/A
1998 Norra Djurgårdens IF Umeå FC N/A
Södra Kalmar FF N/A Landskrona BoIS
1999 Norra GIF Sundsvall N/A Assyriska FF
Södra BK Häcken GAIS N/A

Third tier[edit]

Season League Won Promotion Won Promotion Playoffs Lost Promotion Playoffs
2006 Norra Enköpings SK IK Sirius N/A
Södra IF Sylvia Bunkeflo IF N/A
2007 Norra Assyriska FF FC Väsby United N/A
Södra Qviding FIF Ängelholms FF N/A
2008 Norra Syrianska FC Vasalunds IF N/A
Södra FC Trollhättan N/A Östers IF
2009 Norra Degerfors IF IK Brage N/A
Södra Östers IF N/A Skövde AIK
2010 Norra Västerås SK N/A IK Sirius
Södra IFK Värnamo N/A Qviding FIF
2011 Norra Umeå FC N/A FC Väsby United
Södra Varbergs BoIS N/A IF Sylvia
2012 Norra Östersunds FK N/A BK Forward
Södra Örgryte IS N/A Lunds BK
2013 Norra IK Sirius N/A Dalkurd FF
Södra Husqvarna FF N/A IK Oddevold
2014 Norra AFC United IK Frej N/A
Södra Utsiktens BK N/A Örgryte IS
2015 Norra Dalkurd FF N/A Akropolis IF
Södra Trelleborgs FF Örgryte IS N/A
2016 Norra IF Brommapojkarna N/A Vasalunds IF
Södra Östers IF Norrby IF N/A
2017 Norra IK Brage N/A Akropolis IF
Södra Landskrona BoIS N/A Mjällby AIF
2018 Norra Västerås SK Syrianska FC N/A
Södra Mjällby AIF N/A Oskarshamns AIK
2019 Norra Akropolis IF Umeå FC N/A
Södra Ljungskile SK N/A Landskrona BoIS
2020 Norra Vasalunds IF TBD N/A
Södra IFK Värnamo TBD N/A

Note: In 2007 the runners up were promoted automatically without playoffs because of Allsvenskan expanding to 16 teams.


Top goalscorers Norra[edit]

Nigerian forward Kennedy Igboananike became topscorer in Division 1 Norra 2008 with Vasalunds IF.
Veteran Danish forward Allan Borgvardt has been one of the most prolific players during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Division 1 seasons with an overall 48 goals in 68 games.
Season Player Team Goals
2006 Sweden Anders Lindberg Visby IF Gute 14
2007 Sweden Andreas Hermansson Umeå FC 16
2008 Nigeria Kennedy Igboananike Vasalunds IF 18
2009 Sweden Johan Eklund IK Brage 21
2010 Sweden Danny Persson Umeå FC 17
2011 Kenya Robert Mambo Mumba Dalkurd FF 16
2012 Sweden Emir Smajic Östersunds FK
Västerås SK
2013 Sweden Stellan Carlsson BK Forward 18
Nigeria Moses Ogbu IK Sirius
2014 Sweden Sencer Soguk Valsta Syrianska IK 16
2015 Sweden Simon Mårtensson Umeå FC 17
2016 Italy Luca Gerbino Polo Akropolis IF 25
2017 Sweden Timothy McNeil Team TG FF 17
Sweden Karwan Safari Västerås SK
2018 Sweden Nikola Vasic Akropolis IF 21
2019 Sweden Ekin Bulut Vasalunds IF 26
2020 England Ashley Coffey IFK Haninge 27

Top goalscorers Södra[edit]

Season Player Team Goals
2007 Sweden Freddy Söderberg IFK Värnamo 23
2008 Sweden Niklas Moberg Carlstad United BK 21
2009 Sweden Jörgen Nilsson Kristianstads FF 17
2010 Sweden Ken Hansson FC Rosengård 23
2011 Denmark Allan Borgvardt IF Sylvia 19
2012 Sweden Johan Patriksson IK Oddevold 24
2013 Denmark Allan Borgvardt IF Sylvia 15
2014 Sweden Salif Camara Jönsson Lunds BK 27
2015 Sweden Salif Camara Jönsson Trelleborgs FF 23
2016 Sweden Richard Yarsuvat Norrby IF 20
2017 Sweden Robin Strömberg Ljungskile SK 21
2018 Sweden Robin Strömberg Ljungskile SK 20
2019 Nigeria Aniekpeno Udo Ljungskile SK 18
Sweden Jesper Westermark Ljungskile SK
2020 Sweden Simon Adjei Assyriska IK 25


  1. ^ "Klart: Division 1-serierna utökas: "Ett önskemål från klubbarna"". fotbollskanalen. 25 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Om det nya seriesystemet 2006". Swedish FA. Retrieved 19 November 2012.

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