Czech National Football League

For the hockey league, see 2. národní hokejová liga.
Czech National Football League
Country Czech Republic
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1993
Number of teams 15
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Czech First League
Relegation to ČFL
Domestic cup(s) Czech Cup
Current champions MFK Karviná
Most championships Bohemians 1905 (2 titles)
FC Hradec Králové (2 titles)
SK Dynamo České Budějovice (2 titles)
Website Official
2016–17 Czech National Football League

The Czech National Football League (Czech: Fotbalová národní liga, FNL) is the second level professional association football league in the Czech Republic. Before 2013 it was known as 2. liga or Druhá liga. The top two teams each season are eligible for promotion to the Czech First League.

The league replaced the I.ČNL (I. Česká národní liga; First Czech National League), which had been established following the end of the nationwide Czechoslovak Second League in 1977. The league became known as simply II. liga (Second League) in 1993 following the establishment of the Czech Republic as an independent state.[1]


There are 16 clubs in the FNL. During the season, which runs from August to May or June, with a winter break between November and February or March, each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and is awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. From these points a league table is constructed.

Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference and then goals scored. At the end of each season the top two teams are promoted to the First League, providing they obtain a license and meet league requirements, and are replaced by the two teams that finished bottom of that division.

Similarly the two teams that finished at the bottom of the FNL are relegated to either the Bohemian Football League or the Moravian–Silesian Football League, based on geographical criteria. In turn, the champions of each of these regional divisions are promoted to the FNL.

In the 1993–94 season the league was played with 16 teams, before expanding to 18 teams in the 1994–95 season. Since 1995, the league has always been played with 16 teams, but on two occasions a team did not fulfil its fixtures and the full 30 rounds were not completed. Firstly in the 1997–98 Czech 2. Liga as Ústí nad Labem did not fulfil their fixtures and their results were cancelled,[2] and secondly in the 2004–05 Czech 2. Liga as Bohemians' results were expunged after playing only the first half of the season.[3]

Participating teams in 2015–16

The following 15 clubs are competing in the 2015–16 Czech National Football League.

Club Location Stadium Capacity 2014-15 Position
Frýdek-MístekFrýdek-Místek Stovky 12,400 14th
KarvináKarvináMěstský stadion (Karviná) 8,000 7th
Sigma Olomouc BOlomoucAndrův stadion 12,500 1st in MSFL
OpavaOpavaStadion v Městských sadech 7,758 9th
PardubicePardubicePod Vinicí 2,500 8th
Hradec KrálovéHradec KrálovéVšesportovní stadion 15,000 15th in First League
SokolovSokolovStadion FK Baník Sokolov 5,000 5th
TáborskoSezimovo ÚstíSportovní areál Soukeník 5,000 6th
TřinecTřinecStadion Rudolfa Labaje 2,200 13th
Ústí nad LabemÚstí nad LabemMěstský stadion (Ústí nad Labem) 3,000 12th
VarnsdorfVarnsdorfMěstský stadion v Kotlině 5,000 2nd
Slavoj VyšehradPragueFK Viktoria Stadion 5,600

3rd in ČFL

VlašimVlašimStadion Kollárova ulice 6,000 10th
1. SC ZnojmoZnojmoMěstský stadion 5,000 11th
SK Dynamo České BudějoviceČeské BudějoviceStřelecký ostrov 12,000 16th in First League

Druhá liga champions

Season Winners Runners-up
1993–94 Sklobižu Jablonec nad Nisou FK Švarc Benešov
1994–95 Uherské Hradiště Ostroj Opava
1995–96 FC Karviná FK Teplice
1996–97 FC Dukla Prague AFK Atlantic Lázně Bohdaneč
1997–98 FK Chmel Blšany FC Karviná
1998–99 Bohemians Prague SK České Budějovice
1999–2000 Synot Staré Město FC Viktoria Plzeň
2000–01 FC Hradec Králové SFC Opava
2001–02 SK Dynamo České Budějovice FK Zlín
2002–03 FC Viktoria Plzeň SFC Opava
2003–04 FK Mladá Boleslav FK Drnovice
2004–05 FK SIAD Most FC Vysočina Jihlava
2005–06 SK Kladno SK Dynamo České Budějovice
2006–07 FK Viktoria Žižkov Bohemians 1905
2007–08 Bohemians Prague FK Marila Příbram
2008–09 Bohemians 1905 FC Zenit Čáslav
2009–10 FC Hradec Králové FK Ústí nad Labem
2010–11 FK Dukla Prague FK Viktoria Žižkov
2011–12 FK Ústí nad Labem FC Vysočina Jihlava
2012–13 1. SC Znojmo Bohemians 1905
2013–14 SK Dynamo České Budějovice FC Hradec Králové
2014–15 SK Sigma Olomouc FK Varnsdorf

Teams promoted to the First League since 1993

Top scorers

All information in this table can be found at [7] except for the 2003–04 season, which is sourced from the following link.[8]

Season Top scorer Club Goals
1993–94 Czech Republic Tibor Mičinec Benešov 18
1994–95 Czech Republic Bedřich Hamsa LeRK Brno 22
1995–96 Czech Republic Patrik Holomek Poštorná 16
1996–97 Czech Republic Václav Koloušek Dukla Prague 18
1997–98 Czech Republic Vítězslav Tuma Karviná 19
1998–99 Czech Republic Patrik Holomek St. Město 18
1999–00 Czech Republic Vladimír Malár St. Město 24
2000–01 Czech Republic Pavel Černý Hradec Králové 17
2001–02 Czech Republic Radek Drulák HFK Olomouc 16
2002–03 Czech Republic Petr Švancara Opava 20
2003–04 Czech Republic Tomáš Kaplan Jihlava 10
Czech Republic Roman Bednář Mladá Boleslav 10
Czech Republic Vojtěch Schulmeister Sigma Olomouc B 10
2004–05 Czech Republic Horst Siegl Most 16
2005–06 Czech Republic Petr Faldyna Dynamo Č. Budějovice 19
2006–07 Czech Republic Petr Faldyna Jihlava 15
2007–08 Czech Republic Petr Faldyna Jihlava 13
2008–09 Czech Republic Martin Jirouš Sokolov 18
2009–10 Czech Republic Pavel Černý Hradec Králové 14
Cameroon Dani Chigou Dukla Prague 14
Czech Republic Karel Kroupa Tescoma Zlín 14
2010–11 Cameroon Dani Chigou Dukla Prague 19
2011–12 Czech Republic Jiří Mlika Sokolov 19
2012–13 Czech Republic Lukáš Železník Zlín 13
2013–14 Czech Republic David Vaněček Hradec Králové 17
2014–15 Czech Republic Václav Vašíček Sigma Olomouc 13


  1. Due to dissolution of Czechoslovakia
  2. Union Cheb was relegated due to bankruptcy
  3. Drnovice were refused a Czech First League license so Plzeň were promoted to replace them[4]
  4. Čáslav wasn't able to play 1st liga due to financial problems.[5]
  5. Ústí wasn't able to play 1st liga due to problems with their stadium[6]


  1. Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Ceský a ceskoslovenský fotbal - lexikon osobností a klubu (in Czech). Prague: Grada Publishing. pp. 34–35. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5.
  2. "Czech Republic 1997/98". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  3. "Bohemians přišli o licenci, ve 2. lize končí" (in Czech). 28 February 2005. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  4. "Drnovice v první lize končí, na řadě je Plzeň" (in Czech). 14 June 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  5. "Slovácko se vrací do ligy, koupilo postup od Čáslavi". (in Czech). 10 June 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  6. Novák, Jaromír (6 June 2012). "Brno postupuje do první ligy, Ústí doplatilo na nevyhovující stadion" (in Czech). Retrieved 25 August 2014.

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