Latvian First League
|Number of teams||15|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Latvian Higher League|
|Relegation to||Latvian Second League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Latvian Cup|
SK Babīte |
|Website||Latvian Football Federation|
|2016 Latvian First League|
The Latvian First League or komanda.lv First league for sponsorship reasons (Latvian: Latvijas Pirmā līga, 1. līga) is the second tier of football in Latvia and is organised by the Latvian Football Federation. From 2007 to 2008, the tournament was known as the Traffic 1. līga, due to its sponsorship by the "Traffic auto advert" advertising company.
There are 15 clubs in the First League. During the course of the season each club plays the every other club twice, once at home and once away, with a total of 28 games. At the end of the season, the highest placed club is automatically promoted to the Virslīga. The second lowest placed club in the Virslīga and the second placed club in the First League compete in a Play-off over two matches for the remaining place in the following season's Virslīga. However, for the 2009 season, the Virslīga was expanded to 9 clubs. Therefore there was no relegation and the top two clubs in the First League, FK Daugava (champions) and FC Tranzīts (runners-up) were promoted to the Virslīga. The club finishing at the bottom of the First League is relegated to the Second League.
First League clubs (2016)
- Olaine/Super Nova
- Preiļu BJSS
- Rēzeknes FA
- RTU FC
- Staiceles Bebri
- Tukums 2000
- Valmiera Glass
Past First League winners
|1992||Decemviri Rīga||1||"Zenta Rīga"|
|1994||FK Kvadrāts||1||Starts Brocēni|
|1995||FK Jūrnieks||1||FK Lokomotīve Daugavpils|
|1996||Vecrīga Rīga||1||FK Valmiera|
|1998||PFK Rīga||1||Jaunība Daugavpils|
|2000||Zibens-Zemessardze Daugavpils||1||Skonto/Metāls Rīga|
|2001||Auda Rīga||1||RKB-Arma Rīga|
|2002||RKB-Arma Rīga||2a||Ditton Daugavpils|
|2003||FK Jūrmala||1||Multibanka Rīga|
|2004||FK Ventspils-2||1||Ditton-2 Daugavpils|
|2005||Skonto-2 Rīga||1||Skonto-2 Rīga|
|2006||JFK Olimps Rīga||1||Ditton-2 Daugavpils|
|2007||FK Vindava Ventspils||1||FK Blāzma Rēzekne|
|2008||FK Daugava||1||FC Tranzīts|
|2009||FK Jelgava||1||FK Jaunība Rīga|
|2010||FB Gulbene 2005||1||FC Jūrmala|
|2011||FS METTA/LU||1||FK Liepājas Metalurgs-2|
|2012||FK Liepājas Metalurgs-2||1||Ilūkstes NSS|
|2013||BFC Daugavpils||1||FB Gulbene 2005|
|2014||FB Gulbene 2005||2||Rēzeknes BJSS|
|2015||FC Caramba/Dinamo||1||Valmiera Glass FK/BSS|
|2016||SK Babīte||1||Olaine/Super Nova|
- a Previously won as Ranto/AVV.
- "Second division Traffic League kicks-off". Latvian Football Federation. 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
- Sopirins, Viktors (2008-01-16). "Latvian First League 2008 - tournament info". Latvian Football Federation. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- "Teams in 2016 Latvian First League". Latvian Football Federation. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
- The First League on the Latvian Football Federation website
- League321.com - Latvian football league tables, records & statistics database. (English)