Latvian First League

Latvian First League
Country  Latvia
Founded 1992
Number of teams 15
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Latvian Higher League
Relegation to Latvian Second League
Domestic cup(s) Latvian Cup
Current champions SK Babīte
Website Latvian Football Federation
2016 Latvian First League

The Latvian First League or 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.[1]


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.[2]

First League clubs (2016)

15 clubs are taking part in the 2016 First League season.[3]

Past First League winners

Season Winner Total wins Runner-up
1992 Decemviri Rīga 1 "Zenta Rīga"
1993 Gemma-RFS 1 Baltnet Daugavpils
1994 FK Kvadrāts 1 Starts Brocēni
1995 FK Jūrnieks 1 FK Lokomotīve Daugavpils
1996 Vecrīga Rīga 1 FK Valmiera
1997 Ranto/AVV 1 FK Jūrnieks
1998 PFK Rīga 1 Jaunība Daugavpils
1999 LU-Daugava 1 LBB-Mido
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.


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