Norwegian First Division

1. divisjon
Country Norway
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1948
1948–1951 (as 1. divisjon)
1951–1962 (as Landsdelsserien)
1963–1990 (as 2. divisjon)
1991–2004 (as 1. divisjon)
2005–2013 (as Adeccoligaen)
2014 (as 1. divisjon)
2015–present "(as OBOS-ligaen)"
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Tippeligaen
Relegation to PostNord-ligaen
Domestic cup(s) Norwegian Cup
Current champions Kristiansund
TV partners C More and TV2 Zebra
2016 Norwegian First Division

The Norwegian First Division (Norwegian: 1. divisjon) is the second highest division of the Norwegian football league system. The league was established in 1948 following a reorganization of the Norwegian league system. From the 2015 season, it will be branded as OBOS-ligaen, after a six-year deal was agreed with the housing cooperative OBOS.[1]

Formally, it was a semi-professional league.[2][3]


In 2009, the number of teams in the Norwegian Premier League expanded from 14 to 16.[4]

From 2009, the First Division winners and runners-up earn automatic promotion. A new playoff system was introduced, involving the teams finishing third, fourth and fifth in the First Division, and the team finishing third from the bottom in Tippeligaen. Teams three and four would play against each other, and face the winner of team five versus team fourteen from Tippeligaen. Promotion is awarded to the winning team. The four teams finishing at the bottom of the after ended season will be relegated to the Second Division.

2016 Member Clubs

Team[5] Location Stadium
Bryne Bryne Bryne Stadion
Fredrikstad Fredrikstad Fredrikstad Stadion
Hødd Ulsteinvik Høddvoll Stadion
Jerv Grimstad J.J. Ugland Stadion – Levermyr
KFUM Oslo Oslo KFUM Arena
Kongsvinger Kongsvinger Gjemselund Stadion
Kristiansund Kristiansund Kristiansund Stadion
Levanger Levanger Moan Fritidspark
Mjøndalen Mjøndalen Isachsen Stadion
Ranheim Trondheim DNB Arena
Raufoss Raufoss NAMMO Stadion
Sandefjord Sandefjord Arena
Sandnes Ulf Sandnes Sandnes Idrettspark
Strømmen Strømmen Strømmen Stadion
Ullensaker/Kisa Jessheim UKI Arena
Åsane Åsane Åsane Idrettspark


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