|Number of teams||14|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||A Lyga|
|Relegation to||II Lyga|
|Current champions||DFK Dainava (1st title) |
|TV partners||Futbolo.tv, Init|
The I Lyga, LFF I Lyga, Pirma Lyga, is the second tier of professional Lithuanian football championship.
Organized by the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF), I Lyga is contested by 16 teams, with the top team gaining promotion to A Lyga and replaced by the lowest-placed team in top division. The second-placed team qualifies to a promotion play-off with A Lyga's second to last team. Bottom 2 clubs are relegated to the II Lyga, and 3rd last team plays a play-off with the 3rd placed team in II Lyga. The final list of participants often does not correlate to the final results of the previous season, as the participation is finalized through the Lithuanian Football Federation league licensing process. Number of participants also fluctuate due to frequent club collapses.
There were 15 teams competing in the 2017 season. At the end of this season, three teams withdrew from the league.
In 2018, there were 14 teams that started the championship. However, FK Koralas Klaipėda withdrew in the mid-season. After the end of the season, two more teams have withdrawn from participation in the next season.
The 2019 season saw 16 teams starting the championship. In June FC Stumbras ran into financial difficulties, its license was withdrawn from the A Lyga, along with Stumbras B license in the I Lyga. In July Stumbras B was removed from the league, with all results annulled as the team played less than half of all season games. At the end of the season I Lyga side FC Kupiškis was found to be involved in match-fixing, and subsequently fined and demoted to II Lyga.
Although the 2019 I Lyga winners FC Džiugas Telšiai won promotion to A lyga, the club failed to meet 2020 A Lyga licensing criteria, and had their promotion was forfeited. Only FK Banga Gargždai had advanced to A Lyga.
The 2020 season was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and was shortened to 1.5 rounds. 14 teams participated in the tournament, with four teams offered promotion to A Lyga.
2021 season ran in full despite some COVID-19 threats. As four teams advanced to the A Lyga, and one club withdrew, five teams joined from the II Lyga. Previous season winner FK Jonava were denied A Lyga license because of allegations of match-fixing. The league consisted of 14 teams, with an expectation to expand the league to 16 the next season.
2022 season featured stable 16 team tournament and a fierce fight for the promotion to A lyga. Eventually, DFK Dainava secured the promotion, returning to A lyga after one season.
2023 season features 16 teams: eleven clubs and five B teams.
|1994–95||Geležinis Vilkas Vilnius||Igoris Verbovikas (Lokomotyvas Vilnius)||13|
|1995–96||Ranga-Politechnika Kaunas||Svajūnas Česnulis (Laisvė Šilutė)||19|
|1996–97||Klevas Šiauliai||Svajūnas Česnulis (Laisvė Šilutė)||23|
|1997–98||Dainava Alytus||Jevgenijus Medvedevas (Lietava Jonava||17|
|1998–99||Lietava Jonava||Marijus Kursevičius (Atletas Kaunas)||20|
|1999||Kauno Jėgeriai||Ruslanas Kirsanovas (Geležinis Vilkas Vilnius)||15|
|2000||Vėtra Rūdiškės||Šarūnas Litvinas (Pieno Cechas Kalvarija)||32|
|2001||Polonija Vilnius||Tomas Radzinevičius (Sūduva Marijampolė)||33|
|2002||Vėtra Rūdiškės||Denisas Vasilkovas (Interas Visaginas, Vėtra Rūdiškės)||27|
|2003||Polonija Vilnius||Vytautas Zaboras (Polonija Vilnius)||27|
|2004||KFK Šiauliai||Gvidas Juška (Babrungas Plungė, Kauno Jėgeriai)||21|
|2005||Alytis Alytus||Kęstutis Nepas (Vėtra-2 Vilnius, Alytis Alytus)||22|
|2006||Kauno Jėgeriai||Ramūnas Timinskas (Kruoja Pakruojis)||22|
|2007||Alytis Alytus||Rimantas Cepovas (Rodiklis Kaunas)||25|
|2008||Tauras Tauragė||Martynas Karalius (Glestum Klaipėda)||19|
|2009||Šilutė||Gvidas Juška (Šilutė)||21|
|2010||FBK Kaunas||Arsenij Buinickij (Lietava Jonava)||28|
|2011||REO Vilnius||Aivaras Lyberis (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)||24|
|2012||Lietava Jonava||Aivaras Lyberis (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)||24|
|2013||Klaipėdos Granitas||Aivaras Lyberis (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)
Edgaras Mastianica (Klaipėdos Granitas)
|2014||Stumbras Kaunas||Artūras Rimkevičius (Stumbras Kaunas)||26|
|2015||Lietava Jonava||Laurynas Stonkus (Lietava Jonava)||30|
|2016||Šilas Kazlų Rūda||Artur Skuratovič (Vilniaus Vytis)||31|
|2017||Palanga||Gvidas Juška (Palanga)||31|
|2018||Panevėžys||Evaldas Kugys (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)||20|
|2019||Džiugas Telšiai||Evaldas Kugys (Nevėžis Kėdainiai), Jose Luis Balanta (DFK Dainava)||19|
|2020||Nevėžis Kėdainiai||Evaldas Kugys (Nevėžis Kėdainiai)||16|
|2021||FA Šiauliai||Ričardas Beniušis (FK Šilas)||22|
|2022||DFK Dainava||Yevheniy Mohil (FK Nevėžis), Alessandro Pinheiro Martins Júnior "Juninho" (FK Babrungas)||16|