Meistriliiga
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Founded1992; 30 years ago (1992)
CountryEstonia
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toEsiliiga
Domestic cup(s)Estonian Cup
Estonian Supercup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsLevadia (10th title)
(2021)
Most championshipsFlora
(13 titles)
Top goalscorerMaksim Gruznov (304 goals)
TV partnersETV2, ETV+, soccernet.ee
WebsiteOfficial website
Current: 2022 season

Meistriliiga (pronounced [ˈmeistriliːɡ̊ɑː], known as the A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of the Estonian Football Association annual football championship. The league was founded in 1992, and was initially semi-professional with amateur clubs allowed to compete. With the help of solidarity mechanisms, the league is fully professional since the 2020 season.[1]

As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts in March and ends in November. Meistriliiga consists of ten clubs, all teams play each other four times. After each season the bottom team is relegated and the second last team plays a two-legged play-off for a place in the Meistriliiga.

In February 2013, A. Le Coq, an Estonian brewery company, signed a five-year cooperation agreement with the Estonian Football Association, which included Meistriliiga naming rights.[2]

2022 season

The following 10 clubs will compete in the Meistriliiga during the 2022 season.

Club Position
in 2021
First season
in Meistriliiga
Seasons in
Meistriliiga
Current
spell since
Titles Last title/
Best finish
FCI Levadiac 1st 1999 24 1999 10 2021
Floraa, b, c 2nd 1992 32 1992 13 2020
Kuressaare 7th 2000 14 2018 0 7th
Narva Transa, b, c 6th 1992 32 1992 0 2nd
Nõmme Kaljuc 4th 2008 15 2008 2 2018
Paide Linnameeskondc 3rd 2009 14 2009 0 2nd
Legion 5th 2020 2 2020 0 5th
Tallinna Kalev Esiliiga, 2nd 2007 9 2022 0 6th
Tammekac 9th 2005 18 2005 0 5th
Vaprus 10th 2006 6 2021 0 7th

a = Founding member of the Meistriliiga
b = Played in every Meistriliiga season
c = Never been relegated from the Meistriliiga

Meistriliiga is located in Estonia
Location of clubs in Estonia for the 2021–22 Meistriliiga season
Meistriliiga is located in Tallinn
Location of clubs in Tallinn for the 2021–22 Meistriliiga season

Champions

Season Champions Runners-up Third place Top goalscorer Goals
1992 Norma Eesti Põlevkivi TVMV Sergei Bragin (Norma) 18
1992–93 Norma (2) Flora Nikol Sergei Bragin (Norma) 27
1993–94 Flora Norma Nikol Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans/Tevalte) 21
1994–95 Flora (2) Lantana-Marlekor Narva Trans Serhiy Morozov (Lantana-Marlekor) 25
1995–96 Lantana Flora Tevalte-Marlekor Lembit Rajala (Flora) 16
1996–97 Lantana (2) Flora Tallinna Sadam Sergei Bragin (Lantana) 18
1997–98 Flora (3) Tallinna Sadam Lantana Konstantin Kolbassenko (Tallinna Sadam) 18
1998 Flora (4) Tallinna Sadam Lantana Konstantin Kolbassenko (Tallinna Sadam) 13
1999 Levadia Tulevik Flora Toomas Krõm (Levadia) 19
2000 Levadia (2) Flora TVMK Egidijus Juška (TVMK)
Toomas Krõm (Levadia)
24
2001 Flora (5) TVMK Levadia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans) 37
2002 Flora (6) Levadia TVMK Andrei Krõlov (TVMK) 37
2003 Flora (7) TVMK Levadia Tor Henning Hamre (Flora) 39
2004 Levadia (3) TVMK Flora Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko (Flora) 28
2005 TVMK Levadia Narva Trans Tarmo Neemelo (TVMK) 41
2006 Levadia (4) Narva Trans Flora Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans) 31
2007 Levadia (5) Flora TVMK Dmitri Lipartov (Narva Trans) 30
2008 Levadia (6) Flora Narva Trans Ingemar Teever (Nõmme Kalju) 23
2009 Levadia (7) Sillamäe Kalev Narva Trans Vitali Gussev (Levadia) 26
2010 Flora (8) Levadia Narva Trans Sander Post (Flora) 24
2011 Flora (9) Nõmme Kalju Narva Trans Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (Narva Trans) 46
2012 Nõmme Kalju Levadia Flora Vladislav Ivanov (Sillamäe Kalev/Narva Trans) 23
2013 Levadia (8) Nõmme Kalju Sillamäe Kalev Vladimir Voskoboinikov (Nõmme Kalju) 23
2014 Levadia (9) Sillamäe Kalev Flora Yevgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev) 36
2015 Flora (10) Levadia Nõmme Kalju Ingemar Teever (Levadia) 24
2016 Infonet Levadia Nõmme Kalju Yevgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev) 25
2017 Flora (11) Levadia Nõmme Kalju Albert Prosa (FCI Tallinn)
Rauno Sappinen (Flora)
27
2018 Nõmme Kalju (2) FCI Levadia Flora Liliu (Nõmme Kalju) 31
2019 Flora (12) FCI Levadia Nõmme Kalju Erik Sorga (Flora) 31
2020 Flora (13) Paide Linnameeskond FCI Levadia Rauno Sappinen (Flora) 26
2021 FCI Levadia (10) Flora Paide Linnameeskond Henri Anier (Paide Linnameeskond) 26

Total titles won

Club 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Winning seasons
Flora 13 7 6 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020
Levadia 10 9 3 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2021
Nõmme Kalju 2 2 4 2012, 2018
Lantana 2 1 2 1995–96, 1996–97
Norma 2 1 0 1992, 1992–93
TVMK 1 3 5 2005
FCI Tallinn 1 0 0 2016
Tallinna Sadam 0 2 1
Sillamäe Kalev 0 2 1
Narva Trans 0 1 6
Eesti Põlevkivi 0 1 0
Tulevik 0 1 0
Paide Linnameeskond 0 1 1
Nikol 0 0 2

All-time Meistriliiga table

The table is a cumulative record of all match results, points and goals of every team that has played in the Meistriliiga since its inception in 1992. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2021 season. Teams in bold play in the Meistriliiga 2022 season. Numbers in bold are the record (highest) numbers in each column.

In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss, although Meistriliiga awarded 2 points for a win until the 1994–95 season. Championship matches, relegation matches and relegation tournament matches involving clubs of lower leagues are not counted. In 1992 Preliminary Round matches were played in two groups. The results of the matches played between teams in same group were taken to second round, thus counted twice, in this table these results are counted once.

The table is sorted by all-time points.

Pos.
Club
Seasons
Titles
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
PPG
1 Flora 31 13 933 651 161 121 2483 747 1736 2114 2.26
2 Levadia1 23 10 769 554 136 79 2066 566 1500 1798 2.33
3 Narva Trans 31 0 934 424 182 328 1699 1283 416 1454 1.55
4 Nõmme Kalju 14 2 494 294 103 97 1082 472 610 985 1.99
5 TVMK2 15 1 408 225 76 107 966 480 486 751 1.84
6 Tulevik3 22 0 655 187 112 356 792 1283 -491 673 1.02
7 Sillamäe Kalev 13 0 413 183 65 165 741 681 60 614 1.49
8 Tammeka 16 0 598 166 108 324 729 1178 -449 606 1.01
9 Paide Linnameeskond 13 0 458 169 79 210 650 808 -158 586 1.27
10 FCI Tallinn9 5 1 180 90 41 49 343 212 131 311 1.73
11 Kuressaare 14 0 468 75 64 329 378 1232 -854 289 0.61
12 Lantana 6 2 138 73 34 31 271 144 127 253 1.83
13 Tallinna Kalev 9 0 318 58 50 210 299 768 -469 224 0.70
14 Tallinna Sadam 6 0 132 67 19 46 271 168 103 220 1.67
15 Eesti Põlevkivi 9 0 162 50 40 72 224 276 -52 190 1.17
16 Norma 4 2 78 49 7 22 223 111 112 154 1.97
17 Merkuur4 6 0 153 41 28 84 204 404 -200 151 0.99
18 Vigri5 3 0 54 31 11 12 151 64 87 104 1.93
19 Vaprus 6 0 210 32 19 159 203 664 -461 115 0.54
20 Nikol 2 0 44 30 6 8 107 36 71 96 2.18
21 Järve6 5 0 148 22 19 107 104 394 -290 85 0.57
22 Warrior 5 0 156 21 18 117 120 425 -305 81 0.52
23 Levadia II1 3 0 84 20 14 50 106 211 -105 74 0.88
24 Lelle 4 0 80 16 19 45 72 155 -83 67 0.84
25 Dünamo 4 0 89 16 11 62 92 277 -185 59 0.66
26 DAG7 4 0 68 16 9 43 85 199 -114 57 0.84
27 Viljandi 2 0 72 14 14 44 70 157 -87 56 0.78
28 Pärnu Linnameeskond 2 0 72 11 10 51 62 185 -123 43 0.60
29 Tervis Pärnu 2 0 46 11 5 30 38 92 -54 38 0.83
30 Keemik 2 0 31 10 6 15 41 72 -31 36 1.16
31 Ajax 3 0 108 7 13 88 60 449 -389 34 0.31
32 Legion 2 0 62 19 14 29 75 92 -17 71 1.14
33 Pärnu8 3 0 38 5 5 28 36 120 -84 20 0.53
34 Lokomotiv 1 0 36 4 6 26 35 115 -80 18 0.50
35 Maardu Linnameeskond 1 0 36 4 5 27 30 118 -88 17 0.47
36 Pärnu Levadia 1 0 28 1 5 22 19 96 -77 8 0.29
37 Tarvas 1 0 36 0 3 33 15 113 -98 3 0.09
38 Vall 1 0 14 0 1 13 9 44 -35 1 0.07
39 Maardu 1 0 9 0 0 9 6 59 -53 0 0
Notes

Records

All as of end of 2020 season if not stated otherwise.

Club records

Player records

Estonian champions

Bold indicates club's first championship victory.

Estonian SSR champions

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