Norwegian Fourth Division
Founded1991
1963[citation needed]–1990 (as 5. divisjon)
CountryNorway
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams278 (22 groups from 18 districts)
Level on pyramid5
Promotion toNorwegian Third Division
Relegation toNorwegian Fifth Division
Domestic cup(s)Norwegian Cup
Websitefotball.no
Current: 2022 Norwegian Fourth Division

The Norwegian Fourth Division, also called 4. divisjon, is the fifth highest division of the men's football league in Norway. Like the rest of the Norwegian football league system, the season runs from spring to autumn, running approximately from April to October.

In 2019, it was decided that not all 24 group winners would promote to 3. divisjon.[1] A play-off system was established and the number of teams promoting from 4. divisjon was reduced to 18. Since the 2017 season, 4. divisjon teams have been eligible to qualify for the Norwegian Cup. Ahead of the 2020 season, the number of groups were reduced to 22.

Like in the rest of the Norwegian football league system, all the teams play each other twice, once at home and once away. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and if two teams are equal on points, the one with the best goal difference is above the other on the table. The teams are placed in the 24 sections according to geographic considerations.

The District Football Associations are responsible for the administration of 4. divisjon. The Norwegian Football Federation is responsible for the administration of 3. divisjon and the higher tiers of the Norwegian football league system.

History

1963–2010

The 4. divisjon was known as the 5. divisjon from 1963 until 1990, when the top-tier league changed its name to Tippeligaen, the 2. divisjon became the 1. divisjon and the names of all the lower divisions were adjusted accordingly.

2012–2016

From 2012 to 2016, 4. divisjon consisted of 26 parallel sections of 10 to 15 teams, and a total of 34 teams promoted from 4. divisjon.[2]

2017–

After changes in the Norwegian football pyramid, no teams where promoted from the 4. divisjon after the 2016 season. The fifth tier was split into twenty-four groups.

With fewer teams in the above tiers of the football pyramid, 4. divisjon teams routinely participate in the Norwegian Football Cup.

In 2020, the number of groups were reduced to 22.

Reserve teams

Main article: Norwegian reserve football teams

Reserve teams of clubs from higher divisions can participate in the 4. divisjon. Reserve teams of clubs from the 3. divisjon can not be promoted from the 4. divisjon.[3]

Winners

2017–

Teams in italics lost promotion play-offs and were not promoted.

Group 1–12

Season Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
2017 Selbak Gjelleråsen Grei Rilindja KFUM Oslo 2 Løten Ottestad Åssiden Sandefjord 2 Urædd Donn Egersund 2
2018 Sarpsborg 08 2 Ull/Kisa 2 Årvoll Nordstrand Rommen Raufoss 2 Kongsvinger 2 Mjøndalen 2 Flint Storm Mandalskameratene Bryne 2
2019 Fredrikstad 2 Funnefoss/Vormsund Nesodden Grorud 2 Skeid 2 Toten Trysil Åssiden Sandefjord 2 Urædd Express Hinna

Group 13–24

Season Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16 Group 17 Group 18 Group 19 Group 20 Group 21 Group 22 Group 23 Group 24
2017 Vardeneset Tertnes Øystese Sogndal 2 Hødd 2 Kristiansund 2 Levanger 2 Melhus Stålkameratene Melbo Skarp Bjørnevatn
2018 Djerv 1919 Os Bergen Nord Fjøra Aalesund 2 Sunndal Ranheim 2 Strindheim Bodø/Glimt 2 Leknes Tromsø 2 Norild
2019 Åkra Bjarg Sandviken Årdal Volda Kristiansund 2 NTNUI Tynset Rana Skånland Fløya 2 Tverrelvdalen

Administration

The District Football Associations are responsible for the administration of 4. divisjon. The Norwegian Football Federation is responsible for the administration of 3. divisjon and the higher tiers of the Norwegian football league system.

The current 22 groups are administrated by the following districts:[4]

Current teams

References

  1. ^ "Tre lag ned fra Norsk Tipping-avdelingene". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Norwegian Football Federation. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Opprykk og nedrykk 2013". nrk.no (in Norwegian). NRK. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. ^ Norwegian Football Association website (in Norwegian)
  4. ^ "Avdelingsoppsett 4. divisjon menn 2020". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Norwegian Football Federation. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2020.