Swedish Futsal League
Svenska Futsalligan logo.svg
Founded2014
CountrySweden
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toDivision 1
International cup(s)UEFA Futsal Champions League
Current championsHammarby IF
(2020–21)
Most championshipsIFK Uddevalla (3)
Websitehttps://www.svenskafutsalligan.se/

Svenska Futsalligan (English: the Swedish Futsal League, also known as SFL) is a Swedish league for men's futsal clubs. It was founded in 2014 and is the top flight of the domestic futsal league system. Seasons run from October to March, with the 12 clubs all meeting each other twice, before the best eight teams compete in a play-off to decide the Swedish champion.

History and format

See also: Swedish Futsal Championship

The Swedish Football Association founded a five-a-side football championship in 1994. It was not until ten years later, in 2005, that the first competition was played with official futsal rules, but it consisted of several regional tournaments. In 2014, the Swedish Football Association bought the rights to Svenska Futsalligan, which had been started in 2006 as a private league.[1]

The first official edition of Svenska Futsalligan was held in 2014–15, with 16 teams split in two geographically based groups, where the four overall top teams went on to compete in a play-off. In 2018–19, the league was re-structured into a nationwide league of 14 teams, although no play-off was held. From 2019–20 and onwards, Svenska Futsalligan has been played with 12 clubs, where the eight best teams compete in a play-off to decide the Swedish champion.[2]

Clubs

A total of 26 clubs have played in Svenska Futsalligan. Seven clubs has been members of the league for every season since its inception in 2014, although two of them have changed names since.[1]

The following 12 clubs are competing in Svenska Futsalligan during the 2020–21 season:[3]

Club
Seasons Titles Last title
AFC Eskilstuna 2 0 N/A
Borås AIK 7 0 N/A
Hammarby IF 4 2 2020–21
IFK Göteborg[note 1] 7 2 2015–16
IFK Uddevalla 7 3 2018–19
Libertà Futsal Club 1 0 N/A
Norrköping Futsal Klubb 6 0 N/A
Skoftebyns IF 7 0 N/A
Strängnäs Futsal Club 3 0 N/A
Torslanda IK[note 2] 7 0 N/A
Örebro Futsal Club 7 0 N/A
Örebro SK[note 3] 7 0 N/A

Previous winners

For Swedish futsal champions before 2014, see Swedish Futsal Championship.

Since its inception, three clubs has won Svenska Futsalligan and been crowned Swedish champions.[1]

Season Winner Runner-up
2014–15 Göteborg Futsal Club (1) IFK Uddevalla
2015–16 IFK Göteborg (2) IFK Uddevalla
2016–17 IFK Uddevalla (1) Borås AIK
2017–18 IFK Uddevalla (2) Örebro Futsal Club
2018–19 IFK Uddevalla (3) Hammarby IF
2019–20 Hammarby IF (1) IFK Göteborg
2020–21 Hammarby IF (2) Örebro SK

Notes

  1. ^ Club was known as Göteborg Futsal Club before 2015.
  2. ^ Club was known as Avenyn United FC before 2016.
  3. ^ Club was known as Spartak Örebro Futsal Club before 2016.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Historik - futsal" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Om SFL" (in Swedish). Swedish Futsal League. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Svenska Futsalligan 2020/21" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 18 December 2020.