Football in Denmark

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Football in Denmark
Country Denmark
Governing body Danish Football Association
National team Men's national team, Women's national team
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

Association football is the most popular sport in Denmark, with 331,693 players and 1,647 clubs registered (as of 2016)[1] under the Danish FA. The game was introduced into Denmark by British sailors.[2]

Men's league system[edit]

The top four levels in Denmark are governed by the Danish Football Association.[3] The top 3 are collectively called Danmarksturneringen (literally: the Denmark Tournament or Danish Championship), and share a common set of rules more geared towards professional football.

Level League(s)/Division(s)
1 Superligaen
14 clubs
2 1st division
12 clubs
3 2nd Division (Danish 2nd Division Pool 1)
8 clubs
2nd Division (Danish 2nd Division Pool 2)
8 clubs
2nd Division (Danish 2nd Division Pool 3)
8 clubs
4 Denmark Series (Pool 1)
10 clubs
Denmark Series (Pool 2)
10 clubs
Denmark Series (Pool 3)
10 clubs
Denmark Series (Pool 4)
10 clubs
5– Lower divisions

Until the 2004–05 season, there was only one 2nd division and, until 2015–16 season, three Denmark Series (Danmarksserie(r)).

Second squads are generally only allowed to reach the Denmark Series, however 8 second squads of the Superliga teams are allowed to participate in the 2nd Division. If the first squad of a team is relegated from the Superliga to the 1st Division, its second squad will be relegated to the Denmark Series. If a second squad finishes in a promotion spot and is not eligible for the promotion, the next eligible team will be promoted. Therefore, both 2nd Divisions and Denmark Series can be won by the same team more than once in a row, unlike 1st Division where the winner will always be part of next season's Superliga.

From the 2010–11 season the clubs in the Superliga will have their own reserve competition, where there are also the recent relegators and four wild cards participating. The Superliga clubs' other teams will be playing no higher than in the Denmark Series.

Lower divisions' format[edit]

The lower divisions are controlled by the regional associations.

The format is generally two (regional name) series (example: Funen's series (Fynsserien)), followed by Serie 1, Serie 2 and so forth. The number of lower series vary from 3 in LFBU to 6 in JBU.

The following table pictures the JBU structure as of the 2016–17 season.

Level League(s)/Division(s)
–4 Higher divisions
5 Jyllandsserien, pool 1
8 clubs
Jyllandsserien, pool 2
8 clubs
Jyllandsserien, pool 3
8 clubs
Jyllandsserien, pool 4
8 clubs
6 Serie 1, pools 5–10 (6)
8 clubs per pool
7 Serie 2, pools 11–22 (12)
8 clubs per pool
8 Serie 3, pools 23–46 (24)
8 clubs per pool
9 Serie 4, pools 47–82 (36)
8 clubs per pool
10 Serie 5, pools 83–154 (72)
6 clubs per pool
11 Serie 6, pools 155–201 (47)
6 clubs per pool

Competition records[edit]

European Cup[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Champions League.

UEFA Cup/Europa League[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Cup (now Europe League).

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medlemstal 1910-2016". dbu.dk. Danish FA. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2008-11-27). "England renew continent's oldest football rivalry with visit of Denmark | Jonathan Wilson | Football". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  3. ^ Smyth, Rob (2009-10-13). "The forgotten story of ... Danish Dynamite, the Denmark side of the mid-80s | Rob Smyth and Lars Eriksen | Sport". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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