Football in Lithuania

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Football in Lithuania
Country Lithuania
Governing body Lithuanian Football Federation
National team men's national team
First played 1892
Registered players 280,000
Clubs 15,378
Club competitions
International competitions

Football is the second sport in Lithuania where basketball is the most popular sport. The former Soviet republic made their entrance as an independent football nation in 1992;[1][2] in the qualification for the Euro 2004, Lithuania held Germany to a 1-1 draw in Germany and won against Scotland. In the qualification for the Euro 2008 they played away to the 2006 World Cup winners Italy and drew 1-1 as well as beating Romania 3-0 in Lithuania in another shock performance.[3]

League system[edit]

Men[edit]

2017[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

A Lyga
8 clubs

↓↑ 1-2 clubs

2

I Lyga
11 clubs + 4 Reserve teams

↓ 3 clubs ↑ 4 clubs

3

II Lyga
15 clubs + 4 Reserve teams divided in 2 series, one of 7 clubs + 3 Reserve teams and one of 8 clubs + 1 Reserve team

2018[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

A Lyga
8 clubs

↓↑ 1-2 clubs

2

I Lyga
TBD

↓↑ 4 clubs

3

II Lyga
TBD

Women[edit]

Level League
1 A Lyga
2 I lyga A zona I lyga B zona

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football developing in Latvia, Lithuania". YouTube. 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Boost for Lithuanian football development". FIFA.com. 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2008-09-09). "Football: Jonathan Wilson - Lithuania drubbing exposes Romanian discord | Sport". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

External links[edit]

  • League321.com - Lithuanian football league tables, records & statistics database.