2015 Latvian Higher League

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Latvian Higher League
Season 2015
Champions Liepāja
Champions League Liepāja
Matches played 55
Goals scored 123 (2.24 per match)
Top goalscorer Dāvis Ikaunieks (15)
Biggest home win Skonto 4-0 FS Metta/LU
(5 June 2015)
Biggest away win FS Metta/LU 1-5 Skonto
(10 August 2015)
Highest scoring FS Metta/LU 1-5 Skonto
(10 August 2015)
Longest winning run 3 matches
Skonto
FK Liepāja
FK Jelgava
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches
Ventspils
Longest winless run 7 matches
FS Metta/LU
Longest losing run 4 matches
FS Metta/LU
2014
2016

The 2015 Latvian Higher League is the 24th season of top-tier football in Latvia. FK Ventspils are the defending champions. The season started on 13 March 2015.[1]

Teams

FC Jūrmala relegated at the end of last season, and was replaced by FB Gulbene, which returned to the highest level after two years. Because FC Daugava did not obtain a license to play in the 2015 Higher League, and FK Daugava was dissolved before the beginning of the new season, the league started with 8 participants. On 3 June 2015, FB Gulbene was expelled from the top league and their results expunged on suspicion of match-fixing.[2]

Stadiums and locations

Locations of the 2015 Latvian Higher League teams
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Flag of Daugavpils.svg BFC Daugavpils Daugavpils Celtnieks Stadium 3,980
Flag of Gulbene.svg FB Gulbene Gulbene Gulbenes Sporta Centrs 1,500
Bandera Jelgava.png FK Jelgava Jelgava Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs 2,200
Flag of Liepāja.svg FK Liepāja Liepāja Daugava Stadium 6,000
Flag of Riga.svg FS Metta/LU Riga Stadions Arkādija 500
Flag of Riga.svg Skonto FC Riga Skonto Stadium 10,000
Bandera jurmala.png FK Spartaks Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000
Flag of Ventspils.svg FK Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadium 3,200

Kits manufacturer and sponsors

Club Kit manufacturer Sponsor
BFC Daugavpils Adidas Intergaz
FB Gulbene Jako
FK Jelgava Nike Igate
FK Liepāja Adidas
FS Metta/LU Nike
Skonto FC Jako SA Football Agency
FK Spartaks Jūrmala Nike Hanseatisches Fußball Kontor
FK Ventspils Adidas VK Tranzīts

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Liepāja (C) 24 15 7 2 48 23 +25 52 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
2 Skonto (R) 24 13 6 5 43 23 +20 45 Relegation to Latvian First League[lower-alpha 2]
3 Ventspils 24 11 10 3 39 16 +23 43 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round[lower-alpha 3]
4 Jelgava 24 11 8 5 26 18 +8 41
5 Spartaks Jūrmala 24 5 6 13 20 36 −16 21
6 BFC Daugavpils 24 2 8 14 14 37 −23 14
7 METTA/LU (O) 24 3 3 18 19 56 −37 12 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
Gulbene (D, R) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Exclusion[lower-alpha 4]
Source: UEFA Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Matches won; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Fairplay ranking; 8) Play-off.[5][6]
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. If kosovar teams are allowed to play in European competitions, Liepāja will play the first qualifying round.
  2. Skonto failed to obtain a licence to play at the Higher League.
  3. Jelgava qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2015–16 Latvian Football Cup, and the spot awarded to the fourth-placed team was passed to the fifth-placed team.
  4. On 3 June 2015, Gulbene were excluded from the top league and their results were expunged after suspicion of match-fixing.[3][4]

Relegation play-offs

The 7th-placed side will face the runners-up of the 2015 Latvian First League in a two-legged play-off, with the winner being awarded a spot in the 2016 Higher League competition.

21 November 2015
15:00
Valmiera Glass FK/BSS 1–3 FS METTA/LU
Bruno Bērziņš Goal 48' Ingars Stuglis Goal 50'
Gatis Kalniņš Goal 70'
Roberts Uldriķis Goal 81'

25 November 2015
19:00
FS METTA/LU 6-2 Valmiera Glass FK/BSS
Roberts Uldriķis Goal 18'49'
Gatis Kalniņš Goal 37'90+2'
Armands Pētersons Goal 55'
Rendijs Šibass Goal 75'
Jānis Lapss Goal 70'
Valts Jaunzems Goal 77'

FS METTA/LU won 9–3 on aggregate.

Results

Season statistics

Top scorers

As of 7 November 2015
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Latvia Dāvis Ikaunieks Liepāja 15
2 Latvia Vladislavs Gutkovskis Skonto 10
Albania Ndue Mujeci Ventspils
4 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons Ventspils 8
Latvia Andrejs Kovaļovs Skonto

Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2015.
Source:UEFA

References

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  5. "2015. GADA LATVIJAS VIRSLĪGAS FUTBOLA ČEMPIONĀTA REGLAMENTS" (pdf) (in Latvian). Latvian Football Federation. 8 January 2015. p. 6. Retrieved 26 July 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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