2016 Latvian Higher League

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Latvian Higher League
Season 2016
Matches played 8
2015
2017

The 2016 Latvian Higher League is the 25th season of top-tier football in Latvia. FK Liepāja are the defending champions. The season starts in March 2016.

Teams

FB Gulbene were excluded from the previous season due to suspicion of match-fixing.[1] 2015 Latvian First League winners FC Caramba/Dinamo were promoted to the league and before the season changed their name to Riga FC.[2]

Skonto FC did not obtain a license to play in the 2016 Higher League.[3] Skonto appealed the decision, but the appeal was denied.[4] Since 2015 Latvian First League runners-up Valmiera Glass FK/BSS turned down the opportunity to be promoted to the Higher League, 3rd placed Rīgas Futbola skola (RFS) was promoted instead.[3]

Stadiums and locations

Locations of the 2016 Latvian Higher League teams
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Flag of Daugavpils.svg BFC Daugavpils Daugavpils Celtnieks Stadium 1,980
Bandera Jelgava.png FK Jelgava Jelgava Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs 1,560
Flag of Liepāja.svg FK Liepāja Liepāja Daugava Stadium 5,000
Flag of Riga.svg FS Metta/LU Riga Hanzas vidusskolas futbola laukums 500
Flag of Riga.svg Riga FC Riga Skonto Stadium 9,500
Flag of Riga.svg Rīgas Futbola skola Riga Stadions Arkādija 500
Bandera jurmala.png FK Spartaks Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 2,500
Flag of Ventspils.svg FK Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadium 3,200

Kits manufacturer and sponsors

Club Kit manufacturer Sponsor
BFC Daugavpils Adidas Intergaz
FK Jelgava Nike Igate
FK Liepāja Adidas Mogo
FS Metta/LU Nike
Riga FC Jako
Rīgas Futbola skola Nike LNK Group
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 Ventspils 9 6 3 0 18 6 +12 21 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Spartaks Jūrmala 9 6 1 2 14 4 +10 19 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Liepāja 9 5 1 3 13 7 +6 16
4 METTA/LU 9 4 1 4 10 10 0 13
5 Rīgas Futbola skola 9 3 2 4 7 12 −5 11
6 Jelgava 9 3 1 5 10 12 −2 10
7 Riga 9 1 5 3 6 9 −3 8 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
8 BFC Daugavpils 9 1 0 8 3 21 −18 3 Relegation to 2017 Latvian First League
Updated to match(es) played on 28 May 2016. Source: UEFA Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fairplay ranking; 7) Play-off.[5][6]

Relegation play-offs

The 7th-placed side will face the runners-up of the 2016 Latvian First League in a two-legged play-off, with the winner being awarded a spot in the 2017 Higher League competition.


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Results

Season statistics

Top scorers

As of 13 March 2016
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Latvia Gatis Kalniņš METTA/LU 2
2 Belarus Pavel Ryzhevski Daugavpils 1
Estonia Kevin Kauber Jelgava
Latvia Artis Lazdiņš Jelgava
Latvia Igors Savčenkovs Jelgava
Ukraine Kyrylo Silich Jelgava
Latvia Dāvis Ikaunieks Liepāja
Latvia Andrejs Kiriļins Spartaks
Belarus Dzmitry Platonaw Spartaks
Japan Yosuke Saito Riga
Latvia Eduards Tīdenbergs Ventspils

Updated to match(es) played on 13 March 2016.
Source:UEFA

References

  1. 'Gulbenes' dublieru komanda varēs turpināt piedalīties Latvijas dublieru čempionātā, Delfi, 4 June 2015, accessed 22 February 2015
  2. ""Caramba/Dinamo" pārmaiņas: jauns treneris, cits nosaukums un stadions". sportacentrs.com (in latviešu). 22 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "LFF Klubu licencēšanas komisijas 29. janvāra lēmums". lff.lv (in latviešu). 29 January 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Apelāciju komisija atstāj negrozītu Klubu licencēšanas komisijas lēmumu par LFF-A licences nepiešķiršanu "Skonto" FC". lff.lv (in latviešu). 11 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "2016. GADA LATVIJAS VIRSLĪGAS FUTBOLA ČEMPIONĀTA REGLAMENTS" (pdf) (in Latvian). Latvian Football Federation. 29 January 2016. p. 6. Retrieved 29 February 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Virsliga 2016 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 29 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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