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Finnish Liiga

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Established
1975 (47 years old)

First Recorded Event
2020-10-01

Current Season
2022-2023

API Football ID
16

Sport
Ice Hockey

Location
Finland

Gender
Male

Alternate Names
Finnish Elite League

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Upcoming Events
30 Nov 22 Hämeenlinnan  - Tappara
30 Nov 22 Assat  - SaiPa
30 Nov 22 IFK Helsinki  - Pelicans
30 Nov 22 TPS Turku  - JYP
01 Dec 22 Hämeenlinnan  - Ilves
01 Dec 22 Vaasan Sport  - Assat
02 Dec 22 IFK Helsinki  - Tappara
02 Dec 22 JYP  - KooKoo
02 Dec 22 KalPa  - TPS Turku
02 Dec 22 Lukko  - Ilves

Latest Results
29 Nov 22 Ilves 3 - 1  KalPa
27 Nov 22 Ilves 8 - 1  SaiPa
26 Nov 22 TPS Turku 1 - 3  Lukko
26 Nov 22 SaiPa 4 - 2  Vaasan Sport
26 Nov 22 Pelicans 3 - 1  Hämeenlinnan
26 Nov 22 Oulun Kärpät 2 - 3  IFK Helsinki
26 Nov 22 KalPa 3 - 2  Assat
26 Nov 22 Jukurit 1 - 3  JYP
25 Nov 22 KooKoo 5 - 1  Vaasan Sport
25 Nov 22 JYP 6 - 2  Jukurit

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The SM-liiga (marketed as just Liiga from 2013 on), colloquially called the Finnish Elite League in English, is the top professional ice hockey league in Finland. It is one of the six founding leagues of the Champions Hockey League and currently allocated five spots - the maximum number - based on success in previous editions. It was created in 1975 to replace the SM-sarja, which was fundamentally an amateur league. The SM-liiga is not directly overseen by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, but the league and association have an agreement of cooperation. SM is a common abbreviation for Suomen mestaruus, "Finnish championship".

The SM-liiga formerly had a system of automatic promotion and relegation in place between itself and the Mestis, the second highest level of competition in Finland, but the automatic system was ended in 2000. The league was opened in 2005 and allowed KalPa to get a promotion. In 2009, a new system was introduced and it includes the last placed SM-liiga team facing the Mestis champion in a best of seven playout series. In 2013, the relegation system was abandoned again and replaced by a procedure in which successful clubs of Mestis may apply for a promotion if they fulfill definite financial criteria. Since 2013, Jokerit joined the KHL and Espoo Blues went bankrupt, but Sport, KooKoo and Jukurit were promoted. Therefore Liiga is a competition of 15 teams since the 2016–17 season.


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2020-2021

2021-2022

2022-2023

Teams

Assat

Hämeenlinnan

IFK Helsinki

Ilves

Jukurit

JYP

KalPa

KooKoo

Lukko

Oulun Kärpät

Pelicans

SaiPa

Tappara

TPS Turku

Vaasan Sport

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