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Lower leagues in Norway

Everything and everyone has to start somewhere. Most players and most teams have a background from lower divisions. Some talents playing in lower divisions might even set the world on fire a short time from now. Ole Gunnar Solskjær used to play in the third division, before he became a huge success for Molde FK. Not long afterwards he was playing for the national team, and not too long after that he had signed for Manchester United, where he became an immediate success.

The Norwegian football system works like this:

1. Tippeligaen - 14 teams (top league) - professional, national
2. Adeccoligaen - 16 teams (1st division) - professional/semi professional, national
3. 2. Divisjon - 4x14 teams (2nd division) - semi professional/amateur, national, but split into four zones loosely governed by where the teams are from
4. 3. Divisjon - 24x12 teams (3rd division) - amateur, local level, you only meet teams from your area
5. 4. Divisjon - local systems decide, and that's the way it works until the bottom division. Some areas have the 6th division as the very bottom, but other areas go even lower than that.

According to www.fotball.no this year the 2nd division has got 7 teams from northern Norway, 7 teams from Trøndelag (central Norway), 3 clubs from Møre (central and northwestern Norway), 13 clubs from western Norway, and 26 clubs from eastern Norway. I think 3 of those 13 western clubs would rather say that they belong to southern Norway though.

2nd division:

Group 1

Pors Grenland (after relegation from Adeccoligaen)

Odd Grenland 2

FK Tønsberg

Fredrikstad 2 (after promotion from the 3rd division)





Strømmen (after promotion from the 3rd division)

Ullensaker Kisa

Eidsvold Turn



FF Lillehammer (after promotion from the 3rd division)

Group 2

Asker (after promotion from the 3rd division)


Stabæk 2

Vålerenga 2

Lillestrøm 2

Hødd (after relegation from Adeccoligaen)

Averøykameratane (after promotion from the 3rd division)


Nardo (after promotion from the 3rd division)






Group 3

Manglerud Star (after relegation from Adeccoligaen)





Os (after promotion from the 3rd division)

Vard Haugesund

Viking 2

Stavanger IF (after promotion from the 3rd division)


Sandnes Ulf


Start 2

FK Arendal (after promotion from the 3rd division)

Group 4

Follo (relegated from Adeccoligaen)

Drøbak Frogn

Sprint Jeløy

Mjøndalen (after promotion from the 3rd division)



Rosenborg 2


Mjølner (after promotion from the 3rd division)


Tromsø 2 (after promotion from the 3rd division)




3. division:

The 3rd division exists of 24 groups of 12 teams. Just about everyone in Norway has a local team playing in the 3rd division that they could visit or play for if they bothered. It's truly the definitive level for local talent.
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