Name
Finnish Liiga

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Established
1975 (46 years old)

First Recorded Event
2020-10-01

Current Season
2021-2022

API Football ID
14

Sport
Ice Hockey

Location
Finland

Gender
Male

Alternate Names
Finnish Elite League

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Upcoming Events
23 Oct 21 Ilves  - KalPa
23 Oct 21 KooKoo  - Tappara
23 Oct 21 SaiPa  - JYP
23 Oct 21 TPS Turku  - Hämeenlinnan
23 Oct 21 Vaasan Sport  - Assat
23 Oct 21 Oulun Kärpät  - IFK Helsinki
23 Oct 21 Lukko  - Jukurit
26 Oct 21 Jukurit  - TPS Turku
26 Oct 21 Lukko  - KooKoo
27 Oct 21 Assat  - KooKoo

Latest Results
22 Oct 21 Assat 2 - 3  TPS Turku
22 Oct 21 Hämeenlinnan 0 - 3  SaiPa
22 Oct 21 Jukurit 0 - 2  KooKoo
22 Oct 21 Pelicans 4 - 2  Oulun Kärpät
21 Oct 21 Tappara 1 - 2  IFK Helsinki
20 Oct 21 Ilves 3 - 2  IFK Helsinki
20 Oct 21 JYP 2 - 3  KooKoo
20 Oct 21 KalPa 4 - 3  Assat
20 Oct 21 Pelicans 4 - 7  Jukurit
20 Oct 21 SaiPa 2 - 5  Lukko

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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.

Seasons

2020-2021

2021-2022

Teams

Assat

Hämeenlinnan

IFK Helsinki

Ilves

Jukurit

JYP

KalPa

KooKoo

Lukko

Oulun Kärpät

Pelicans

SaiPa

Tappara

TPS Turku

Vaasan Sport

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