Kelssek Football League

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Kelssek Football League
Kelssek football league logo.png
Number of teams 46
Levels on pyramid 1–3
Relegation to All-Kelssek Soccer League
Domestic cup(s) Patriotes Cup
International cup(s) Champions’ Cup
Globe Cup
Series B Champions’ Cup

The Kelssek Football League (French: Ligue de football kelssekienne) is a professional league for soccer clubs which is the highest level of competition in Kelssek. The league consists of three divisions, the KFL Championship (Championnat), the National (Ligue nationale), and the Association (Association de la LFK), which is played in two geographical zones. The competition is governed by the national federation, Football Kelssek.

Each season the bottom three clubs of the Championship are relegated to the National division. Replacing them are the winners and runner-up of the National and the winners of a tournament among the teams placing third to sixth. The bottom three clubs of the National division are relegated to the Association while the two regional winners are promoted along with the winner of the playoffs contested between the second and third-placed teams of each region.

Media coverage

KFL Championship matches are televised nationally in Kelssek on the TV12 broadcast network, on Twelve local affiliates, the NSN cable channels, and in French on SRK-Télé and SportVu. Broadcasting rights revenue is evenly divided among teams. The traditional time slot for the most-anticipated live match each week is TV12's Saturday Soccer, which has been broadcast on Saturdays at 4pm Coastal Time since 1983.

International competitions

The winners of the KFL qualify for the UICA Champions’ Cup and the teams placing second through fourth qualify for the Globe Cup. The top four teams of the KFL National qualify for the Series B Champions’ Cup.

Burnaby SC is the most successful KFL club on the world stage, recognized as the UICA Kelssekian Club of the Century for reaching the Globe Cup group stage twice.

Clubs

KFL Championship

Correct as of season 61
Club Location Stadium Capacity
ASC Arvika Provinces of Kelssek Arvika Community Stadium 34,700
Burnaby SC Provinces of Kelssek Burnaby Stadium Konoha 54,500
Clayquot City Provinces of Kelssek Clayquot Kanard Park 32,600
Colwynian Vale Provinces of Kelssek Colwyn Ironworkers Road 22,600
Coquitlam United Provinces of Kelssek Coquitlam Maillardville Park 20,300
CF Les Castors Provinces of Kelssek Outineau Place Saint-Luc 20,200
CF Outineau Provinces of Kelssek Outineau Parc de la Crémazie 37,800
CS Saint-Rémy Provinces of Kelssek Saint-Rémy Stade Intersat 36,900
CF Saint-Richard Provinces of Kelssek Saint-Richard Stade Michel-Beaulieu 19,400
FC Novonaya Provinces of Kelssek Novonaya Griffin Park 39,200
Hamiltonian Cambria Provinces of Kelssek Hamilton B.A. Johnston Field 27,400
Kingstown Athletic Provinces of Kelssek Kingstown Larkhamfield 28,800
Kirkenes FC Provinces of Kelssek Kirkenes Exhibition Place 38,600
Langlois Océanic Provinces of Kelssek Langlois Stade de la Pacifique 26,800
Latrobe AFC Provinces of Kelssek Latrobe Macquarie Docklands 55,700
Mazinaw Vanorian Provinces of Kelssek Mazinaw Crowchilds 18,100
Shearwater FC Provinces of Kelssek Breton Kingswharf 40,500
Strathcona Internationals Provinces of Kelssek Vickery Bowreach 27,300
Torbay Thunder Provinces of Kelssek Torbay Armidale Plain 10,300
Trenton AC Provinces of Kelssek Trenton Northcoast Telecom Stadium 18,400
NGSA Ulyanof Provinces of Kelssek Ulyanof Stadium of the Stars 44,600

Selected lower-division clubs

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Kawarthas District Provinces of Kelssek Llandewi Redmord Point 16,500
Metropolitan FC Provinces of Kelssek Mineru Swangard 21,500
North York FC Provinces of Kelssek Kirkenes Portedowns Park 26,400
Port City FC Provinces of Kelssek Dartmoor Dartmoor Community Stadium 10,700
Sitka Valley FC Provinces of Kelssek Pembina Varsity Stadium 29,200

Major rivalries

  • Burnaby SC vs. Kirkenes FC: The symbolic West-East rivalry. While not having the historical baggage and violence of the Outineau-Kirkenes rivalry, this takes on a cultural dimension just the same with Burnaby SC representing the rugged, free-thinking, mountaineer spirit against Kirkenes's conservative, commercial, cultural elites.
  • CF Outineau vs. CS Saint-Rémy (Battaile du Beaulac)
  • Langlois Océanic vs. CF Saint-Richard (Derby du sel): Fought between the two major cities of the Beaulac coast, pits the underdog Saint-Richard club with its emphasis on developing local youth gars de chez nous, against the cosmopolitan money-spending Langlois club.
  • CF Outineau vs. Kirkenes FC (War of the Crowns/Guerre des Couronnes): This contemporary rivalry is driven by many of the divisions that fuelled the historical war its name references: sectarian, linguistic, and cultural.
  • Burnaby SC vs. Coquitlam United (Lakeland Derby)
  • Clayquot City vs. Latrobe AFC (Battle of Etnier)

Recent seasons

Season Champions Runners-up Third place
50 Burnaby SC logo.png Burnaby SC Langlois Oceanic logo.png Langlois Océanic Clayquot City logo.png Clayquot City
51 CF Outineau logo.png CF Outineau North York Kirkenes FC logo.png Kirkenes FC
52 Burnaby SC logo.png Burnaby SC Coquitlam United logo.png Coquitlam United Kirkenes FC logo.png Kirkenes FC
53 Latrobe AFC logo.png Latrobe AFC Clayquot City logo.png Clayquot City Burnaby SC logo.png Burnaby SC
54 Burnaby SC logo.png Burnaby SC Castors Outineau logo.png Castors d'Outineau Langlois Oceanic logo.png Langlois Oceánic
55 CS Saint-Remy logo.png CS Saint-Rémy Latrobe AFC logo.png Latrobe AFC Kirkenes FC logo.png Kirkenes FC
56 Langlois Oceanic logo.png Langlois Océanic Burnaby SC logo.png Burnaby SC ASC Arvika logo.png ASC Arvika
57 Langlois Oceanic logo.png Langlois Océanic CS Saint-Remy logo.png CS Saint-Rémy CF Outineau logo.png CF Outineau
58 Burnaby SC logo.png Burnaby SC CS Saint-Remy logo.png CS Saint-Rémy Latrobe AFC logo.png Latrobe AFC
59 Strathcona Intls logo.png Strathcona Internationals CF Outineau logo.png CF Outineau Langlois Oceanic logo.png Langlois Océanic
60 CF Outineau logo.png CF Outineau Kirkenes FC logo.png Kirkenes FC Burnaby SC logo.png Burnaby SC
61 CS Saint-Remy logo.png CS Saint-Rémy Kirkenes FC logo.png Kirkenes FC Burnaby SC logo.png Burnaby SC

KFL National

Season North champions South champions
51 Redswyth Red Stars Metropolitan FC
53 Saanich AFC Strathcona Internationals
54 Redswyth Red Stars Innisfail County
55 NGSA Ulyanof Kingstown Athletic
56 Metropolitan FC Shearwater FC
57 Trenton AC Sitka Valley
58 Colwynian Vale Kingstown Athletic
59 Hamiltonian Cambria Mazinaw Vanorian
Season Champions Runners-up Playoffs winner
60 North York Castors d'Outineau Port City FC
61 Torbay Thunder FC Novonaya Colwynian Vale

KFL Association

Season North champions South champions Playoffs winners
60 St. David Wanderers Association Ariddienne Torbay Thunder
61 Southbank Mariners AS Concordia-Montérégie Gagliano Mariners
Arlingsdale City

Historical development

From season 49 to 59, the Championship had 18 clubs and the National Division was played in two regional leauges. The bottom two teams of the Championship were relegated to the National division and the winners of each National Division region were promoted to the Championship. The National Divison was expanded by four clubs from season 53.

The Championship expanded to 20 teams from season 60, adopting its current format, and the National Divison became KFL National with the regions abolished. A third division was added, the KFL Association, with two regions.