2016 Esiliiga B

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Esiliiga B
Season 2016
Champions Kuressaare
(1st title)
Promoted Kuressaare
Relegated Flora U19
Tulevik II
Matches played 180
Goals scored 672 (3.73 per match)
Top goalscorer Maarek Suursaar (33 goals)
Biggest home win Kuressaare 12–0 Tulevik II
(12 June 2016)
Biggest away win Tulevik II 0–6 Tallinna Kalev II
(10 July 2016)
Tulevik II 0–6 Sillamäe Kalev II
(29 August 2016)
Highest scoring Kuressaare 10–3 Tammeka U21
(14 July 2016)
Longest winning run 7 matches
Longest unbeaten run 12 matches
Longest winless run 15 matches
Tulevik II
Longest losing run 12 matches
Tulevik II

The 2016 Esiliiga B is the 4th season of the Esiliiga B, third-highest Estonian league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2013. The season began on 28 February 2016 and concluded on 6 November 2016.[1]

Kuressaare won the league, finishing with 76 points and were promoted to the Esiliiga. It was their first Esiliiga B title in history.



Team Location Stadium Capacity
Elva Elva Elva linnastaadion 30[2]
Flora U19 Tallinn Sportland Arena 540[3]
Joker Raasiku Raasiku artificial turf 200[4]
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare linnastaadion 1,000[5]
Sillamäe Kalev II Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev artificial turf 0[6]
Tallinna Kalev II Tallinn Kalev Keskstaadion artificial turf 270[7]
Tammeka U21 Tartu Sepa Stadium 300[8]
Tulevik II Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion 1,068[9]
Viimsi Haabneeme Viimsi KK Stadium
Welco Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,750[10]

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Elva Estonia Kaido Koppel Estonia Jürgen Kuresoo Nike Sportland
Flora U19 Estonia Risto Kallaste Estonia Silver Räämet Nike Tele2[11]
Joker Estonia Andre Ilves Estonia Rene Lill Joma Unibox
Kuressaare Estonia Sander Viira Estonia Elari Valmas Joma Saaremaa Lihatööstus
Sillamäe Kalev II Ukraine Vadym Dobizha Uhlsport Alexela
Tallinna Kalev II Estonia Daniel Meijel Jako ViisTek Media[12]
Tammeka U21 Estonia Timo Teniste Nike Goldtime
Tulevik II Estonia Raiko Mutle Joma Viljandi Aken ja Uks
Viimsi Estonia Urmas Kirs Joma
Welco Estonia Siim Valtna Estonia Mikk Valtna Nike

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Kuressaare Estonia Pelle Pohlak Signed by Flora U19 1 January 2016 Pre-season Estonia Sander Viira 1 January 2016
Tammeka U21 Estonia Sander Lember Mutual consent 1 January 2016 Estonia Timo Teniste 1 January 2016
Flora U19 Estonia Pelle Pohlak Appointed as president of Flora 12 July 2016 9th Estonia Risto Kallaste 12 July 2016


League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Kuressaare (C, P) 36 23 7 6 117 48 +69 76 Promotion to the Esiliiga
2 Elva (P) 36 21 5 10 67 39 +28 68
3 Welco (O, P) 36 20 4 12 74 50 +24 64 Qualification for the promotion play-offs
4 Tammeka U21 36 18 5 13 89 64 +25 59
5 Tallinna Kalev II 36 16 7 13 72 53 +19 55
6 Sillamäe Kalev II 36 16 5 15 70 61 +9 53
7 Joker 36 14 10 12 74 66 +8 52
8 Viimsi (O) 36 15 6 15 56 64 −8 51 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
9 Flora U19[a] (R) 36 4 7 25 27 85 −58 19 Relegation to II liiga
10 Tulevik II[a] (R) 36 4 2 30 26 142 −116 14
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Esiliiga B (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only if deciding champion); 3) Less matches awarded against; 4) Matches won; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Goal difference; 8) Goals scored; 9) Away goals scored; 10) Fairplay ranking.[13]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
  1. ^ a b Reserve teams are ineligible for promotion.

Results tables


Promotion play-offs

Welco, who finished 3rd, faced Nõmme Kalju U21, 8th-placed 2016 Esiliiga side for a two-legged play-off. The first leg originally ended 3–2 to Nõmme Kalju U21 but they were later ruled to have forfeited the match after fielding an ineligible player Henrik Pürg. According to the rules, the second leg was cancelled and Welco earned entry into the 2017 Esiliiga.

First leg

Welco 2–0
Nõmme Kalju U21
Reinberg Goal 10'
Kaasik Goal 52'

Second leg

Nõmme Kalju U21 Match cancelled Welco

Relegation play-offs

Viimsi, who finished 8th, faced Keila, the II liiga play-offs winner. The winner on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2017 Esiliiga B. Viimsi won on away goals.

First leg

Keila 2–1 Viimsi
Mõek Goal 77'
Luhaorg Goal 83' (o.g.)
Report Prints Goal 39'

Second leg

Viimsi 1–0 Keila
Sillaste Goal 75' Report

Season statistics

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Club Goals[14]
1 Estonia Maarek Suursaar Kuressaare 33
2 Estonia Jürgen Kuresoo Elva 29
3 Estonia Rauno Esop Joker 25
4 Estonia Karl Anton Sõerde Tallinna Kalev II 22
5 Estonia Sander Laht Kuressaare 17
Estonia Erki Mõttus Tammeka U21
7 Russia Roman Grigorevski Sillamäe Kalev II 15
Estonia Mikk Rajaver Kuressaare
9 Estonia Mikk Valtna Welco 14
10 Estonia Martin Aasmäe Tammeka U21 11
Estonia Andre Ilves Joker


Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[15] Estonia Timo Teniste Tammeka U21 Estonia Martin-Gert Pärli Tammeka U21
April[16] Estonia Siim Valtna Welco Estonia Karl Andre Vallner Tallinna Kalev II
May[17] Estonia Sander Viira Kuressaare Estonia Rauno Esop Joker
June/July[18] Estonia Kaido Koppel Elva Estonia Sander Laht Kuressaare
August[19] Estonia Kaido Koppel Elva Estonia Jürgen Kuresoo Elva
September[20] Estonia Daniel Meijel Tallinna Kalev II Estonia Maarek Suursaar Kuressaare
October[21] Estonia Sander Viira Kuressaare Estonia Lauri Särak Welco

Esiliiga B Player of the Year

Jürgen Kuresoo was named Esiliiga B Player of the Year.[22]

See also


  1. ^ "Koduse jalgpallihooaja avamäng toimub Esiliigas". Estonian Football Association. 2 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Elva linna staadion" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  3. ^ "Sportland Arena" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  4. ^ "Raasiku Põhikooli staadion ja palliväljakud" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  5. ^ "Kuressaare Linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  6. ^ "Spordikompleks "Kalev" kunstmurukattega jalgpalliväljak" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  7. ^ "Kalevi Keskstaadioni kunstmuruväljak" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  8. ^ "Sepa tn staadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  9. ^ "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  10. ^ "Tamme staadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  11. ^ "Flora sai koondisega sama sponsori". Soccernet.ee. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Tallinna Kalev särgisponsoriks saab ViisTek Media OÜ". Estonian Football Association. 1 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Esiliiga B" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Esiliiga B» VÄRAVALÖÖJATE EDETABEL (2016)" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  15. ^ "Esiliigades riisusid koore noored peatreenerid" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 31 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Esiliiga aprillikuu parimaks mängijaks valiti Vändra Vapruse raudvara" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 4 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Esiliigades said kuu parimate autasud Lillevere, Brõlin, Viira ja Esop" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 13 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Esiliiga parimad tulevad Viljandist, Maardust, Elvast ja Kuressaarest" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 5 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Esiliiga kuu parima auhinnad teenisid Kalju U21 ja Elva" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 12 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Esiliiga kuu parimad tulevad Viljandist" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 13 October 2016.
  21. ^ "Esiliiga kuu parimad on Lillevere ja Kirss" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 4 November 2016.
  22. ^ "Esiliiga B parimaks mängijaks valiti Jürgen Kuresoo". Estonian Football Association. 27 November 2016.

External links

  • Official website
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