2002 Veikkausliiga

Season 2002
Premiers HJK Helsinki
Top goalscorer Mika Kottila, HJK Helsinki (18)

The 2002 season was the 72nd completed season of Finnish Football League Championship, known as the Veikkausliiga. At the same time it was the 13th season of the Veikkausliiga. This season 3 teams could promote from the 2nd division and only one would releagate, because the Veikkausliiga would extend its number of participating teams from 12 to 14, starting the 2003 season.


The Veikkausliiga is administered by the Finnish Football Association and the competition's 2002 season was contested by 12 teams. Following the Preliminary Stage, the higher 8 teams progressed to the Championship Group while the lower 4 teams competed in the Promotion/Relegation Group with the higher 4 teams from the Ykkönen. HJK Helsinki won the championship and qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2003-04 qualification round, while the second and third placed teams qualified for the first qualification round of the UEFA Cup 2003-04. The fourth placed team qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2002, while VPS Vaasa were relegated to the Ykkönen.[1]

Participating clubs

In 2002 there were 12 participants in the Veikkausliiga:


League standings

Preliminary stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1HJK Helsinki221534361648
2MyPa Anjalankoski221273432043
3Haka Valkeakoski221156311838
4Allianssi Vantaa221048353634
5FC Inter Turku22886281732
6Tampere United227114231532
7FC Lahti22958232632
8Jaro Jakobstad227510233626
9KuPS Kuopio226610263024
10FC Hämeenlinna223910233418
11VPS Vaasa224513213917
12FC Jazz Pori224414174216


Championship group

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1HJK Helsinki (C)292054512165
2MyPa Anjalankoski291793572560
3Haka Valkeakoski291577513052
4Allianssi Vantaa2912512394441
5Tampere United298156312439
6FC Inter Turku299911332936
7Jaro Jakobstad2910613344636
8FC Lahti299614254433


Relegation group

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1KuPS Kuopio741214416 (3)
2TPS Turku (P)742110915 (1)
3FC Hämeenlinna73048811 (2)
4FC Jokerit (P)7313131310 (0)
5FC Jazz Pori7232659 (0)
6FC KooTeePee (P)72238119 (1)
7VPS Vaasa (R)72236129 (1)
8TP-477214697 (0)


Leading scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Mika Kottila Finland HJK Helsinki 18
2 Valeri Popovits Russia Haka Valkeakoski 17
3 Petteri Kaijasilta Finland Allianssi Vantaa 13
3 Saku Puhakainen Finland MyPa 47 Anjalankoski 13
5 Richard Teberio Sweden Inter Turku 11



  1. "Finland 2002". RSSSF Archive. 2002. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Finland - List of League First Level Tables". RSSSF Archive. 2002. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  3. "Finland - List of Topscorers (Mestaruussarja/Veikkausliiga)". RSSSF Archive. 2001. Retrieved 2012-01-05.


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