Swedish football champions
Örgryte IS in 1896, the first Swedish football champions
: Svenska mästare i fotboll
) is a title held by the winners of the highest Swedish football
league played each year, Allsvenskan
. Malmö FF
are the holders of the record of most titles with 20 Swedish championships. After winning the 2017 Allsvenskan
, Malmö FF are also the reigning Swedish football champions. The title has been contested since 1896 in varying forms of competition. The first Swedish Champions, Örgryte IS
, were declared in 1896 when the club won the cup tournament Svenska Mästerskapet
. This happened before there existed any Swedish national association, which was not created until 1904. The winners of Svenska Mästerskapet between 1896 and 1904 have retroactively been declared holders of the title by the Swedish Football Association
(SvFF). After the creation of the SvFF, the title continued to be held by the winners of Svenska Mästerskapet until 1925, even though a Swedish first national league, Svenska Serien
, started in 1910. Svenska Mästerskapet was discontinued in 1925.
In 1924–25, a new Swedish national league was created, Allsvenskan, but the Swedish Champions title wasn't awarded to the winners of that league until 1930–31. Since then, the winners of Allsvenskan are considered Swedish Champions, with a few exceptions. Between 1982 and 1990, the title was given to the winners of a play-off
held after Allsvenskan was finished, and the following two years, 1991 and 1992, the title was given to the winners of Mästerskapsserien
, a continuation league with the best teams from Allsvenskan. Read more...