Founded in 1991, the Danish Superliga replaced the Danish 1st Division as the highest league of football in Denmark.
From the start in 1991, 10 teams were participating.
), known as the Alka Superliga for sponsorship reasons, is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association.
It is the highest football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 14 teams each year, with 1-3 teams relegated.
The two teams with the fewest points at the end of the season were relegated to the Danish 1st Division and replaced by the top two teams of that division.
During this era, each team played every other team at least once at home and once away plus once more either at home or away.
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The winner of that tournament faces the third-place (or fourth-place) team from the championship playoff in a one-off match, with the winner entering the Europa League in the first qualifying round.
The bottom two teams from each group then contest a relegation playoff with several steps, centered on a separate four-team knockout playoff, also consisting totally of two-legged matches: According to the Danish Superliga was number 11 in Europe in 2009, ahead of strong leagues such as Greece, Austria and Ukraine: , Modern Times Group owns the rights to broadcast all of the matches from the league, and uses them to broadcast matches on channels TV3 and TV 2 Sport (through sub licensing).
The 2016–17 season is the first for a new league structure.
It begins with the teams playing a full home-and-away schedule, resulting in 26 matches for each team.