The Finnish national league

Pesäpallo in Finland

Superpesis is the Finnish top division of the beloved national sport pesäpallo, which was born already in 1922. The roots of the national league go back to 1931, when it originally started with 7 to 8 teams. In 1934 the number of competing teams grew to 12. At first the league was only for men but the women got their own in 1955. Nevertheless, women have had their own championships since that early than 1931.

The beginning of the league was strongly political since until the years around the World War II all the sport clubs or teams were related to either left-wing or right-wing political parties that use to organize their own leagues.

Anyhow, some kind of political interest was still present in sports in Finland until the end of the 1980s. The main league of pesäpallo and the official national championship were organized by the national association from the 1950s until the 1989, when the name of top division was changed to Superpesis and the newly launched Superpesis Oy organization started to run the league with no political agenda.

Superpesis today

Nowadays both men and women have their own Superpesis top league, which consists of 15 male and 11 female teams. This highly popular Finnish sport is currently played in four different level leagues.

Pesäpallo celebrates its 100 year of history in 2022. Some of the main goals related to the approaching jubilee in order to promote pesäpallo is to strengthen even more the role the sport occupies in the society, increase the cooperation with other sports and make sure that everybody has the possibility to play pesäpallo. Achieving the set goals requires strong, goal-oriented approach, courage, believing in the future and especially doing and creating together. All the school children have the access to the interesting world of pesäpallo since it is traditionally played during the physical education classes in both elementary and secondary school.

pesapallo

Teams

Many of the Superpesis teams are located in smaller cities and towns all around Finland. Pesäpallo is a popular hoppy to many children and young people who have discovered the magic of the sport during their school years so It’s perfectly logical that many people keep on playing later on their lives on their spare time.

Superpesis league is highly followed sport and it’s one of the most popular ones among the Finnish gamblers in the betting sites as well.

Men’s Superpesis

  • Alajärven Ankkurit
  • Hyvinkään tahko
  • Joensuun Maila
  • Jyväskylän Kiri
  • Kankaanpään Maila
  • Kempeleen Kiri
  • Kiteen Pallo -90
  • Koskenkorvan urheilijat
  • Kouvolan Pallonlyöjät
  • Oulun Lippo
  • Pattijoen Urheilijat, Raahe
  • Seinäjoen Jymy-Jussit
  • Sotkamon Jymy
  • Vimpelin Veto

Women’s Superpesis

  • Kajaanin Pallokerho
  • Kempleen Kiri
  • Kirittäret, Jyväskylä
  • Lapuan Virkiä
  • Mansen Räpsä, Tampere
  • Pesäkarhut, Pori
  • Pesä Ysit, Lappeenranta
  • Rauman Lukko
  • Seinäjoen Maila-Jussit, Seinäjoki
  • Vihdin Pallo
  • Viinijärven Urheilijat

Rules

Pesäpallo is a simple sport, but its rules are kind of complicated. The game is played with two teams, which take turns both playing offense (batting) and defense (fielding). The defensive team has all together 9 players on the field and the offensive team has 9 players + 3 extra joker players hitting the ball. A descent strike doesn’t obligate to run since a player has three opportunities. Each team tries to score as many points as possible. The basic idea is, that a team scores by hitting the ball with a bat and running from a base to another. There is all together three bases and the other team tries to defend as well as possible by catching the ball. Understanding the rules of basketball makes it easier to follow and understand the rules of Finnish pesäpallo, which is a slightly faster than the American cousin.