Sandefjord Fotball

Sandefjord Fotball

Sandefjord Fotball is a Norwegian professional football club, founded on September 10 1998. The club plays its home games at Arena, located in Sandefjord, Vestfold.

Reaching the Adeccoligaen (the 1st division) in 1999, the club made quick progress and soon settled as a strong competitor for promotion to the Tippeligaen (the premier league). Finishing third in the 1st division both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times. In 2004 they finished fourth, but the 2005 season finally proved a success. Placing second, Sandefjord earned automatic promotion to the highest division.

The club performed surprisingly well in their first Tippeligaen season, finishing 9th in the table and reaching the cup final. However, the 2007 season was a disaster and they finished last and were relegated to the Adeccoligaen.

Two-thirds of the way through the 2008 season in the Adeccoligaen, Sandefjord Fotball occupy 3rd spot in the table with 43 points. New to this season in the Adeccoligaen is that the top three teams in the division earn promotion to the Tippeligaen and Sandefjord Fotball are currently on course to secure one of the promotion spots.


Sandefjord Fotball were formed by parent clubs IL Runar and Sandefjord Ballklubb in 1998. They replaced Sandefjord Ballklubb in the 2nd division in 1999, and secured immediate promotion to the 1st division. There the club made quick progress and soon settled as a strong competitor for promotion to the Tippeligaen. Finishing third in the 1st division both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times, against SK Brann and Vålerenga IF. The 2003 play-off was lost after some controversial decisions by referee Jonny Ditlefsen that were all in Sandefjords disfavor. When manager Tom Nordlie left after the play-off games, Sandefjord Fotball hired Arne Dokken as their new coach. He was fired after just one season, 2004, when they finished fourth. But the 2005 season finally proved a success, with Tor Thodesen as their new coach. Placing second, Sandefjord earned automatic promotion to the highest division, where they finished 9th in their first season.

The 2007 season ended badly and they finished last and were relegated to the Adeccoligaen. The players went to the board of directors together and requested the hiring of a new coach. Instead of firing Thodesen, the board kept him. After a bad start to the 2008 season, they finally fired Thodesen and hired Patrick Walker. The team played better after this, and he moved the team from a relegation place to a promotion place in the table in eight games.

Colours and Badge

Sandefjord Fotball's colours are blue. They play in blue shirts, blue shorts and white socks. The club changed their badge before the start of season 2006. This was mainly for press purposes. The old badge had a yellow field as well as the blue and red. The new badge only has the colours red and blue.


Sandefjord Fotball play their home games at Arena. Arena was opened July 21st 2007, and cost about 100 million NOK. This is an all modern stadium, with a capacity of about 9 000. Record attendance was set during the opening game versus FC Lyn Oslo July 21st 2007. 8 103 people attended this game. In the future it is planned to expand the stadium to a capacity of 12 500. Field measurements are 105 x 68 meters.

Before Sandefjord Fotball started to use their new home arena, Arena, they used to play their home encounters at Storstadion. Sandefjord Fotball played their home games at Storstadion from 1999 to 2007. As the stadium itself did not live up to the standards one could expect from a modern football stadium, it was finally decided to build the new and modern Arena and start a new and exciting chapter in the young clubs history.


Current squad

As of August 25, 2008.''(on loan from Sandar IL)

Players out on loan

Youth squad

As of July 16, 2008.

See also Sandefjord Fotball Reserves.

Current staff

Position Name
Manager Patrick Walker
Assistant manager Kaz Sokolowski
Goalkeeping Coach Hans Petter Olsen
Development Coach Petter Lo Presti
Youth Development Coach Morten Kampevold
Physio Espen Strøm-Normann
Arbitrator Tor Vidar Hem

Notable former players

Despite the clubs tender age it has produced and developed the talents of players such as:



Sandefjord Football supporters are called "Blåhvalene". They was established in 1999.

Records and statistics

Accomplishment Record
Best cup performance Final in 2006 (lost 0-3 against Fredrikstad)
Best league position 9. place in Tippeligaen 2006
Most appearances Samuel Isaksen (202 appearances)
Most goals in one season Tom Helge Jacobsen (17 goals)
Most goals for the club Tom Helge Jacobsen (59 goals)
Record attendance 8 103 against FC Lyn Oslo July 21st, 2007
Highest average attendance 6 098 in Tippeligaen 2007
Biggest league win 9-1 against Vard Haugesund in 1st Division 2004
Biggest league loss 0-6 against Sogndal in 1st Division 2000
Biggest cup win 8-0 against Flint in 2002
Biggest cup loss 2-5 against Romerike Fotball in 2001

Local heroes at the team

Several players from Sandefjord and its vicinity have played for the club. For the time being it is only Fredrik Thorsen who is both a first team player and from Sandefjord. Past players such as Jon Midttun Lie, Geir Ludvig Fevang, Jan Fredrik Bjørntvedt and Vadim Demidov were all local lads from Sandefjord and played through the ranks of Sandefjord Fotballs parent clubs.


Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Cup Notes
1999 2nd 1 22 13 9 0 59 21 48 2nd round Promoted to First Division
2000 AL 11 26 8 4 14 35 53 28 3rd round
2001 AL 7 30 13 5 12 59 54 44 2nd round

2002 AL 3 30 18 6 6 65 38 60 3rd round Lost play-off match to Tippeligaen
2003 AL 3 30 19 4 7 71 41 61 3rd round Lost play-off match to Tippeligaen
2004 AL 4 30 15 6 9 60 32 51 Quarter finals
2005 AL 2 30 19 5 6 58 37 65 3rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2006 TL 9 26 9 5 12 37 47 32 Final
2007 TL 14 26 4 4 18 26 53 16 2nd round Relegated to Adeccoligaen


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