Club History

The roots of Valmiera FC go back to 1996, founded as Valmiera FK. While this is not far back, and the club is not as old as some other well-known names, it gave the team a chance to start with a clean slate. Unburdened by historic expectations or traditions that could impact the club’s freedoms, Valmiera FC was free to invent itself and define and pick its identity.

1996 provided a good start for the team in 1. Liga, with a successful play-off challenge securing promotion to the Virsliga. After staying in the top flight for a few years, the club was relegated to 1. Liga in 2003 focused on building its structure and developing young talent. With a first-place finish in 2017 then the club moved up to Virsliga again and has quickly established itself among the top teams of the competition under the guidance of head coach Tamaz Pertia, in contests for the places that allow European qualification.

In 2020, the club renamed itself to the currently used name “Valmiera FC”.  In the same year, the team won bronze medals.  A year later, under the leadership of Tamaz Pertia, the result was surpassed as the team finished in second place in Optibet Virsliga. In 2022 Jurgis Kalns took over as the head coach of the club and led the team to its maiden Latvian Virsliga championship title and first-ever UEFA Champions League qualification tournament.

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