12 teams, each plays the other three times - of which at least once home and once away - for a total of 33 games each, over 33 game weeks.
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. fewer away goals conceded *; 8. home goals scored *; 9. fewer home goals conceded *; 10. play-off *; 11. draw.
* - used only for deciding champion, UEFA Competitions participation and relegation.
Qualification for UEFA competitions:
1 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League qualifiers
2-3 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers
4 place: possible 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers (depends on Suomen Cup outcome)
Relegation from the league:
11 place: enters Play-offs 1/2 with one Ykkönen team for 1 place in 2016 Veikkausliiga
12 place: relegated to 2016 Ykkönen
Promotion to the league:
1 team from 2015 Ykkönen
1 team from 2015 Ykkönen possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2
Changes from last season:
TPS relegated to Ykkönen
HIFK promoted from Ykkönen
Changes before the season:
MYPA, 8th; and Honka, 11th last season; don't receive licenses and are relegated.
As a result KTP, 2nd; and Ilves, 3rd in Ykkönen last season; are additionally promoted to the group.
UEFA competitions qualifiers:
2016/2017 UEFA Champions League - 2nd Qualifying Round: SJK (as champion)
2016/2017 UEFA Europa League - 1st Qualifying Round: Mariehamn (6th, as Suomen Cup winner); RoPS (as 2nd) and HJK (as 3rd)