8 teams, each plays the others four times - twice at home and twice away - for a total of 28 games each, over 28 game weeks.
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
1. points won; 2. points in head-to-head matches; 3. goal difference in hth matches; 4. games won; 5. total goal difference; 6. total goals scored; 7. total goals ratio (total goals scored divided by total goals conceded); 8. fairplay ranking; 10. play-off.
Qualification for UEFA competitions:
1 place: 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League qualifiers
2-3 place: 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League qualifiers
4 place: possible 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League qualifiers (depends on Cup outcome)
Relegation from the league:
7 place: enters Play-offs 1/2 with one 1. Liga team for 1 place in 2017 Virsliga
8 place: relegated to 2017 1. Liga
Promotion to the league:
1 team from 2016 1. Liga
1 more team from 2016 1. Liga possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2
Changes from last season:
Gulbene relegated to 1. Liga
Riga promoted from 1. Liga
Changes before the season:
Skonto, 2nd last season; doesn't receive Virsliga license and is relegated.
As a result Rīgas FS, 3rd in 1. Liga last season; is additionally promoted to the league.