Israeli Premier League

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Israeli Premier League
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The Israeli Premier League logo
Country  Israel
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1999; 15 years ago (1999)
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Liga Leumit
Domestic cup(s) State Cup
Toto Cup Al
International cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Maccabi Tel Aviv
(2012–13)
Most championships Maccabi Haifa (7 titles)
TV partners Charlton Sport, Channel 1
Website football.org.il
2013–14 Israeli Premier League

The Israeli Premier League (Hebrew: ליגת העל‎, Ligat HaAl, lit. Super League) is an Israeli professional league for association football clubs. At the top of the Israeli football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 14 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Liga Leumit. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 32 matches each, totalling 224 matches in the season. Five games are played on Saturdays, with one game played on Sundays and one game on Mondays. It is sponsored by Toto Winner and therefore officially known as Ligat Winner (Hebrew: ליגת ווינר‎).1

The competition formed on 1999 following the decision of the Israeli Football Association to form a new league. It is also ranked nineteenth in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of the Belarusian Premier League and Poland's Ekstraklasa.2

Since 1923, a total of 14 clubs have been crowned champions of the Israeli football system. Of the twenty-six clubs to have competed since the inception of the Israeli Premier League in 1999, five have won the title: Beitar Jerusalem (twice), Hapoel Tel Aviv (twice), Maccabi Haifa (seven times), Maccabi Tel Aviv (twice), and Ironi Kiryat Shmona (once). The current champions are Maccabi Tel Aviv, who won the 2012–13 season.

Background

The Israeli Premier League was created in 1999 to replace Liga Leumit (which became the second tier) when the Israel Football Association decided to reshuffle all the leagues in hopes of improving competition. In its first season there were 14 clubs; the top thirteen clubs from the 1998–99 season and the top place club from the Liga Artzit (then the second division). That season three clubs were relegated and one from Liga Leumit was promoted. Over the years the league has changed names though the new names were simply commercial rebranding, including Ligat Pelephone, Ligat Toto and Ligat Winner.

The logo used from 2005 to 2008
The logo used from 2008 to 2010
The logo used for the 2010–11 season

Competition

There are 14 clubs in the league. At the end of each season, the two lowest-placed teams are relegated to Liga Leumit while two highest-placed teams of Liga Leumit are promoted in their place. For the 2012–13 season the league was decreased from 16 to 14 clubs as a result of reforms passed by the IFA on 27 June 2011.3

The participating clubs first play a conventional round-robin schedule for a total of 26 matches.

Following this, the top six teams play in a championship playoff, where they meet each other twice. Upon its conclusion, the first place team wins the Israeli championship and qualifies to participate in the second qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League. The runners-up and the third-placed teams qualify for the second qualifying round round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.

In Addition, the Israeli State Cup winners qualify for the second qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. If the State Cup winners are also one of the teams to finish in the league's top three places then the fourth-placed team will also play in Europa League. In case the State Cup winners also win the Israeli Premier League then the fourth-placed league team will play in Europa League second qualifying round.

In addition, the bottom eight teams will play each other once to avoid two relegation spots.

Clubs

A total of 27 clubs have played in the Israeli Premier League from its inception in 1999 and the start of the 2011–12 season. For a list of winners and runners-up of the Israeli Premier League since its inception, and top scorers for each season, see List of Israeli football champions.

Five clubs have been members of the Israeli Premier League for every season since its inception. This group is composed of Beitar Jerusalem, F.C. Ashdod, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa, and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Members for 2013–14

The following 14 clubs will compete in the Israeli Premier League during the 2013–14 season.

Club
Position
in 2012–13
First season in
in the Israeli Premier League
Number of seasons
in the Israeli Premier League
First season of
current spell in
Israeli Premier League
Top division
titles
Last top division title
Beitar Jerusalemab 1010th 1999–2000 15 1999–2000 06 2007–08
Bnei Sakhnin 1212th 2003–04 10 2007–08 00 Never
Bnei Yehudab 044th 1999–2000 14 2002–03 01 1989–90
F.C. Ashdodab 077th 1999–2000 15 1999–2000 00 Never
Hapoel Ironi Acrea 1111th 2009–10 05 2009–10 00 Never
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 088th 2001–02 10 2009–10 02 1975–76
Hapoel Haifab 099th 1999–2000 09 2009–10 01 1998–99
Hapoel Ra'anana 142nd;
Liga Leumit
2009–10 02 2013–14 00 Never
Hapoel Ramat HaSharona 066th 2011–12 03 2011–12 00 Never
Hapoel Tel Avivab 033rd 1999–2000 15 1999–2000 13 2009–10
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 055th 2007–08 07 2010–11 01 2011–12
Maccabi Haifaab 022nd 1999–2000 15 1999–2000 12 2010–11
Maccabi Petah Tikvab 131st
Liga Leumit
1999–2000 14 2013–14 00 Never
Maccabi Tel Avivab 011st 1999–2000 15 1999–2000 20 2012–13

a: Never been relegated from the Israeli Premier League
b: One of the original 14 Israeli Premier League teams

Location of teams in the 2013–14 Israeli Premier League

Sponsorship

In recent years, the league has been sponsored. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

  • 2002–2004: Pelephone – a mobile phone company (Ligat Pelephone)
  • 2005–2010: Toto Winner Organization – the Israeli Sports Betting Board (Ligat Toto)
  • 2010–present: Toto Winner Organization – the Israeli Sports Betting Board (Ligat Winner)

Number of foreigners

Teams are limited to five foreign players per team. Special circumstances such as Druze players from the Golan (no citizenship) or cases such as that of Toto Tamuz, do not count against the foreign player limit.

Broadcast Rights

Television

Israeli Premier League games are broadcast live on Sport 1, Sport 1 HD, and Sport 2 channels, with the big match of the week which is reserved to be shown by Channel 1 and Channel 1 HD network television. There is also a league review show on Saturday nights at Sport 5 channel.

Abroad, rights to broadcasting in Hebrew are owned by The Israeli Network which broadcasts the matches in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Panama, Costa Rica and in Europe.

In the United Kingdom, William Hill broadcasts matches live with English commentary on their online television service, William Hill TV.

Radio

The rights of broadcasting on the radio belongs to Radio Tel Aviv since 2011, which broadcast alongside Radio Haifa, Radio Darom, Radio Galei Zahal and Radio Darom 101.5 in a show called Saturday of Football which also broadcasts live on ONE TV channel.

Internet

The big match of the week are shown in Channel 1 website. Since 2010, games summary are shown online by Ynet, ONE and Sport 5.

Cellular

Since 2012, ONE owns the broadcasting rights, which was previously owned by Sport 5.

Revenue

Main sources of revenue for the clubs:

UEFA league ranking

Source: UEFA Coefficients Graphs, 2013 UEFA Country Ranking


Champions

See also: Israeli football champions

Top goalscorers by season

Season Player Goals Club
1999–2000 Israel Assi Tubi 27 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2000–01 Israel Avi Nimni 25 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2001–02 Israel Kobi Refua 18 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2002–03 Israel Yaniv Abargil 18 Hapoel Kfar Saba
Israel Shay Holtzman 18 Ironi Rishon LeZion / F.C. Ashdod
2003–04 Israel Ofir Haim 16 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Israel Shay Holtzman 16 F.C. Ashdod
2004–05 Israel Roberto Colautti 19 Maccabi Haifa
2005–06 Israel Shay Holtzman 18 F.C. Ashdod
2006–07 Israel Yaniv Azran 15 F.C. Ashdod
2007–08 Ghana Samuel Yeboah 15 Hapoel Kfar Saba
2008–09 Israel Barak Yitzhaki 14 Beitar Jerusalem
Israel Shimon Abuhatzira 14 Hapoel Petah Tikva
Israel Eliran Atar 14 Bnei Yehuda
2009–10 Israel Shlomi Arbeitman 28 Maccabi Haifa
2010–11 Israel Toto Tamuz 21 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2011–12 Israel Ahmad Saba'a 20 Maccabi Netanya
2012–13 Israel Eliran Atar 22 Maccabi Tel Aviv

All-time table

The All-time Israeli Premier League table is a cumulative record of all match results, points and goals of every team that has played in the Israeli Premier League since its inception in 1999. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2011–12 season. Teams in bold are part of the 2013–14 Israeli Premier League. Numbers in bold are the record (highest) numbers in each column.

Pos. Club Seasons Pld W D L GF GFPG GA GAPG GD Pts Relegated Avg. Pts
1 Maccabi Haifa 14 484 285 113 86 871 1.8 415 0.857 446 968 7 4 69.14
2 Hapoel Tel Aviv 14 484 248 128 109 774 1.599 457 0.944 317 868nb 1 2 6 2 62
3 Maccabi Tel Aviv 14 484 224 121 139 709 1.465 486 1.004 225 787nb 2 2 1 4 56.21
4 Beitar Jerusalem 14 481 185 129 157 688 1.43 575 1.195 73 708nb 3 2 2 50.57
5 F.C. Ashdod 14 481 163 121 196 601 1.249 680 1.414 –51 610 1 43.57
6 Maccabi Petah Tikva 13 444 162 126 156 532 1.198 524 1.18 8 609nb 4 1 1 46.85
7 Maccabi Netanya 13 446 159 129 158 556 1.247 575 1.289 –16 603 2 2 46.38
8 Bnei Yehuda 13 451 158 116 177 532 1.18 595 1.319 –63 588 1 1 45.23
9 Hapoel Petah Tikva 12 415 127 87 181 505 1.217 618 1.489 –113 476nb 5 1 4 39.67
10 Hapoel Haifa 8 281 91 106 104 344 1.224 349 1.242 4 359 1 2 44.88
11 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 8 268 96 67 105 342 1.276 380 1.418 –38 355 1 44.38
12 Bnei Sakhnin 9 303 90 85 128 307 1.137 390 1.444 –80 353nb 6 1 39.22
13 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 5 174 70 51 53 217 1.247 187 1.075 30 261 1 1 1 52.2
14 Hapoel Kfar Saba 5 171 40 55 76 191 1.117 272 1.591 –81 172nb 7 3 34.4
15 Hapoel Ironi Acre 4 138 40 46 51 175 1.268 190 1.377 –15 167 41.75
16 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 5 180 41 41 98 195 1.083 316 1.756 –121 164 2 32.8
17 Maccabi Herzliya 3 105 25 24 56 112 1.067 179 1.705 –67 99 2 33
18 Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon 2 73 23 17 33 68 0.9 95 1.3 –27 86 43
19 Hapoel Ramat Gan 3 103 19 29 55 96 0.932 160 1.553 –64 82nb 8 2 27.33
20 Hapoel Nazareth Illit 2 66 20 20 26 71 1.076 93 1.409 –22 80 1 40
21 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 2 66 12 21 33 58 0.879 100 1.515 –42 57 2 28.5
22 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 2 68 15 13 40 73 1.074 143 2.103 –70 55nb 9 2 27.5
23 Hapoel Ra'anana 1 35 6 10 19 33 0.943 58 1.657 –25 28 1 28
24 Maccabi Kiryat Gat 1 33 7 6 20 34 1.03 58 1.758 –24 27 1 27
25 Hapoel Jerusalem 1 39 6 6 27 33 0.846 82 2.103 –49 24 1 24
26 Hapoel Ashkelon 1 35 9 5 21 33 0.943 66 1.886 –33 17 1 17
27 Hapoel Tzafririm Holon 1 38 4 4 30 25 0.658 85 2.237 –60 16 1 16
Total 14 3,173 2,335 838nb 10 2,335 8,137 2.564 7,909nb 11 14 30 581.21

League or status at 2013–14:

2013–14 Israeli Premier League
2013–14 Liga Leumit
2013–14 Liga Alef
2013–14 Liga Bet
2013–14 Liga Gimel
Clubs that no longer exist

Notes

  1. ^ Hapoel Tel Aviv were deducted 3 points
  2. ^ Maccabi Tel Aviv were deducted 6 points
  3. ^ Beitar Jerusalem were deducted 6 points
  4. ^ Maccabi Petah Tikva were deducted 3 points
  5. ^ Hapoel Petah Tikva were deducted 12 points
  6. ^ Bnei Sakhnin were deducted 2 points
  7. ^ Hapoel Kfar Saba were deducted 3 points
  8. ^ Hapoel Ramat Gan were deducted 4 points
  9. ^ Maccabi Ahi Nazareth were deducted 3 points
  10. ^ 838 games ended up with a draw, resulting up with 1,676 points
  11. ^ 42 points were deducted over the years

References

  1. ^ "Israeli Premier League will now be known as "Ligat Winner"". (Hebrew). ONE. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "UEFA ranking of European leagues". UEFA. 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "This season will have no halving of points". (Hebrew). ONE. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Israel Football Association

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