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Saudi Professional League
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Countries Saudi Arabia
Confederation AFC
Founded 1976
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Saudi First Division
Domestic cup(s) Saudi Champions Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Current champions Al-Hilal
(2009–10)
Most championships Al-Hilal (12 titles)
TV partners Al Jazeera Sports, Saudi Sport, ART Sport 7, Line Sport
Website www.spl.com.sa
33px 2010–11 season

The Saudi Professional League, officially known as (Template:Lang-ar), is the main football competition in Saudi Arabia. The first competition was held in the year of 1976-77. Al-Hilal is the current title-holder (2010), and holds the best record in the competition, winning it 12 times.

The league also known for sponsorship reasons as Zain Saudi League, named after the sponsor Zain telecom.

History Edit

Up until the late seventies, football in Saudi Arabia was organised on a regional basis, with the only nationwide tournament being the King's Cup. In 1976, it was deemed that local football, and transportation links, have improved sufficiently to organise a national league. Hence the Saudi League was launched with 8 clubs participating.

In 1981 it was decided to increase the number of clubs and add a second division. The league competition for the 1981/1982, known as the ranking league, featured 18 clubs with the top eight qualifying for the first division and the bottom ten to the new second division. The number of first division clubs was later increased to 12 in the 1984/1985 season.

In 1990 it was decided to revamp local competitions and to introduce professional football. A new league championship was formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques League Cup", which was a two stage championship. The first stage was a regular double round-robin league competition with the top 4 qualifying to the final knockout stage, called the golden square. Clubs were allowed to sign players on a professional basis making the league semi professional.

In 2007 It was decided to split the two stages, with the league reverting to a standard double round-robin competition, and a new domestic competition cup competition formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Champions Cup". This cup will feature the top six finishers in the league plus the winners of the Crown Prince Cup and the Prince Faisal Cup. This format will take effect from the 2007/2008 season onwards.

Qualification and prize money Edit

The top four teams in the league qualifiy to the AFC Asian Champions League group stage. The Top six qualify to Champions Cup.

Prize money:

  • First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals

List of teams (2010/11 season) Edit

List of champions Edit

No. Season Champion
1 1976/77 Al-Hilal
2 1977/78 Al-Ahli
3 1978/79 Al-Hilal
4 1979/80 Al-Nasr
5 1980/81 Al-Nasr
6 1981/82 Al-Ittihad
7 1982/83 Al-Ettifaq
8 1983/84 Al-Ahli
9 1984/85 Al-Hilal
10 1985/86 Al-Hilal
11 1986/87 Al-Ettifaq
12 1987/88 Al-Hilal
13 1988/89 Al-Nasr
14 1989/90 Al-Hilal
15 1990/91 Al-Shabab
16 1991/92 Al-Shabab
17 1992/93 Al-Shabab
No. Season Champion
18 1993/94 Al-Nasr
19 1994/95 Al-Nasr
20 1995/96 Al-Hilal
21 1996/97 Al-Ittihad
22 1997/98 Al-Hilal
23 1998/99 Al-Ittihad
24 1999/00 Al-Ittihad
25 2000/01 Al-Ittihad
26 2001/02 Al-Hilal
27 2002/03 Al-Ittihad
28 2003/04 Al-Shabab
29 2004/05 Al-Hilal
30 2005/06 Al-Shabab
31 2006/07 Al-Ittihad
32 2007/08 Al-Hilal
33 2008/09 Al-Ittihad
34 2009/10 Al-Hilal

Performance by clubEdit

Most successful clubsEdit

No. Club Winners Winning Years
1 Al-Hilal
12
1977, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010
2 Al-Ittihad <center>8 1982, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009
3 Al-Nasr <center>5 1980, 1981, 1989, 1994, 1995
Al-Shabab <center>5 1991, 1992, 1993, 2004, 2006
5 Al-Ahli <center>2 1978 , 1984
Al-Ettifaq <center>2 1983, 1987

Total titles won by town or cityEdit

Town or city Number of titles Clubs
Riyadh <center> 22 Al-Hilal (12), Al-Nasr (5), Al-Shabab (5)
Jeddah <center> 10 Al-Ittihad (8), Al-Ahli (2)
Dammam <center> 2 Al-Ettifaq (2)

TopscorersEdit

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1976-77 Template:Flagicon Nasser Eid Al-Qadisiya 12
1977-78 Template:Flagicon Mattamd Khojali Al-Ahli 14
1978-79 Template:Flagicon Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 13
1979-80 Template:Flagicon Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 17
1980-81 Template:Flagicon Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 21
1981-82 Template:Flagicon Khalid Al-Ma'ajil Al-Shabab 22
1982-83 Template:Flagicon Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 14
1983-84 Template:Flagicon Hussam Abu Dawood Al-Ahli 14
1984-85 Template:Flagicon Hathal Dosari Al-Hilal 15
1985-86 Template:Flagicon Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 15
1986-87 Template:Flagicon Mohammad Suwaidi Al-Ittihad 17
1987-88 Template:Flagicon Khalid Al-Ma'ajil Al-Shabab 12
1988-89 Template:Flagicon Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 19
1989-90 Template:Flagicon Sami Al-Jaber Al-Hilal 16
1990-91 Template:Flagicon Fahad Al-Mehallel Al-Shabab 20
1991-92 Template:Flagicon Saeed Al-Owairan Al-Shabab 16
1992-93 Template:Flagicon Sami Al-Jaber Al-Hilal 18
1993-94 Template:Flagicon Moussa Ndao Al-Hilal 15
1994-95 Template:Flagicon Fahd Al-Hamdan Al-Riyadh 15
1995-96 Template:Flagicon Ohene Kennedy Al-Nassr 14
1996-97 Template:Flagicon Ahmed Bahja Al-Ittihad 21
1997-98 Template:Flagicon Sulaiman Al-Hadaithy Al-Najma 15
1998-99 Template:Flagicon Obeid Al-Dosari Al-Wahda 20
1999-00 Template:Flagicon Hamzah Idris Al-Ittihad 33
2000-01 Template:Flagicon Paulo De Silva Al-Ettifaq 13
2001-02 Template:Flagicon Dane Valle Al-Riyadh 10
2002-03 Template:Flagicon Carlos Tenorio Al-Nassr 15
2003-04 Template:Flagicon Godwin Attram Al-Shabab 15
2004-05 Template:Flagicon Sergio Ricardo Al-Ittihad 15
2005-06 Template:Flagicon Essa Al-Mehyani Al-Wahda 16
2006-07 Template:Flagicon Godwin Attram Al-Shabab 13
2007-08 Template:Flagicon Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 18
2008-09 Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon
Nasser Al-Shamrani
Hicham Aboucherouane
Al-Shabab
Al-Ittihad
12
2009-10 Template:Flagicon Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Al-Hilal 12

See also Edit

External links Edit


Template:Saudi Professional League seasons

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