1946–47 Liga Bet

The 1946–47 Liga Bet season was the second tier season of league football in the British Mandate for Palestine. The league covered wider areas as North and South[1] (previously played in smaller regional divisions). This was also the last completed season under the British Mandate for Palestine.[citation needed]

Maccabi Haifa (champions of the North Division) and Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv (champions of the South Division) promoted to the top tier. However, due to outbreak of the 1947–1949 Palestine war, which caused the abandon of the 1947–48 season, they had to wait until the 1949–50 Israeli League season.[citation needed]

Following the Israeli Declaration of Independence, second tier football in Israel rearranged, and most of the participating clubs in the 1946–47 Liga Bet season continued to play in the new Liga Meuhedet (Special League), which became a temporary second division of Israeli football in the 1949–50 season.[citation needed]

North DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Maccabi Haifa 24 19 3 2 81 22 +59 41 Promoted to Palestine League
2 Hapoel Netanya 24 19 2 3 72 19 +53 40
3 Hapoel Hadera 24 14 2 8 68 34 +34 30
4 Maccabi Zikhron Ya'akov 24 13 3 8 72 39 +33 29
5 Hapoel Balfouria 24 13 3 8 57 40 +17 29
6 Sport Club Atlit 24 13 2 9 61 40 +21 28
7 Beitar Netanya 24 13 2 9 56 40 +16 28
8 Hapoel Kiryat Haim 24 9 2 13 45 55 −10 20
9 Maccabi Hadera 24 8 1 15 49 72 −23 17
10 Hapoel Kfar Ata 24 8 0 16 39 68 −29 16
11 Hakoah 09 Haifa 24 7 1 16 44 70 −26 15
12 Degel Yehuda Haifa 24 5 1 18 21 65 −44 11
13 Brit Poalei Eretz Yisrael Haifa 24 0 0 24 5 106 −101 0

South DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv 16 13 3 0 56 15 +41 29 Promoted to Palestine League
2 Hakoah Tel Aviv[a] 16 12 2 2 51 18 +33 26
3 Hapoel Kfar Saba 16 10 2 4 63 22 +41 22
4 Maccabi Ramat Gan 16 9 0 7 42 31 +11 18
5 Maccabi HaTzafon Tel Aviv 16 8 0 8 34 35 −1 16
6 Maccabi Gedera 16 7 1 8 36 47 −11 15
7 Hapoel Ra'anana 16 6 0 10 34 35 −1 12
8 Beitar Ramat Gan 16 2 0 14 17 67 −50 4
9 Dan Tel Aviv 16 1 0 15 10 73 −63 2
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Before the start of the season, Hakoah Tel Aviv were due to play at the top tier, whilst Hakoah 09 Tel Aviv were due to play at Liga Bet.[2] However, Hakoah Tel Aviv withdrew from the top tier,[3] and in the following month, merged with Hakoah 09 Tel Aviv.[4] The merged club continued in Liga Bet as Hakoah Tel Aviv.

Beitar Jerusalem, Beitar Petah Tikva, Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv, Degel Zion Tel Aviv, Hapoel Giv'atayim and Hapoel Jerusalem were all included in the South division before the start of the season.[2] Beitar Jerusalem and Degel Zion Tel Aviv withdrew shortly after the season started.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Light and shadow in the Eretz Yisraeli Football Hamashkif , 3.8.47, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b In the EI Football Association Hamashkif, 22.9.46, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ a b From the EI Football Association news Hamashkif, 3.11.46, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ הבקר Sport HaBoker, 29.12.46, Israeli Football Association (in Hebrew)