1954–55 Liga Alef
The 1954–55 Liga Alef season was the last in which it was the Israel's top football league, as the following season it was replaced by Liga Leumit and became the country's second tier. It consisted of 14 clubs, the 12 from the top division in the previous season and two promoted clubs (Hapoel Hadera and Beitar Jerusalem). It used two points for a win and one for a draw.
|Champions||Hapoel Petah Tikva|
|Relegated||Beitar Jerusalem |
|Goals scored||676 (3.71 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Nisim Elmaliah (30)|
The title was won by Hapoel Petah Tikva, the club's first championship, whilst Hapoel Hadera and Hapoel Balfouria (who had finished bottom the previous season) were relegated automatically. Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Kfar Saba took part in the promotion/relegation play-offs with the top two clubs from Liga Bet, in which Kfar Saba retained their place in the top division, but Beitar were relegated.
|1||Hapoel Petah Tikva||26||18||4||4||68||23||2.957||40||Champions|
|2||Maccabi Tel Aviv||26||17||4||5||84||28||3.000||38|
|3||Hapoel Tel Aviv||26||12||9||5||49||23||2.130||33|
|5||Beitar Tel Aviv||26||12||5||9||64||47||1.362||29|
|7||Maccabi Petah Tikva||26||10||7||9||37||41||0.902||27|
|10||Hapoel Ramat Gan||26||10||3||13||35||41||0.854||23|
|11||Beitar Jerusalem||26||8||5||13||37||59||0.627||21||Relegation Playoffs|
|12||Hapoel Kfar Saba||26||6||6||14||38||46||0.826||18|
|13||Hapoel Hadera||26||7||2||17||36||53||0.679||16||Relegated to Liga Bet|
Positions by roundEdit
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 17.
|Qualification to relegation play-offs|
|Relegation to 1955–56 Liga Bet|
A promotion-relegation play-off between the 12th and 11th-placed teams in Liga Alef, Hapoel Kfar Saba and Beitar Jerusalem, and the winners of the regional divisions of Liga Bet, Maccabi Jaffa and Hapoel Kiryat Haim. Each team played the other three once.
|22 October 1955||Hapoel Kfar Saba||3–1||Beitar Jerusalem||Netanya|
|Report (p. 8)||7' Elfasi||Stadium: Sar-Tov Stadium|
Referee: Reuven Frizner
|22 October 1955||Maccabi Jaffa||4–1||Hapoel Kiryat Haim||Petah Tikva|
Miranda 78', 84'
B. Cohen 79'
|Report (p. 8)||34' Handler||Stadium: Maccabi Ground|
Referee: Aharon Werner
|29 October 1955||Hapoel Kiryat Haim||3–2||Beitar Jerusalem||Petah Tikva|
|Handler 14', 40'
|Report (p. 8)|| 6' Zion
|Stadium: Hapoel Ground|
Referee: Arie Ben-Rubi
|29 October 1955||Hapoel Kfar Saba||1–1||Maccabi Jaffa||Haifa|
|Glazer 58'||Report (p. 8)||59' B. Cohen||Stadium: Kiryat Eliezer Stadium|
Referee: Avraham Sher
|5 November 1955||Hapoel Kiryat Haim||1–1||Hapoel Kfar Saba||Netanya|
|Hayat 47'||Report (p. 8)||78' Morovich||Stadium: Sar-Tov Stadium|
Referee: Reuven Frizner
|5 November 1955||Maccabi Jaffa||3–0||Beitar Jerusalem||Haifa|
|B. Cohen 34'
|Report (p. 8)||Stadium: Kiryat Eliezer Stadium|
Referee: Nahman Cohen
|1||Maccabi Jaffa||3||2||1||0||8||2||4.000||5||Placed in Liga Leumit|
|2||Hapoel Kfar Saba||3||1||2||0||5||3||1.667||4|
|3||Hapoel Kiryat Haim||3||1||1||1||5||7||0.714||3||Placed in Liga Alef|
- Israel - List of Final Tables RSSSF
- In the Play-offs Davar, 23.10.55, Historical Jewish Press
- In the Play-offs Davar, 30.10.55, Historical Jewish Press
- Hapoel Kfar Saba and Maccabi Jaffa promoted to Liga Leumit Davar, 6.11.55, Historical Jewish Press
- League resumes in Saturday Heruth, 2.9.55, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
- A Surprising Win for Hapoel Haifa in 49 Minutes Hadshot HaSport, 12 June 1955, p. 8 (in Hebrew)
- The Fight in Netanya was Stopped by a brawl Hadshot HaSport, 27 February 1955, p. 8 (in Hebrew)
- A Major Outrage in a Shortened Tel Aviv Derby Hadshot HaSport, 5 June 1955, p. 8 (in Hebrew)
- Nisim Elmaliah – Top Scorer 2 Dear Points, Izhar Brener, Pirsumei Sport, 1955, p. 20 (in Hebrew)