1965–66 Iraq Central FA Premier League

The 1965–66 Iraq Central FA Premier League was the 18th season of the Iraq Central FA League (the top division of football in Baghdad and its neighbouring cities from 1948 to 1973), and the first under the name of Premier League. It kicked off on 15 October 1965 with its last matches being played on 2 June 1966.

Iraq Central FA League
Season1965–66
ChampionsAl-Firqa Al-Thalitha
(1st title)
Top goalscorerNouri Dhiab
Mahmoud Assad
(7 goals each)

With Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha effectively guaranteed their first title, a decision to end the league with three games still to play was made on 11 July 1966 following a meeting held between the Iraq Central Football Association and the participating teams two days earlier. This was the first season that featured a double round-robin format where each team was scheduled to play all the other teams in the league twice, once home and once away.[1]

Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha's Shidrak Yousif won the best player award while their duo Nouri Dhiab and Mahmoud Assad shared the top scorer award with seven goals each. Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha also beat Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 in the Iraq Central FA Perseverance Cup on 9 June 1966.[2]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Qualification
1 Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha 9 5 4 0 25 6 4.167 14 League Champions
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 8 4 2 2 18 13 1.385 10
3 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab 9 3 4 2 14 12 1.167 10
4 Aliyat Al-Shorta 10 3 2 5 15 21 0.714 8
5 Al-Kuliya Al-Askariya 8 2 2 4 9 15 0.600 6
6 Al-Firqa Al-Khamisa 10 2 2 6 9 23 0.391 6
Source: Ali Al-Sabti Archive

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away FKH FTH ASH KUL QWJ MAS
Al-Firqa Al-Khamisa 1–1 2–1 0–4 1–1 1–2
Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha 6–0 0–0 4–0 2–2 2–2
Aliyat Al-Shorta 2–1 1–4 1–2 3–5 3–2
Al-Kuliya Al-Askariya 0–3 1–2 1–1
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3–0 0–4 3–1 3–0 1–2
Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–1
Source: Ali Al-Sabti Archive
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Al-Sabti, Ali (2018). Iraqi League History 1956-1974. Iraq.
  2. ^ Iraq 1962/63-1972/73

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