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The 1984–85 Iraqi National League was the 11th season of the competition since its foundation in 1974. For the first time in Iraqi football history, three points were awarded for a win (this was changed back to two for the following season).

Iraqi Premier League
Season1984–85
ChampionsNone
Asian Club ChampionshipAl-Rasheed
Arab Club Champions CupAl-Rasheed

The league was abandoned even before all of the teams had played half of their games, so no champions were declared. The reason for the abandonment was because the league schedule was conflicting with the national team's crucial World Cup qualifiers, which the fans and the Iraq Football Association considered to be the priority. At the time of abandonment, Al-Talaba's Hussein Saeed was leading the goalscoring charts with 14 goals.

After the abandonment of the league, Al-Rasheed set up a tournament called the Al-Rasheed Cup containing all of the Premier League teams (except for Al-Minaa and Wahid Huzairan) as well as four lower division teams (Al-Najaf, Al-Naft, Erbil and Al-Sulaikh). Al-Rasheed won the tournament by beating Al-Zawraa 3–0 in the final.[1]

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Name changesEdit

  • Quwat Al-Emen Al-Dakhili renamed to Al-Shorta.

League table at time of abandonmentEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Rasheed 1 15 13 2 0 30 5 +25 41 1985–86 Asian Club Championship
1985 Arab Club Champions Cup
2 Al-Jaish 15 8 4 3 23 13 +10 28
3 Al-Talaba 15 6 3 6 20 10 +10 21
4 Al-Minaa 16 5 6 5 17 16 +1 21
5 Al-Tayaran 15 5 5 5 14 15 –1 20
Salahaddin 16 4 8 4 14 15 –1 20
7 Al-Tijara 15 5 5 5 11 13 –2 20
8 Al-Zawraa 13 5 4 4 19 17 +2 19
9 Al-Shorta 14 5 4 5 19 18 +1 19
10 Al-Shabab 15 5 4 6 20 21 –1 19
11 Al-Sinaa 12 5 3 4 11 10 +1 18
12 Al-Mosul 16 4 4 8 15 25 –10 16
13 Wahid Huzairan 16 2 3 11 8 25 –17 9
14 Al-Amana 15 1 3 11 10 28 –18 6

1 The Iraq Football Association decided to admit Al-Rasheed, the league leaders before the league was abandoned, into both of the major continental competitions.

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