|Champions League||Anorthosis (1st qualifying round)|
|UEFA Cup||Apollon (1st qualifying round)|
|Cup Winners' Cup||APOEL (qualifying round; via Cypriot Cup)|
|Intertoto Cup||Nea Salamis (group stage)|
|Goals scored||564 (3.1 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Michalis Konstantinou|
Fourteen teams participated in the 1996–97 Cypriot First Division. All teams played against each other twice, once at their home and once away. The team with the most points at the end of the season crowned champions. The last three teams were relegated to the 1997–98 Cypriot Second Division.
The teams had to declare their interest to participate in the 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup before the end of the championship. At the end of the championship, the higher placed team among the interested ones participated in the Intertoto Cup (if they had not secured their participation in any other UEFA competition).
Teams received three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.
Changes from previous seasonEdit
AEL Limassol, Evagoras Paphos and Omonia Aradippou were relegated from previous season and played in the 1996–97 Cypriot Second Division. They were replaced by the first three teams of the 1995–96 Cypriot Second Division, APOP Paphos. APEP and Anagennisi Deryneia.
Stadia and locationsEdit
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Anorthosis (C)||26||20||5||1||58||14||+44||65||Qualification for Champions League first qualifying round|
|2||Apollon||26||16||4||6||43||22||+21||52||Qualification for UEFA Cup first qualifying round|
|5||APOEL||26||12||4||10||57||43||+14||40||Qualification for Cup Winners' Cup qualifying round|
|7||Enosis Neon Paralimni||26||9||8||9||48||48||0||35|
|8||Nea Salamis||26||8||10||8||42||36||+6||34||Qualification for Intertoto Cup group stage|
|12||Aris (R)||26||7||7||12||33||41||−8||28||Relegation to Cypriot Second Division|
Rules for classification: 1) Points, 2) Goal differences, 3) Goals for.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated