2000–01 Liga Leumit

The 2000–01 Liga Leumit season saw Hapoel Be'er Sheva and Maccabi Kiryat Gat promoted to the Israeli Premier League, the latter for the first time in their history. Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata and Hapoel Jerusalem were relegated to Liga Artzit. Abed Titi of Maccabi Ahi Nazareth was the league's top scorer with 22 goals.

Following the first three rounds (33 games), the table was split into two, with teams from the "Upper group" and "Lower group" playing each other once more to make a total of 38 matches. The split meant that clubs in the bottom six could not finish above those in the top six, even though the four clubs finishing 7th-10th finished with more points that the 5th- and 6th-placed clubs.

Final tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 38 16 14 8 51 33 +18 62 Promoted to Premier League
2 Maccabi Kiryat Gat 38 16 13 9 55 42 +13 61
3 Beitar Avraham Be'er Sheva 38 15 15 8 61 46 +15 60
4 Hapoel Ramat Gan 38 13 13 12 45 49 −4 52
5 Hakoah Ramat Gan 38 13 10 15 53 58 −5 49
6 Hapoel Beit She'an 38 12 12 14 35 44 −9 48
7 Bnei Sakhnin 38 14 11 13 45 43 +2 51[a]
8 Hapoel Kfar Saba 38 13 12 13 48 40 +8 50[b]
9 Maccabi Herzliya 38 13 11 14 51 44 +7 50
10 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 38 14 8 16 43 45 −2 50
11 Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata[c] 38 9 14 15 55 68 −13 41 Relegated to Liga Artzit
12 Hapoel Jerusalem 38 8 11 19 37 67 −30 35
Source: rsssf.com
Notes:
  1. ^ 2 points deducted for violating of budget rules.
  2. ^ 1 point deducted for duplicating player contracts.
  3. ^ Before the start of the season, Maccabi Acre moved to Kiryat Ata and were renamed Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata.

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