The 2002–03 A Group was the 55th season of the top Bulgarian national football league (commonly referred to as A Group) and the 79th edition of a Bulgarian national championship tournament.
|Dates||9 August 2002 – 31 May 2003|
|Goals scored||544 (2.99 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Georgi Chilikov|
Changes from last seasonEdit
Beroe, Belasitsa Petrich, and Spartak Pleven were relegated at the end of the last season. The relegated teams were replaced by three teams from B PFG. These teams were Botev Plovdiv, Dobrudzha Dobrich, and Rilski Sportist Samokov. Botev return after a one-year absence, Dobrudzha return after a two-year absence, while Rilski Sportist made their debut in the top tier of Bulgarian football.
It was contested by 14 teams, and CSKA Sofia won the championship. The Reds finished with 66 points in total, six points above archrivals Levski Sofia. CSKA Sofia qualified for the 2003-04 Champions League qualifying rounds, while Levski and third placed Litex Lovech qualified for the UEFA Cup for next season. Marek Dupnitsa qualified for the Intertoto Cup.
At the end of the season, Dobrudzha Dobrich and Rilski Sportist were relegated after just one season in the elite. Only two teams were relegated, because the league was expanded the following season from 14 to 16 teams.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||CSKA Sofia (C)||26||21||3||2||67||16||+51||66||Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round|
|2||Levski Sofia||26||19||3||4||61||19||+42||60||Qualification for UEFA Cup qualifying round|
|9||Marek||26||8||6||12||35||42||−7||30||Qualification for Intertoto Cup first round|
|13||Dobrudzha Dobrich (R)||26||4||2||20||19||73||−54||14||Relegation to 2003–04 B Group|
|14||Rilski Sportist (R)||26||1||6||19||20||63||−43||9|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th head-to-head away goals scored; 6th season goal difference; 7th season goals scored; 8th "sportsmanship" (R & Y cards); 9th draw
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
- ^ Lokomotiv Plovdiv were docked three points for failure to show in the round 17 match.
- CSKA Sofia
|11||Stoycho Mladenov, Jr.||1||(0)|
|20||João Paulo Brito||23||(8)|
- Ivanov and Deyanov left the club during a season.
|1||Georgi Chilikov||Levski Sofia||22|
|2||Martin Kushev||Slavia Sofia||17|
|3||Emil Gargorov||CSKA Sofia||14|
|4||Velizar Dimitrov||CSKA Sofia||13|
|5||Desislav Rusev||Litex Lovech||11|
|Georgi Vladimirov||Slavia Sofia|
|7||Velimir Ivanović||Slavia Sofia||9|
|Doncho Donev||Lokomotiv Plovdiv|
|Boyko Velichkov||Lokomotiv Sofia|
|Borislav Dimitrov||Botev Plovdiv|
- ^ "Стойчо тропа с юмрук по масата: Няма да ни догоните" (in Bulgarian). temasport.com. 8 September 2013.