2002–03 Iraqi First Division
The 2002–03 Iraqi First Division kicked off on September 6, 2002. The name of the football league was changed from Iraqi Elite League to Iraqi First Division. The season had to be cut short in March 2003 after 29 rounds due to the start of the Iraq War.
|2003 Arab Unified Club Championship||Al-Shorta|
|2004 AFC Champions League||Al-Shorta|
|2003–04 Arab Champions League||Al-Talaba|
|Top goalscorer||Ahmad Mnajed|
The Iraq Football Association (IFA) named Al-Shorta as the champions, as reported by both the official Asian Football Confederation website and the official Iraq Sport website, as Al-Shorta were leading the league table at the halfway stage of the season when each team had played each other once.
Al-Shorta also won the Iraqi Elite Cup in the 2002–03 season to complete a domestic double, but lost the final of the 2002–03 Iraq FA Cup, thus missing out on the chance of becoming the third Iraqi club to win the domestic treble. As a result of their league win, Al-Shorta qualified for both the 2003 Arab Unified Club Championship and the 2004 AFC Champions League, while the IFA decided to allocate the remaining three continental slots at random to the other three Baghdad Derby clubs due to the premature end to the competition.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Al-Shorta (C)||19||15||3||1||46||12||+34||48||2004 AFC Champions League|
|2003 Arab Unified Club Championship|
|2||Al-Talaba||19||15||1||3||46||12||+34||46||2003–04 Arab Champions League 1|
|4||Al-Zawraa||19||11||6||2||36||13||+26||39||2003–04 Arab Champions League 1|
|5||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya||19||12||2||5||36||19||+17||38||2004 AFC Champions League 1|
1 There were five slots for continental competitions available for Iraqi teams: one slot for the 2003 Arab Unified Club Championship, two slots for the 2004 AFC Champions League and two slots for the 2003–04 Arab Champions League. As league champions, Al-Shorta took the 2003 Arab Unified Club Championship slot and one of the 2004 AFC Champions League slots. Due to the premature end to the competition, the IFA decided to allocate the remaining three continental slots at random to the other three Baghdad Derby clubs; Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya were given a spot in the 2004 AFC Champions League while Al-Talaba and Al-Zawraa entered the 2003–04 Arab Champions League.
- Iraqi Football Website
- AFC Article
- IraqSport Article
- BBC Article
- CNN Article
- SportGram Article
- Soccer Stories: Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore, and Amazing Feats
- Soccer America Article
- Sport Today Article
- The Age Article
- ESPN Article
- Kooora Forums
- Al-Shorta SC Article
- Soccer Iraq Article
- High Beam Article[dead link]