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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.

Iraqi Premier League
Season2002–03
ChampionsAl-Shorta
(3rd title)
2003 Arab Unified Club ChampionshipAl-Shorta
2004 AFC Champions LeagueAl-Shorta
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2003–04 Arab Champions LeagueAl-Talaba
Al-Zawraa
Top goalscorerAhmad Mnajed
(15 goals)

The Iraq Football Association (IFA) named Al-Shorta as the champions, as reported by both the official Asian Football Confederation website[1] and the official Iraq Sport website,[2] 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.

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League tableEdit

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
3 Al-Najaf 19 14 4 1 35 9 +26 46
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
6 Al-Minaa 19 10 2 7 20 15 +5 32
7 Al-Mosul 19 8 4 7 24 30 –6 28
8 Al-Karkh 19 6 8 5 23 15 +8 26
9 Erbil 19 6 7 6 30 24 +6 25
10 Zakho 19 6 7 6 20 17 +3 25
11 Duhok 19 7 4 8 24 31 –7 25
12 Al-Difaa Al-Jawi 19 6 4 9 21 27 –6 22
13 Al-Nasiriya 19 5 4 10 17 40 –23 19
14 Samaraa 19 4 6 9 14 24 –10 18
15 Al-Samawa 19 4 5 10 15 35 –20 17
16 Al-Sinaa 19 2 9 8 10 17 –7 15
17 Al-Jaish 19 3 6 10 14 30 –16 15
18 Al-Naft 19 2 8 9 14 29 –15 14
19 Kirkuk 19 2 7 10 10 28 –18 13
20 Al-Basra 19 1 5 13 9 36 –27 8

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.

Top goalscorersEdit

Pos Scorer Goals Team
1
Ahmad Mnajed
15
Al-Shorta
2
Hesham Mohammed
12
Al-Zawraa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Talaba lift delayed Iraq Cup". Asian Football Confederation. 26 August 2003. Archived from the original on 28 August 2003.
  2. ^ "Iraqi League football is back". Iraq Sport. 10 January 2004. Archived from the original on 10 April 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2019.

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