2011–12 Liga Leumit

The 2011–12 Liga Leumit was the thirteen season since its introduction in 1999 and the 70th season of second-tier football in Israel. It began on 19 August 2011 and ended on 18 May 2012.

Liga Leumit
Season2011–12
ChampionsHapoel Ramat Gan
PromotedHapoel Ramat Gan
RelegatedIroni Bat Yam
Hapoel Herzliya
Maccabi Be'er Sheva
Matches played276
Goals scored655 (2.37 per match)
Top goalscorerMurad Abu Anza (19)

A total of sixteen teams were contesting in the league, including twelfth sides from the 2010–11 season, two promoted teams from the 2010–11 Liga Alef and two relegated teams from the 2010–11 Israeli Premier League.

Changes from 2010–11 seasonEdit

Structural changesEdit

Team changesEdit

Ironi Ramat HaSharon and Hapoel Rishon LeZion were directly promoted to the 2011–12 Israeli Premier League after finishing the 2010–11 season in the two top places.

Hapoel Ashkelon and Hapoel Ramat Gan were directly relegated to the 2011–12 Liga Leumit after finishing the 2010–11 Israeli Premier League season in the two bottom places.

OverviewEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Stadium Capacity
Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium 06,500
Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan Winter Stadium 08,000
Hapoel Ashkelon Sala Stadium 5,250
Hapoel Bnei Lod Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium 0006,500[A]
Hapoel Herzliya Herzliya Municipal Stadium 08,100
Hapoel Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 21,600
Hapoel Kfar Saba Levita Stadium 05,800
Hapoel Nazareth Illit Green Stadium 04,000
Hapoel Ra'anana Levita Stadium 0005,800[A]
Hapoel Ramat Gan Winter Stadium 0008,000[A]
Ironi Bat Yam Bat Yam Municipal Stadium 03,100
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth Ilut Stadium 04,932
Maccabi Be'er Sheva Vasermil Stadium 13,000
Maccabi Herzliya Herzliya Municipal Stadium 08,100
Maccabi Umm al-Fahm HaShalom Stadium 7,000
Sektzia Nes Tziona Ness Ziona Stadium 03,500

^ ^ ^ The club is playing their home games at a neutral venue because their own ground does not meet Premier League requirements.

Regular seasonEdit

Regular season tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hapoel Ramat Gan 30 18 5 7 44 20 +24 59 Top Playoff
2 Hapoel Bnei Lod 30 17 8 5 43 26 +17 59
3 Maccabi Herzliya 30 12 13 5 30 20 +10 49
4 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 30 14 7 9 41 36 +5 49
5 Hapoel Ra'anana 30 13 9 8 34 22 +12 48
6 Hapoel Jerusalem 30 12 8 10 39 33 +6 44
7 Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 30 12 8 10 28 31 −3 44 Middle Playoff
8 Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 30 11 9 10 40 35 +5 42
9 Hapoel Kfar Saba 30 11 8 11 36 30 +6 41
10 Hapoel Ashkelon 30 10 10 10 35 37 −2 40
11 Sektzia Nes Tziona 30 9 12 9 44 37 +7 39 Bottom Playoff
12 Ironi Bat Yam 30 8 8 14 30 38 −8 32
13 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 30 8 8 14 25 45 −20 32
14 Hapoel Nazareth Illit 30 8 6 16 25 42 −17 29[a]
15 Maccabi Be'er Sheva 30 6 7 17 33 51 −18 25
16 Hapoel Herzliya 30 5 6 19 20 44 −24 21
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match. Winners of 2011–12 Israel State Cup qualify for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
Notes:
  1. ^ Hapoel Nazareth Illit were deducted one point.

Regular season resultsEdit

Home \ Away BTR HAR HAS HBL HHE HJE HKS HNI HRA HRG IBY MAN MBS MHE MUF SNT
Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 1–1 2–2 2–3 0–0 3–2 0–0 3–0[a] 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–3 4–2 1–0 1–2 0–0
Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 0–2 0–0 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–2
Hapoel Ashkelon 1–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–2 1–0 0–0 5–1 2–1 2–1 2–3 0–0
Hapoel Bnei Lod 0–0 2–0 1–0 4–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1
Hapoel Herzliya 0–2 3–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–4
Hapoel Jerusalem 3–2 1–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 3–0 0–3 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1
Hapoel Kfar Saba 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 4–3 3–1 2–2
Hapoel Nazareth Illit 1–3 0–0 1–2 1–3 4–1 1–0 0–4 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 0–0
Hapoel Ra'anana 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0
Hapoel Ramat Gan 2–1 0–1 4–1 3–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 4–0 0–0
Ironi Bat Yam 3–1 2–2 0–0 1–3 1–0 3–1 1–3 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–2
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 1–3 3–0 2–0 0–4 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1
Maccabi Be'er Sheva 4–1 2–1 3–5 1–3 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–3 2–4 1–2 0–1 1–1
Maccabi Herzliya 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0
Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 1–0 0–2 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–3
Sektzia Nes Tziona 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 1–4 2–0 1–3 0–1 2–5 4–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–1
Source: Israel Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Hapoel Nazareth Illit received a technical loss of 3–0 to Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla for fielding an ineligible player. The original game finished in a 0–0 draw.[1]

PlayoffsEdit

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 30 games):

Rounds
31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th
1 – 6
2 – 5
3 – 4
1 – 2
5 – 3
6 – 4
2 – 6
3 – 1
4 – 5
1 – 4
2 – 3
6 – 5
3 – 6
4 – 2
5 – 1
07 – 10
8 – 9
7 – 8
10 – 90
08 – 10
9 – 7
0
0
0
0
11 – 16
12 – 15
13 – 14
11 – 12
15 – 13
16 – 14
12 – 16
13 – 11
14 – 15
11 – 14
12 – 13
16 – 15
13 – 16
14 – 12
15 – 11

Top PlayoffEdit

The points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up) before the start of the playoff. Thus, Hapoel Ramat Gan started with 30 points, Hapoel Bnei Lod with 30, Maccabi Ahi Nazareth with 25, Maccabi Herzliya with 25, Hapoel Ra'anana with 24, and Hapoel Jerusalem started with 22.

Top Playoff tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hapoel Ramat Gan (O, P) 35 21 6 8 54 26 +28 37[a][b] Qualification to Promotion Playoff
2 Hapoel Bnei Lod 35 20 9 6 56 35 +21 37[a][b]
3 Maccabi Herzliya 35 16 13 6 42 24 +18 37[a]
4 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 35 16 7 12 43 47 −4 31
5 Hapoel Ra'anana 35 14 9 12 37 30 +7 27
6 Hapoel Jerusalem 35 13 8 14 44 40 +4 25
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
(O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Because all three teams finished with the same number of points, the two teams with the better goal difference will face each other in a one-leg match to decide the division winner which will be promoted to the 2012–13 Israeli Premier League.
  2. ^ a b Hapoel Bnei Lod and Hapoel Ramat Gan were both deducted three points after the teams had an on-field brawl between them after their match against each other ended 1–1.[2]

Top Playoff resultsEdit

Home \ Away HBL HJE HRA HRG MAN MHE
Hapoel Bnei Lod 4–3 1–0 1–5
Hapoel Jerusalem 0–1 0–1
Hapoel Ra'anana 2–3 0–3
Hapoel Ramat Gan 1–1 0–2 3–0
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 0–6 1–0
Maccabi Herzliya 1–0 1–3 2–0
Source: Israel Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion playoffEdit

The 1st-placed team Hapoel Ramat Gan faced the 2nd-placed team Hapoel Bnei Lod. The winner Hapoel Ramat Gan earned a spot in the 2012–13 Israeli Premier League. The match took place on 18 May 2012.

Middle PlayoffEdit

The points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up) before the start of the playoff. Thus, Maccabi Umm al-Fahm started with 22 points, Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla with 21, Hapoel Kfar Saba with 21, and Hapoel Ashkelon started with 20.

Middle Playoff tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7 Hapoel Kfar Saba 33 12 10 11 42 34 +8 26
8 Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 33 12 10 11 48 43 +5 25
9 Hapoel Ashkelon 33 11 12 10 42 43 −1 25
10 Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 33 12 9 12 30 36 −6 23
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match

Middle Playoff resultsEdit

Home \ Away BTR HAS HKS MUF
Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 3–3 3–5
Hapoel Ashkelon 1–1
Hapoel Kfar Saba 0–0
Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 0–2 2–3
Source: Israel Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Bottom PlayoffEdit

The points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up) before the start of the playoff. Thus, Sektzia Nes Tziona started with 20 points, Ironi Bat Yam with 16, Hakoah Ramat Gan with 16, Hapoel Nazareth Illit with 14, Maccabi Be'er Sheva with 13, and Hapoel Herzliya started with 11.

Bottom Playoff tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
11 Sektzia Nes Tziona 35 10 14 11 50 48 +2 25
12 Hapoel Nazareth Illit 35 11 8 16 35 47 −12 25[a]
13 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 35 10 11 14 34 50 −16 25
14 Ironi Bat Yam (R) 35 9 10 16 34 43 −9 21 Relegation to Liga Alef
15 Maccabi Be'er Sheva (R) 35 7 8 20 39 58 −19 17
16 Hapoel Herzliya (R) 35 6 8 21 25 51 −26 16
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
(R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Hapoel Nazareth Illit were deducted one point

Bottom Playoff resultsEdit

Home \ Away HAR HHE HNI IBY MBS SNT
Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 3–1 1–1 2–2
Hapoel Herzliya 1–1 2–1
Hapoel Nazareth Illit 2–1 3–1
Ironi Bat Yam 1–1 1–0 0–0
Maccabi Be'er Sheva 0–2 4–0
Sektzia Nes Tziona 1–1 1–3 2–1
Source: Israel Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Murad Abu Anza Hapoel Bnei Lod 19
2   Osei Mawuli Hapoel Ashkelon 18
3   Ran Ben Shimon Ironi Bat Yam 14
4   Adam Mizrahi Hapoel Jerusalem 13
5   Lior Asulin Hapoel Ramat Gan 12
  Ran Itzhak1 Hapoel Kfar Saba 12
  Serge Ayeli Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 12
  Itzhak Abushdid Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 12
  Yossi Asayag Hapoel Ra'anana 12
10   Adrián Fernández Hapoel Ramat Gan 11
  Yadin Zaris Maccabi Herzliya 11
Total 655
Average per game 2.37

Source: Israel Football Association

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

DisciplineEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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