The 2012–13 Iraqi Elite League was the 39th season of the competition since its establishment in 1974. The season began on 19 October 2012 and finished on 4 September 2013. Al-Shorta were crowned Premier League champions for the third time, finishing on 72 points, two points ahead of nearest competitors Erbil.
|Dates||19 October 2012 – 4 September 2013|
|AFC Champions League||Al-Shorta|
|Goals scored||776 (2.54 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Amjad Radhi|
|Biggest home win||Al-Zawraa 7–0 Kirkuk|
(29 April 2013)
Erbil 8–1 Al-Minaa
(27 June 2013)
|Biggest away win||Al-Sinaa 0–6 Al-Minaa|
(12 April 2013)
|Highest scoring||Erbil 8–1 Al-Minaa|
(27 June 2013)
|Longest winning run||6 games |
|Longest unbeaten run||20 games |
|Longest winless run||14 games |
|Longest losing run||12 games |
Having only managed a seventh place finish in the previous season, Al-Shorta's results improved significantly under the presidency of Ayad Bunyan and they were able to outperform favourites Erbil, Duhok, Al-Zawraa and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya.
On the final day of the season, three teams were all still in the race for the title. Al-Shorta needed a win against Al-Talaba to secure the league, whilst Erbil had to defeat Al-Najaf and hope that Al-Shorta failed to win their game if they wanted to retain their title. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya needed both Al-Shorta and Erbil to slip up and needed to defeat Masafi Al-Wasat by a large goal margin in order for them to go home with the trophy.
Five of them were in critical condition, and on June 30, Mohammed Abbas Al-Jabouri, the club's manager, died in hospital. Several teams refused to play their matches in round 25 as a result of the incident.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Al-Shorta (C)||34||20||12||2||62||29||+33||72||Qualification for the AFC Champions League preliminary round 1|
|2||Erbil||34||21||7||6||68||34||+34||70||Qualification for the AFC Cup group stage|
|15||Al-Kahrabaa (R)||33||9||7||17||30||49||−19||34[a]||Relegation to the Iraq Division One|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
- Al-Kahrabaa and Naft Al-Junoob refused to play each other in round 25 after the hospitalisation of Karbalaa's coach Mohammed Abbas Al-Jabouri. On July 27, before round 30, the IFA decided not to deduct either team any points.
|3||Mustafa Karim||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya||18|
|Player name||Scored for||Scored against||Goals||Result||Date of match|
|Jean Michel N'Lend||Al-Shorta||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya||3||4–1||18 November 2012|
|Nasser Tallaa||Al-Minaa||Sulaymaniya||4||5–2||27 January 2013|
|Amjad Radhi||Erbil||Kirkuk||3||6–0||28 January 2013|
|Amjad Radhi||Erbil||Al-Najaf||3||4–1||28 February 2013|
|Hassan Hamoud||Al-Minaa||Al-Sinaa||3||6–0||12 April 2013|
|Alaa Abdul-Zahra||Duhok||Kirkuk||3||4–0||19 April 2013|
|Emad Mohammed||Al-Zawraa||Kirkuk||3||7–0||29 April 2013|
|Mustafa Jawda||Al-Kahrabaa||Erbil||3||3–5||6 May 2013|
|Younis Shakor||Zakho||Al-Kahrabaa||3||6–2||4 September 2013|
|Firas Ismail||Zakho||Al-Kahrabaa||3||6–2||4 September 2013|
|Iraqi Elite League Media Coverage|
|Iraq||Al-Iraqiya Sports Channel||3 matches per round|