2016–17 Macedonian First Football League

The 2016–17 Macedonian First League was the 25th season of the Macedonian First Football League, the highest football league of Macedonia. The fixtures were announced on 25 July 2016.[1] It began on 7 August 2016 and ended on 31 May 2017 with a winter break which began on 4 December 2016 and ended on 19 February 2017. From that season the format was changed which will each team be played the other sides four times on home-away basis, for a total of 36 matches each instead of play-off and play-out after 27th round.[2]

Macedonian First League
Season2016–17
Dates7 August 2016 –
31 May 2017
ChampionsVardar
10th Macedonian title
11th domestic title
RelegatedBregalnica
Makedonija GP
Champions LeagueVardar
Europa LeagueShkëndija
Rabotnički
Pelister
Matches played180
Goals scored457 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorerBesart Ibraimi
(20 goals)
Biggest home winVardar 6–0 Makedonija GP
(7 May 2017)
Biggest away winMakedonija GP 0–5 Vardar
(18 March 2017)
Highest scoringRenova 4–4 Shkëndija
(28 May 2017)
Makedonija GP 5–3 Bregalnica
(28 May 2017)
Bregalnica 6–2 Rabotnichki
(31 May 2017)
Longest winning run7 games
Vardar
Longest unbeaten run14 games
Vardar
Longest winless run17 games
Bregalnica
Longest losing run6 games
Makedonija GP

The league will be contested by 10 teams. Vardar are the defending champions, having won their ninth title in 2015–16.

Promotion and relegationEdit

At the start of the 2016–17 season

Promoted from 2015–16 Second League

Relegated to 2016–17 Second League

At the end of the 2016–17 season

Promoted from 2016–17 Second League

Relegated to 2017–18 Second League

1 Mladost Carev Dvor was declined their participation from the Second League due to financial problems.[2]

Participating teamsEdit

Location of teams in the 2016–17 Macedonian First League
Club City Stadium Capacity
Bregalnica Shtip Gradski stadion Shtip 4,000
Makedonija GP Skopje Stadion Gjorche Petrov 3,000
Pelister Bitola Stadion Tumbe Kafe 8,000
Pobeda Prilep Stadion Goce Delchev 15,000
Rabotnički Skopje Philip II Arena 33,460
Renova Djepchishte City Stadium Tetovo 15,000
Shkëndija Tetovo City Stadium Tetovo 15,000
Shkupi Skopje Chair Stadium 6,000
Sileks Kratovo Stadion Sileks 1,800
Vardar Skopje Philip II Arena 33,460

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor(s)
Bregalnica   Nikola Kuzmanov   Goran Zdravkov Sportika Gogov Hotel
Makedonija GP   Bobi Stojkoski   Kristijan Stojkoski Adidas Livinn
Pobeda   Zoran Shterjovski   Blagoja Gesoski Jako Krali Marko/Vitaminka
Pelister     Naci Şensoy   Goran Pashovski Givova ZK Pelagonija
Rabotnički   Viktor Trenevski   Dushko Trajchevski Zeus
Renova   Qatip Osmani   Fisnik Nuhi Jako Renova
Shkëndija   Erhan Salimi (interim)   Ferhan Hasani Macron Ecolog
Shkupi   Ardijan Nuhiji   Suat Zendeli Nike S&P
Sileks   Zhikica Tasevski   Marjan Mickov Legea
Vardar   Goce Sedloski   Boban Grncharov Hummel Zdravje

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Vardar (C) 36 25 8 3 75 24 +51 83 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Shkëndija 36 20 10 6 71 39 +32 70 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
3 Rabotnički 36 14 12 10 49 41 +8 54
4 Pelister 36 14 10 12 44 35 +9 52
5 Renova 36 13 13 10 42 37 +5 52
6 Sileks 36 11 14 11 41 43 −2 47
7 Pobeda 36 10 11 15 34 50 −16 41
8 Shkupi (O) 36 8 13 15 27 39 −12 37 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
9 Bregalnica (R) 36 4 12 20 39 69 −30 24 Relegation to the Macedonian Second League
10 Makedonija GP (R) 36 4 11 21 35 80 −45 23
Source: MacedonianFootball.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Draw; 9) Play-off. (Note: Criteria 2, 3 and 8 is only used if not deciding Champion, teams for UEFA competitions or relegation).[3]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
Notes:

ResultsEdit

Each team plays home-and-away against every other team in the league twice, for a total of 36 matches each.

Positions by roundEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536
Vardar733211111111111111111111111111111111
Shkëndija367564222222222222222222222222222222
Rabotnički111322443333444444344333333333333333
Pelister212133334444333333433444444444444444
Renova545645555555555566555656666555555555
Sileks854456667777666655666565555666666666
Pobeda99101088988888888888787888888888887777
Shkupi676777776666777777878777777777778888
Bregalnica4899998999101010101010101010101010101010999999999109
Makedonija GjP101088101010101010999999999999999101010101010101010910
Leader and qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification for the Relegation play-offs
Relegation to the Macedonian Second League

Relegation play-offsEdit

First LegEdit

Shkupi4–1Novaci
Adem   12'
Grozdanoski   16' (o.g.)
Mbella   31'
Arif   74'
Report Naumoski   70'

Second LegEdit

Novaci1–3Shkupi
Naumoski   63' Report Ismaili   28'
Adem   50'
Mamuti   78'
Attendance: 20
Referee: Stojanche Stojanov (Štip)

Shkupi won 7–2 on aggregate.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 31 May 2017
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Besart Ibraimi Shkëndija 20
2   Igor Nedeljković Sileks 13
3   Ferhan Hasani Shkëndija 12
  Alen Jasharoski Makedonija GP
5   Dejan Blazhevski Vardar 11
  Lucas Ferreira Cardoso Pelister
  Stojancho Velinov Bregalnica & Renova
  Goran Zdravkov Bregalnica
9   Jonathan Boareto Vardar 10
10   Damir Kojašević Vardar 9
  Juan Felipe Vardar

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "РАСПОРЕД на натпревари од Прва македонска фудбалска лига, сезона 2016-2017" (PDF). FFM.mk. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Draw for new season to take place on Monday". MacedonianFootball.com. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  3. ^ "First League 2016/2017 - Season rules". Scoresway. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2017.

External linksEdit