2017–18 Football Superleague of Kosovo
The 2017–18 Football Superleague of Kosovo season, also known as the Vala Superleague of Kosovo for sponsorship reasons, is the 19th season of top-tier football in Kosovo. The season began on 18 August 2017 and concluded on 20 May 2018. Trepça'89 are the defending champions from the previous season. A total of 12 teams are competing in the league: nine teams from the 2016–17 season and three promoted from the 2016–17 First League.
|Dates||18 August 2017 – 20 May 2018|
|Champions||Drita (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||469 (2.24 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Otto John|
(16 goals each)
|Biggest home win||Drenica 6–2 Vllaznia Pozheran|
(28 April 2018)
|Biggest away win||Besa Pejë 1–6 Llapi|
(22 November 2017)
|Highest scoring||Drenica 6–2 Vllaznia Pozheran|
(28 April 2018)
|Longest winning run||28 matches|
|Longest unbeaten run||18 matches|
|Longest winless run||25 matches|
|Longest losing run||25 matches|
2018–19 →All statistics correct as of 20 May 2018.
Teams and stadiumsEdit
Trepça and Hajvalia were relegated after finishing the previous season in eleventh and twelfth-place respectively. They were replaced by the champions and runners-up of the 2016–17 First League, Flamurtari and Vëllaznimi respectively. Vllaznia Pozheran defeated Ferizaj in a play-off to claim their top-flight spot.
- Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
|Besa Pejë||Peć||Shahin Haxhiislami|
|Vllaznia Pozheran||Požaranje||Gjilan City|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Drita (C)||33||18||13||2||53||21||+32||67||Qualification for the Champions League preliminary round|
|2||Prishtina||33||18||10||5||39||18||+21||64||Qualification for the Europa League preliminary round|
|9||Vëllaznimi (R)||33||10||14||9||29||28||+1||44||Qualification for the relegation play-offs|
|11||Besa Pejë (R)||33||6||4||23||28||64||−36||22||Relegation to First Football League of Kosovo|
|12||Vllaznia Pozheran (R)||33||3||5||25||16||68||−52||14|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goal scored; 4) Head-to-Head points; 5) Head-to-Head goal difference; 6) Head-to-Head away goal scored; 7) Head-to-Head goal scored; 8) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion or teams for relegation).
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Each team plays three times against every opponent (either twice at home and once away or once at home and twice away) for a total of 33 games played each.
The ninth and tenth-placed teams, Vëllaznimi and Flamurtari respectively, each paired off against the third and fourth-placed teams from the 2017–18 First Football League of Kosovo season, Vushtrria and Ferizaj respectively; the two winners will play in the top-flight next season. As with previous seasons, both play-offs will be played on neutral ground.
|J. Topalli 83'||Report||A. Ajzeraj 14'|
Flamurtari retained their spot in 2018–19 Football Superleague of Kosovo; Vushtrria remained in 2018–19 First Football League of Kosovo.
Ferizaj were promoted to 2018–19 Football Superleague of Kosovo; Vëllaznimi were relegated to 2018–19 First Football League of Kosovo.
- As of matches played on 20 May 2018.
|6||Fetim Kasapi||Besa Pejë||7|
|Almedin Murati||Vllaznia Pozheran|
Notes and referencesEdit
- Match awarded 3–0 to Vëllaznimi due to crowd violence caused by the Flamurtari fans; the match was abandoned in the 90th minute, with the result being 1–1.
- "Top golashënuesit" [Top scorers]. Borozani (in Albanian). Retrieved 18 August 2017.
- "Vendimi i KG-së për ndeshjen Flamurtari – Vëllaznimi" [The CC's decision on the Flamurtari – Vëllaznimi game]. Football Federation of Kosovo (in Albanian). 23 October 2017.