2018–19 Serbian First League

The Serbian First League (Serbian: Prva Liga Srbija) is the second-highest football league in Serbia. The league is operated by the Serbian FA. 16 teams compete in the league for the 2018–19 season.

Serbian First League
Season2018–19
ChampionsTSC Bačka Topola
PromotedTSC Bačka Topola
Javor-Matis
Inđija
RelegatedBečej 1918
Novi Pazar
Teleoptik
Sloboda
Matches played296
Goals scored705 (2.38 per match)
Top goalscorerIvan Marković (29)
Biggest home winMetalac 7–0 Sloboda
Biggest away winNovi Pazar 0–5 Radnički
Highest scoringJavor-Matis 6–3 Novi Pazar
Longest winning runTSC Bačka Topola 13 games
Longest unbeaten runTSC Bačka Topola 31 games
Longest winless runNovi Pazar 23 games
Longest losing runSloboda 8 games

Format 2018–19Edit

As of the 2018-19 season, the league reverted to its previous playoff system, whereby the top 8 placed teams compete in the promoted round at the end of the season and the 8 lowest placed teams play in the relegation playoff round. The four bottom placed teams are relegated to the serbian league. The Fourteenth team from Super Liga is then sent to a playoff against the winner of the Prva Liga play off. At the end of the season, the top two teams and the winner of the play-offs are promoted to the Super Liga. The Prva liga play-offs is a knock-out competition for the teams finishing the season in third to sixth place with the winner being promoted to the Super Liga. In the play-offs, the third-placed team plays against the sixth-placed team and the fourth-placed team plays against the fifth-placed team. [1]

Team changesEdit

The following teams have changed division since the 2017–18 season.

To First LeagueEdit

Promoted from Serbian League

Relegated from Serbian SuperLiga

From First LeagueEdit

Relegated to Serbian League

Promoted to Serbian SuperLiga

2018–19 teamsEdit

Location of teams in the 2018–19 Serbian First League
Team City Stadium Capacity Kit manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
Bečej 1918 Bečej Gradski stadion kraj Tise 1,296   NAAI Gebrüder Weiss
Bežanija Belgrade Stadion Bežanije 4,000   Macron BIOeliksir
Borac Čačak Čačak Stadium 8,000   NAAI Škoda Auto
Budućnost Dobanovci Belgrade Stadion FK Budućnost 1,000   Legea
Inđija Inđija Stadion FK Inđija 4,500   NAAI ZUTI Market
Javor Ivanjica Ivanjica Stadium 4,000   Miteks Matis doo
Metalac Gornji Milanovac Stadion FK Metalac 4,400   NAAI Metalac
Novi Pazar Novi Pazar Gradski Stadion 13,000   Givova
Radnički 1923 Kragujevac Čika Dača 15,100   NAAI Grad Kragujevac
Sinđelić Belgrade Stadion FK Sinđelić 1,500   NAAI AMS Osiguranje
Sloboda Užice Gradski Stadion 12,000   NAAI UNITRAG
Teleoptik Zemun SC Partizan-Teleoptik 5,000   Nike
Trayal Kruševac Stadion FK Trayal 1,500   Hummel Trayal
TSC Bačka Topola Gradski Stadion 5,000   Adidas SAT-TRAKT Communications
Žarkovo Belgrade Stadion FK Žarkovo 610   NAAI Rubikon Shipping Company
Zlatibor Čajetina Stadion Švajcarija 1,040   Ardu Sport Galens Invest

TransfersEdit

For the list of transfers involving First League clubs during 2018–19 season, please see: List of Serbian football transfers summer 2018 and List of Serbian football transfers winter 2018–19.

Regular seasonEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 TSC Bačka Topola 30 20 8 2 64 19 +45 68 Qualification for the Championship round
2 Javor-Matis 30 19 6 5 61 27 +34 63
3 Inđija 30 17 6 7 48 21 +27 57
4 Zlatibor 30 16 2 12 41 30 +11 50
5 Radnički 1923 30 14 7 9 36 32 +4 49
6 Metalac G.M. 30 13 9 8 45 32 +13 48
7 Bežanija 30 14 3 13 40 38 +2 45
8 Sinđelić 30 11 11 8 28 24 +4 44
9 OFK Žarkovo 30 11 8 11 37 38 −1 41 Qualification for the Relegation round
10 Trayal 30 12 5 13 27 32 −5 41
11 Bečej 1918 30 10 6 14 33 37 −4 36
12 Budućnost Dobanovci 30 8 9 13 26 35 −9 33
13 Teleoptik 30 6 9 15 26 44 −18 27
14 Borac Čačak 30 6 7 17 23 44 −21 25
15 Sloboda Užice 30 5 6 19 16 56 −40 21
16 Novi Pazar 30 3 8 19 13 55 −42 17
Source: Prva Liga (in Serbian), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (if two teams tied); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fair play ranking; 9) Draw.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BEČ BEŽ BOR BDO INĐ JAV MET NPZ RDK SIN SLO TLO TRA TSC ŽAR ZLA
Bečej 1918 1–2 0–0 5–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 3–0 1–2 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–5 0–2
Bežanija 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 3–0 4–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–2 1–3
Borac Čačak 1–1 0–3 1–2 0–4 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–3 3–1 2–0
Budućnost Dobanovci 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 1–0
Inđija 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 5–0 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 4–0 2–1 2–0
Javor-Matis 1–2 4–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 6–3 4–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 7–1 2–1
Metalac G.M. 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 7–0 1–1 3–1 2–5 0–0 2–0
Novi Pazar 0–4 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–0 0–5 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0
Radnički 1923 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2
Sinđelić Beograd 0–0 3–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 1–0
Sloboda Užice 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 3–3 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–3
Teleoptik 3–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 1–4 0–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–1 0–1
Trayal 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 3–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1
TSC Bačka Topola 2–1 4–1 0–0 4–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–2
Žarkovo 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–2
Zlatibor 1–2 0–3 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–3 3–0
Source: Prva liga (in Serbian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Play-offsEdit

Promotion roundEdit

The top eight teams advanced from the regular season. Points from the regular season were halved with half points rounded up. Teams played each other once.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 TSC Bačka Topola (C, P) 37 26 9 2 80 27 +53 53 Promotion to the Serbian SuperLiga
2 Javor-Matis (P) 37 23 8 6 78 37 +41 46
3 Inđija (P) 37 20 7 10 57 29 +28 39 Qualification for promotion play-off
4 Radnički 1923 37 16 11 10 42 36 +6 35
5 Metalac G.M. 37 15 12 10 51 35 +16 33
6 Zlatibor 37 18 3 16 48 42 +6 32
7 Bežanija[a] (R) 37 15 5 17 48 50 −2 28 Relegation to Serbian League
8 Sinđelić 37 11 13 13 35 43 −8 24
Source: Prva Liga (in Serbian), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Points in regular season; 3) Head-to-head points in regular season; 4) Head-to-head goal difference in regular season; 5) Head-to-head goals scored in regular season; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored in regular season (if two teams tied); 7) Goal difference; 8) Goals scored; 9) Fair play ranking; 10) Drawing of lots.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BEŽ INĐ JAV MET RDK SIN TSC ZLA
Bežanija 3–1 2–2 2–3
Inđija 1–0 0–0 3–1 3–0
Javor-Matis 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–1
Metalac G.M. 2–0 1–1 3–0
Radnički 1923 0–0 0–0 2–0
Sinđelić Beograd 1–3 1–2 2–2
TSC Bačka Topola 1–0 4–2 1–0 2–1
Zlatibor 1–0 0–0 4–0 1–3
Source: Prva liga (in Serbian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Relegation roundEdit

The bottom eight teams from the regular season play in the relegation round. Points from the regular season are halved with half points rounded up. Teams play each other once.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
9 Trayal 37 15 7 15 38 40 −2 32
10 Budućnost Dobanovci 37 13 9 15 35 41 −6 32
11 OFK Žarkovo 37 14 9 14 42 44 −2 31
12 Borac Čačak[a] (R) 37 10 9 18 34 49 −15 27 Relegation to Serbian League
13 Bečej 1918 (R) 37 12 8 17 39 44 −5 26
14 Novi Pazar[a] 37 7 8 22 28 63 −35 21
15 Teleoptik (R) 37 7 10 20 31 58 −27 18 Relegation to Serbian League
16 Sloboda Užice (R) 37 6 8 23 22 70 −48 16
Source: Prva Liga (in Serbian), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Points in regular season; 3) Head-to-head points in regular season; 4) Head-to-head goal difference in regular season; 5) Head-to-head goals scored in regular season; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored in regular season (if two teams tied); 7) Goal difference; 8) Goals scored; 9) Fair play ranking; 10) Drawing of lots.
(R) Relegated.
Notes:

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BEČ BOR BDO NPZ SLO TLO TRA ŽAR
Bečej 1918 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0
Borac Čačak 3–1 2–0 1–0
Budućnost Dobanovci 0–2 1–0 2–0 3–2
Novi Pazar 5–0 0–2 3–0
Sloboda Užice 1–1 1–4 2–1
Teleoptik 2–1 0–1 2–2
Trayal 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–1
Žarkovo 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0
Source: Prva liga (in Serbian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Promotion Play-offEdit

Promotions round final position
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Inđija 37 20 7 10 57 29 +28 39
4 Radnički 1923 37 16 11 10 42 36 +6 35
5 Metalac G.M. 37 15 12 10 51 35 +16 33
6 Zlatibor 37 18 3 16 48 42 +6 32

Semi-finalsEdit

Inđija2–1Zlatibor
Report
Attendance: 1,000
Radnički 19232–2Metalac G.M.
Report
Penalties
4–1
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Igor Stojiljković

FinalEdit

Inđija1–1Radnički 1923
Report
Penalties
3–0
Referee: Novak Simović

Individual statisticsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

As of matches played on 5 May 2019.[3]

Top goalscorers
Pos Scorer Teams Goals
1   Ivan Marković Javor-Matis 29
2   Nenad Lukić Inđija / TSC Bačka Topola 22
  Nikola Petković Javor-Matis
4   Vladimir Silađi TSC Bačka Topola 19
5   Lazar Milošev Budućnost Dobanovci 15

Hat-tricksEdit

Hat-tricks
Player For Against Result Date
  Ivan Marković Javor-Matis Teleoptik 4–0 8 September 2018
  Marko Rajić OFK Žarkovo OFK Bečej 1918 5–1 9 September 2018
  Nikola Tripković Borac Čačak OFK Žarkovo 3–1 8 October 2018
  Mladen Kovačević OFK Bečej 1918 Sloboda Užice 3–0 13 October 2018
  Mladen Kovačević OFK Bečej 1918 Budućnost Dobanovci 5–1 9 November 2018
  Ivan Marković Javor-Matis OFK Žarkovo 7–1 18 November 2018
  Nikola Petković Javor-Matis Novi Pazar 6–3 6 March 2019
  Ivan Marković Javor-Matis Zlatibor 4–1 14 April 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ PRVA LIGA SRBIJE: ŠTA DONOSI NOVI SISTEM TAKMIČENJA at prvaliga.rs (in Serbian) 20-7-2018.
  2. ^ Prva liga Srbije: Nakon Bežanije i čačanski Borac istupio iz takmičenja
  3. ^ "Prva liga - Lista strelaca". www.prvaliga.rs. Archived from the original on 2019-03-31.
  1. ^ a b Bežanija and Borac were relegated due to financial issues. Their places was taken by Kolubara who was promoted from Serbian League Belgrade and Novi Pazar who avoided relegation.[2]

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