2019–20 Liga Leumit

The 2019–20 Liga Leumit will be the 21st season as second tier since its re-alignment in 1999 and the 78th season of second-tier football in Israel.

Liga Leumit
Season2019–20
ChampionsMaccabi Petah Tikva
PromotedMaccabi Petah Tikva
Bnei Sakhnin
RelegatedHapoel Ashkelon

A total of sixteen teams will be contesting in the league, including twelve sides from the 2018–19 season, the two promoted teams from 2018–19 Liga Alef and the two relegated teams from 2018–19 Israeli Premier League.

Changes from 2019–20 seasonEdit

Team changesEdit

Hapoel Kfar Saba and Sektzia Nes Tziona were promoted to the 2019–20 Israeli Premier League.

Maccabi Petah Tikva and Bnei Sakhnin were relegated after finishing as the two bottom-placed clubs in the 2018–19 Israeli Premier League.

Hapoel Marmorek, and Hapoel Iksal were directly relegated to Liga Alef after finishing in the previous season in last two league places. They were replaced by the top placed teams from each division of 2018–19 Liga Alef, F.C. Kafr Qasim (from South Division) and Hapoel Umm al-Fahm (from North Division).

OverviewEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit


Club Home City Stadium Capacity
Beitar Tel Aviv Bat Yam Tel Aviv and Bat Yam Ness Ziona Stadium[A] 3,500
Bnei Sakhnin Sakhnin Doha Stadium 8,500
F.C. Kafr Qasim Kafr Qasim Lod Municipal Stadium[A] 3,000
Hapoel Acre Acre Acre Municipal Stadium 5,000
Hapoel Afula Afula Afula Illit Stadium 3,000
Hapoel Ashkelon Ashkelon Sala Stadium 5,250
Hapoel Bnei Lod Lod Lod Municipal Stadium 3,000
Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 34,000
Hapoel Nof HaGalil Nof HaGalil Ilut Stadium 4,932
Hapoel Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Hapoel Ramat Gan Ramat Gan Ramat Gan Stadium 13,370
Hapoel Ramat HaSharon Ramat HaSharon Grundman Stadium 4,300
Hapoel Rishon LeZion Rishon LeZion Haberfeld Stadium 6,000
Hapoel Umm al-Fahm Umm al-Fahm Afula Illit Stadium[A] 3,000
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth Nazareth Ilut Stadium 4,932
Maccabi Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500

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

Regular seasonEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Maccabi Petah Tikva 30 19 7 4 62 28 +34 64 Qualification for the Promotion playoffs
2 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 30 15 9 6 43 29 +14 54
3 Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem 30 14 7 9 37 30 +7 49
4 Bnei Sakhnin 30 13 9 8 46 30 +16 48
5 Hapoel Ramat HaSharon 30 13 7 10 42 43 −1 46
6 Hapoel Ramat Gan 30 12 8 10 37 29 +8 44
7 F.C. Kafr Qasim 30 12 8 10 41 40 +1 44
8 Beitar Tel Aviv Bat Yam 30 12 7 11 40 40 0 43
9 Hapoel Umm al-Fahm 30 10 9 11 35 38 −3 39 Qualification for the Relegation playoffs
10 Hapoel Petah Tikva 30 9 11 10 42 43 −1 38
11 Hapoel Nof HaGalil 30 9 10 11 36 37 −1 37
12 Hapoel Acre 30 8 10 12 24 27 −3 34
13 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 30 7 10 13 31 42 −11 31
14 Hapoel Bnei Lod 30 7 5 18 26 59 −33 26
15 Hapoel Ashkelon[b] 30 9 6 15 31 38 −7 24
16 Hapoel Afula 30 4 11 15 21 41 −20 23
Source: https://www.scorespro.com/soccer/israel/liga-leumit/standings/
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of wins; 4) goals scored; 5) head to head; 6) deciding match.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams play each other two times (30 rounds) before the league is split into two groups (the top eight and the bottom eight).
  2. ^ Hapoel Ashkelon were deducted nine points for entering administration.

ResultsEdit

Results by roundEdit

Position by roundEdit

Promotion playoffsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Maccabi Petah Tikva (C) 37 21 8 8 66 37 +29 71 Promoted to Israeli Premier League
2 Bnei Sakhnin 37 19 10 8 60 32 +28 67
3 Hapoel Ramat Gan 37 17 9 11 51 36 +15 60
4 Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem 37 16 11 10 42 33 +9 59
5 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 37 16 10 11 55 42 +13 58
6 F.C. Kafr Qasim 37 16 8 13 53 48 +5 56
7 Beitar Tel Aviv Bat Yam 37 15 7 15 51 54 −3 52
8 Hapoel Ramat HaSharon 37 14 7 16 50 60 −10 49
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of wins; 4) goals scored; 5) head to head; 6) deciding match.
(C) Champion
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams play each other two times (30 rounds) before the league is split into two groups (the top eight and the bottom eight).

Relegation playoffsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
9 Hapoel Umm al-Fahm 36 13 10 13 45 44 +1 49
10 Hapoel Petah Tikva 36 12 11 13 52 54 −2 47
11 Hapoel Nof HaGalil 37 11 12 14 45 48 −3 45
12 Hapoel Acre 37 10 13 14 30 32 −2 43
13 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 37 10 13 14 42 48 −6 43
14 Hapoel Afula (O) 37 8 12 17 36 54 −18 36 Qualification for the Relegation decider
15 Hapoel Bnei Lod (R) 35 9 6 20 34 69 −35 33
16 Hapoel Ashkelon[a] (R) 37 9 9 19 37 51 −14 27 Relegated to Liga Alef
Updated to match(es) played on 6 July 2020. Source: https://int.soccerway.com/national/israel/liga-leumit/20192020/relegation-round/r53348/
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of wins; 4) goals scored; 5) head to head; 6) deciding match.
(O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Hapoel Ashkelon were deducted nine points for entering administration.

Relegation deciderEdit

Hapoel Afula3–1Hapoel Bnei Lod
Hazut   38'
Levy   81'
Biton   90+2'
Report Abu Anza   90+3'

Promotion/Relegation playoffEdit

The winner of the Relegation decider game , Hapoel Afula, faced Liga Alef promotion play-offs winner Hapoel Marmorek . The match took place on 2 August 2020.

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