2020–21 Iraq Division One

The 2020–21 Iraq Division One is the 46th season of the Iraq Division One, the second tier of the Iraqi football league system since its establishment in 1974.The number of clubs in the league have changed throughout history due to several factors, most recently in this season when the number of clubs increased from 12 to 28 in total. The top two from each group are directly promoted to the Premier League, while a third club can be promoted through play-offs, on the other hand, two clubs from each group are directly relegated to the Second Division.[1]

Iraq Division One
Season2020–21
Dates3 May 2021 – 16 July 2021
ChampionsAl-Sinaa
(1st title)
PromotedAl-Sinaa
Newroz
Samarra
RelegatedAkkad
Al-Ettefaq
Al-Jaish
Brayati
Matches played184
Goals scored469 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorerSamer Mohsin
(12 goals)
Biggest home winDiyala 4–3 Al-Ramadi
(4 March 2021)
Biggest away winAl-Muroor 3–4 Samarra
(4 March 2021)
Highest scoringDiyala 4–3 Al-Ramadi
(4 March 2021)
Al-Muroor 3–4 Samarra
(4 March 2021)
Longest winning run6 matches
Al-Sinaa
Longest unbeaten run14 matches
Al-Sinaa
Longest winless run12 matches
Akkad
Maysan
Longest losing run9 matches
Brayati
All statistics correct as of 30 July 2021.

FormatEdit

Teams from all over Iraq participated in preliminary qualifications for the final stage. Total of 16 teams qualified for the final stage and 12 teams joined from previous season.[2]

There was no Division One nor Premier League season held the prior year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.[citation needed]

TeamsEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

A total of 28 teams are contesting the league, including 10 sides from the 2018-2019 season, 16 promoted teams from the preliminary qualifications for the final stage and the two relegated sides from the Premier League.[3]

Team Manager Location Stadium Capacity
Afak   Haider Hussein Al-Qādisiyyah (Diwaniya) Al-Kifl Stadium 10,000
Akkad   Bassim Obaid Dhi Qar (Al-Shatrah) Al Shatrah Stadium 7,500
Al-Alam   Ali Jawad Saladin Al-Alam Stadium 10,000
Al-Bahri   Asaad Abdul Razzaq Basra (Al-Jubaila) Al-Bahri Stadium 10,000
Al-Difaa Al-Madani   Mahdi Kadhim Baghdad Al-Taji Stadium 5,000
Al-Ettefaq   Abdul Zahra Odeh Al-Qādisiyyah (Diwaniya) Al-Diwaniya Stadium 5,000
Al-Hussein   Kadhim Yousef Baghdad (Sadr City) Al-Hussein Stadium 5,000
Al-Jaish   Maher Ohkla Baghdad Al-Jaish Stadium 6,000
Al-Jinsiya   Karim Qumbil Baghdad Al-Jinsiya Stadium 5,000
Al-Kufa   Adel Ali Al-Aasam Najaf (Kufa) Najaf Stadium 30,000
Al-Muroor   Adel Ajer Baghdad (Sadr City) Al-Walaa Stadium 5,000
Al-Nasiriya   Ali Wahaib Dhi Qar (Nasiriya) An Nasiriya Stadium 10,000
Al-Ramadi   Khamis Hammoud Anbar (Ramadi) Al Ramadi Stadium 15,000
Al-Shirqat   Mohammed Attiya Saladin (Shirqat) Shirqat Stadium 5,000
Al-Sinaa   Sadeq Hanoon Baghdad (Sadr City) Al Sinaa Stadium 5,000
Al-Sulaikh   Rashid Sultan Baghdad (Suleikh) Al Sulaikh Stadium 5,000
Babylon   Fouad Jawad Babil Al Kifl Stadium 10,000
Brayati   Mahmoud Majeed Erbil Franso Hariri Stadium 25,000
Diyala   Ali Abdullah Diyala (Baquba) Ba'quba Stadium 10,000
Duhok   Adel Nasser Duhok Duhok Stadium 20,000
Ghaz Al-Shamal   Walid Mohammed Qader Kirkuk Kirkuk Olympic Stadium 20,000
Karbalaa   Ali Wahab Karbala Karbala Sports City 30,000
Masafi Al-Janoob   Nasser Talla Dahilan Basra (Shaibah) Masafi Al-Janoob Stadium 5,000
Maysan   Ahmed Zuhair Maysan Maysan Stadium 25,000
Newroz   Wali Karim Sulaymaniyah Zanko Stadium 15,000
Peshmerga   Arsalan Jalal Sulaymaniyah Peshmerga Stadium 10,000
Samarra   Ahmed Kadhim Saladin (Samarra) Samarra Stadium 10,000
Suq Al-Shuyukh   Moayad Tomeh Dhi Qar (Suq Al-Shuyukh) Souk Al-Shuyukh Stadium 5,000

League tableEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Newroz (P) 13 9 3 1 27 11 +16 30 Promotion to the Iraqi Premier League
2 Afak 13 8 5 0 26 13 +13 29 Qualification for the Division One play-offs
3 Masafi Al-Janoob 13 7 4 2 27 17 +10 25
4 Al-Difaa Al-Madani 13 4 8 1 15 10 +5 20
5 Al-Shirqat 13 5 4 4 15 12 +3 19
6 Karbalaa 13 4 7 2 12 13 −1 19
7 Al-Alam 13 4 6 3 17 17 0 18
8 Al-Hussein 13 3 6 4 17 19 −2 15
9 Suq Al-Shuyukh 13 4 3 6 12 19 −7 15
10 Al-Kufa 13 2 6 5 15 19 −4 12
11 Ghaz Al-Shamal 13 3 3 7 13 18 −5 12
12 Al-Jinsiya 13 2 5 6 11 15 −4 11
13 Al-Jaish (R) 13 2 4 7 12 20 −8 10 Relegation to Iraq Division Two
14 Brayati (R) 13 2 0 11 13 29 −16 6
Updated to match(es) played on 28 July 2021. Source: IFA official website
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AFK ALM DFM HUS JSH JIN KUF SRQ BRA GSH KRB MSJ NEW SUQ
Afak 1–1 4–2 1–1 3–1 4–1 3–2 2–0
Al-Alam 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–3 0–0
Al-Difaa Al-Madani 2–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–0
Al-Hussein 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–1
Al-Jaish 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
Al-Jinsiya 1–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1
Al-Kufa 0–0 3–3 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–2
Al-Shirqat 2–3 1–0 1–0 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–1
Brayati 2–3 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–3
Ghaz Al-Shamal 2–4 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–1 0–1
Karbalaa 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 3–2
Masafi Al-Janoob 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 3–1
Newroz 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2 4–0
Suq Al-Shuyukh 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–4
Updated to match(es) played on 3 July 2021. Source: IFA official website
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.

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Sinaa (C, P) 13 11 2 0 24 8 +16 35 Promotion to the Iraqi Premier League
2 Samaraa (P) 13 8 3 2 27 17 +10 27 Qualification for the Division One play-offs
3 Al-Ramadi 13 8 1 4 24 14 +10 25
4 Duhok 13 8 1 4 17 13 +4 25
5 Al-Bahri 13 6 2 5 17 12 +5 20
6 Al-Muroor 13 4 5 4 17 17 0 17
7 Al-Nasiriya 13 4 5 4 14 15 −1 17
8 Al-Sulaikh 13 3 6 4 13 14 −1 15
9 Peshmerga 13 3 6 4 14 18 −4 15
10 Diyala 13 3 5 5 21 23 −2 14
11 Babil 13 2 4 7 14 16 −2 10
12 Maysan 13 1 7 5 9 19 −10 10
13 Akkad (R) 13 1 5 7 13 22 −9 8 Relegation to Iraq Division Two
14 Al-Ettefaq (R) 13 1 4 8 11 27 −16 7
Updated to match(es) played on 28 July 2021. Source: IFA official website
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AKD BAH ETF MUR NAS RAM SIN SUL BAB DIY DUH MAY PES SAM
Akkad 1–3 0–0 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–4
Al-Bahri 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 3–0[a]
Al-Ettefaq 1–2 1–3 1–1 2–4 0–1 1–1
Al-Muroor 1–1 4–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 3–4
Al-Nasiriya 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–2
Al-Ramadi 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–0 4–0 2–0
Al-Sinaa 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–1
Al-Sulaikh 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–0
Babil 1–1 5–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–2
Diyala 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 4–3 1–2
Duhok 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–1
Maysan 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–2
Peshmerga 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–2
Samaraa 1–0 3–0[b] 3–2 0–0 2–2 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 4 July 2021. Source: IFA official website
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ The Al-Bahri–Peshmerga match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Al-Bahri, as Peshmerga did not turn up for the game.
  2. ^ The Samarra–Al-Ettefaq match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Samarra, as Al-Ettefaq did not turn up for the game.

Third placeEdit

Afak0 – 1Samaraa
Report Adnan   38' (pen.)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Salem Amer

FinalEdit

Newroz0 – 1Al-Sinaa
Report Keke   82'
Al-Taji Stadium, Baghdad
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ahmed Kadhim

Play-offsEdit

Season statisticsEdit

As of 16 July 2021

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Samer Mohsin Afak 12
2   Hussein Ibrahim Al-Alam 10
  Ahmed Turki Akkad
4   Salih Motlaq Samarra 9
5   Donatus Edafe Al-Nasiriya 8
  Fadhel Wasmi Masafi Al-Janoob
  Ahmed Sabri Duhok
8   Cissé Al-Ramadi 7
  Husham Ahmed Al-Difaa Al-Madani
  Jean-Christian Keke Al-Sinaa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ mo22. "اعتماد تصنيف وآلية وموعد انطلاق دوري الدرجة الأولى". الاتحاد العراقي لكرة القدم (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  2. ^ mo22. "لجنة المسابقات تجري قرعة دوري الدرجة الأولى". الاتحاد العراقي لكرة القدم (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  3. ^ "دوري الدرجة الاولى – الاتحاد العراقي لكرة القدم" (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-05-04.

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