Iraq Central FA League

The Iraq Central FA League, previously named the Iraq FA Baghdad League (Arabic: دوري الاتحاد العراقي لمنطقة بغداد) and also known as the League of the Institutes (Arabic: دوري المؤسسات, romanizedDawri Al-Muassasat) due to containing a number of teams representing different Iraqi institutes, was the top-level division of football in Baghdad and its neighbouring cities between 1948 and 1973.[1]

Iraq Central FA First Division
Founded1948
Folded1973
CountryIraq
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toIraq Central FA Second Division
Domestic cup(s)Iraq FA Cup
Iraq Central FA Perseverance Cup
International cup(s)Asian Champion Club Tournament
Last championsAl-Quwa Al-Jawiya
(4th title)
Most championshipsAl-Haris Al-Maliki
(7 titles)

It was controlled by the Iraq Central Football Association and was played under a variety of different formats including a double-elimination format, a round-robin format and a double round-robin format. It was one of four regional league championships played in Iraq at the time, with the others being in Basra, Kirkuk and Mosul.[2] The last champions of the competition were Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, who won the title in the 1972–73 season.

The regional leagues folded in 1973 and were replaced by the Iraqi National First Division.[3]

List of championsEdit

 
Al-Athori players with the trophy in the 1959–60 season.
No. Season Champion
1 1948–49 Al-Kuliya Al-Askariya Al-Malikiya
2 1949–50 Al-Haris Al-Maliki
3 1950–51 Al-Haris Al-Maliki
4 1951–52 Al-Haris Al-Maliki
5 1952–53 Al-Haris Al-Maliki
6 1953–54 Al-Haris Al-Maliki
7 1954–55 Al-Haris Al-Maliki
8 1955–56 Al-Haris Al-Maliki
9 1956–57 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
10 1957–58 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Malikiya[a]
11 1958–59 Amanat Al-Asima
12 1959–60 Al-Athori
13 1960–61 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
No. Season Champion
14 1961–62 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
15 1962–63 Montakhab Al-Shorta
16 1963–64 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
17 1964–65 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
18 1965–66 Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha
19 1966–67 N/A (season cancelled due to war)
20 1967–68 Aliyat Al-Shorta
21 1968–69 Aliyat Al-Shorta
22 1969–70 Aliyat Al-Shorta
23 1970–71 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
24 1971–72 Aliyat Al-Shorta
25 1972–73 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
  1. ^ Renamed to Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in 1958.

Most successful teamsEdit

# Club Titles Winning seasons
1 Al-Haris Al-Maliki 7 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56
2 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab 4 1956–57, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1970–71
Aliyat Al-Shorta 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1957–58, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1972–73
5 Al-Kuliya Al-Askariya Al-Malikiya 1 1948–49
Amanat Al-Asima 1958–59
Al-Athori 1959–60
Montakhab Al-Shorta 1962–63
Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha 1965–66

Winning managersEdit

 
Mohammed Najeeb Kaban receives the trophy in the 1969–70 season.
Season Nationality Winning manager[4] Team
1948–49   Iraq Hamid Qadir Al-Samarrai Al-Kuliya Al-Askariya Al-Malikiya
1949–50   Iraq Nadhim Al-Tabaqchali Al-Haris Al-Maliki
1950–51   Iraq Nadhim Al-Tabaqchali Al-Haris Al-Maliki
1951–52   Iraq Nadhim Al-Tabaqchali Al-Haris Al-Maliki
1952–53   Iraq Nadhim Al-Tabaqchali Al-Haris Al-Maliki
1953–54   Iraq Ahmed Abdul-Razzaq Al-Haris Al-Maliki
1954–55   Palestine Dennis Nasrawi Al-Haris Al-Maliki
1955–56   Palestine Dennis Nasrawi Al-Haris Al-Maliki
1956–57   Iraq Ismail Mohammed Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
1957–58   Iraq Aziz Jassim Al-Hajia Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Malikiya
1958–59   Iraq Nassir Yousef Amanat Al-Asima
1959–60   Iraq Ammo Baba Al-Athori
1960–61   Iraq Salman Jassim Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
1961–62   Iraq Salih Faraj Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
1962–63   Iraq Fahmi Al-Qaimaqchi Montakhab Al-Shorta
1963–64   Iraq Shawqi Aboud Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
1964–65   Iraq Ismail Mohammed Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
1965–66   Iraq Abdelilah Mohammed Hassan Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha
1967–68   Iraq Mohammed Najeeb Kaban Aliyat Al-Shorta
1968–69   Iraq Mohammed Najeeb Kaban Aliyat Al-Shorta
1969–70   Iraq Mohammed Najeeb Kaban Aliyat Al-Shorta
1970–71   Iraq Mohammed Thamir Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
1971–72   Iraq Mohammed Najeeb Kaban Aliyat Al-Shorta
1972–73   Iraq Abdelilah Mohammed Hassan Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Baghdad Football League games start on Friday". The Iraq Times. 2 November 1948.
  2. ^ "Football leagues set up in Iraq's main centres". The Iraq Times. 16 October 1948.
  3. ^ League of the Institutes Top 3 Finishes
  4. ^ Iraq - League Winning Coaches

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