Macedonian First Football League

The Macedonian First Football League (Macedonian: Прва македонска фудбалска лига, Prva Мakedonska Fudbalska Liga; Albanian: Liga e parë e futbollit maqedonas, also called Macedonian First League, 1. MFL and Prva Liga) is the highest professional football competition in North Macedonia. It is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Macedonian football league system and has been operating since the 1992–1993 season. It is organized by the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM).

Macedonian First Football League
Прва македонска фудбалска лига
Macedonian First Football League.png
Founded1992
First season1992–93
CountryNorth Macedonia
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to2. MFL
Domestic cup(s)Macedonian Football Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsShkëndija (4th title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsVardar (11 titles)
Top goalscorerBesart Ibraimi (168 goals)
TV partnersMRT
Arena Sport[1]
Websiteffm.mk
Current: 2020–21

FormatEdit

 
Macedonian First League's former logo

Throughout the 1. MFL history, the number of clubs competing at the top level has been gradually decreased until the 2020-21 season. Below is a complete record of how many teams played in each season throughout the league's history:[citation needed]

 
  • 18 clubs = 1992–1993
  • 16 clubs = 1993–1995
  • 15 clubs = 1995–1996
  • 14 clubs = 1996–2001
  • 12 clubs = 2001–2014
  • 10 clubs = 2014–2020
  • 12 clubs = 2020–present

The league has 12 teams, and each team plays the other sides three times, for a total of 33 matches each.[2]

Due to the UEFA Ranking coefficients ranking (shown below); The winner of the league enters into the Qualifying Rounds of the Champions League, while the second and third placed teams are entered into the Qualifying Rounds of the Europa League along with the winner of the Macedonian Cup. At the end of the season, the bottom 2 teams are relegated to the Macedonian Second League while the eighth placed team enter a play-off with the winner of the tie between second placed teams of the two groups in the Macedonian Second League.

UEFA RankingsEdit

UEFA Country Ranking for league participation in 2014–15 European football season (Previous year rank in italics) [3][4]

Current teams (2020–21)Edit

Location of teams in 2019–20 Macedonian First League


Club[5]
Position
in 2019–20[6]
Akademija Pandev 7th
Belasica 1st in 2. MFL - East[7]
Borec 9th
Makedonija GP 6th
Pelister 1st in 2. MFL - West[8]
Rabotnički 8th
Renova 4th
Shkëndija 3rd
Shkupi 5th
Sileks 2nd
Struga 10th
Vardar 1st

HistoryEdit

In 1923 the first national Yugoslav Football Championship was held, and regional championships were also played. The clubs of the Vardarska Banovina, territorially similar to present day Macedonia, played within the Belgrade Football Subassociation League until 1927,[9] when a separate Skoplje Football Subassociation League was formed.[10] The champions of the Subassociation Leagues were granted a place in the qualifiers to the Yugoslav Championship. Gragjanski Skopje became the only Macedonian club to participate in the national league, first in 1935–36 when the championship was played in a cup format,[11] and then in 1938–39, when it was played in a normal league system with Gragjanski finishing 10th out of 12 teams.[12] In 1939 the Yugoslav league system was changed, with the creation of separate Serbian and Croato-Slovenian Leagues which served as qualifying leagues for the final phase of the Yugoslav Championship.[13] The clubs from the Skopje Subassociation aimed to qualify to the Serbian League, however only Gragjanski managed to participate, in 1939–40 (5th place)[14] and 1940–41 (8th place).[15]

List of seasonsEdit

Most titlesEdit

 
Macedonian First League Trophy

The titles won by clubs since independence are shown in the following table:[16][17]

Club Titles Runners-up Winning years
Vardar Skopje 11 2 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2019–20
Rabotnički Skopje 4 3 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2013–14
Shkëndija Tetovo 4 2 2010–11, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21
Sileks Kratovo 3 5 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98
Sloga Jugomagnat Skopje 3 2 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
Pobeda Prilep 2 2 2003–04, 2006–07
Makedonija Skopje 1 1 2008–09
Renova Djepchishte 1 2009–10
Metalurg Skopje 3
Milano Kumanovo 2
Belasica Strumica 2
Horizont Turnovo 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arena Sport buys 1.MFL TV rights, MRTV joins". MacedonianFootball.com. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  2. ^ "First League". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  3. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2015". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  4. ^ "UEFA Country coefficients 2017/18". UEFA. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  5. ^ "First League: 2019/2020". Perform. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  6. ^ "First League 2018/2019". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Second League East 2017/2018". Soccerway.
  8. ^ "Second League West 2017/2018". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  9. ^ Sijić, pag. 135
  10. ^ Milorad Sijić: "Football in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia" Archived 12 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine, pag. 142 (in Serbian)
  11. ^ Sijić, pag. 99–100
  12. ^ Sijić, pag. 111–116
  13. ^ Sijić, pag. 117
  14. ^ Sijić, pag. 120–121
  15. ^ Sijić, pag. 129
  16. ^ Karel Stokkermans (29 October 2015). "Macedonia - List of Champions". Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  17. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/national/macedonia-fyr/first-league/c65/archive/?ICID=PL_3N_06

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