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The Macedonian First Football League (Macedonian: Прва македонска фудбалска лига, Prva Мakedonska Fudbalska Liga; 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 for about twenty years 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
CountryNorth Macedonia
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to2. MFL
Domestic cup(s)Macedonian Football Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current championsShkëndija (3rd title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsVardar
(10 titles)
TV partnersMRT
Arena Sport[1]
Websiteffm.mk
2019–20

Contents

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. 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–present

The league has 10 teams, and each team plays the other sides four times, for a total of 36 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 (2019–20)Edit

Location of teams in 2019–20 Macedonian First League
Club[5]
Position
in 2018–19[6]
First season in
top division
Number of seasons
in top division
Number of seasons
in First League
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top division
titles
Last top division title
Akademija Pandev 3rd 2017–18 3 3 2017–18 0 N/A
Borec 1st in 2. MFL - East[7] 1992–93 8 8 2019–20 0 N/A
Makedonija GP 5th 1992–93 17 17 2018–19 1 2008–09
Rabotnichki 7th 1952 24 22 1998–99 4 2013–14
Renova 6th 2005–06 15 15 2005–06 1 2009–10
Shkëndija 1st 1996–97 15 15 2010–11 3 2018–19
Shkupi 4th 2015–16 5 5 2015–16 0 N/A
Sileks 8th 1992–93 27 27 2014–15 3 1997–98
Struga 1st in 2. MFL - West[8] 2019–20 1 1 2019–20 0 N/A
Vardar 2nd 1947–48 62 28 1991–92 11 nb1 2016–17

† – One of the 18 founding members of the league in the inaugural 1992–93 season.
‡ – Appeared in all 28 seasons up to and including the 2019–20 season.
nb1 – Vardar tally includes one Yugoslav which is disputed and 10 Macedonian league titles.

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 10 2 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Rabotnichki Skopje 4 3 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2013–14
Sileks Kratovo 3 5 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98
Shkëndija Tetovo 3 2 2010–11, 2017–18, 2018-19
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

All-time tableEdit

All-Time First Macedonian League Table (1992–2019) [18]
Rank Club Competition MP W D L GF GA GD P
1 Vardar 1. MFL 841 472 202 167 1526 718 +808 1494
2 Sileks 1. MFL 808 351 183 274 1263 1004 +259 1201
3 Rabotnichki 1. MFL 668 332 152 184 1056 704 +352 1148
4 Pobeda 2. MFL 619 289 123 207 1012 814 +198 965
5 Shkëndija 1. MFL 531 254 94 149 858 597 +261 923
6 Pelister 2. MFL 642 229 144 269 795 877 −82 803
7 Sloga Jugomagnat Dissolved 392 189 84 119 609 412 +197 620
8 Renova 1. MFL 460 187 132 141 628 542 +86 693
9 Makedonija GP 1. MFL 497 180 120 197 650 655 –5 629
10 Cementarnica 4. MFL – OFL Kisela Voda 448 157 95 196 588 622 −34 541
  • Deducted points: FK Makedonija GP -19, FK Sloga Jugomagnat −11, FK Vardar −9, FK Cementarnica −3 and FK Škendija −3.

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". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  6. ^ "First League 2017/2018". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Second League East 2017/2018". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  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", 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
  18. ^ All-Time First Macedonian League Standings

External linksEdit