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The Saudi Professional League (Arabic: دوري المحترفين السعوديDawriyy al-Muḥtarifayni as-Suʿūdī), or Saudi Football League, is the top division of Association football league in Saudi Arabia. From 2013 to 2019 it was known as the Abdul Latif Jameel League, or Dawry Jameel, as it was sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel for six years.[1][2][3][4]

Saudi Professional League
Saudi Professional League Logo.png
Founded1976; 43 years ago (1976)
CountrySaudi Arabia
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toFirst Division
Domestic cup(s)Kings Cup
Super Cup
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
UAFA Club Cup
GCC Champions League
Current championsAl-Hilal
(2017–18)
Most championshipsAl-Hilal (15 titles)
Most appearancesHussein Abdulghani (428)
Top goalscorerMajed Abdullah (189 goals)
TV partnersKSA Sports
Websitehttp://www.spl.com.sa
2018–19 season

The first season of the competition was held in 1976–77, in which it was won by Al-Hilal,[5] which is also the most successful team, holding 15 titles in its history, and is the current title-holder (2017–18).

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HistoryEdit

Up until the late seventies, football in Saudi Arabia was organized on a regional basis, with the only nationwide tournament being the King's Cup. In 1976 it was deemed that local football, and transportation links, have improved sufficiently to organize a national league. Hence the Saudi League was launched with 16 clubs participating, and only 8 of them surviving in the next season. This decision was made in order to decide who relegates to the first division, and who rightfully stays on the premier league.

In 1981 it was decided to increase the number of clubs and add a second division. The league competition for the 1981–82, known as the ranking league, featured 18 clubs with the top eight qualifying for the first division and the bottom ten to the new second division. The number of first division clubs was later increased to 12 in the 1984–85 season.

In 1990 it was decided to revamp local competitions and to introduce professional football. A new league championship was formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques League Cup", which was a two-stage championship. The first stage was a regular double round-robin league competition with the top 4 qualifying to the final knockout stage, called the golden square. Clubs were allowed to sign players on a professional basis making the league semi professional.

In 2007 It was decided to split the two stages, with the league reverting to a standard double round-robin competition, and a new domestic competition cup competition formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Champions Cup". This cup will feature the top six finishers in the league plus the winners of the Crown Prince Cup and the Prince Faisal Cup. This format will take effect from the 2007–08 season onwards.

As of 2008, four teams from Saudi Arabia qualify for the AFC Champions League annually. This includes the top three teams of the league together with the winner of the Kings Cup. If the winner of the King Cup is also among the four top teams then the fourth best team qualifies to the extensions and if the winner of the King Cup is under the four top teams then the fourth team will not qualify and the third team will qualify for the extension.

Prize money:[6]

  • First place: 3,800,000 Saudi riyals
  • Second place: 2,000,000 Saudi riyals
  • Third place: 1,000,000 Saudi riyals

List of teams (2017–18 season)Edit

List of championsEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Top scorersEdit

Season Top Scorers Club Goals
1976–77   Nasser Eid Al-Qadsiah 12
1977–78   Motamad Khojali Al-Ahli 14
1978–79   Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 18
1979–80   Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 17
1980–81   Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 21
1981–82   Khalid Al-Ma'ajil Al-Shabab 22
1982–83   Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 14
1983–84   Hussam Abu Dawood Al-Ahli 14
1984–85   Hathal Dosari Al-Hilal 15
1985–86   Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 15
1986–87   Mohammad Suwaidi Al-Ittihad 17
1987–88   Khalid Al-Ma'ajil Al-Shabab 12
1988–89   Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 19
1989–90   Sami Al-Jaber Al-Hilal 16
1990–91   Fahad Al-Mehallel Al-Shabab 20
1991–92   Saeed Al-Owairan Al-Shabab 16
1992–93   Sami Al-Jaber Al-Hilal 18
1993–94   Moussa Ndao Al-Hilal 15
1994–95   Fahd Al-Hamdan Al-Riyadh 15
1995–96   Ohene Kennedy Al-Nassr 14
1996–97   Ahmed Bahja Al-Ittihad 21
1997–98   Sulaiman Al-Hadaithy Al-Najma 15
1998–99   Obeid Al-Dosari Al-Wehda 20
1999–00   Hamzah Idris Al-Ittihad 33
2000–01   Paulo Da Silva Al-Ettifaq 13
2001–02   Dane Valle Al-Riyadh 10
2002–03   Carlos Tenorio Al-Nassr 15
2003–04  
 
Godwin Attram
Kandia Traoré
Al-Shabab
Al-Hilal
15
2004–05   Mohammed Manga Al-Shabab 15
2005–06   Essa Al-Mehyani Al-Wehda 16
2006–07   Godwin Attram Al-Shabab 13
2007–08   Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 18
2008–09  
 
Nasser Al-Shamrani
Hicham Aboucherouane
Al-Shabab
Al-Ittihad
12
2009–10   Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Al-Hilal 12
2010–11   Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 17
2011–12  
 
Nasser Al-Shamrani
Victor Simões
Al-Shabab
Al-Ahli
21
2012–13   Sebastián Tagliabué Al-Shabab 19
2013–14   Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Hilal 21
2014–15   Omar Al Somah Al-Ahli 22
2015–16   Omar Al Somah Al-Ahli 27
2016–17   Omar Al Somah Al-Ahli 24
2017–18   Ronnie Fernández Al-Fayha 13

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aboulkheir, Rajia (25 February 2015). "Meet Jameel, the Saudi Football League's new showman". Al Arabiya English. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Abdul Latif Jameel marks a year of success at SIMS '13". Saudi Gazette. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Jameel League sponsorship hits the target". Opening Doors. Abdul Latif Jameel. Winter 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ Varvodic, Marin (24 January 2016). "Al RiyadyaTV (Saudi Sport) – live on sat football via Nilesat 7°W". SportEventz. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Live Scores – Clubs: Al Hilalclub_hint=Al Hilal". =FIFA.
  6. ^ "لائحة المسابقات والبطولات بالإتحاد العربي السعودي لكرة القدم" [Regulations of Saudi Arabian Football Federation Competitions] (PDF) (in Arabic). Saudi Arabian Football Federation. Retrieved 31 January 2016.

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