Sri Lanka Champions League

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The Sri Lanka Champions League (currently known under its sponsored name Dialog Champions League) is a Sri Lanka professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Sri Lankan football league system, it is the country's topflight football league. Contested by 18 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Division I.

Sri Lanka Champions League
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Founded1985
CountrySri Lanka
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toDivision I
Domestic cup(s)Sri Lanka FA Cup
International cup(s)AFC Cup & SAFF Club Championship
Current championsDefenders (2nd title), (2018–19)
Most championshipsSaunders SC (12 titles)
2018–19 Sri Lanka Champions League

The tournament was conducted in various formats. Apart from the league system, a playoff stage was included in 2013–14 season. Currently, 18 clubs are participated in the tournament. Saunders have won the most titles in the league, winning 12 titles. Rathnam have won the title 5 times, Renown 4 times, and Colombo 3 times. In recent times, different clubs have able to win the championship title.

HistoryEdit

The competition was started in 1985 and it was held every year. The 2016 Sri Lanka Football Premier League is the 32nd season of the Sri Lanka Football league. The tournament was conducted in various formats. Apart from the league system a playoff stage was included in the 2013–14 season. Currently 18 clubs participate in the tournament. Saunders are the most time champion with 12 titles. Rathnam have won the title five times and Renown four times. In recent times different clubs have been able to win the championship title. Colombo have won the title three times and are the current champions.

Competition FormatEdit

In the current structure of the league 18 clubs compete for the title. In the first stage the teams are divided into two groups of nine. Those teams compete in a round robin format. The best four teams from each group qualify for the Championship Stage. In that stage the 8 teams compete in a round robin format and the group winner is the champion of the season. The bottom two teams of each group in the first stage are relegated to the Division I.

Qualification for international competitionsEdit

The champion of the league will earn the chance to play in the AFC Cup tournament which is organized by Asian Football Confederation. Also they qualify for the SAFF Club Championship. However the title holders didn't compete in any of the above competitions until 2014. The first team to play in the AFC Cup was Colombo FC, which won the title in 2015.

2018-19 SeasonEdit

Club Name Location Stadium[1] Capacity
Air Force Sports Club Kelaniya Kelaniya Football Complex
Air Force Ground
Sugathadasa Stadium etc.
Kelaniya Football Complex:1,000
Sugathadasa Stadium :28,000
Air Force Ground:2,000
Blue Star SC Kalutara Kalutara Stadium
Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds
Kalutara Stadium:2,000
Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds:2,500
Colombo FC Colombo Sugathadasa Stadium
Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds
Kelaniya Football Complex etc.
Crystal Palace SC Gampola Weegulawatta Ground
Jayathilake Stadium etc.
Weegulawatta Ground:1,000
Jayathilake Stadium:10,000
Defenders FC Homagama Homagama Ground
Kelaniya Football Complex
Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds etc.
Homagama Ground:5,000
Java Lane SC Colombo City Football Complex 1,000
Matara City SC Matara Matara Football Complex 2,000
Navy Sea Hawks SC Welisara Navy Ground 1,000
Negambo Youth Negombo Maristella Playground
Kelaniya Football Complex etc.
Maristella Playground:1,000
New Young's SC Wennappuwa Sir Albert F. Peiries Stadium
Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds etc.
Sir Albert F. Peiries Stadium:5,000
Pelicans SC Kurunegala Maliga Pitiya Stadium
St. Annes College Ground
Maliga Pitiya Stadium:3,000
Ratnam SC Colombo Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds
Sugathadasa Stadium etc.
Red Stars SC Ratmalana[2] Ratmalana 1.,000
Renown Sports Club Colombo Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds
Kelaniya Football Complex
Sugathadasa Stadium etc.
Saunders SC Colombo Kelaniya Football Complex
Sugathadasa Stadium etc.
Solid SC Anuradhapura Prison Ground
Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds etc.
Prison Ground:2,000
Super Sun SC Dharga Town Zahira College Ground
Kalutara Vernon U Fernando Stadium
Zahira College Ground:1,000
Kalutara Vernon U Fernando Stadium:2,000
Up Country Lions SC Nawalapitiya Jayathilake Stadium

Previous winnersEdit

Champions so far:[3]

Most ChampionshipsEdit

The number of national championships that clubs in Sri Lanka have attained.

Club
Number of Championships
Saunders SC 12
Ratnam SC 5
Renown SC 4
Colombo FC 3
Negambo Youth 2
Defenders (previously Army SC) 2
Old Bens SC 1
Pettah United SC 1
Blue Star SC 1
Don Bosco SC 1
Air Force SC 1
Solid SC 1
Mawanella United- 1

SponsorshipEdit

The title sponsor of the current season in Dialog. So the league is known as Dialog Champions League.Other than dialog Cargills also sponsor the previous events. The official ball is supplied by Molten. The official broadcast partner is The papare.com.

StadiumsEdit

 
 
Sugathadasa
 
Kalutara Stadium
 
Jayatilaka Stadium
 
Matara Stadium
 
Alburt Pieris
 
Navy
 
Prison Ground
Locations of major football grounds in Sri Lanka

Most of the clubs in this league haven't any FIFA Standard Stadiums. So most of the matches are played in Sugathadasa Stadium and Kelaniya Football Complex. Some clubs play their matches in their home stadiums which are located in Colombo, Anuradhapura, Kelaniya and Kalutara.

TopscorersEdit

Year Best scorers Team Goals
2003–04   M.A.M. Farzeen Blue Star SC 19
2006–07   Kasun Jayasuriya Ratnam SC 24
2007–08   Kasun Jayasuriya Ratnam SC 12
2008–09   Kasun Jayasuriya Renown SC 13
2009–10   Mohamed Fazal Renown SC 14
2014–15   Mohamed Izzadeen Army SC 26
2015 M.C.M. Rifnaz[4] Renown SC 9
2016–17   Job Micheal Renown SC 11
2017–18   Job Micheal Renown SC 19

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.footballgroundmap.com/grounds/sri-lanka/champions-league
  2. ^ https://www.footballgroundmap.com/grounds/sri-lanka/champions-league
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Colombo FC wins Dialog Champions League". 6 December 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2016.

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