1949–50 Israeli League

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The 1949–50 season was the first and only edition of the Israeli League. It was the first season after independence in 1948, and the eleventh season of league football in what had been Mandatory Palestine. The season started on 28 May 1949 and ended on 24 June 1950, with the league played on the basis of two points for a win and one for a draw.

Originally 14 teams were due to contest the league, the same line-up as the league for the abandoned 1947–48 season. However Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv had disbanded and after failing to play their first three matches, the rest of the club's fixtures were cancelled and the league was contested by 13 clubs.

The title was won by Maccabi Tel Aviv. In early March 1950, Maccabi Nes Tziona, after failing to turn up to three consecutive matches, were ejected from the league and forfeited the rest of their matches. Therefore, the club finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

After a season's hiatus, football resumed in 1951, by which time Liga Alef had become the country's top division.

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 24 21 1 2 103 18 85 43
2 Hapoel Tel Aviv 24 17 3 4 59 12 47 37
3 Hapoel Haifa 24 16 4 4 53 30 23 36
4 Hapoel Petah Tikva 231 15 3 5 63 31 32 33
5 Maccabi Petah Tikva 24 13 5 6 84 47 37 31
6 Beitar Tel Aviv 231 12 2 9 57 41 16 26
7 Maccabi Haifa 24 12 1 11 60 49 11 25
8 Maccabi Rehovot 24 11 2 11 52 41 11 24
9 Maccabi Netanya 24 7 3 14 43 73 -30 17
10 Hapoel Ramat Gan 24 8 0 16 47 62 -15 16
11 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 24 6 2 16 27 65 -38 14
12 Maccabi Rishon LeZion 24 3 2 19 20 111 -91 8
13 Maccabi Nes Tziona 24 0 0 24 7 95 -88 0 Relegated to Liga Bet

1. The result of the match between Hapoel Petah Tikva and Beitar Tel Aviv (2–3) was annulled and no points were awarded.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BTA HHA HPT HRG HRL HTA MHA MNZ MNE MPT MRV MRL MTA
Beitar Tel Aviv 7–1 7–0 3–1 3–0 1–5 1–3 5–2 1–1 3–1 0–3 4–1 1–5
Hapoel Haifa 3–1 0–0 2–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 3–0 5–0 4–1 4–1 3–0 1–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–0 1–0 5–2 7–0 1–5 2–1 10–1 5–0 2–3 2–1 3–0 1–2
Hapoel Ramat Gan 3–0 1–2 1–2 2–3 0–3 2–1 5–1 4–1 1–3 1–6 10–1 2–3
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 0–1 3–3 0–2 2–1 0–3 3–6 1–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 2–1 0–3
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 5–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–3
Maccabi Haifa 3–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–2 3–0 8–1 2–10
Maccabi Nes Tziona 0–6 0–3 0–3 0–3 0–5 0–4 0–3 1–7 0–3 0–3 1–3 0–3
Maccabi Netanya 1–2 1–3 0–4 4–0 3–0 0–3 3–2 3–0 5–4 2–2 5–0 0–3
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–2 2–2 1–1 8–1 6–1 3–3 5–4 3–0 10–1 2–1 7–1 1–4
Maccabi Rehovot 0–1 2–4 1–2 1–4 5–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 3–2 0–6 9–0 0–1
Maccabi Rishon LeZion 0–8 0–3 0–3 3–1 2–2 0–6 1–7 3–0 2–2 1–6 0–3 0–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv 5–0 4–0 2–3 5–1 5–0 1–0 6–0 7–1 7–1 5–2 2–2 13–0

Source: [100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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