2012–13 Liga Leumit

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Liga Leumit
Season 2012–13
Matches played 296
Goals scored 712 (2.41 per match)
Top goalscorer Omer Golan
Itzik Cohen
(18 goals each)
Biggest home win Maccabi Petah Tikva 7–0 Hapoel Ashkelon
Biggest away win 3 goals difference (11 games)
Highest scoring Hapoel Petah Tikva 4–4 Hapoel Ashkelon

The 2012–13 Liga Leumit was the fourteen season since its introduction in 1999 and the 71st season of second-tier football in Israel. It began on 24 August 2012 and ended on 20 May 2013.[1]

A total of sixteen teams contested in the league, including twelve sides from the 2011–12 season, one promoted team from the 2011–12 Liga Alef and three relegated teams from the 2011–12 Israeli Premier League.

Changes from 2011–12 season[edit]

Structural changes[edit]

There were five structural changes:[2]

  • The middle playoff was cancelled, with only top and bottom playoff to be contested by eight teams each, according to their regular season placement. with each team plays 37 matches.
  • The points were no longer halved after the regular season.
  • Two teams will be promoted to the 2013–14 Israeli Premier League, and three relegated teams from Israeli Premier League.
  • Two teams were directly relegated to 2013–14 Liga Alef, Two teams were directly promoted from Liga Alef, and two relegated teams from the Israeli Premier League.
  • The 14th place team will compete against the Liga Alef promotion play-off winner for the last spot in 2013–14 Liga Leumit.
Location of teams in the 2012–13 Liga Leumit

Team changes[edit]

Hapoel Ramat Gan were promoted to the 2012–13 Israeli Premier League after beating Hapoel Bnei Lod in the 2011–12 Liga Leumit promotion playoff.

Hapoel Petah Tikva, Hapoel Rishon LeZion, and Maccabi Petah Tikva were directly relegated to the 2012–13 Liga Leumit after finishing the 2011–12 Israeli Premier League season in the bottom three places.

Ironi Bat Yam, Hapoel Herzliya, and Maccabi Be'er Sheva were all relegated to Liga Alef after finishing in the previous season in last three league places. They were replaced by Maccabi Yavne who were promoted to the 2012–13 Liga Leumit after beating Hapoel Asi Gilboa on away goals rule (0–0 away, 2–2 home) in the 2011–12 Liga Alef promotion playoff.

Overview[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Stadium Capacity
Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium 06,500
Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan Winter Stadium 08,000
Hapoel Ashkelon Sala Stadium 10,000
Hapoel Bnei Lod Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium 0006,500[A]
Hapoel Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 21,600
Hapoel Kfar Saba Levita Stadium 05,500
Hapoel Nazareth Illit Green Stadium 04,000
Hapoel Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Hapoel Ra'anana Levita Stadium 0005,500[A]
Hapoel Rishon LeZion Haberfeld Stadium 06,000
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth Ilut Stadium 04,932
Maccabi Herzliya Herzliya Municipal Stadium 08,100
Maccabi Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Maccabi Umm al-Fahm Ilut Stadium 0004,932[A]
Maccabi Yavne Yavne Municipal Stadium 04,000
Sektzia Nes Tziona Ness Ziona Stadium 03,500

^ ^ ^ The club is playing their home games at a neutral venue because their own ground does not meet Premier League requirements.

Regular season[edit]

Regular season table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Maccabi Petah Tikva 30 17 8 5 52 22 +30 59 Top Playoff
2 Hapoel Nazareth Illit 30 15 9 6 38 23 +15 54
3 Hapoel Ra'anana 30 13 10 7 39 26 +13 49
4 Hapoel Petah Tikva 30 13 8 9 38 35 +3 47
5 Hapoel Jerusalem 30 11 12 7 35 28 +7 45
6 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 30 10 12 8 36 32 +4 42
7 Maccabi Herzliya 30 10 11 9 31 29 +2 41
8 Hapoel Bnei Lod 30 9 12 9 30 30 0 39
9 Maccabi Yavne 30 10 8 12 38 42 −4 38 Bottom Playoff
10 Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 30 9 9 12 29 33 −4 36
11 Sektzia Nes Tziona 30 7 12 11 29 37 −8 33
12 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 30 9 8 13 35 49 −14 0331
13 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 30 8 7 15 36 41 −5 31
14 Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 30 7 9 14 34 50 −16 30
15 Hapoel Ashkelon 30 7 9 14 30 48 −18 30
16 Hapoel Kfar Saba 30 9 8 13 32 37 −5 0262

Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
1 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan were deducted two points for violation of the budgetary control authority regulations.[3]
2 Hapoel Kfar Saba were deducted nine points for entering administration.[3]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Regular season results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BTR HAR HAS HBL HJE HKS HNI HPT HRA HRL MAN MHE MPT MUF MYA SNT
Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–1 3–1
Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–3 1–3 3–0 0–0 0–3 0–2 2–2 0–2
Hapoel Ashkelon 2–0 1–4 2–1 0–2 3–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–3 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–0
Hapoel Bnei Lod 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–3 0–1 0–0 3–0 0–3 3–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–3
Hapoel Jerusalem 3–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–1
Hapoel Kfar Saba 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–3
Hapoel Nazareth Illit 3–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 5–1 2–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 2–1 2–1 4–4 0–1 3–1 0–3 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 5–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–2
Hapoel Ra'anana 4–2 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 4–2 2–1
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 3–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–1
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 1–3 4–1 1–3 2–3 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–0 0–1 1–1 5–1 1–2 3–0 2–1
Maccabi Herzliya 3–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–1
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–0 1–2 7–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–2 3–1 3–0 4–0 0–0
Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–4 1–2 1–1
Maccabi Yavne 0–0 5–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–1
Sektzia Nes Tziona 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–1

Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Playoffs[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 30 games):

Rounds
31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th 37th
1 – 8
2 – 7
3 – 6
4 – 5
1 – 2
6 – 4
7 – 3
8 – 5
2 – 8
3 – 1
4 – 7
5 – 6
1 – 4
2 – 3
7 – 5
8 – 6
3 – 8
4 – 2
5 – 1
6 – 7
1 – 6
2 – 5
3 – 4
8 – 7
4 – 8
5 – 3
6 – 2
7 – 1
09 – 16
10 – 15
11 – 14
12 – 13
09 – 10
14 – 12
15 – 11
16 – 13
10 – 16
11 – 90
12 – 15
13 – 14
09 – 12
10 – 11
15 – 13
16 – 14
11 – 16
12 – 10
13 – 90
14 – 15
09 – 14
10 – 13
11 – 12
16 – 15
12 – 16
13 – 11
14 – 10
15 – 90

Top Playoff[edit]

Top Playoff table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Maccabi Petah Tikva (P) 37 21 10 6 66 29 +37 73 Promotion to Israeli Premier League
2 Hapoel Ra'anana (P) 37 20 10 7 56 33 +23 70
3 Hapoel Nazareth Illit 37 19 10 8 48 30 +18 67
4 Hapoel Jerusalem 37 15 12 10 48 39 +9 57
5 Hapoel Petah Tikva 37 15 8 14 45 48 −3 53
6 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 37 11 15 11 44 43 +1 48
7 Maccabi Herzliya 37 10 14 13 33 39 −6 44
8 Hapoel Bnei Lod 37 10 13 14 37 42 −5 43

Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Top Playoff results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] HBL HJE HNI HPT HRA HRL MHE MPT
Hapoel Bnei Lod 1–2 3–1 0–0
Hapoel Jerusalem 1–3 2–1 2–4
Hapoel Nazareth Illit 1–0 2–0 1–3 2–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 3–2 0–3 1–2 2–0
Hapoel Ra'anana 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–1
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 2–2 1–0 0–0
Maccabi Herzliya 0–3 1–2 1–1
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–2

Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Bottom Playoff[edit]

Bottom Playoff table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
9 Maccabi Yavne 37 13 10 14 48 52 −4 49
10 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 37 13 8 16 49 47 +2 47
11 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 37 12 10 15 46 59 −13 0441
12 Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 37 10 11 16 39 44 −5 41
13 Hapoel Ashkelon 37 10 11 16 38 57 −19 41
14 Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla (O) 37 9 13 15 45 58 −13 40 Qualification to relegation play-offs
15 Sektzia Nes Tziona (R) 37 7 16 14 33 47 −14 37 Relegation to Liga Alef
16 Hapoel Kfar Saba (R) 37 10 11 16 37 45 −8 0322

Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
1 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan were deducted two points for violation of the budgetary control authority regulations.[3]
2 Hapoel Kfar Saba were deducted nine points for entering administration.[3]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Bottom Playoff results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BTR HAR HAS HKS MAN MUF MYA SNT
Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 2–1 2–3 1–1
Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–1
Hapoel Ashkelon 0–1 1–1 1–0
Hapoel Kfar Saba 1–1 1–2 0–2
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 0–0 2–1 4–1
Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 3–0 1–2 1–2 1–1
Maccabi Yavne 1–4 2–1 0–0 3–2
Sektzia Nes Tziona 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–2

Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation playoff[edit]

Relegation playoff[edit]

The 14th-placed Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla faced 2012–13 Liga Alef promotion winner Beitar Kfar Saba. Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla, the winner on aggregate kept its spot in the 2013–14 Liga Leumit. The matches took place on May 24 and 27, 2013.


28 May 2013
19:30 UTC+3
Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla 3 – 1 Beitar Kfar Saba
Amos Goal 14'58'
Soltan Goal 78'
Report Goal 40' Deri

Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla won 4–2 on aggregate.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Israel Omer Golan Maccabi Petah Tikva 18
Israel Itzik Cohen Hapoel Jerusalem 18
3 Israel Ahmed Nahia Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 13
Senegal Mamadou Thiam Hapoel Ra'anana 13
5 Israel Oren Nissim Maccabi Yavne 12
Israel Kobi Hassan Hapoel Ra'anana 12
Israel Timor Avitan Maccabi Yavne 12
8 Israel Dani Preda Maccabi Petah Tikva 11
Israel Ran Rol Hapoel Nazareth Illit 11
Democratic Republic of the Congo Alain Masudi Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 11
Ivory Coast Serge Ayeli Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 11
Total 712
Average per game 2.41

Source: Israel Football Association

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Israel Ida, MaorMaor Ida Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan Hapoel Ashkelon 3–1[4] 14 September 2012
Israel Golan, OmerOmer Golan Maccabi Petah Tikva Hapoel Ashkelon 7–0[5] 22 December 2012
Israel Malkin, EranEran Malkin Hapoel Nazareth Illit Hapoel Bnei Lod 3–0[6] 12 February 2013
Israel Cohen, ItzikItzik Cohen Hapoel Petah Tikva Hapoel Jerusalem 3–0[7] 5 April 2013
Israel Blumstein, GilGil Blumstein Hapoel Ashkelon Beitar Tel Aviv 3–2[8] 4 May 2013

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Discipline[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Petah Tikva derby in the sixth round". ONE. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "No longer for halving of points in Liga Leumit". Maariv. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan were deducted two points". (Hebrew). ONE. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Hapoel Ashkelon 1–4 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan". Israel Football Association. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Maccabi Petah Tikva 7–0 Hapoel Ashkelon". Israel Football Association. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Hapoel Bnei Lod 0–3 Hapoel Nazareth Illit". Israel Football Association. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–3 Hapoel Jerusalem". Israel Football Association. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Beitar Tel Aviv 2–3 Hapoel Ashkelon". Israel Football Association. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 1–3 Hapoel Rishon LeZion". Israel Football Association. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Maccabi Yavne 0–0 Maccabi Herzliya". Israel Football Association. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.