2013 Afghan Premier League

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Afghan Premier League
Season 2013
2012
2014

The 2013 Afghan Premier League was the second season of Afghan Premier League, the Afghan league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2012. The season started on 22 August 2013 with the group stage and had concluded the season with the final on 11th of October 2013.[1] Toofaan Harirod headed into the season as the defending champions and lost in the semi-finals to Shaheen Asmayee F.C. who came out to be the champions of season 2013.

Format[edit]

For the second season of the Afghan Premier League the Afghanistan Football Federation and Moby Group, the co-founders and the organizers of the league, decided to have the league start in three stages.[1] To expand the league to the Provinces of Afghanistan the organizers decided to have stage one begin with regional tournaments which would eventually provide team selection for the eight Afghan Premier League teams.[1] In total there will be eight different regional tournaments in May and June 2013 with each tournament featuring around four to six teams.[1] Along with the Afghan-based regional teams there will also be one team on Afghan refugees from Iran and one team of Afghan refugees from Pakistan entering the regional round in the Center and East tournaments respectively.[1]

The idea of the regional tournaments is to allow younger players a chance at becoming a professional footballer.[1] At the end of the regional tournaments the best 26 players from the participating teams in each region will be selected to the Afghan Premier League team that is based in that specific region.[1]

Finally in order to select the final 18-man squad for the official Afghan Premier League season, a special televised tournament during the holy month of ramadan called Maidan-e-Sabz will air in which judges, coaches, and even the voting fans will decide who will be the final 18 players for each team.[1] Before this stage begins, at the beginning of ramadan, the coaches and trainers from each team will select the best 15 players out of 26 players in which during the holy month the best 15 players will play against the remaining non-selected 11 players in intra-squad matches.[1] At the end of each weeks show the television audience will be asked to send in their votes for their top player in each position and those results will be taken into consideration by the judges.[1] The judges for this show will be certified coaches from the Afghanistan Football Federation; they will decide their top 3 players from the 11 players for each team.[1]

Finally, the second edition of the Afghan Premier League will officially kick-off on 22 August 2013 at the Afghanistan Football Federation Stadium with the group stage going on till 27 September 2013.[1] The semi-finals will be played in a two-legged format in October with the Final taking place on 11 October 2013.[1]

Teams[edit]

A total of 8 teams had contested in the league. All of the 8 teams were spread out across Afghanistan, but all the matches had been played successfully at the Afghanistan Football Federation stadium in Kabul. The eight teams were divided into 2 groups of 4 in the 18 game total league. The same 8 teams have played in both seasons of the Afghan Premier League, which large numbers of supporters and crowds for the games held in Kabul, Afghanistan. The final was held on the 11th of October 2013, with Shaheen Asmayee F.C defeating Simorgh Alborz F.C 3-1 after extra time had been played out, respectively. It was Shaheen's first title and championship, with Simorgh's second runner up title, after two seasons in a row making it to the final of the country's league football.

Final standings[edit]

1) Toofaan Harirod F.C.

2) Oqaban Hindukush F.C.

3) Shaheen Asmayee F.C.

4) Simorgh Alborz F.C.

5) De Abasin Sape F.C.

6) De Spin Ghar Bazan F.C.

7) Mawjhai Amu F.C.

8) De Maiwand Atalan F.C.


Teams and locations[edit]

Team Location Group
De Spin Ghar Bazan East Group A
Mawjhai Amu North East Group A
Simorgh Alborz North Group A
Toofaan Harirood West Group A
De Abasin Sape South East Group B
De Maiwand Atalan South West Group B
Oqaban Hindukush Center Group B
Shaheen Asmayee Kabul Group B

Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Toofaan Harirod 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 7 Semi-Finals
Simorgh Alborz 3 1 2 0 10 5 +5 5 Semi-Finals
De Spin Ghar Bazan 3 1 0 2 2 11 –9 3
Mawjhai Amu 3 0 2 1 3 7 -4 1
22 August 2013
16:00 AFT
Toofaan Harirod 5 – 0 De Spin Ghar Bazan
Nadeem Goal 7' (pen)
Azadani Goal 17'
Afshar Goal 27'
Mohammadi Goal 70'
Yaqoobi
Report
29 August 2013
16:00 AFT
Simorgh Alborz 2 – 2 Mawjhai Amu
Report
5 September 2013
16:00 AFT
Simorgh Alborz 5 – 0 De Spin Ghar Bazan
13 September 2013
16:00 AFT
Toofaan Harirod 3 – 0 Mawjhai Amu
19 September 2013
16:00 AFT
Toofaan Harirod 3 – 3 Simorgh Alborz
26 September 2013
16:00 AFT
Mawjhai Amu 1 – 2 De Spin Ghar Bazan

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Oqaban Hindukush 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 7 Semi-Finals
Shaheen Asmayee 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 7 Semi-Finals
De Abasin Sape 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
De Maiwand Atalan 3 0 0 3 1 6 –5 0
23 August 2013
16:00 AFT
Shaheen Asmayee 1 – 1 Oqaban Hindukush
Sharifi Goal 40'
Barakzai Goal 53'90'
Report Totakhil Goal 88'
30 August 2013
16:00 AFT
De Maiwand Atalan 0 – 2 De Abasin Sape
6 September 2013
16:00 AFT
De Maiwand Atalan 1 – 2 Oqaban Hindukush
12 September 2013
16:00 AFT
De Abasin Sape 1 – 5 Oqaban Hindukush
20 September 2013
16:00 AFT
Shaheen Asmayee 2 – 0 De Maiwand Atalan
27 September 2013
16:00 AFT
Shaheen Asmayee 1 – 0 De Abasin Sape

Knockout stage[edit]

                     
   Toofaan Harirod 2 0  
 Shaheen Asmayee 0 3  
   Shaheen Asmayee 3
   Simorgh Alborz 1
 Oqaban Hindukush 2 1
   Simorgh Alborz 1 3  


Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

7 goals:

3 goals:

2 goals:


Awards[edit]

Champion: (Shaheen Asmayee)

Golden Boot:

Player of the Season:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) Event Format of the 2nd Season". Afghan Premier League. Retrieved 24 May 2013.