Azadegan League

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This article is about the Iranian 1st division league. For the top division league, see Iran Pro League.
Azadegan League
Azadegan League Logo.png
Country Iran
Confederation AFC
Founded 1991 officially
2001 with current format
Divisions 2
Number of teams 24
Levels on pyramid 2 (2001–)
1 (1991–2001)
Promotion to Persian Gulf Pro League
Relegation to 2nd Division
Domestic cup(s) Hazfi Cup
Current champions Padideh
(2013–14)
TV partners IRIB
Website www.lig1.ir
2014–15 Azadegan League

The Azadegan League (Persian: ليگ آزادگان‎) (also called 1st Division) is the second-highest division league in the Iranian football league system after the Persian Gulf Pro League. Each year the top teams from each group are directly promoted to the Iran Pro League, while the two second placed teams play each other in a home and away play-off to get the chance to play in the Iran Pro League play-off. The two last placed teams in each group are directly relegated to the 2nd Division.

In 1991 the league was founded as Iran's top division. But, after the creation of the Persian Gulf Pro League in 2001, the Azadegan League was declared as the second highest football league in the county.

History[edit]

The first national league in Iran after the revolution was founded in 1989 with the name of Qods League. Esteghlal became winners of the first edition of the league.

In 1991, the national league was named to Azadegan League in honor of the Iranian prisoners of war who were released.[clarification needed] The number of teams, playing in the league, varied from year to year. Pas and Saipa dominated the league in the first four years. Pas and Esteghlal both were also able to capture Asian Club Championships in the early 1990s. By the mid-90s Persepolis and Esteghlal regained their dominant form and the league champions in the period of 1995-2001 was either Esteghlal or Persepolis.

Until 2001 the league was the highest division football league in Iran, but that changed when the Iranian Football Federation decided to start a professional league. The Persian Gulf Pro League was created and since then, the Azadegan League became the second-highest division in the Iranian football league system.

Ownership[edit]

Hazfi Cup[edit]

All teams in the Azadegan League are entered in the Hazfi Cup, if any club from the Azadegan League wins the cup, they participate in the AFC Champions League. Since 2001, when Azadegan League became the second-highest division league, no team from Azadegan League has become Hazfi Cup champion. Gostaresh Foolad is the only club from the Azadegan League that has reached the final of the Hazfi Cup.

Format[edit]

The Azadegan League consists of two subdivisions, each having 12 teams. The top teams in each group are automatically promoted to the Persian Gulf Pro League, while the second place teams play each other in a home and away play-off to decide the third and last promotion spot. The eleventh and twelfth placed teams in the groups are automatically relegated to the 2nd division. Sometimes the playoff match format is not used and one match takes place between the teams on a neutral ground instead.

League Champions[edit]

As first-highest Iran's football division (1991–2001)[edit]

As second-highest Iran's football division (since 2001)[edit]

All-time Azadegan League (As second-highest Iran's football division) standings[edit]

Since the 2001–02 season, thirteen seasons of the Azadegan League has been completed. The below table shows the total ranking for the all football clubs competing in these all 13 seasons.[citation needed]

Pos. Club Seasons Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Best Rank
1 Nassaji Mazandaran 11 276 93 84 99 291 310 -19 3601 3rd
2 Payam Mashhad 9 218 82 73 63 266 236 +30 3172 Champions
3 Mashin Sazi Tabriz 11 275 75 89 108 270 353 -73 314 3rd
4 Shahrdari Arak 10 246 78 73 95 253 283 -30 307 4th
5 Tarbiat Yazd 8 198 79 67 52 243 184 +59 304 Champions
6 Tractor Sazi Tabriz 7 172 78 56 38 210 148 +62 290 Champions
7 Niroo Zamini 10 238 71 75 92 226 265 -39 288 3rd
8 Naft Abadan 7 170 76 49 45 221 151 +70 277 2nd
9 Sh. Bandar Abbas 9 196 68 63 65 217 192 +25 267 2nd
10 Homa 8 194 67 64 63 195 195 0 265 5th
11 Rahian Kermanshah 7 176 61 69 46 179 156 +23 252 Champions
12 Gol Gohar 7 176 62 54 60 203 188 -15 240 5th
13 Damash Gilan 5 126 69 32 25 174 87 +87 239 Champions
14 Mes Rafsanjan 7 176 59 62 55 190 165 +25 239 3rd
15 Shahrdari Zanjan 8 192 59 62 71 197 215 -18 239 5th
16 Etka 7 174 59 55 60 186 184 +2 232 3rd
17 Iranjavan 7 172 54 63 55 184 182 +2 225 2nd
18 Shahrdari Tabriz 5 122 57 38 27 149 100 +49 209 2nd
19 Aluminium Hormozgan 5 128 53 45 30 147 108 +39 204 2nd
20 Shamoushak 6 146 47 51 48 134 136 -2 192 Champions
21 Shahin Bushehr 6 140 48 40 52 147 160 -13 184 2nd
22 Padideh 4 102 47 37 18 127 69 +58 178 Champions
23 Oghab Tehran 5 124 46 39 39 151 118 +33 177 4th
24 Mes Kerman 5 124 45 41 38 142 118 +24 176 Champions
25 Gahar Doroud 6 150 43 47 60 133 169 -36 176 3rd
26 Bargh Tehran 5 124 45 38 41 134 120 +14 173 4th
27 Gostaresh 4 104 44 32 28 131 111 +20 164 2nd
28 Naft Masjed Soleyman 4 102 41 34 27 130 111 +19 157 2nd
29 Moghavemate Mersad 5 114 40 35 39 127 120 +7 155 4th
30 Shahrdari Yasuj 4 102 39 27 36 104 96 +8 144 3rd
31 Rah Ahan 4 102 36 29 37 106 110 -4 137 2nd
32 Aboumoslem 4 102 33 37 32 115 112 +3 136 5th
33 Sorkhpooshan 4 86 35 29 22 107 79 +28 134 3rd
34 Paykan 3 72 37 19 16 107 61 +46 130 Champions
35 Foolad Yazd 4 102 30 33 39 96 105 -9 123 5th
36 Sanati Kaveh 4 100 31 29 40 106 115 -8 122 8th
37 Steel Azin 3 74 38 19 17 119 81 +38 1213 2nd
38 Esteghlal Ahvaz 4 96 31 28 37 107 118 -11 121 Champions
39 Sepahan Novin 3 74 33 20 21 105 80 +25 119 2nd
40 Bargh Shiraz 4 104 29 30 45 91 129 -38 117 3rd
41 Payam Mokhaberat 4 104 27 33 44 91 110 -19 114 8th
42 Pas Hamedan 3 76 32 17 27 76 71 +5 113 3rd
43 Saba Battery 2 60 29 20 11 86 53 +33 107 Champions
44 Parseh Tehran 3 76 24 26 26 77 80 -3 98 3rd
45 Kowsar 4 94 22 30 42 86 120 -34 96 8th
46 Persepolis Shomal 3 76 23 20 33 74 96 -22 86 8th
47 Esteghlal Khuzestan 2 52 22 15 15 52 41 +11 81 Champions
48 Deyhim Ahvaz 4 90 18 22 50 84 157 -73 76 9th
49 Petrochimi Tabriz 2 52 20 15 17 66 63 +3 75 3rd
50 Keshto Sannat Shooshtar 3 66 16 23 27 65 89 -24 71 6th
51 Ekbatan 3 66 13 21 32 52 92 -40 66 9th
52 Alvand Hamedan 2 50 17 14 19 56 57 -1 65 4th
53 Mehrkam Pars 2 52 16 15 21 53 62 -9 63 9th
54 Yazd Louleh 2 50 15 17 18 58 53 +5 62 7th
55 Sanat Sari 2 52 15 16 21 38 58 -20 61 7th
56 Malavan 1 30 15 10 5 56 21 +35 55 2nd
57 Fajr Sepah 2 50 12 19 19 44 56 -12 55 5th
58 Naft Tehran 1 26 13 10 3 33 16 +17 49 Champions
59 Siah Jamegan 1 24 12 9 3 27 17 +10 45 2nd
60 Foolad Khuzestan 1 74 10 13 51 51 152 -101 43 12th
61 Shahin Ahvaz 1 22 13 5 4 33 15 +18 44 3rd
62 Fajr Sepasi 1 26 12 5 9 24 18 +6 41 2nd
63 Pasargad Tehran 1 22 11 6 5 41 26 +15 39 3rd
64 Giti Pasand 1 24 9 8 7 29 28 +1 35 5th
65 Naft Gachsaran 1 24 7 10 7 28 27 +1 31 7th
66 Tarbiat Khorasan 1 30 7 10 13 26 38 -12 31 12th
67 Foolad Natanz 1 26 6 10 10 30 36 -6 28 14th
68 Pegah Shush 1 22 5 12 5 24 21 +3 27 7th
69 Esteghlal Dezful 1 22 6 7 9 19 21 -2 27 6th
70 Hafari Ahvaz 1 26 6 8 12 40 42 -2 26 12th
71 Part Sazan 1 20 6 5 6 17 26 -9 26 8th
72 Sanam Tehran 1 20 6 7 7 23 24 -1 25 5th
73 Esteghlal Kish 1 22 7 4 11 25 32 -7 25 8th
74 Badr Hormozgan 1 24 9 4 11 21 30 -9 254 11th
75 Nirou Moharekeh 1 30 5 10 15 21 43 -22 25 15th
76 Shahrdari Kerman 2 42 6 7 29 28 92 -64 25 11th
77 Ararat Tehran 1 20 5 7 8 12 18 -6 22 9th
78 Pas Arak 1 20 6 4 10 21 33 -12 22 9th
79 Shahrdari Bushehr 1 20 5 5 10 20 25 -5 20 10th
80 Nozhan Mazandaran 1 22 4 8 10 12 22 -10 20 11th
81 Sepidrood Rasht 1 26 4 8 14 21 39 -18 20 14th
82 Chooka Talesh 1 20 4 4 12 17 37 -20 16 10th
83 Yadavaran Shalamcheh 1 26 3 7 16 12 35 -23 16 14th
84 Irsotter Noshahr 1 20 4 3 13 17 42 -25 15 11th
85 Kheybar Khorramabad 1 22 3 4 15 24 52 -28 13 12th
86 Shahrdari Langarud 1 22 2 6 14 17 39 -22 12 12th

1 Nassaji Mazandaran was deducted 3 points in 2012–13 season issued by Iranian Football Federation.
2 Payam Mashhad was deducted 3 points in 2010–11 season issued by Iranian Football Federation.
3 Steel Azin was deducted 12 points in 2011–12 season issued by FIFA.
4 Badr Hormozgan was deducted 6 points in 2013–14 season issued by Iranian Football Federation.
[citation needed]

Top Goal Scorer[edit]

As second-highest Iran's football division[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
2005–06 Iran Hossein Abdi Sanaye Arak 14
2006–07 Iran Farhad Kheirkhah Sorkhpooshan 11
2007–08 Iran Mohammad Parvin Steel Azin 15
2008–09 Iran Abbas Porkhosravani Gol Gohar 17
2009–10 Iran Ali Karimi Sh. Tabriz 17
2010–11 Iran Afshin Chavoshi Damash Gilan 13
Iran Mostafa Shojaei Foolad Natanz 13
Iran Moslem Firoozabadi Gol Gohar 13
2011–12 Iran Bahman Tahmasebi Aluminum 13
2012–13 Iran Mohammad Abbaszadeh Nassaji 17
2013–14 Iran Mokhtar Jomehzadeh Gol Gohar 15

2014–15 Azadegan League[edit]

In total, the following 26 teams are competing in 2013–14 Azadegan League Season.

Last updated:30.03.2015

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] (ISNA Website)

External links[edit]