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
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Country Iran
Confederation AFC
Founded 1991 officially
2001 with current format
Divisions 2
Number of teams 26
Levels on pyramid 2 (2001-)
1 (1991-2001)
Promotion to Iran 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 Iran 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 Iran 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 IPL was created and since then, the Azadegan League became the second-highest division in the Iranian football league system.

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 became 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 IPL, 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]

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 Sha. 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

2013–14 Azadegan League[edit]

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

Last updated:22.09.2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] (ISNA Website)

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