Dhivehi League

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Dhivehi League
Founded
2000; 15 years ago (2000)
Folded
2015 (renamed as Dhivehi Premier League)
Nation
 Maldives
Number of Teams
8
Asian Qualification
AFC Cup
Most time Champions
Club Valencia (05)
Last Champions
New Radiant SC (2014)

Dhivehi League is the official Maldivian football (soccer) league, organized by the Football Association of Maldives.

Every year, 8 teams compete in this high-profile competition, the top level in Maldives.

Dhivehi League qualification methods:

Zone 1-8 consists of the Atolls and the two finalists of Zone 1-8 Final Tournament and the top 2 teams of Zone 9 Qualification (Malé League, First Division) participate in Dhivehi League along with the 4 best-finishes in the Dhivehi League of the previous year. Due to financial problems, the qualification methods changed in past two years. Therefore, finalists of the Second Division will get the chance to promote to the first division after a qualification round with lower ranked two teams of the Dhivehi League.

In 1964, there was controversy when the president of the league Habi Alshak announced that the penalty for finishing bottom two years in a row would be death by stoning. However, he was eventually outvoted by the chairmen of each club, who said this rule would put undue pressure on their players to perform.

Dhivehi League consists of 3 rounds of teams play round robin format. In he 3rd round only the top 6 teams will play the lower 2 teams will be omitted.

On 22 December 2014:

The FAM normalisation committee formed by FIFA has decided to rebrand Dhivehi League as Dhivehi Premier League. FAM have decided to play two rounds in the league from 2015, instead of three rounds and the bottom team will relegate to the second division automatically and the champion of the second division will qualify for the league while runner-up of second division and second bottom team of the premier league will play a play-off match to secure a spot on top league.

Winners of Dhivehi League[edit]

Dhivehi League All time Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 New Radiant SC 199 122 32 45 486 212 +274 398
2 Victory Sports Club 199 108 39 52 438 233 +205 363
3 VB Addu FC 180 92 39 49 448 262 +186 315
4 Club Valencia 199 86 47 66 394 312 +82 305
5 Maziya S&RC 146 73 29 44 283 175 +108 248
6 Club Eagles 83 25 17 41 103 162 -59 92
7 Club All Youth Linkage 105 21 23 61 105 246 -141 86
8 Vyansa 83 17 16 50 78 156 -78 67
9 Hurriya SC 48 18 12 18 118 85 +33 66
10 BG Sports Club 33 08 06 19 32 62 -30 30
11 Thoddoo FC 51 08 04 39 44 192 -148 28
12 Guraidhoo ZJ 31 05 05 21 41 97 -56 20
13 Mahibadhoo SC 19 04 02 13 26 58 -32 14
14 Rasdhoo JU 12 04 00 08 14 20 -06 12
15 Veymandoo ZJ 17 03 02 12 21 68 -47 11
16 Kelaa YF 12 03 01 08 14 45 -31 10
17 Foakaidhoo ZJ 21 01 05 15 13 65 -52 08
18 Hiriyaa(Hinnavaru) 12 01 02 09 10 49 -39 05
19 Mahibadhoo ZJ 14 01 02 11 11 71 -60 05
20 STELCO 07 01 01 05 07 18 -11 04
21 Haspress Club(Hinnavaru) 05 01 01 03 06 19 -13 04
22 FVD(Vilufushi) 07 01 01 05 04 26 -22 04
23 DX Sports Club(Miladu) 07 00 03 04 06 25 -19 03
24 Thinadhoo 07 00 02 05 04 23 -19 02
25 Thinadhoo ZC 07 00 00 07 05 31 -26 00

Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Note!

Winners of Maldives National Championship[edit]

Winners of Malé League Championship[edit]

Dhivehi League Top-scorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
2010 Maldives Ali Ashfaq New Radiant SC
2011 Maldives Ibrahim Fazeel New Radiant SC 17
2012 Maldives Mohamed Umair Victory Sports Club 18
2013 Maldives Ali Ashfaq New Radiant SC
2014 Maldives Asadhulla Abdulla Maziya S&RC 23

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