Egyptian Premier League
|Number of teams||20|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Egyptian Second Division|
|Domestic cup(s)||Egypt Cup
Egyptian Super Cup
|International cup(s)||Champions League
|Current champions||El Ahly
|Most championships||El Ahly (37)|
|2014–15 Egyptian Premier League|
The Egyptian Premier League is an Egyptian professional league for football clubs and represents the top flight of Egyptian football. The championship consists of nineteen competing teams in a home and away league system. It is currently known as the Etisalat Egyptian Premier League, after the Emirate communications company signed a sponsorship deal with the Egyptian FA. No more than three foreign players are allowed on any side in the Egyptian Premier League.
During the 2011 Egyptian Protests the Egyptian Premier League was paused until 6 March, but was postponed until 14 April, when play finally resumed.
- 1 Competition format and sponsorship
- 2 Media coverage
- 3 Clubs
- 4 Stadiums
- 5 List of champions
- 6 Top goalscorers
- 7 External links
Competition format and sponsorship
There are 18 clubs in the Egyptian Premier League. The Football Season, which lasts from August to May, is interleaved with a Six-Weeks Winter break that lasts from the end of December to February. During the course of the season, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 36 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then the direct confrontation,then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion . If points are equal,the direct confrontation, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Division II League, and the top three teams from the three groups into the Division II league, together, are promoted in their place.
The Egyptian Premier League has been sponsored since 2005. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:
2005–2007: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League.
2007–2011: Etisalat Egyptian Premier League.
2011–2014: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League.
2014-present: Egyptian Premier League (Sponsored by Presentation Sports)
All matches are televised on the state-owned channel NileSports.
Matches hosted by Al-Ahly, Misr El-Makasa SC, Petrojet, Wadi Degla, Smouha and Ala'ab Damanhour are televised on El-Nahar, Al-Hayah and CBC, while the rest of the matches are televised exclusively on MBC.
Members for 2013–14
A total of 65 clubs have played in the Egyptian Premier League from its inception in 1948–49 up to and including the 2013–14 season. But only two clubs have been members of the Egyptian Premier League for every season since its inception: these are El Ahly and Zamalek.
The following 22 clubs are competing in the Egyptian Premier League as of the 2013–14 season.
|First season in
|Number of seasons
in Premier League
|El Entag El Harby (Military Production)||13||2009–10||5||n/a|
|Al Ittihad El Sakandary (Union Alexandria)a||14||1948–49||55||n/a|
|El Mokawloon SC||16||1978–79||32||1|
|Ghazl El Mahalla (Mahalla Textiles)||n/a||1956–57||47||1|
|Haras El Hodood (Border Guards)e||8||1963–64||14||n/a|
|Ittihad El Shorta (Police Union)d||4||1975–76||7||n/a|
|Tala'ea El Gaish (Army Vanguards)||9||2004–05||10||n/a|
|Telephonat Bani Sweif (Bani Sweif telecom)||n/a||2011–12||3||n/a|
a: Founding member of the Egyptian Premier League
b: Never been relegated from Egyptian Premier League
c: First Time in Egyptian Premier League
d: Ittihad El-Shorta appear in 1974–75 season as El-Shorta
e: Haras El Hodood (Border Guards) appear in 1963–65 seasons as El-Soahel
The recently opened Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria (capacity: 86,000) is currently used mainly for international competitions, as it was constructed as part of Egypt's failed bid to land the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, there is speculation that League sides from Alexandria will eventually call it their home grounds.
|Osman Ahmed Osman||Cairo||35,000|
|El Salam Stadium||Cairo||30,000|
|Military Academy Stadium||Cairo||28,500|
|Sekka El Hadeed Stadium||Cairo||25,000|
|Harras El-Hedoud Stadium||Alexandria||25,000|
|Police Academy Stadium||Cairo||22,000|
|El Mansoura Stadium||Mansura||20,000|
|Port Said Stadium||Port Said||17,988|
|Asiut University Stadium||Asyut||16,000|
|El Gouna Stadium||El Gouna||13,000|
List of champions
Titles by club
|El Ahly||37||1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14|
|Zamalek||11||1959–60, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04|
|Ismaily||3||1966–67, 1990–91, 2001–02|
|Ghazl El Mahalla||1||1972–73|
|El Mokawloon SC||1||1982–83|
Double titles (League & cup in the same season)
All seasons top goalscorers
All time top goalscorers
Last updated 28 May 2013.
|2||Hossam Hassan||El Ahly / Zamalek / El Masry / Tersana / El Ittihad El Sakandary||168|
|4||El-Sayed El-Dhizui||El Masry / El Ahly||112|
|5||Mahmoud El-Khateeb||El Ahly||108|
|6||Ahmed El-Kass||El Olympi / Zamalek / El Ittihad El Sakandary||107|
|7||Mohamed Aboutrika||Tersana / El Ahly||105|
For a full list of clubs see List of football clubs in Egypt.
- (Arabic) Official website
- Premier League at soccerway.com; standings, results & fixtures
- RSSSF competition history
- (Arabic) yallakora.com Egyptian Premier League schedule, match results
- Filgoal.com Egyptian Premier League
- goal.com Egyptian Premier League
- Egyptian Premier League - Hailoosport.com (Arabic)
- Egyptian Premier League - Hailoosport.com