Macedonian First Football League
|Country||Republic of Macedonia|
|Number of teams||10|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||2. MFL|
|Domestic cup(s)||Macedonian Football Cup|
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
|Current champions||Rabotnički (4th title)
|Most championships||Vardar (7 titles)|
|TV partners||A1 (2008–2010)
The Macedonian First Football League (Macedonian: Прва македонска Фудбалска Лига, Prva Мakedonska Fudbalska Liga; also called Macedonian First League, 1. MFL and Prva Liga) is the highest professional football competition in the Republic of Macedonia. It is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Macedonian football league system and has been operating for about twenty years since the 1992–1993 season. It is organized by the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM).
Within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Macedonian teams had been a part of the Belgrade Football Subassociation (until 1927), Skopje Football Subassociation (1927–1941) and later after WWII in the Yugoslav football league system (1945–1991).
The championship titles won before 1992 are officially recognized by the Macedonian League as domestic regional cups.
Throughout the 1. MFL history, the number of clubs competing at the top level has been gradually decreased. Below is a complete record of how many teams played in each season throughout the league's history;
The league has 10 teams, and each team plays the other sides four times, for a total of 36 matches each.
Due to the UEFA Ranking coefficients ranking (shown below); The winner of the league enters into the Qualifying Rounds of the Champions League, while the second and third placed teams are entered into the Qualifying Rounds of the Europa League along with the winner of the Macedonian Cup. At the end of the season, the bottom 2 teams are relegated to the Macedonian Second League while the 9th and 10th placed teams enter a play-off with the 3rd and 4th placed teams of the Macedonian Second League.
- 37 (35) Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 38 (46) Liechtenstein Football Cup
- 39 (42) Macedonian First League
- 40 (43) League of Ireland Premier Division
- 41 (39) Montenegrin First League
In 1923 it was organised the first edition of leagues in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia where, beside the top-level national Yugoslav Football Championship, regional championships were also played. The clubs of the Vardarska Banovina, territorially similar to present day Macedonia, played within the Belgrade Football Subassociation League until 1927, when a separate Skoplje Football Subassociation League was formed. The champions of Subassociation Leagues were granted a place in the qualifiers to the Yugoslav Championship, a top national level. Gragjanski Skopje became the only club to menage to participate in the national league, first in 1935–36 when the championship was played in a cup system, and in 1938–39, when it was played in normal league system with Gragjanski finishing 10th out of 12 teams. In 1939 the Yugoslav league system was changed, with the creation of separate Serbian and Croato-Slovenian Leagues which will serve as qualifying leagues for the final phase of the Yugoslav Championship. The clubs from the Skopje Subassociation played their qualifications to the Serbian League, however only Gragjanski managed to participate, and it did it in both occasions, in 1939–40 (5th place) and 1940–41 (8th place).
|†||League champions also won the Macedonian Football Cup, i.e. they completed a domestic Double.|
|Season||Champions (titles)||Runners-up||Third place||Top scorer(s)|
|1992–93||Vardar (1) †||Sileks||Balkan||Ćirić, SašaSaša Ćirić (Vardar)||MKD||36|
|1993–94||Vardar (2)||Sileks||Balkan||Boškovski, ZoranZoran Boškovski (Sileks)||MKD||21|
|1994–95||Vardar (3) †||Sileks||Sloga Jugomagnat||Ćirić, SašaSaša Ćirić (Vardar)||MKD||35|
|1995–96||Sileks (1)||Sloga Jugomagnat||Vardar||Boškovski, ZoranZoran Boškovski (Sileks)||MKD||20|
|1996–97||Sileks (2) †||Pobeda||Sloga Jugomagnat||Micevski, VančoVančo Micevski (Sileks) §||MKD||16|
|Gjokić, MiroslavMiroslav Gjokić (Sileks) §||MKD||16|
|1997–98||Sileks (3)||Sloga Jugomagnat||Makedonija GP||Atanasov, VančoVančo Atanasov (Belasica)||MKD||12|
|1998–99||Sloga Jugomagnat (1)||Sileks||Pobeda||Oliveira, RogérioRogério Oliveira (Pobeda)||BRA||22|
|1999–2000||Sloga Jugomagnat (2) †||Pobeda||Rabotnički||Beqiri, ArgjendArgjend Beqiri (Sloga Jugomagnat)||MKD||19|
|2000–01||Sloga Jugomagnat (3)||Vardar||Pobeda||Beqiri, ArgjendArgjend Beqiri (Sloga Jugomagnat)||MKD||27|
|2001–02||Vardar (4)||Belasica||Cementarnica||Gjokić, MiroslavMiroslav Gjokić (Pobeda)||MKD||22|
|2002–03||Vardar (5)||Belasica||Pobeda||Savić, LjubišaLjubiša Savić (Bregalnica / Sloga Jugomagnat)||MKD||25|
|2003–04||Pobeda (1)||Sileks||Vardar||Dimitrovski, DraganDragan Dimitrovski (Pobeda)||MKD||25|
|2004–05||Rabotnički (1)||Vardar||Pobeda||Stojanovski, AleksandarAleksandar Stojanovski (Belasica) §||MKD||26|
|Ristić, StevicaStevica Ristić (Sileks) §||MKD||26|
|2005–06||Rabotnički (2)||Makedonija GP||Vardar||Ristić, StevicaStevica Ristić (Sileks)||MKD||27|
|2006–07||Pobeda (2)||Rabotnički||Makedonija GP||Jančevski, BobanBoban Jančevski (Bashkimi / Renova)||MKD||26|
|2007–08||Rabotnički (3) †||Milano||Pelister||Gligorovski, IvicaIvica Gligorovski (Milano)||MKD||15|
|2008–09||Makedonija GP (1)||Milano||Renova||Gligorovski, IvicaIvica Gligorovski (Milano)||MKD||14|
|2009–10||Renova (1)||Rabotnički||Metalurg||Božinovski, BobiBobi Božinovski (Rabotnički)||MKD||15|
|2010–11||Shkëndija (1)||Metalurg||Renova||Kirovski, HristijanHristijan Kirovski (Skopje)||MKD||20|
|2011–12||Vardar (6)||Metalurg||Shkëndija||Ivanovski, FilipFilip Ivanovski (Vardar)||MKD||24|
|2012–13||Vardar (7)||Metalurg||Turnovo||Kostovski, JovanJovan Kostovski (Vardar)||MKD||22|
|2013–14||Rabotnički (4) †||Turnovo||Metalurg||Blaževski, DejanDejan Blaževski (Turnovo)||MKD||19|
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Note: Bold indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
|1||Vardar||7||1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013|
|2||Rabotnički||4||2005, 2006, 2008, 2014|
|=3||Sileks||3||1996, 1997, 1998|
|=3||Sloga Jugomagnat||3||1999, 2000, 2001|
|Rank||City / town||Titles||Winning clubs|
|1||Skopje||15||Vardar (7), Rabotnički (4), Sloga Jugomagnat (3), Makedonija GP (1)|
|=3||Tetovo||2||Renova (1), Shkëndija (1)|
Current teams (2014–2015)
in season 2013–14
|Sileks||1st in Second League|
|Teteks||2nd in Second League|
- http://ffm.com.mk/istorijanaffm (Macedonian)
- "First League". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
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- Sijić, pag. 135
- Milorad Sijić: "Football in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia", pag. 142 (Serbian)
- Sijić, pag. 99–100
- Sijić, pag. 111–116
- Sijić, pag. 117
- Sijić, pag. 120–121
- Sijić, pag. 129
- "First League 2013/2014". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- "Second League 2013/2014". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- "First League 2014/2015". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- Macedonian First League current season standings and recent results at Uefa.com
- Football Federation of Macedonia (Macedonian)