First Macedonian Football League
|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 First Macedonian Football League (Macedonian: Прва македонска Фудбалска Лига, Prva Мakedonska Fudbalska Liga; also called 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).
Since 1909, many clubs have been formed, with the most prominent Macedonian club from Skopje, Gragjanski Skopje being officially established in 1912. 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.
- 1 Format
- 2 History
- 3 Champions
- 4 First League Clubs
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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.
- 39 (38) Latvian League
- 40 (41) Icelandic League
- 41 (39) Macedonian League
- 42 (42) Montenegro
- 43 (44) Albania
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).
After the liberation of Yugoslavia from Axis forces and the creation of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia within the socialist Yugoslavia, Macedonian clubs participated in the Yugoslav League system that consisted of two or three, depending on time period, national leagues. Bellow the national leagues, the Republic Leagues were created in each one of the 6 Yugoslav Socialist Republics. The Republic League of SR Macedonia was played between 1945 and 1992, and the top placed teams had access to the Yugoslav national leagues. The most successful clubs from this period were FK Vardar, FK Rabotnički and FK Pobeda, which only don´t count more regional titles because they usually competed in higher national leagues. In 1992 Macedonia declared independence and formed its own league system.
The clubs from the territory of Vardarska Banovina (part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia) had a league organised by the Skoplje Football Subassociation. <> The winners qualify in the Yugoslav Championship.<>
- 1927 – SK Bitola
- 1928 – Pobeda Skopje
- 1929 – JUG Skopje, SSK and Sparta, all clubs from Skopje, finished the season with eaqual number of points.
- 1930 – JUG Skopje
- 1931 – SSK Skopje -Few Legs were Not finished SSK was first when it was stopped
- 1932 – SSK Skopje
- 1933 – SSK Skopje
- 1934 – SSK Skopje
- 1935 – Slavija Skopje not finished Slavija was first when it was stopped not finished
- 1936 – Gragjanski Skopje
- 1937 – Gragjanski Skopje <>
- 1938 – Gragjanski Skopje
- 1939 – SSK Skopje
- 1940 – SSK Skopje
- 1941 – Makedonija Skopje (fusion SSK,JUG,ZhSK,Pobeda and Vardar Skopje)
- 1942 – Makedonija Skopje
- 1943 – ŽSK Skopje (after Makedonija dissembled)
- 1944 – ŽSK Skopje
Republic League (1945–1992)
Main article: List of Macedonian football champions
- MFL after 1945
||1953, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1979, 1981, 1986|
||1950, 1951, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1975, 1982|
||1952, 1966, 1968, 1973, 1977, 1980|
||1965, 1969, 1974, 1985|
||1956, 1958, 1983, 1988|
||1964, 1967, 1976, 1984|
|11 Oktomvri Kumanovo||
|Sasa Makedonska Kamenica||
|Makedonija Gj.P. Skopje||
First Macedonian Football League (Post 1992)
Main article: List of Macedonian football champions
Macedonian First League
Performance by club
||1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12, 2012–13|
||2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2013–14|
||1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98|
||1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01|
Bold indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
First League Clubs
Seasons in First League
The bolded teams compete in the First League during the 2014–15 season. Vardar is the only team to have played First League football in every season.
First League Members for 2014–15
in season 2013–14
|First season in
|Bregalnica Štip a||7th||1992–93|
|Sileks a||1st in Second Division||1992–93|
|Teteks a||2nd in Second Division||1992–93|
a: Founding member of the First League
b: Never been relegated from First League
- http://ffm.com.mk/istorijanaffm (Macedonian)
- "First League". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "UEFA Country Ranking 2012". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "UEFA Country coefficients 2011/12". UEFA. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- 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
- Karel Stokkermans (31 May 2012). "Macedonia – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Macedonian First League current season standings and recent results at Uefa.com
- Football Federation of Macedonia (Macedonian)