Liga Gimel

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Liga Gimel
Country Israel Israel
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Founded 1951; 63 years ago (1951)
Number of teams 16X8
Levels on pyramid 5
Promotion to B League
Domestic cup(s) State Cup
Current champions Hapoel Ironi Safed (Upper Galilee)
Maccabi Ironi Yafa (Lower Galilee)
F.C. Al-Nahda Nazareth (Jezreel)
F.C. Baqa (Samaria)
Hapoel Kafr Qasim Shouaa (Sharon)
F.C. Roei Heshbon Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv)
F.C. Beitar Yavne (Central)
Hapoel Merhavim (South)
(2013–14)

Liga Gimel (Hebrew: ליגה ג'‎, lit. C League) is the fifth and bottom tier of Israeli football league system, a position it has held since 2009.

History[edit]

Liga Gimel was first established in 1951 as a third division, below Liga Alef and Liga Bet. In 1955, after designating the first tier as Liga Leumit, Liga Gimel was demoted to the fourth tier. Further demotions followed in 1976, after the second tier Liga Artzit to the fifth tier and in 1999, after the establishment of Liga Ha'Al to the sixth tier. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Liga Artzit was scrapped and Liga Gimel was brought up back to the fifth tier.

Although currently Liga Gimel is the bottom tier in the Israeli league pyramid, from 1969–70[1] and up until the 1984-85 season a further tier, Liga Dalet was below Liga Gimel, until it was scrapped due to declining number of teams.

Structure[edit]

As of 2014-15 season, Liga Gimel consists of eight divisions of varying size, four in the north and four in the less-populated south, with a total of 111 member clubs.

If they meet criteria laid down by the IFA, the top club from each division is promoted at the end of the season to the Liga Bet (the fourth level). Teams are assigned to their new Liga Bet divisions based on their geographical locations. As it is the lowest division, no clubs are relegated.

Liga Gimel Upper Galilee[edit]

The champion of Liga Gimel Upper Galilee is promoted to Liga Bet North A. For the 2014–15 season, the division is composed of:

  • Beitar Kafr Kanna
  • Bnei Kafr Yasif
  • F.C. Aramshe Danun
  • F.C. Hatzor HaGlilit
  • F.C. Julis
  • Hapoel Bnei Hurfeish
  • Hapoel Bnei Peki'in
  • Hapoel Bnei Rameh
  • Hapoel Jat Yanuh HaGlilit
  • Hapoel Merom HaGalil
  • Hapoel Nahariya
  • Hapoel Tarshiha
  • Maccabi Ahva Yarka
  • Maccabi Bnei Nahf

Past champions[edit]

  • 1998–99: Maccabi Kiryat Shmona
  • 1999–2000: Beitar Safed
  • 2003–04: Hapoel Ironi I'billin
  • 2004–05: Maccabi Kafr Yasif
  • 2005–06: Maccabi Sha'ab
  • 2006–07: Ahi Acre
  • 2007–08: Hapoel Kaukab
  • 2008–09: Ihud Bnei Majd al-Krum
  • 2009–10: Hapoel Shefa-'Amr
  • 2010–11: F.C. Bu'eine
  • 2011–12: Hapoel Bnei Maghar
  • 2012–13: Hapoel Bu'eine
  • 2013–14: Hapoel Ironi Safed

Liga Gimel Lower Galilee[edit]

The champion of Liga Gimel Lower Galilee is promoted to Liga Bet North A. It formed in 2013-14. For the 2014-15 season, the division is composed of:

  • Ahi Bir al-Maksur
  • F.C. Bnei Arraba
  • F.C. Halat al-Sharif
  • F.C. Kfar Kama
  • F.C. Tzeirei Bir al-Maksur
  • F.C. Tzeirei Ibtin
  • F.C. Tzeirei Kafr Kanna
  • F.C. Tzeirei Tamra
  • Hapoel Bnei Deir al-Asad
  • Ironi Bnei Sha'ab
  • Maccabi Bnei Deir Hanna
  • Maccabi Ironi Tamra
  • Maccabi Kafr Manda
  • Maccabi Tzeirei Shefa-'Amr

Past champions[edit]

  • 2013–14: Maccabi Ironi Yafa

Liga Gimel Jezreel[edit]

The champion of Liga Gimel Jezreel is promoted to Liga Bet North B. For the 2014-15 season, the division is composed of:

Past champions[edit]

  • 1998–99: Beitar Iksal
  • 1999–2000: Hapoel Yafa
  • 2003-04: Hapoel Kafr Misr/Nein
  • 2004-05: Hapoel Kfar Kama
  • 2005-06: F.C. Tzeirei Bir al-Maksur
  • 2006–07: Maccabi Beit She'an Nissim
  • 2007–08: Hapoel Umm al-Ghanem Nein
  • 2008–09: Maccabi Ahi Iksal
  • 2009–10: F.C. Kfar Kama
  • 2010–11: F.C. Daburiyya
  • 2011–12: F.C. Tzeirei Tur'an
  • 2012–13: Hapoel Bnei Nujeidat
  • 2013–14: F.C. Al-Nahda Nazareth

Liga Gimel Samaria[edit]

The champion of Liga Gimel Samaria is promoted to Liga Bet North B. For the 2014-15 season, the division is composed of:

Past champions[edit]

Liga Gimel Sharon[edit]

The champion of Liga Gimel Sharon is promoted to Liga Bet South A. For the 2014-15 season, the division is composed of:

Past champions[edit]

Liga Gimel Tel Aviv[edit]

The champion of Liga Gimel Tel Aviv is promoted to Liga Bet South A. For the 2014-15 season, the division is composed of:

Past champions[edit]

Liga Gimel Central[edit]

The champion of Liga Gimel Central is promoted to Liga Bet South B. Until 2012-13 it was known as Liga Gimel Central-South. For the 2014-15 season, the division is composed of:

Past champions[edit]

Liga Gimel South[edit]

The champion of Liga Gimel South is promoted to Liga Bet South B. Since 2013-14, it split from Liga Gimel Central-South and re-formed after three seasons of inactivity. For the 2014-15 season, the division is composed of:

Past champions[edit]

Defunct division champions[edit]

Western Galilee

  • 1998–99: Maccabi Ironi Shlomi
  • 1999–2000: Hapoel Maghar
  • 2003-04: Hapoel Bnei Julis
  • 2004-05: Beitar Ihud Mashhad

Bay Area

  • 1998–99: Hapoel Kaukab
  • 1999–2000: Hapoel Bnei Manda

Haifa

Gush Dan

  • 1998–99: Maccabi Bnei Tira
  • 1999–2000: Maccabi Yehud

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Liga Dalet in Football Will Be Operated Starting Next Year Maariv, 17 October 1968, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)