First Macedonian Football League

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Прва македонска Фудбалска Лига
First Macedonian Football League
Prva Мakedonska Fudbalska Liga (emblem).png
Country  Macedonia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Divisions 1
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to 2. MFL
Domestic cup(s) Macedonian Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Rabotnički (4th title)
(2013–14)
Most championships Vardar (7 titles)
TV partners A1 (2008–2010)
MRT (2010–present)
Website ffm.mk
2014–15

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[edit]

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;

 
  • 18 clubs = 1992–1993
  • 16 clubs = 1993–1995
  • 15 clubs = 1995–1996
  • 14 clubs = 1996–2001
  • 12 clubs = 2001–2014
  • 10 clubs = 2014–present

The league has 10 teams, and each team plays the other sides four times, for a total of 36 matches each.[2]

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.

UEFA Rankings[edit]

UEFA Country Ranking for league participation in 2012–13 European football season (Previous year rank in italics) [3][4]

History[edit]

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,[5] when a separate Skoplje Football Subassociation League was formed.[6] 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,[7] and in 1938–39, when it was played in normal league system with Gragjanski finishing 10th out of 12 teams.[8] 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.[9] 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)[10] and 1940–41 (8th place).[11]

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.[citation needed]

Champions[edit]

Royal League[edit]

The clubs from the territory of Vardarska Banovina (part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia) had a league organised by the Skoplje Football Subassociation. <[1]> The winners qualify in the Yugoslav Championship.[citation needed]<[2]>

  • 1926–1941
  • 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 <[3]>
  • 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)[edit]

Club Titles Years Won
Pobeda Prilep
8
1953, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1979, 1981, 1986
Pelister Bitola
7
1950, 1951, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1975, 1982
Rabotnički Skopje
6
1952, 1966, 1968, 1973, 1977, 1980
Teteks Tetovo
4
1965, 1969, 1974, 1985
Belasica Strumica
4
1956, 1958, 1983, 1988
Bregalnica Štip
4
1964, 1967, 1976, 1984
Makedonija Skopje
2
1945, 1947
Tikveš Kavadarci
2
1972, 1978
11 Oktomvri Kumanovo
1
1949
Sasa Makedonska Kamenica
1
1992
Makedonija Gj.P. Skopje
1
1991
Balkan Skopje
1
1990
Borec Veles
1
1989
Metalurg Skopje
1
1987
Kumanovo
1
1971
Skopje
1
1970
Metalec Skopje
1
1955
Dinamo Skopje
1
1948
Pobeda Skopje
1
1946

First Macedonian Football League (Post 1992)[edit]

Macedonian First League[edit]

In 1992 the Macedonian Republic League, joined by the Macedonian clubs that played in the Yugoslav First and Second League, formed the First Macedonian Football League.

Season Champions Runners-up Third place Top scorer(s) Goals
1992–93 Vardar Sileks Balkan Republic of Macedonia Saša Ćirić (Vardar) 36
1993–94 Vardar Sileks Balkan Republic of Macedonia Zoran Boškovski (Sileks) 21
1994–95  Vardar  Sileks Sloga Jugomagnat Republic of Macedonia Saša Ćirić (Vardar) 35
1995–96 Sileks Sloga Jugomagnat Vardar Republic of Macedonia Zoran Boškovski (Sileks) 20
1996–97 Sileks Pobeda Sloga Jugomagnat Republic of Macedonia Vančo Micevski (Sileks)
Republic of Macedonia Miroslav Ǵokić (Sileks)
16
1997–98 Sileks Sloga Jugomagnat Makedonija GjP Republic of Macedonia Vančo Atanasov (Belasica) 12
1998–99 Sloga Jugomagnat Sileks Pobeda Brazil Rogério Oliveira (Pobeda) 22
1999–2000 Sloga Jugomagnat Pobeda Rabotnički Kometal Republic of Macedonia Argjend Beqiri (Sloga Jugomagnat) 19
2000–01 Sloga Jugomagnat Vardar Pobeda Republic of Macedonia Argjend Beqiri (Sloga Jugomagnat) 27
2001–02 Vardar Belasica Cementarnica 55 Republic of Macedonia Miroslav Ǵokić (Pobeda) 22
2002–03 Vardar Belasica Pobeda Republic of Macedonia Ljubiša Savić (Bregalnica Delčevo / Sloga Jugomagnat) 25
2003–04 Pobeda Sileks Vardar Republic of Macedonia Dragan Dimitrovski (Pobeda) 25
2004–05 Rabotnički Kometal Vardar Pobeda Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Stojanovski (Belasica)
Republic of Macedonia Stevica Ristić (Sileks)
26
2005–06 Rabotnički Kometal Makedonija GjP Vardar Republic of Macedonia Stevica Ristić (Sileks) 27
2006–07 Pobeda Rabotnički Kometal Makedonija GjP Republic of Macedonia Boban Jančevski (Bashkimi / Renova) 26
2007–08 Rabotnički Kometal Milano Pelister Republic of Macedonia Ivica Gligorovski (Milano) 15
2008–09 Makedonija GjP Milano Renova Republic of Macedonia Ivica Gligorovski (Milano) 14
2009–10 Renova Rabotnički Metalurg Republic of Macedonia Bobi Božinovski (Rabotnički) 15
2010–11 Shkëndija Metalurg Renova Republic of Macedonia Hristijan Kirovski (Skopje) 20
2011–12 Vardar Metalurg Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia Filip Ivanovski (Vardar) 24
2012–13 Vardar Metalurg Horizont Turnovo Republic of Macedonia Jovan Kostovski (Vardar) 22
2013–14 Rabotnički Horizont Turnovo Metalurg Republic of Macedonia Dejan Blaževski (Horizont Turnovo) 19
Macedonian First League Trophy

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Championship seasons[12]
Vardar
7
2
1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12, 2012–13
Rabotnički
4
2
2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2013–14
Sileks
3
5
1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98
Sloga Jugomagnat
3
2
1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
Pobeda
2
2
2003–04, 2006–07
Makedonija GjP
1
1
2008–09
Renova
1
2009–10
Shkëndija
1
2010–11
Metalurg
3
Belasica
2
Milano
2
Turnovo
1

Bold indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.

First League Clubs[edit]

Seasons in First League[edit]

[citation needed]

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[edit]

Location of teams in 2014–15 First Macedonian Football League
Club
Finishing position
in season 2013–14
First season in
top division
Bregalnica Štip a 7th 1992–93
Metalurg a 3rd 1992–93
Pelister a 6th 1992–93
Rabotnički b 1st 1998–99
Renova b 8th 2005–06
Shkëndija 4th 1996–97
Sileks a 1st in Second Division 1992–93
Teteks a 2nd in Second Division 1992–93
Turnovo b 2nd 2008–09
Vardar a,b 5th 1992–93

a: Founding member of the First League
b: Never been relegated from First League

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ffm.com.mk/istorijanaffm (Macedonian)
  2. ^ "First League". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2012". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Country coefficients 2011/12". UEFA. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Sijić, pag. 135
  6. ^ Milorad Sijić: "Football in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia", pag. 142 (Serbian)
  7. ^ Sijić, pag. 99–100
  8. ^ Sijić, pag. 111–116
  9. ^ Sijić, pag. 117
  10. ^ Sijić, pag. 120–121
  11. ^ Sijić, pag. 129
  12. ^ Karel Stokkermans (31 May 2012). "Macedonia – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 

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