Saudi Professional League

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Saudi Professional League
Saudi Professional League Logo.png
Country Saudi Arabia
Confederation AFC
Founded 1975
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Saudi First Division
Domestic cup(s) Saudi Champions Cup
Saudi Crown Prince Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Al-Nassr
(2013–14)
Most championships Al-Hilal (13 titles)
TV partners MBC Sports
Website www.spl.com.sa
2014–15 season

The Saudi Professional League, officially known as (Arabic: دوري المحترفين السعودي‎), is the main football competition in Saudi Arabia. The first competition was held in the year of 1975–76. Al-Nassr is the current title-holder (2013–14).

The league also known for sponsorship reasons as Abdul Latif Jameel League, named after the sponsor Abdul Latif Jameel Group.

History[edit]

Up until the late seventies, football in Saudi Arabia was organized on a regional basis, with the only nationwide tournament being the King's Cup. In 1975 it was deemed that local football, and transportation links, have improved sufficiently to organize a national league. Hence the Saudi League was launched with 16 clubs participating, and only 8 of them surviving in the next season. This decision was made in order to decide who relegates to the first division, and who rightfully stays on the premier league.

In 1981 it was decided to increase the number of clubs and add a second division. The league competition for the 1981–82, known as the ranking league, featured 18 clubs with the top eight qualifying for the first division and the bottom ten to the new second division. The number of first division clubs was later increased to 12 in the 1984–85 season.

In 1990 it was decided to revamp local competitions and to introduce professional football. A new league championship was formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques League Cup", which was a two-stage championship. The first stage was a regular double round-robin league competition with the top 4 qualifying to the final knockout stage, called the golden square. Clubs were allowed to sign players on a professional basis making the league semi professional.

In 2007 It was decided to split the two stages, with the league reverting to a standard double round-robin competition, and a new domestic competition cup competition formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Champions Cup". This cup will feature the top six finishers in the league plus the winners of the Crown Prince Cup and the Prince Faisal Cup. This format will take effect from the 2007–08 season onwards.

Qualification and prize money[edit]

The top four teams in the league qualify to the AFC Asian Champions League group stage. The top six qualify to Champions Cup.

Prize money:

  • First place: 26990000 Saudi Riyals
  • Second place: 24245000 Saudi Riyals
  • Third place: 22300000 Saudi Riyals
  • Fourth place: 20355000 Saudi Riyals

(Note, all clubs in the Saudi Professional League receive prize money depending on their rank.)

List of teams (2014–15 season)[edit]

Club Position in 2013/14
Al-Ahli, Jeddah 3rd
Al-Faisaly, Harmah 7th
Al-Fateh, Al-Hasa 10th
Al-Hilal, Riyadh 2nd
Al-Ittihad, Jeddah 6th
Al-Khaleej, Saihat 2nd in the Saudi First Division
Al-Nassr, Riyadh 1st
Al-Orobah, Al-Jawf 8th
Al-Raed, Buraydah 9th
Al Shabab, Riyadh 4th
Al-Shoalah, Al-Kharj 12th
Al-Taawon, Buraydah 5th
Hajer Club, Al-Ahsa 1st in the Saudi First Division
Najran SC, Najran 11th

List of champions[edit]

No. Season Champion
1 1975–76 Al-Nassr
2 1976–77 Al-Hilal
3 1977–78 Al-Ahli
4 1978–79 Al-Hilal
5 1979–80 Al-Nassr
6 1980–81 Al-Nassr
7 1981–82 Al-Ittihad
8 1982–83 Al-Ettifaq
9 1983–84 Al-Ahli
10 1984–85 Al-Hilal
11 1985–86 Al-Hilal
12 1986–87 Al-Ettifaq
13 1987–88 Al-Hilal
14 1988–89 Al-Nassr
15 1989–90 Al-Hilal
16 1990–91 Al-Shabab
17 1991–92 Al-Shabab
18 1992–93 Al-Shabab
19 1993–94 Al-Nassr
20 1994–95 Al-Nassr
No. Season Champion
21 1995–96 Al-Hilal
22 1996–97 Al-Ittihad
23 1997–98 Al-Hilal
24 1998–99 Al-Ittihad
25 1999–2000 Al-Ittihad
26 2000–01 Al-Ittihad
27 2001–02 Al-Hilal
28 2002–03 Al-Ittihad
29 2003–04 Al-Shabab
30 2004–05 Al-Hilal
31 2005–06 Al-Shabab
32 2006–07 Al-Ittihad
33 2007–08 Al-Hilal
34 2008–09 Al-Ittihad
35 2009–10 Al-Hilal
36 2010–11 Al-Hilal
37 2011–12 Al-Shabab
38 2012–13 Al-Fateh
39 2013–14 Al-Nassr

Performance by club[edit]

Most successful clubs[edit]

No. Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
1 Al-Hilal
13
12
1977, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011
2 Al-Ittihad
8
7
1982, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009
3 Al-Nassr
7
5
1975, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1994, 1995, 2014
4 Al-Shabab
6
5
1991, 1992, 1993, 2004, 2006, 2012
5 Al-Ahli
2
6
1978, 1984
6 Al-Ettifaq
2
2
1983, 1987
7 Al-Fateh
1
0
2013

Total titles won by town or city[edit]

Town or city Number of titles Clubs
Riyadh
26
Al-Hilal (13), Al-Nassr (7), Al-Shabab (6)
Jeddah
10
Al-Ittihad (8), Al-Ahli (2)
Dammam
2
Al-Ettifaq (2)
Al-Hasa
1
Al-Fateh (1)

Topscorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1976–77 Saudi Arabia Nasser Eid Al-Qadisiya 12
1977–78 Saudi Arabia Motamad Khojali Al-Ahli 14
1978–79 Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 18
1979–80 Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 17
1980–81 Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 21
1981–82 Saudi Arabia Khalid Al-Ma'ajil Al-Shabab 22
1982–83 Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 14
1983–84 Saudi Arabia Hussam Abu Dawood Al-Ahli 14
1984–85 Saudi Arabia Hathal Dosari Al-Hilal 15
1985–86 Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 15
1986–87 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Suwaidi Al-Ittihad 17
1987–88 Saudi Arabia Khalid Al-Ma'ajil Al-Shabab 12
1988–89 Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 19
1989–90 Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber Al-Hilal 16
1990–91 Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Mehallel Al-Shabab 20
1991–92 Saudi Arabia Saeed Al-Owairan Al-Shabab 16
1992–93 Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber Al-Hilal 18
1993–94 Senegal Moussa Ndao Al-Hilal 15
1994–95 Saudi Arabia Fahd Al-Hamdan Al-Riyadh 15
1995–96 Ghana Ohene Kennedy Al-Nassr 14
1996–97 Morocco Ahmed Bahja Al-Ittihad 21
1997–98 Saudi Arabia Sulaiman Al-Hadaithy Al-Najma 15
1998–99 Saudi Arabia Obeid Al-Dosari Al-Wahda 20
1999–2000 Saudi Arabia Hamzah Idris Al-Ittihad 33
2000–01 Angola Paulo Da Silva Al-Ettifaq 13
2001–02 Senegal Dane Valle Al-Riyadh 10
2002–03 Ecuador Carlos Tenorio Al-Nassr 15
2003–04 Ghana Godwin Attram Al-Shabab 15
2004–05 Brazil Sergio Ricardo Al-Ittihad 15
2005–06 Saudi Arabia Essa Al-Mehyani Al-Wahda 16
2006–07 Ghana Godwin Attram Al-Shabab 13
2007–08 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 18
2008–09 Saudi Arabia
Morocco
Nasser Al-Shamrani
Hicham Aboucherouane
Al-Shabab
Al-Ittihad
12
2009–10 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Al-Hilal 12
2010–11 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 17
2011–12 Saudi Arabia
Brazil
Nasser Al-Shamrani
Victor Simões
Al-Shabab
Al-Ahli
21
2012–13 Argentina Sebastián Tagliabué Al-Shabab 19
2013–14 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Hilal 21

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