1941–42 Palestine League

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Palestine League
Season 1941–42
Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv
3rd title
1940

The 1941–42 Palestine League was the ninth season of league football in the British Mandate for Palestine. The defending champions were Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The Palestine League was divided into three regional divisions (Haifa, Jerusalem, Southern) with playoffs at the end of the season,[1] with the league winners and the Southern League runners-up qualifying for a championship playoff.[2]

The Haifa League was cancelled on 5 March 1942 [3] and a cup competition was played instead. Homenetmen Jerusalem won the Jerusalem League, and Maccabi Rishon LeZion won the Southern League. This meant that the two league winners, along with runner-up Maccabi Tel Aviv qualified to the championship playoff.

The championship playoff was won by Maccabi Tel Aviv.[4]

Southern League[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Maccabi Rishon LeZion 26 20 3 3 87 22 3.71 43
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 26 21 1 4 82 26 3.15 43
3 Maccabi Nes Tziona 26 19 3 4 69 31 2.23 41
4 Hapoel Tel Aviv 26 19 2 5 87 23 3.78 40
5 Maccabi Petah Tikva 26 15 2 9 54 38 1.42 32
6 Hapoel Petah Tikva 26 13 5 8 55 49 1.12 31
7 Beitar Tel Aviv 26 11 4 11 50 48 1.04 251
8 National Sport Club Jaffa 26 11 3 12 55 55 1.00 25
9 Hapoel Ramat Gan 26 9 4 13 54 67 0.81 22
10 Maccabi Rehovot 26 8 5 13 34 50 0.68 21
11 Hapoel Herzliya 26 4 3 19 27 66 0.41 11
12 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 26 5 2 19 26 71 0.37 101
13 Hakoah Tel Aviv 26 4 1 21 27 95 0.28 9
14 Degel Zion Tel Aviv 26 1 6 19 11 77 0.14 71

Source: Memo no. 11, p. 3

1. Hapoel Rishon LeZion's matches against Beitar Tel Aviv and Degel Zion Tel Aviv were both given as 0–0 without points due to infringements from both involved clubs (in each match).[5]


Jerusalem League[edit]

Homenetmen Jerusalem won the Jerusalem League. R.A.M.C. Jerusalem and Elitzur Jerusalem withdrew from the league.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Homenetmen Jerusalem 14 10 3 1 38 10 3.80 23
2 Maccabi Jerusalem 14 10 2 2 28 9 3.11 22
3 Hapoel Jerusalem 14 8 3 3 28 12 2.33 19
4 Degel Zion Jerusalem 14 5 5 4 15 16 0.94 141
5 Christian Club Jerusalem 14 5 2 7 19 23 0.83 111
6 Hoyetchmen Club Jerusalem 14 4 2 8 21 36 0.58 10
7 R.A.P.C. Jerusalem 14 3 1 10 11 30 0.37 7
8 Araks Jerusalem 14 2 0 12 8 32 0.25 4

1. The match between Degel Zion Jerusalem and Christian Club Jerusalem was given as a 0–0 without points, due to infringements on behalf of both teams.[6]

Championship play-off[edit]

At the conclusion of the regional leagues a championship play-off was held, with the two league winners and Maccabi Tel Aviv, runner-up of the Southern League. The matches between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Rishon LeZion were held first, with Maccabi Tel Aviv winning the matches 2–0[7] and 5–0.[8] Next, Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Homenetmen Jerusalem drew their match 3–3,[9] but later Homenetmen chose to forfeit their matches against Maccabi Tel Aviv,[10][11] after which Homenetmen were ejected from the play-offs and Maccabi Tel Aviv was declared winner.[4]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 4 0 0 13 0 6
2 Maccabi Rishon LeZion 4 1 1 2 6 10 0.60 3
3 Homenetmen Jerusalem 4 0 1 3 3 12 0.25 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palestine Football League 1941/42". RSSSF. 
  2. ^ Peace in the Sport of Eretz Israel Football HaBoker, 24 August 1941, via archive.football.org.il (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Memo No. 33 IFA, 8 March 1942 (Hebrew)
  4. ^ a b League and Cup Committee Meeting 1.11.43 Israeli Football Association (Hebrew)
  5. ^ Memo No. 38 IFA, 28 May 1942 (Hebrew)
  6. ^ Memo No 3/43 IFA, 2 February 1943 (Hebrew)
  7. ^ Saturday Results Al HaMishmar, 12 September 1943, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  8. ^ Saturday Results Al HaMishmar, 19 September 1943, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  9. ^ Saturday Results Al HaMishmar, 3 October 1943, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  10. ^ Saturday Results Al HaMishmar, 17 October 1943, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  11. ^ Saturday Results Al HaMishmar, 31 October 1943, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)