1955–56 Liga Leumit

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Liga Leumit
Season 1955-56
Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv
8th title
Relegated Hapoel Kfar Saba
Maccabi Rehovot
Matches played 132
Goals scored 465 (3.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Avraham "Huli" Levi
Michael Michaelov (16)

The 1955–56 Liga Leumit season was the first edition of Liga Leumit, which had replaced Liga Alef as the top division of football in Israel and the 17th season of top flight football under the IFA.

Maccabi Tel Aviv won the title.[1] Avraham Levi from Beitar Tel Aviv and Michael Michaelov from Hapoel Tel Aviv were the league's joint top scorers with 16 goals each.

Hapoel Kfar Saba and Maccabi Rehovot were relegated automatically, whilst Maccabi Jaffa finished third from bottom and entered a promotion/relegatgion play-off with Liga Alef champions Hakoah Tel Aviv. Jaffa won 4-1 on aggregate and remained in Liga Leumit.[2]

Final table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GR Pts Notes
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 22 13 6 3 47 16 2.94 32 Champions
2 Hapoel Petah Tikva 22 12 5 5 54 28 1.93 29
3 Hapoel Tel Aviv 22 12 5 5 49 29 1.69 29
4 Maccabi Petah Tikva 22 10 7 5 47 34 1.38 27
5 Maccabi Haifa 22 11 3 8 51 29 1.76 25
6 Hapoel Haifa 22 9 4 9 32 39 0.82 22
7 Beitar Tel Aviv 22 10 0 12 42 44 0.95 20
8 Maccabi Netanya 22 9 2 11 31 44 0.70 20
9 Hapoel Ramat Gan 22 9 0 13 28 42 0.67 18
10 Maccabi Jaffa 22 6 5 11 39 48 0.81 17 Promotion/relegation play-offs
11 Maccabi Rehovot 22 6 1 15 25 64 0.39 13 Relegated to Liga Alef
12 Hapoel Kfar Saba 22 3 6 13 20 48 0.42 12

Relegation playoff[edit]

The 10th-placed Maccabi Jaffa faced 1955–56 Liga Alef winner, Hakoah Tel Aviv. The matches took place on June 10 and 17, 1956.

9 June 1956
Maccabi Jaffa 3–1 Hakoah Tel Aviv
B. Cohen Goal 32'53'
Kalev Goal 72'
Davar Goal 74' Ashkenazi
Maccabi Jaffa Ground
Attendance: 5000
Referee: Reuven Frizner

16 June 1956
Hakoah Tel Aviv 0–1 Maccabi Jaffa
Davar Goal 18' Ghougasian
Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium
Attendance: 4000
Referee: Aharon Werner

Maccabi Jaffa won 4–1 on aggregate and remained in Liga Leumit. Hakoah Tel Aviv remained in Liga Alef.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maccabi T.A. Won the Liga Leumit Championship After Beating Hapoel T.A. 3:0 (1:0) Davar, 3 June 1956, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  2. ^ Maccabi Jaffa Beat Hakoah T.A. 1:0 and Remained Among the 10 Leumit Clubs Davar, 17 June 1956, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)