1956–57 Liga Alef

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The 1956–57 Liga Alef season saw Hapoel Kfar Saba win the title. originally, the top two clubs were due to gain promotion to Liga Leumit. However, due to irregularities during the season, an IFA committee decided to hold a promotion play-off between the top five clubs at the end of the season.[1]

Final table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Hapoel Kfar Saba 22 16 0 6 62 26 36 32 Promotion play-offs
2 Maccabi Rehovot 22 13 4 5 56 19 37 30
3 Hapoel Jerusalem 22 12 6 4 47 26 21 30
4 Hapoel Hadera 22 11 7 4 42 24 18 29
5 Hakoah Tel Aviv 22 8 7 7 41 39 2 23
6 Beitar Jerusalem 22 9 4 9 47 36 11 22
7 Hapoel Mahane Yehuda 22 8 6 8 35 29 6 22
8 Hapoel Kiryat Haim 22 8 4 10 27 40 –13 20
9 Maccabi Sha'arayim 22 7 4 11 24 54 –20 18
10 Hapoel Rehovot 22 7 5 10 29 39 –10 17
11 Hapoel Nahariya 22 5 1 16 30 71 –41 11 Relegated to
Liga Bet
12 Maccabi Ramat Gan 22 2 4 16 18 54 –36 8

Promotion play-offs[edit]

Each team played the other four once at a neutral venue. The top two clubs were to be promoted and the third would play a promotion/relegation play-off against the bottom club at Liga Leumit, which was Maccabi Jaffa.

Matches were played initially during September, but Maccabi Rehovot, who had finished the season in the second place and had expected to be promoted, declined to participate and appealed the committee's decision. The results of Rehovot's matches were initially recorded as 0-3 technical losses. However, after their appeal was rejected, the club were allowed to replay their matches.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Hapoel Kfar Saba 3 2 1 0 7 3 4 5 Promoted to
Liga Leumit
2 Hapoel Jerusalem 4 1 2 1 4 3 1 4
3 Hapoel Hadera 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 4 Deciding Match
4 Hakoah Tel Aviv 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 4
5 Maccabi Rehovot 3 0 1 2 0 5 –5 1 Remained in Liga Alef

Hapoel Kfar Saba and Hapoel Jerusalem were promoted to Liga Leumit. Hapoel Hadera and Hakoah Tel Aviv were due to play a deciding match to set who will play against Maccabi Jaffa, but Hapoel Hadera declined to participate in protest at the IFA's decision to allow Maccabi Rehovot to replay their games.

Promotion and relegation play-offs[edit]

23.11.1957
Hakoah Tel Aviv 0 – 2 Maccabi Jaffa
Arroyo 6, Jojosian 64
Hapoel Petah Tikva
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Moshe Cohen

30.11.1957
Maccabi Jaffa 5 – 0 Hakoah Tel Aviv
Arroyo 29, Arye 49, Jojosian 64, 73, 89
Maccabi Jaffa
Attendance: 4,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Ball Had Been Returned to the Footballers Uri Dan, Ma'ariv, 9 July 1957, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)