1996–97 Omani League
|Goals scored||322 (2.44 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Said Faraj (19 goals)|
The 1996–97 Omani League was the 23rd edition of the top football league in Oman. Sur SC were the defending champions, having won the previous 1995–96 Omani League season. Oman Club emerged as the champions of the 1996–97 Omani League with a total of 49 points.
This season the league had decreased from 14 to 12 teams. Al-Ahli Club, Buraimi SC, Al-Khaboura SC and Mirbat SC were relegated to the Second Division League after finishing in the relegation zone in the 1995-96 season. The four relegated teams were replaced Second Division League teams Sohar SC and Fanja SC.
Stadia and locations
|Al-Bustan||Muscat||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex / Royal Oman Police Stadium||39,000 / 18,000|
|Al-Ittihad||Salalah||Al-Saada Stadium / Salalah Sports Complex||12,000 / 8,000|
|Al-Nasr||Salalah||Al-Saada Stadium / Salalah Sports Complex||12,000 / 8,000|
|Al-Oruba||Sur||Sur Sports Complex||8,000|
|Dhofar||Salalah||Al-Saada Stadium / Salalah Sports Complex||12,000 / 8,000|
|Ruwi||Muscat||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex / Royal Oman Police Stadium||39,000 / 18,000|
|Oman||Muscat||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex / Royal Oman Police Stadium||39,000 / 18,000|
|Sohar||Sohar||Sohar Regional Sports Complex||19,000|
|Sur||Sur||Sur Sports Complex||8,000|
||Qualification or relegation
|9||Al-Suwaiq (R)||22||6||7||9||25||22||+3||25||Relegation to 1997–98 Oman First Division League|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.