2008–09 Liga Artzit

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The 2008–09 Liga Artzit season started on 5 September 2008 and ended on 29 May 2009.

Two teams from Liga Alef were promoted at the end of the previous season: Hapoel Umm al-Fahm and Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam along with two teams relegated from Liga Leumit: Hapoel Nazareth Illit and Hapoel Rishon LeZion.
The two teams relegated to Liga Alef were Hapoel Kfar Shalem and Maccabi HaShikma/Ramat Hen.

It was scheduled to be the last season before the league closing,[1] as the top two divisions are both expanded to 16 clubs. As a result of the restructuring, the top seven clubs were promoted to Liga Leumit, whilst the eight-placed club played in a play-off against the 11th-placed club in Liga Leumit for a place in that division. The losers of that match and the bottom four clubs in Liga Artzit were relegated to Liga Alef, which has regain its status as the third tier of Israeli football.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Sektzia Nes Tziona (C, P) 33 19 10 4 62 25 +37 67 Promotion to Liga Leumit
2 Hapoel Ashkelon (P) 33 18 9 6 46 24 +22 63
3 Hapoel Marmorek (P) 33 17 9 7 60 28 +32 60
4 Hapoel Rishon LeZion (P) 33 16 8 9 58 33 +25 56
5 Ironi Bat Yam (P) 33 16 7 10 42 31 +11 55
6 Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv (P) 33 15 8 10 44 34 +10 53
7 Hapoel Nazareth Illit (P) 33 14 7 12 37 25 +12 49
8 Maccabi Kafr Kanna (R) 33 12 8 13 40 42 −2 44 Qualification for promotion play-offs
9 Hapoel Bnei Tamra (R) 33 8 9 16 41 45 −4 33 Relegation to Liga Alef
10 Hapoel Umm al-Fahm (R) 33 7 10 16 22 59 −37 30[a]
11 Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi (R) 33 5 5 23 25 60 −35 20
12 Maccabi Ironi Tirat HaCarmel (R) 33 3 6 24 30 101 −71 15
Source: The Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Hapoel Umm al-Fahm were deducted 1 point due to contravention in the budgets control.

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233
Sektzia Nes Tziona426685776774322222221111111111111
Hapoel Ashkelon732111111111111111112222222322222
Hapoel Marmorek264264667656677676666656544544433
Hapoel Rishon LeZion313757544222243333333333333233344
Ironi Bat Yam11119846455333456457777764456666665
Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv841322222445535565455575665455556
Hapoel Nazareth Illit957433333567764744544447777787777
Maccabi Kafr Kanna175578888888888888888999988878888
Hapoel Bnei Tamra5101110101191011111010101010101010101010888899999999
Hapoel Umm al-Fahm12889991099999999999999101010101010101010101010
Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi101212121212121212121212121212121212121212121111111111111111111111
Maccabi Ironi Tirat HaCarmel6910111110111110101111111111111111111111111112121212121212121212

Results[edit]

The schedule consisted of three rounds. During first two rounds, each team played each other once home and away for a total of 22 matches. The pairings of the third round were then set according to the standings after first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 33 games per team.

First and second round[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BTA HBT HAS HBJ HNI HMK HRL HUF IBY MKK MTC SNT
Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 0–2
Hapoel Bnei Tamra 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 3–0 1–2 0–0 3–2 0–0 3–1 0–0
Hapoel Ashkelon 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0
Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–3 2–2 0–3
Hapoel Nazareth Illit 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 4–1 5–0 1–2
Hapoel Marmorek 2–0 4–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 0–0 3–3
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 4–1 6–1 3–0
Hapoel Umm al-Fahm 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0
Ironi Bat Yam 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 6–0 1–3
Maccabi Kafr Kanna 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 0–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–0
Maccabi Ironi Tirat HaCarmel 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–4 2–2 0–2 3–1 0–2
Sektzia Nes Tziona 0–0 3–2 0–0 4–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 5–0 3–2 1–0 2–0

Source: The Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 22 games):

Rounds
23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd
3 – 12
4 – 2
5 – 1
6 – 11
7 – 10
8 – 9
12 – 9
10 – 8
11 – 7
1 – 6
2 – 5
3 – 4
4 – 12
5 – 3
6 – 2
7 – 1
8 – 11
9 – 10
12 – 10
11 – 9
1 – 8
2 – 7
3 – 6
4 – 5
5 – 12
6 – 4
7 – 3
8 – 2
9 – 1
10 – 11
12 – 11
1 – 10
2 – 9
3 – 8
4 – 7
5 – 6
6 – 12
7 – 5
8 – 4
9 – 3
10 – 2
11 – 1
1 – 12
2 – 11
3 – 10
4 – 9
5 – 8
6 – 7
12 – 7
8 – 6
9 – 5
10 – 4
11 – 3
1 – 2
2 – 12
3 – 1
4 – 11
5 – 10
6 – 9
7 – 8
12 – 8
9 – 7
10 – 6
11 – 5
1 – 4
2 – 3
Home \ Away[1] BTA HBT HAS HBJ HNI HMK HRL HUF IBY MKK MTC SNT
Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv 3–0 6–1 1–0 1–3 0–22 1–4
Hapoel Bnei Tamra 0–1 1–1 2–4 4–1 7–0
Hapoel Ashkelon 0–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 5–1
Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–3
Hapoel Nazareth Illit 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–0
Hapoel Marmorek 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 3–1
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 3–0 0–3 3–0 0–2 5–03 0–4
Hapoel Umm al-Fahm 1–0 1–3 0–6 0–8 6–0
Ironi Bat Yam 1–1 3–0 1–3 1–0 1–1
Maccabi Kafr Kanna 4–1 2–0 1–0 1–3 0–1
Maccabi Ironi Tirat HaCarmel 5–3 1–5 0–3 0–4 0–3
Sektzia Nes Tziona 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 7–0

Source: The Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Hapoel Umm al-Fahm received a technical loss of 2-0 to Beitar/Shimshon Tel Aviv because only six of their players showed up for the game.[2]
3Hapoel Umm al-Fahm showed up for the game with eight players, the game was played until the referee stopped the game in the 30th minute after Hapoel Rishon LeZion was leading 5–0.[3]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion playoff[edit]

Maccabi Kafr Kanna as the 8th-placed team faced the 11th-placed Liga Leumit team Ironi Ramat HaSharon for a two-legged playoff, Maccabi Kafr Kanna lost both games and were relegated to Liga Alef.


Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[7]
1 Israel Yosef Asayag Sektzia Nes Tziona 15
2 Israel Shay Abuksis Sektzia Nes Tziona 14
3 Israel Ofir Halwani Hapoel Umm al-Fahm / Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv 11
Israel Nissim Ben David Hapoel Ashkelon 11
Israel Bryan Man Hapoel Ashkelon 11
6 Israel Mati Avraham Ironi Bat Yam 10
Israel Wajdi Abu Yones Bnei Tamra 10
Israel Ofer Shitrit Hapoel Rishon LeZion 10
Israel Shlomi Tolado Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv 10
10 Israel Enon Barda Hapoel Ashkelon 09
Israel Mordechai Kol Tuv Hapoel Nazareth Illit 09
Total 505
Average per game 2.55

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ June 24th IFA meeting summary Archived 2008-07-01 at the Wayback Machine (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ "Hapoel Umm al-Fahm showed up with six players, the game was canceled" (in Hebrew). One.co.il. 22 May 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
  3. ^ "The game was stopped before the half time" (in Hebrew). One.co.il. 8 May 2009. Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Tirat HaCarmel 1-1 Hapoel Bnei Tamra". The Israel Football Association. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Hapoel Umm al-Fahm 0–8 Hapoel Marmorek". The Israel Football Association. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Maccabi Irony Bat Yam 0-2 Hapoel Rishon Letzion". Live Result. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  7. ^ "Liga Artzit Top Scorers". The Israel Football Association. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2008.