2009–10 Liga Alef

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The 2009–10 Liga Alef season was the first season since the 1998–99 Liga Alef season, in which Liga Alef regained its status as the third tier of Israeli football, due to the closure of Liga Artzit.

Maccabi Ironi Jatt (champions of the North Division) and Hapoel Herzliya (champions of the South Division) won the title and promotion to Liga Leumit.

Promotion and relegation play-offs held. however, from the promotion play-offs, no club achieved promotion to Liga Leumit, as Liga Alef second placed play-off winner, Maccabi HaShikma Ramat Hen went down to Maccabi Be'er Sheva of Liga Leumit in the decisive match.

Changes from last season[edit]

Format changes[edit]

  • Following the scrapping of Liga Artzit, Liga Alef became the third tier of the Israeli football league system.
  • Both divisions were expanded from 14 clubs to 16 clubs.
  • The runners-up would participate in a promotion play-offs, first playing against each other, then the winner playing the 14th placed Liga Leumit club.
  • The third-from-bottom clubs in each division would participate in a relegation play-offs, playing against the winner of the Liga Bet promotion play-offs.

Team changes[edit]

North Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Maccabi Ironi Jatt 30 22 5 3 64 21 43 71 Promoted to Liga Leumit
2 Ironi Sayid Umm al-Fahm 30 23 6 1 64 16 48 469 Promotion play-offs
3 Hapoel Afula 30 17 3 10 59 32 27 54
4 Hapoel Asi Gilboa 30 14 4 12 42 37 5 46
5 Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata 30 13 6 11 43 39 4 45
6 Maccabi Kafr Qara 30 10 9 11 31 33 -2 39
7 Ironi Tiberias 30 10 8 12 48 46 2 38
8 Maccabi Kafr Kanna 30 10 8 12 40 40 0 38
9 F.C. Karmiel Safed 30 9 10 11 31 31 0 37
10 Hapoel Kafr Kanna 30 11 4 15 33 41 -8 37
11 Maccabi Tzur Shalom 30 10 6 14 33 48 -15 36
12 Maccabi Tamra 30 9 8 13 40 45 -5 35
13 Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 30 9 7 14 42 58 -16 34
14 Hapoel Bnei Tamra1 30 8 10 12 30 45 -15 233 Relegated to Liga Bet
15 Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi 30 7 6 17 28 53 -25 325 Relegation play-offs
16 Maccabi Tirat HaCarmel 30 5 6 19 27 70 -43 21 Relegated to Liga Bet

1. After the end of season, the IFA demoted Hapoel Bnei Tamra to Liga Bet due to involvement in match-fixing. as a result, they were replaced in the relegation play-offs by Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi.[1]

2. One points deducted.

3. Two points deducted.

4. Six points deducted.

South Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Hapoel Herzliya 30 20 7 3 63 20 43 67 Promoted to Liga Leumit
2 Maccabi HaShikma Ramat Hen 30 16 9 5 44 25 19 57 Promotion play-offs
3 Hapoel Hadera 30 16 5 9 40 32 8 53
4 Tzafririm Holon 30 12 9 9 35 28 7 45
5 Maccabi Ironi Netivot 30 12 6 12 39 32 7 42
6 Hapoel Kfar Shalem 30 9 14 7 34 34 0 41
7 Hapoel Nahlat Yehuda 30 11 8 11 26 28 -2 41
8 Maccabi Ironi Kfar Yona 30 11 7 12 32 36 -4 40
9 Maccabi Kiryat Gat 30 12 4 14 37 42 -5 40
10 Maccabi Yavne 30 9 11 10 29 24 5 38
11 Maccabi Kiryat Malakhi 30 8 11 11 27 31 -4 35
12 Hapoel Arad 30 8 9 13 35 41 -6 33
13 Maccabi Amishav Petah Tikva 30 7 10 13 26 35 -9 31
14 Shimshon Bnei Tayibe 30 7 10 13 28 38 -10 31 Relegation play-offs
15 Beitar Kfar Saba 30 8 6 16 28 53 -25 30 Relegated to Liga Bet
16 Hapoel Mevaseret Zion 30 7 8 15 25 49 -24 29

Promotion play-offs[edit]

The 2nd placed clubs in each division, Ironi Sayid Umm al-Fahm and Maccabi HaShikma Ramat Hen faced each other in Haberfeld Stadium, Rishon LeZion, and the winner advanced to the decisive play-off match against the 14th placed Liga Leumit club Maccabi Be'er Sheva.

Maccabi HaShikma Ramat Hen qualified for the decisive play-off match against Maccabi Be'er Sheva.

Maccabi Be'er Sheva remained in Liga Leumit.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

North play-off[edit]

Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi (which replaced the disqualified 14th placed club in Liga Alef North, Hapoel Bnei Tamra) faced the Liga Bet play-offs winner, Hapoel Ramot Menashe Megiddo. the winner earned a spot in the 2010–11 Liga Alef.

31 May 2010
17:55 UTC+3
Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi 2 – 3 Hapoel Ramot Menashe Megiddo
Sha'aban Goal 30'
Levi Goal 45' (o.g.)
Report (in Hebrew) Elkanati Goal 75' Goal 90+'
Mizrahi Goal 90'

Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi relegated to Liga Bet.

South play-off[edit]

The 14th placed club in Liga Alef South, Shimshon Bnei Tayibe, faced the Liga Bet play-offs winner, Ironi Ramla. the winner earned a spot in the 2010–11 Liga Alef.

Shimshon Bnei Tayibe remained in Liga Alef.

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