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Afghan Premier League

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Afghan Premier League (APL)
Afghan Premier League logo.png
Country  Afghanistan
Confederation AFC
Founded 2012
Number of teams 8
Current champions Shaheen Asmayee (3rd title)
(2016)
Most championships Shaheen Asmayee (3 titles)
TV partners Tolo TV and Lemar TV
Website Official Website
2016

The Afghan Premier League (APL) also known as Roshan Afghan Premier League [1] is Afghanistan's first national association football league.[2] The league was first played out in 2012 and consisted of eight teams, each representing one region in Afghanistan. Shaheen Asmayee F.C. have the record of 3 premier league titles, the most a team has won. They have the record of the most consecutive finals appearances of 4 (2013–2016) and winning it consecutively from 2013–2014, making another record of most consecutive premier league titles. They are also the current champions winning 2–1 in the 2016 Afghan Premier League Final against De Maiwand Atalan F.C.

History

The League was established in 2012 with the first season running through September and October of that year. 8 teams were concurrently established in 2012 to become the inaugural competitors.[3]

Players for the league were found through a reality television show called Maidan e sabz ("Green Field").[4] The concept came from the Afghanistan Football Federation and the Afghanistan-based MOBY Group, which owns a number of TV channels and radio stations and is the largest media group in the country. MOBY Group channels will broadcast matches. Players were voted onto teams by a jury and by the television audience. Eight teams of 18 players, one from every region, were formed.[5]

The Afghan High Peace Council has praised the creation and development of the League as an, "opportunity to bring peace and stability" to Afghanistan.[6]

Teams

As per official draw on September 11, the 8 teams were divided into 2 pots of 4 of which one was seeded and subsequently into two groups.

TV Rights

All matches of the APL are aired live by two private channels in Afghanistan, namely Tolo TV and Lemar TV.[7] Arman FM and Arakozia FM offer live commentary of the match through the country. Matches are also available live on the world's largest video sharing website YouTube on the league's official YouTube page.[8]

Sponsors

Roshan Telecom is the title sponsor of Afghan Premier League after which it is named as Roshan Afghan Premier League. Official Partners of Afghan Premier League are Afghanistan International Bank and Hummel International which provided kit for the teams.[9]

Champions

Year Winner Finals result Runners-up Top Scorers Goals
2012 Toofaan Harirod F.C. 2–1 Simorgh Alborz F.C. Hamidullah Karimi 9
2013 Shaheen Asmayee F.C. 3–1 a.e.t. Simorgh Alborz F.C. Hamidullah Karimi, Hashmatullah Barakzai & Fayaz Azizi 7
2014 Shaheen Asmayee F.C. 3–2 a.e.t. Oqaban Hindukush F.C. Mohammad Riza Rizayee 6
2015 De Spin Ghar Bazan F.C. 4–3 a.e.t. Shaheen Asmayee F.C. Mustafa Afshar 5
2016 Shaheen Asmayee F.C. 2–1 De Maiwand Atalan F.C. Amrruddin Sharifi 6

Performances by Team

Team Champions Runners-up
Shaheen Asmayee F.C 3 (2013, 2014, 2016) 1 (2015)
Toofan Harirod F.C 1 (2012) 0
De Spin Ghar Bazan F.C 1 (2015) 0
Simorgh Alborz F.C 0 2 (2012,2013)
Oqaban Hindukush F.C 0 1 (2014)
De Maiwand Atalan F.C 0 1 (2016)
Mawjhai Amu F.C 0 0
De Abasin Sape F.C 0 0

References

  1. ^ Afghan Premier League on Latestinfos.com
  2. ^ Afghanistan launches first professional football league by Ben Farmer (The Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2012)
  3. ^ Afghan Football League Heads to First Semi-Final by Rezwan Natiq and Mir Sayed (Tolo News, 10 October 2012)
  4. ^ Roshan Afghan Premier League a hit with fans by Tahir Qadiry (BBC News, 22 September 2012)
  5. ^ "Talent search at Hindukush" (in German). fussball.de. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Afghan Football League Heads to First Semi-Final by Rezwan Natiq and Mir Sayed (Tolo News, 10 October 2012)
  7. ^ "Afghans Launch First Professional Football League". nz.sports.yahoo.com. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  8. ^ YouTube – Afghan Premier League
  9. ^ Afghan Premier League – Sponsors

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