Azadegan League

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This article is about the Iranian 1st division league. For the top division league, see Iran Pro League.
Azadegan League
Azadegan League Logo.png
Country Iran
Confederation AFC
Founded 1991 officially
2001 with current format
Divisions 1
Number of teams 20 (since 2015)
Level on pyramid 2 (2001–)
1 (1991–2001)
Promotion to Persian Gulf Pro League
Relegation to 2nd Division
Domestic cup(s) Hazfi Cup
Current champions Foolad Novin
(2014–15)
TV partners IRIB
Website www.lig1.ir
2015–16 Azadegan League

The Azadegan League (Persian: ليگ آزادگان‎) (also called 1st Division) is the second-highest division league in the Iranian football league system after the Persian Gulf Pro League. Each year the top teams from each group are directly promoted to the Iran Pro League, while the two second placed teams play each other in a home and away play-off to get the chance to play in the Iran Pro League play-off. The two last placed teams in each group are directly relegated to the 2nd Division.

In 1991 the league was founded as Iran's top division. But, after the creation of the Persian Gulf Pro League in 2001, the Azadegan League was declared as the second highest football league in the county.

History[edit]

The first national league in Iran after the revolution was founded in 1989 with the name of Qods League. Esteghlal became winners of the first edition of the league.

In 1991, the national league was named to Azadegan League in honor of the Iranian prisoners of war who were released.[clarification needed] The number of teams, playing in the league, varied from year to year. Pas and Saipa dominated the league in the first four years. Pas and Esteghlal both were also able to capture Asian Club Championships in the early 1990s. By the mid-90s Persepolis and Esteghlal regained their dominant form and the league champions in the period of 1995-2001 was either Esteghlal or Persepolis.

Until 2001 the league was the highest division football league in Iran, but that changed when the Iranian Football Federation decided to start a professional league. The Persian Gulf Pro League was created and since then, the Azadegan League became the second-highest division in the Iranian football league system.

Ownership[edit]

Hazfi Cup[edit]

All teams in the Azadegan League are entered in the Hazfi Cup, if any club from the Azadegan League wins the cup, they participate in the AFC Champions League. Since 2001, when Azadegan League became the second-highest division league, no team from Azadegan League has become Hazfi Cup champion. Gostaresh Foolad is the only club from the Azadegan League that has reached the final of the Hazfi Cup.

Format[edit]

The Azadegan League consists of two subdivisions, each having 12 teams. The top teams in each group are automatically promoted to the Persian Gulf Pro League, while the second place teams play each other in a home and away play-off to decide the third and last promotion spot. The eleventh and twelfth placed teams in the groups are automatically relegated to the 2nd division. Sometimes the playoff match format is not used and one match takes place between the teams on a neutral ground instead.

League Champions[edit]

As first-highest Iran's football division (1991–2001)[edit]

As second-highest Iran's football division[edit]

Season Winner Runner Up
2001–02 Esteghlal Ahvaz Sanat Naft
2002–03 Shamoushak Noshahr Pegah Gilan
2003–04 Saba Battery Malavan
2004–05 Shahid Ghandi Yazd Rah Ahan
2005–06 Mes Kerman Paykan
2006–07 Shirin Faraz Pegah Gilan
2007–08 Payam Mashhad Sepahan Novin
2008–09 Tractor Sazi Steel Azin
2009–10 Naft Tehran Shahrdari Tabriz
2010–11 Damash Gilan[1] Mes Sarcheshmeh
2011–12 Paykan Aluminium Hormozgan
2012–13 Esteghlal Khuzestan Gostaresh Foolad
2013–14 Naft Masjed Soleyman Padideh
2014–15 Foolad Novin Siah Jamegan

All-time Azadegan League (As second-highest Iran's football division) standings[edit]

Since the 2001–02 season, fourteen seasons of the Azadegan League has been completed. The below table shows the total ranking for the all football clubs competing in these all 14 seasons.

Pos. Club Seasons Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Best Rank
1 Nassaji Mazandaran 12 298 102 91 105 314 330 -16 3941 3rd
2 Payam Mashhad 9 218 82 73 63 266 236 +30 3172 Champions
3 Niroo Zamini 11 260 78 82 100 242 282 -40 316 3rd
4 Tarbiat Yazd 9 220 81 82 67 251 217 +34 315 Champions
5 Mashin Sazi Tabriz 11 275 75 89 108 270 353 -73 314 3rd
6 Naft Abadan 8 191 85 55 51 243 168 +75 310 2nd
7 Shahrdari Arak 10 246 78 73 95 253 283 -30 307 4th
8 Tractor Sazi Tabriz 7 172 78 56 38 210 148 +62 290 Champions
9 Mes Rafsanjan 8 197 69 69 59 210 177 +33 276 2nd
10 Rahian Kermanshah 8 197 66 76 54 191 172 +19 274 Champions
11 Sh. Bandar Abbas 10 217 71 70 76 229 216 +13 270 2nd
12 Damash Gilan 6 147 75 41 31 193 107 +86 266 Champions
13 Homa 8 194 67 64 63 195 195 0 265 5th
14 Gol Gohar 8 197 67 63 67 221 208 -13 264 5th
15 Iranjavan 8 194 61 71 62 203 203 0 254 2nd
16 Shahrdari Zanjan 8 192 59 62 71 197 215 -18 239 5th
17 Etka 8 185 60 57 68 196 204 -8 237 3rd
18 Aluminium Hormozgan 6 150 61 53 36 168 126 +42 236 2nd
19 Shahrdari Tabriz 6 143 61 48 34 170 120 +50 231 2nd
20 Mes Kerman 6 146 55 47 44 165 136 +29 212 Champions
21 Shamoushak 6 146 47 51 48 134 136 -2 192 Champions
22 Shahin Bushehr 6 140 48 40 52 147 160 -13 184 2nd
23 Padideh 4 102 47 37 18 127 69 +58 178 Champions
24 Oghab Tehran 5 124 46 39 39 151 118 +33 177 4th
25 Gahar Doroud 6 150 43 47 60 133 169 -36 176 3rd
26 Bargh Tehran 5 124 45 38 41 134 120 +14 173 4th
27 Gostaresh 4 104 44 32 28 131 111 +20 164 2nd
28 Naft Masjed Soleyman 4 102 41 34 27 130 111 +19 157 2nd
29 Moghavemate Mersad 5 114 40 35 39 127 120 +7 155 4th
30 Pas Hamedan 4 97 42 24 31 95 84 +11 150 3rd
31 Esteghlal Ahvaz 5 118 39 33 46 122 137 -15 150 Champions
32 Foolad Yazd 5 123 35 42 46 112 126 -14 147 5th
33 Shahrdari Yasuj 4 102 39 27 36 104 96 +8 144 3rd
34 Rah Ahan 4 102 36 29 37 106 110 -4 137 2nd
35 Aboumoslem 4 102 33 37 32 115 112 +3 136 5th
36 Sorkhpooshan 4 86 35 29 22 107 79 +28 134 3rd
37 Paykan 3 72 37 19 16 107 61 +46 130 Champions
38 Parseh Tehran 4 97 33 43 31 103 102 +1 130 3rd
39 Sanati Kaveh 4 100 31 29 40 106 115 -8 122 8th
40 Steel Azin 3 74 38 19 17 119 81 +38 1213 2nd
41 Sepahan Novin 3 74 33 20 21 105 80 +25 119 2nd
42 Bargh Shiraz 4 104 29 30 45 91 129 -38 117 3rd
43 Payam Mokhaberat 4 104 27 33 44 91 110 -19 114 8th
44 Saba Battery 2 60 29 20 11 86 53 +33 107 Champions
45 Kowsar 4 94 22 30 42 86 120 -34 96 8th
46 Persepolis Shomal 3 76 23 20 33 74 96 -22 86 8th
47 Siah Jamegan 2 45 23 15 7 52 32 +20 84 2nd
48 Esteghlal Khuzestan 2 52 22 15 15 52 41 +11 81 Champions
49 Deyhim Ahvaz 4 90 18 22 50 84 157 -73 76 9th
50 Petrochimi Tabriz 2 52 20 15 17 66 63 +3 75 3rd
51 Fajr Sepasi 2 48 19 14 15 46 35 +11 71 2nd
52 Foolad Novin 2 48 20 11 17 62 55 +7 71 Champions
53 Keshto Sannat Shooshtar 3 66 16 23 27 65 89 -24 71 6th
54 Ekbatan 3 66 13 21 32 52 92 -40 66 9th
55 Alvand Hamedan 2 50 17 14 19 56 57 -1 65 4th
56 Giti Pasand 2 46 16 16 14 55 50 +5 64 5th
57 Mehrkam Pars 2 52 16 15 21 53 62 -9 63 9th
58 Yazd Louleh 2 50 15 17 18 58 53 +5 62 7th
59 Sanat Sari 2 52 15 16 21 38 58 -20 61 7th
60 Naft Gachsaran 2 46 15 15 16 51 56 -5 60 7th
61 Malavan 1 30 15 10 5 56 21 +35 55 2nd
62 Fajr Sepah 2 50 12 19 19 44 56 -12 55 5th
63 Naft Tehran 1 26 13 10 3 33 16 +17 49 Champions
64 Shahin Ahvaz 1 22 13 5 4 33 15 +18 44 3rd
65 Foolad Khuzestan 1 74 10 13 51 51 152 -101 43 12th
66 Pasargad Tehran 1 22 11 6 5 41 26 +15 39 3rd
67 Tarbiat Khorasan 1 30 7 10 13 26 38 -12 31 12th
68 Shahrdari Ardabil 1 22 8 6 8 24 23 +1 30 6th
69 Foolad Natanz 1 26 6 10 10 30 36 -6 28 14th
70 Pegah Shush 1 22 5 12 5 24 21 +3 27 7th
71 Esteghlal Dezful 1 22 6 7 9 19 21 -2 27 6th
72 Hafari Ahvaz 1 26 6 8 12 40 42 -2 26 12th
73 Part Sazan 1 20 6 5 6 17 26 -9 26 8th
74 Sanam Tehran 1 20 6 7 7 23 24 -1 25 5th
75 Esteghlal Kish 1 22 7 4 11 25 32 -7 25 8th
76 Badr Hormozgan 1 24 9 4 11 21 30 -9 254 11th
77 Nirou Moharekeh 1 30 5 10 15 21 43 -22 25 15th
78 Shahrdari Kerman 2 42 6 7 29 28 92 -64 25 11th
79 Ararat Tehran 1 20 5 7 8 12 18 -6 22 9th
80 Pas Arak 1 20 6 4 10 21 33 -12 22 9th
81 Shahrdari Bushehr 1 20 5 5 10 20 25 -5 20 10th
82 Nozhan Mazandaran 1 22 4 8 10 12 22 -10 20 11th
83 Sepidrood Rasht 1 26 4 8 14 21 39 -18 20 14th
84 Chooka Talesh 1 20 4 4 12 17 37 -20 16 10th
85 Yadavaran Shalamcheh 1 26 3 7 16 12 35 -23 16 14th
86 Irsotter Noshahr 1 20 4 3 13 17 42 -25 15 11th
87 Kheybar Khorramabad 1 22 3 4 15 24 52 -28 13 12th
88 Shahrdari Langarud 1 22 2 6 14 17 39 -22 12 12th

1 Nassaji Mazandaran was docked 3 points in 2012–13 season issued by Iranian Football Federation.
2 Payam Mashhad was docked 3 points in 2010–11 season issued by Iranian Football Federation.
3 Steel Azin was docked 12 points in 2011–12 season issued by FIFA.
4 Badr Hormozgan was docked 6 points in 2013–14 season issued by Iranian Football Federation.[citation needed]

Top Goal Scorer[edit]

As second-highest Iran's football division[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
2005–06 Iran Hossein Abdi Sanaye Arak 14
2006–07 Iran Farhad Kheirkhah Sorkhpooshan 11
2007–08 Iran Mohammad Parvin Steel Azin 15
2008–09 Iran Abbas Porkhosravani Gol Gohar 17
2009–10 Iran Ali Karimi Sh. Tabriz 17
2010–11 Iran Afshin Chavoshi Damash Gilan 13
Iran Mostafa Shojaei Foolad Natanz 13
Iran Moslem Firoozabadi Gol Gohar 13
2011–12 Iran Bahman Tahmasebi Aluminum 13
2012–13 Iran Mohammad Abbaszadeh Nassaji 17
2013–14 Iran Mokhtar Jomehzadeh Gol Gohar 15

Current clubs (2015–16)[edit]

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