|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Botola 2|
|Domestic cup(s)||Coupe du Trône
Moroccan Super Cup
|International cup(s)||Champions League
|Current champions||Wydad Casablanca
|Most championships||Wydad Casablanca (13 titles)|
|TV partners||Al Aoula, Arryadiya,
2M TV, BeIN Sports
The Botola Pro (Arabic: البطولة المغربية), literally "The Moroccan Championship" is a Moroccan professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Moroccan football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League.
The Premier League is a corporation in which the 16 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 30 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away) totalling 214 matches in the season. Most games are played in the afternoons of Saturdays and Sundays, the other games during weekday evenings. It is currently sponsored by Maroc Télécom and thus officially known as the Botola-Ittisalat. Outside England, it is commonly referred to as the Moroccan Premier League (MPL).
The competition formed as the FRFM on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Botola Pro to break away from the UNAF, which was originally founded in 1911, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. This deal is worth MAD 55 millions-a-year domestically as of 2015–16, with Ařyadia and securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively. The league generates MAD 123 million-per-year in domestic and international television rights.
The Botola Pro is the most-watched football league in the Africa, broadcast in 153 territories to 54 million homes and a potential TV audience of 2 billion people. In the 2010–11 season, the average Botola Pro match attendance was 25,363, the highest of any professional football league in Africa, and stadium occupancy was 92% capacity. The Premier League ranked second in the CAF 5-Zaers of leagues based on performances in African competitions over the last five years.
Of the 16 clubs to have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, five have won the title: Wydad Casablanca (13), Association Sportive des FAR (12), Raja de Casablanca (11), Magreb Fez (4) and Hašania Agadir (2). The current champions are Wydad Casablanca, who won the title in 2014–15.
Each year 16 teams compete for the championship. The two lowest placed teams are relegated to Botola Elite 2 and the top two teams from Botola Elite 2 are promoted in their place to Botola Pro.
Since 2000, Maroc Telecom is the official sponsor of the Botola for a 15 millions dirham/year contract.
Throughout the week, every game played in the Botola is broadcast live by at least one TV channel.
BeIN Sports network also broadcasts a few matches every week.
The most popular Moroccan clubs are , Association Sportive des FAR, Raja Casablanca, Wydad Casablanca. Other historically established sides include Kawkab Marrakech, KAC Kenitra , Moghreb Tétouan and Hassania Agadir.
Members for 2014–15
The following 16 clubs will compete in the Moroccan Botola Pro League during the 2014–15 season.
|First season in
|Number of seasons
|Association Salé||2nd GNF2 (Promoted)||1969-70||XX||0|
|Chabab Rif Hoceima||8th||2010–11||4||0|
|Difaa El Jadida||9th||2005–06||XX||0|
|Association Sportive des FAR||2nd||1959–60||45||12|
|KAC Marrakech||1st GNF2 (Promoted)||1956–57||XX||2|
|Stade Mohamed V||Stade Moulay Abdellah||Stade de Marrakech||Stade Adrar|
|Capacity: 67,000||Capacity: 65,000||Capacity: 45,000||Capacity: 45,000|
|Fez Stadium||Stade de Tanger||Honneur Stadium||Stade Cheikh Laaghdef|
|Capacity: 45,000||Capacity: 45,000||Capacity: 35,000||Capacity: 30,000|
|Stade d'Honneur||Stade Municipal de Kénitra||Stade Mimoun Al Arsi||Stade Saniat Rmel|
|Capacity: 20,000||Capacity: 15,000||Capacity: 12,000||Capacity: 12,000|
|Stade du 18 novembre||Stade El Abdi||Stade Municipal De Berkane||Stade de FUS|
|Capacity: 10,000||Capacity: 10,000||Capacity: 10,000||Capacity: 15,000|
Year by year
Performance by club
||1956–57, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15|
|Association Sportive des FAR||
||1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1988–89, 2004–05, 2007–08|
||1987–88, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13|
||1964–65, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1984–85|
||1959–60, 1972–73, 1980–81, 1981–82|
|Racing de Casablanca||
|Renaissance de Settat||
|Olympique de Casablanca||
|CODM de Meknès||
|Raja de Beni Mellal||
|Étoile de Casablanca||
- La SNRT décroche les droits TV du GNF www.lavieeco.com
- League at fifa.com
- RSSSF competition history
- GNF 1 - Hailoosport.com (Arabic)
- GNF 1 - Hailoosport.com