Football Superleague of Kosovo
as Kosovo Province League
as Independent League of Kosovo
|First season||1945 as Kosovo Province League|
1991–92 as Independent League of Kosovo
|Number of teams||12 (1992–2019)|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||First Football League of Kosovo|
|Domestic cup(s)||Kosovar Cup|
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League|
UEFA Europa League
|Current champions||Feronikeli (3rd title) |
|Most championships||Prishtina (10 titles)|
|Most appearances||Artan Latifi (493)|
|TV partners||SuperSport (live matches)|
Radio Television of Kosovo (highlights only)
|2019–20 Football Superleague of Kosovo|
The Football Superleague of Kosovo[a] (Albanian: Superliga e Futbollit të Kosovës), also known as the IPKO Superleague of Kosovo (Albanian: IPKO Superliga e Kosovës) for sponsorship reasons with IPKO is the top level of the Kosovar football league system. The Superleague is organized by the Football Federation of Kosovo and the division currently has a 12-team format. The clubs play each other three times during the season for a 33-match schedule. At the end of the season, the bottom two teams in the division are relegated to the second tier, First Football League of Kosovo.
- 1 History
- 2 Clubs (2019–20)
- 3 Previous winners
- 4 UEFA rankings
- 5 Kosovo football clubs in European competitions
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 External links
Prior World War II within Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Kosovan clubs competed in the provincial leagues of the Belgrade Football Subassociation. During World War II, between 1941 and 1944, when most of the region became part of the Albanian Kingdom, numerous Kosovan clubs played in the Albanian league system. In 1945, Kosovo was reincorporated to Serbia, and subsequently, SFR Yugoslavia. The league has its origins in 1945 when it became one of the subdivisions of the 5th level in Yugoslav football league system. It gathered the best clubs from SAP Kosovo except those clubs competing in higher levels. In 1991 an unrecognised parallel league gathering ethnic Albanian pro-independence clubs was set that run till 1999. Meantime best clubs competed in the leagues of FR Yugoslavia. In 1999, after Kosovo War, a separate Kosovar league system was formed. It included most clubs from Kosovo except those from Serbian-dominated North Kosovo which remained in Serbian football league system. Since 2000 the competition has been running continuously, and by 2017, after Kosovo has gained membership in FIFA and UEFA had started being the national league of Kosovo providing clubs for international tournaments.
|Liga e Provincës së Kosovës||Kosovo Province League||1945–1991||Part of the Yugoslav football league system.[a]|
|Liga e Pavarur e Kosovës||Independent League of Kosovo||1991–1999||Unrecognised competition parallel to Serbian league system.|
|Superliga e Futbollit të Kosovës||Football Superleague of Kosovo||1999–present||The official name, even though from 2008 for|
sponsorship reasons the name changes.
|Raiffeisen Superliga e Kosovës||Raiffeisen Superleague of Kosovo||2008–2016||Sponsored by Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo, a subsidiary|
of the Raiffeisen Bank International.
|Vala Superliga e Kosovës||Vala Superleague of Kosovo||2016–2018||Sponsored by Kosovo Telecom.|
|IPKO Superliga e Kosovës||IPKO Superleague of Kosovo||2018–present||Sponsored by IPKO.|
Teams and stadiums
Liria and KEK were relegated after finishing the previous season in eleventh and twelfth-place respectively. They will be replaced by the champions and runners-up of the 2018–19 First League, Vushtrria and Dukagjini respectively.
|Club||Town||Stadium and capacity||UEFA|
|Ballkani||Suva Reka||Suva Reka City Stadium||1,500|
|Drenica||Skenderaj||Bajram Aliu Stadium||3,000|
|Drita||Gjilan||Gjilan City Stadium||15,000|
|Dukagjini||Klina||18 June Stadium||2,000|
|Ferizaj||Ferizaj||Ismet Shabani Stadium||2,000|
|Feronikeli||Glogovac||Rexhep Rexhepi Stadium||2,000|
|Flamurtari||Pristina||Xhemail Ibishi Stadium||5,000|
|Gjilani||Gjilan||Gjilan City Stadium||15,000|
|Llapi||Podujevo||Zahir Pajaziti Stadium||10,000|
|Prishtina||Pristina||Fadil Vokrri Stadium||13,000|
|Trepça'89||Mitrovica||Riza Lushta Stadium||12,000|
|Vushtrria||Vučitrn||Ferki Aliu Stadium||6,000|
Seasons in Football Superleague of Kosovo
There are 34 teams that have taken part in the Football Super league of Kosovo since 1999. FC Prishtina is the only team that has played in every season since 1999.
This is a list of winners of Football Superleague of Kosovo since 1945.
Wins by club
Number of titles since Independent League of Kosovo became the first tier of Kosovar league system.
|Prishtina||10||1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13|
|Besa Pejë||3||2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07|
|Feronikeli||2014–15, 2015–16, 2018–19|
(L: League, C: Cup)
|Coefficient||Places in 2021–22 season|
|46||51||+5||Gibraltar (L, C)||0.750||1.500||0.500||1.000||0.500||4.250||1||3||4|
|47||48||+1||Wales (L, C)||1.500||1.000||0.500||1.000||0.125||4.125|
|48||53||+5||Kosovo (L, C)||Not a UEFA member||0.000||2.500||1.250||3.750|
|49||47||–2||Georgia (L, C)||0.625||1.125||0.125||1.625||0.000||3.500|
|50||46||–4||Estonia (L, C)||1.000||1.375||0.625||0.500||0.000||3.500|
|1||344||Prishtina||Not a UEFA member||0.250||1.000||0.500||1.750||0.750|
|2||352||Feronikeli||Did not qualify||1.500||1.500||0.750|
|3||358||Drita||Did not qualify||1.500||Did not qualify||1.500||0.750|
|4||413||Trepça'89||0.500||Did not qualify||0.500||0.750|
Kosovo football clubs in European competitions
UEFA Champions League
|2018–19||Drita||PR||FC Santa Coloma||2–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Lincoln Red Imps||4–1 (a.e.t.)|
|2019–20||Feronikeli||PR||Lincoln Red Imps||1–0|
|FC Santa Coloma||2–1|
|1Q||The New Saints||0–1||2–2||2–3|
UEFA Europa League
|1Q||Fola Esch||0–0 (4–5 p)||0–0||4–5|
Notes and references
- It was one of the leagues forming the 4th level of the Yugoslav football league system. The champion would gain promotion to Yugoslav Inter-Republic League East, one of Yugoslav 3rd tiers.
- Unrecognised competition parallel to Serbian league system.
|c.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 12 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.|
- "Football Federation of Kosovo joins UEFA". UEFA. 3 May 2016.
- "2019/20 Kosovo Superliga (venues)". Soccerway.
- "7 klube licencohen për garat e UEFA-s" [7 clubs are licensed for UEFA competitions] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 10 May 2019.
- "Kosovo - List of Champions". RSSSF.
- "UEFA Country Ranking 2020". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
- "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Country coefficients". UEFA.
- "UEFA 5-year Club Ranking 2020". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
- "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Club coefficients". UEFA.
- "Mitropa Cup 1983/84". RSSSF.
- Official website (in Albanian) (in English)