Football Superleague of Kosovo
as Kosovo Province League
as Independent League of Kosovo
|First season||1945 as Kosovo Province League|
1990–91 as Independent League of Kosovo
|Number of teams||12|
|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||Drita (2nd title) |
|Most championships||Prishtina (10 titles)|
|Most appearances||Artan Latifi (493)|
|TV partners||SuperSport (live matches)|
Radio Television of Kosovo (highlights only)
|2018–19 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 Clubs (2018–19)
- 2 History
- 3 Previous winners
- 4 UEFA rankings
- 5 Kosovo football clubs in European competitions
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 External links
Teams and stadiums
Besa Pejë and Vllaznia Pozheran 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 2017–18 First League, Ballkani and KEK respectively. Ferizaj defeated Vëllaznimi in play-off to claim their top-flight spot.
|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|
|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|
|KEK||Obilić||Agron Rama Stadium||5,000|
|Liria||Prizren||Përparim Thaçi 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|
Prior Second World War, within Kingdom of Yugoslavia, clubs from Kosovo competed in the provincial leagues of the Belgrade Football Subassociation. During Second World War,between 1941 and 1944, when most of the region became part of the Albanian Kingdom, numerous Kosovar 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 1990 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.
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|
Kosovo football clubs in European competitions
UEFA Champions League
|2018–19||Drita||PR||Santa Coloma||2–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Lincoln Red Imps||4–1 (a.e.t.)|
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 5th level of the Yugoslav football league system. The champion would gain promotion to Serbian Republic League, one of Yugoslav 4th tiers.
- ^ Unrecognised competition parallel to Serbian league system.
|a.||^ 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 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states.|
- Official website (in Albanian) (in English)