Football Superleague of Kosovo

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Football Superleague of Kosovo
IpkoSuperliga2018-19.svg
Founded1945; 74 years ago (1945)
as Kosovo Province League
1991; 28 years ago (1991)
as Independent League of Kosovo
First season1945 as Kosovo Province League
1991–92 as Independent League of Kosovo
CountryKosovo
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12 (1992–2019)
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toFirst Football League of Kosovo
Domestic cup(s)Kosovar Cup
Kosovar Supercup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current championsFeronikeli (3rd title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsPrishtina (10 titles)
Most appearancesArtan Latifi (493)
TV partnersSuperSport (live matches)
Radio Television of Kosovo (highlights only)
WebsiteOfficial website
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.

The Superleague ran outside FIFA and UEFA until Kosovo was admitted to both organizations, on 3 May 2016.[1]

History[edit]

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.

Names[edit]

Name Period Notes
Albanian English
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.

Clubs (2019–20)[edit]

Teams and stadiums[edit]

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[2] UEFA
license[3]
Ballkani Suva Reka Suva Reka City Stadium 1,500 Yes
Drenica Skenderaj Bajram Aliu Stadium 3,000 No
Drita Gjilan Gjilan City Stadium 15,000 Yes
Dukagjini Klina 18 June Stadium 2,000 No
Ferizaj Ferizaj Ismet Shabani Stadium 2,000 No
Feronikeli Glogovac Rexhep Rexhepi Stadium 2,000 Yes
Flamurtari Pristina Xhemail Ibishi Stadium 5,000 No
Gjilani Gjilan Gjilan City Stadium 15,000 Yes
Llapi Podujevo Zahir Pajaziti Stadium 10,000 Yes
Prishtina Pristina Fadil Vokrri Stadium 13,000 Yes
Trepça'89 Mitrovica Riza Lushta Stadium 12,000 Yes
Vushtrria Vučitrn Ferki Aliu Stadium 6,000 No


Seasons in Football Superleague of Kosovo[edit]

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.

Previous winners[edit]

This is a list of winners of Football Superleague of Kosovo since 1945.[4]

Wins by club[edit]

Number of titles since Independent League of Kosovo became the first tier of Kosovar league system.

Club Wins Winning Years
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
Trepça 2 1992–93, 2009–10
Drita 2002–03, 2017–18
Dukagjini 1 1993–94
Liria 1994–95
Besiana 2001–02
Hysi 2010–11
Vushtrria 2013–14
Trepça'89 2016–17

UEFA rankings[edit]

Country coefficient[edit]

As of 2 July 2019[5][6]
Ranking Member association
(L: League, C: Cup)
Coefficient Places in 2021–22 season
2020 2019 Mvmt 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 Total CL EL Total
46 51 5 +5  Gibraltar (L, C) 0.750 1.500 0.500 1.000 0.500 4.250 1 3 4
47 48 1 +1  Wales (L, C) 1.500 1.000 0.500 1.000 0.125 4.125
48 53 5 +5  Kosovo (L, C) Not a UEFA member 0.000 2.500 1.250 3.750
49 47 -2 –2  Georgia (L, C) 0.625 1.125 0.125 1.625 0.000 3.500
50 46 -4 –4  Estonia (L, C) 1.000 1.375 0.625 0.500 0.000 3.500

Club coefficient[edit]

As of 2 July 2019[7][8]
Ranking Club Coefficient
National UEFA
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 Total Country Part
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[edit]

Active[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2017–18 Trepça'89 1Q Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta 1–4 1–2 2–6
2018–19 Drita PR Andorra FC Santa Coloma 2–0 (a.e.t.)
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 4–1 (a.e.t.)
1Q Sweden Malmö 0–3 0–2 0–5
2019–20 Feronikeli PR Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 1–0
Andorra FC Santa Coloma 2–1
1Q Wales The New Saints 0–1 2–2 2–3

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2017–18 Prishtina 1Q Sweden Norrköping 0–1 0–5 0–6
2018–19 PR Gibraltar Europa 5–0 1–1 6–1
1Q Luxembourg Fola Esch 0–0 (4–5 p) 0–0 4–5
Drita 2Q Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 1–1 1–2 2–3
2019–20 Prishtina PR Gibraltar St Joseph's 1–1 0–2 1–3
Feronikeli 2Q Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 0−2 1−2 1−4

Defunct[edit]

Mitropa Cup[edit]

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1983–84 Prishtina RR Austria Eisenstadt 3–3 2–4 Runners-up[9]
Hungary Vasas 4–2 1–1
Czechoslovakia Teplice 2–0 1–1


Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Unrecognised competition parallel to Serbian league system.
  3. 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Federation of Kosovo joins UEFA". UEFA. 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "2019/20 Kosovo Superliga (venues)". Soccerway.
  3. ^ "7 klube licencohen për garat e UEFA-s" [7 clubs are licensed for UEFA competitions] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 10 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Kosovo - List of Champions". RSSSF.
  5. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2020". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
  6. ^ "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Country coefficients". UEFA.
  7. ^ "UEFA 5-year Club Ranking 2020". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
  8. ^ "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Club coefficients". UEFA.
  9. ^ "Mitropa Cup 1983/84". RSSSF.

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