2000–01 Iraqi Elite League

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Iraqi Premier League
Season 2000–01
Champions Al-Zawraa
(10th title)
Relegated Al-Kut
Karbalaa
2002–03 AFC Champions League Al-Zawraa
Top goalscorer Hussein Abdullah
(22 goals)

The 2000–01 Iraqi Elite League was the 27th season of the competition since its foundation in 1974. The name of the league was changed from Iraqi First Division to Iraqi Elite League. Instead of relegating teams from the 1999–2000 season and promoting teams from the lower division in order to decide which teams were playing in the competition, the Iraq Football Association decided that every team in the country from every division should play qualifying games in order to decide who participated.

The qualifying rounds saw a total of 135 teams being split into groups based on geographical position, all competing for the 16 places in the league. After all the qualifiers were over, the league competition itself was played and was 30 rounds long. This made it too difficult to schedule the 2000–01 Iraq FA Cup, so that competition was cancelled. In the end, Al-Zawraa won their third league title in a row, finishing a comfortable eight points clear of their rivals.

Qualifiers[edit]

First qualifying round[edit]

The highest-placed teams in each group qualified to the final qualifying round.

  • Al-Anbar Group: Al-Ramadi qualified
  • Babil Group: Al-Qassim qualified
  • Al-Qassim played Al-Hilla in a two-legged play-off which ended 1–1 on aggregate; Al-Qassim qualified on away goals
  • Other teams in the group included Babil
  • Baghdad: All 35 teams admitted directly to final qualifying round
  • Basra Group: Al-Minaa qualified
  • Al-Minaa played Al-Basra in a two-legged play-off; both legs ended in draws and Al-Minaa won 1–0 via a golden goal in extra-time
  • Other teams in the group included Al-Bahri and Al-Ittihad
  • Dhi Qar Group: Al-Nasiriya qualified
  • Al-Qadisiyyah Group: Al-Diwaniya qualified
  • Diyala Group: Al-Khalis qualified
  • Other teams in the group included Diyala, who withdrew
  • Duhok Group: Duhok qualified
  • Other teams in the group included Zakho and Peris
  • Erbil Group: Erbil qualified
  • Karbalaa Group: Karbalaa qualified
  • Other teams in the group included Al-Hindiya, Al-Jamahir and Al-Husseiniya
  • Kirkuk Group: Kirkuk qualified
  • Maysan Group: Maysan qualified
  • Other teams in the group included Al-Amarah
  • Al-Mosul played Al-Hikna in a two-legged play-off; both legs ended in draws and Al-Mosul qualified on away goals
  • Salahaddin Group: Samarra qualified
  • Sulaymaniyah: Al-Sulaymaniyah admitted directly to final qualifying round
  • Wasit Group: Al-Kut qualified

Final qualifying round[edit]

North Group[edit]

Team Result
Erbil Qualified to League
Duhok Qualified to League
Samarra Qualified to League
Kirkuk
Al-Mosul
Al-Sulaymaniyah

Central Group[edit]

Team Result
Karbalaa Qualified to League
Al-Ramadi Qualified to League
Al-Kut Qualified to League
Al-Khalis
Al-Qassim

Baghdad Groups[edit]

Group A[edit]
Team Result
Al-Zawraa Qualified to League
Al-Shorta Qualified to League
Al-Karkh Qualified to League
Al-Jaish Qualified to play-off
Al-Kadhimiya
Al-Khutoot
Al-Shabab
Al-Hedood
Al-Sinaa
Al-Bareed
Al-Nahda
Al-Medain
Al-Umal
Al-Adhamiya
Al-Amana
Al-Siyaha
Tayaran Al-Jaish
Al-Shaheed Delaf
Group B[edit]
Team Result
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Qualified to League
Al-Talaba Qualified to League
Al-Naft Qualified to League
Al-Difaa Al-Jawiya Qualified to play-off
Al-Sulaikh
Haifa
Al-Shuala
Al-Hurriya
Al-Tijara
Al-Majid
Al-Mahmoudiyah
Al-Salamah
Al-Qaqaa
Abu Ghraib
Tamouz
Batal Al-Tahreer
Al-Saqr Al-Arabi
Play-off[edit]
  • Al-Difaa Al-Jawiya defeated Al-Jaish to qualify for the League.

South Group[edit]

Team Result
Al-Minaa Qualified to League
Al-Najaf Qualified to League
Al-Samawa Qualified to League
Al-Nasiriya
Al-Diwaniya
Maysan

League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Zawraa (C) 30 23 1 6 80 24 +56 70 2002–03 AFC Champions League
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 30 18 8 4 53 34 +19 62
3 Al-Shorta 30 19 3 8 60 26 +34 60
4 Al-Talaba 30 17 9 4 42 21 +21 60
5 Duhok 30 16 7 7 44 24 +20 55
6 Al-Najaf 30 15 7 8 31 16 +15 52
7 Al-Karkh 30 14 8 8 48 33 +15 50
8 Al-Difaa Al-Jawiya 30 13 9 8 33 29 +4 48
9 Al-Minaa 30 10 10 10 24 26 –2 40
10 Samarra 30 10 6 14 34 41 –7 36
11 Al-Naft 30 8 10 12 32 41 –9 34
12 Erbil 30 6 11 13 24 46 –22 29
13 Al-Samawa 30 6 8 16 26 37 –11 26
14 Al-Ramadi 30 6 4 20 31 67 –36 22
15 Al-Kut 30 3 3 24 17 55 –38 12 Relegated to Iraq Division 1
16 Karbalaa 30 3 2 25 17 77 –60 11

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Scorer Goals Team
1
Hussein Abdullah
22
Duhok
2
Ahmed Khudhair
19
Al-Shorta
3
Ammar Ahmad
14
Al-Zawraa

References[edit]

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