2005–06 Iraqi Premier League

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The Iraqi Premier League of 2005-2006 kicked off on October 28, 2005. Due to the War in Iraq, many games were suspended during duration, postponed, or canceled.

The 28 teams were split into four groups of 7. At the end of the group stage, the top 3 teams from each group (a total of 12 teams), advanced to the second round. In the second round, these 12 teams were splite into four groups of 3, with teams playing a home and away against each team in its group respectively. The top team in each of the four groups moved on into the playoffs. The four remaining teams played its opponent a home and an away match to determine who plays for the championship game; a one match event held in Baghdad. In the end of the season, 8 teams were regulated, with four new teams being promoted.

The Primary stage[edit]

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Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Jaish
Al-Sinaa
Al Shurta
Al-Karkh
As-Slaikh
Diyala
Al-Kahraba
Al-Zawraa
Al-Naft
Al-Amana
Al-Kadhimiya
Najaf
Samaraa
Al Talaba
Sirwan
Arbil
Ararat
Duhok
Zakho
Kirkuk
Al-Samawa
Al-Kut
Naft Al Junoob
Ash Shatra
Maysan
Karbalaa
Al Minaa
  • Green - Group A
  • Purple - Group B
  • Blue - Group C
  • Red - Group D

Group A[edit]

Rank Club Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Al-Talaba 12 7 3 2 +17 24
2 Duhok 12 5 5 2 +5 20
3 Arbil 12 4 5 3 +3 17
4 Sirwan 12 4 5 3 -2 17
5 Kirkuk 12 4 1 7 -5 13
6 Ararat (N) 12 2 5 5 -5 11
7 Zakho 12 2 4 6 -12 10
  Qualify to next round
  Relegate to second division for next season
(N)   Promoted to the Iraqi Premier League in this season

Group B[edit]

Rank Club Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Al-Shorta 12 9 3 0 +17 30
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (C) 12 6 4 2 +9 22
3 Al-Jaish 12 5 3 4 +2 18
4 Al-Sinaa 12 3 5 4 -3 14
5 Diyala* 12 3 4 5 -4 13
6 Al-Karkh 12 3 3 6 -5 12
7 Al-Salikh (N) 12 0 4 8 -16 4
  Qualify to the next round
  Relegated to the second division for next season
(C)   Defending Champion
(N)   Promoted to the Iraqi Premier League in this season
  • Diyala did not get relegated, but would not play in the next season due to security and economic problems.

Group C[edit]

Rank Club Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Al-Zawraa 12 9 3 0 +17 30
2 Samaraa 12 5 4 3 -3 19
3 Najaf FC 12 5 3 4 +9 18
4 Al-Naft 12 4 6 2 -1 18
5 Al-Kahraba 12 3 6 3 +2 15
5 Al-Kadhmmiya FC 12 0 7 5 -9 7
6 Al-Amana (N) 12 0 3 9 -18 3
  Qualify to the next round
  Relegated to the second division for next season
(N)   Promoted to the Iraqi Premier League in this season

Group D[edit]

Rank Club Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Al-Minaa 12 8 3 1 +13 27
2 Karbalaa 12 8 2 2 +12 26
3 Maysan 12 4 5 3 +2 17
4 Naft Al-Janoob 12 4 2 6 -2 14
5 Shatra FC (N) 12 3 5 4 -6 14
6 Al-Samawa 12 1 6 5 -2 9
7 Kut 12 1 3 8 -17 6
  Qualifies to next round
  Relegate to second division
(N)   Promoted to Iraqi Premier League in this season

The Elite stage[edit]

The 12 advanced teams were split into four groups of 3. Each team played a home and away match against each of its opponent in the group. Top team from each group advanced to the next round.

Group 1[edit]

Rank Club Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Arbil 4 2 1 1 +3 7
2 Samaraa 4 2 0 2 0 6
3 Al-Minaa 4 1 1 2 -3 4

Group 2[edit]

Rank Club Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Al-Zawraa 4 3 1 0 +8 10
2 Duhok 4 1 1 2 -2 4
3 Al-Jaish 4 1 1 2 -3 4

Group 3[edit]

Rank Club Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Najaf 4 2 1 1 +3 7
2 Karbalaa 4 2 0 2 -3 6
3 Al-Shorta 4 1 1 2 0 4

Group 4[edit]

Rank Club Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 4 2 1 1 +4 7
2 Al-Talaba 4 2 1 1 1 7
3 Maysan 4 0 2 2 -2 2

The Golden Stage (Final Stage)[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

21 May 2006
Najaf 4 - 1 Arbil

26 May 2006
Arbil 1 - 0 Najaf
Match suspended

31 May 2006
Arbil 1 - 1 Najaf


Match cancelled in the middle of the game after Al-Qua Al-Jawiya players walked off the field. The team was disqualified to play for the third place match, making Arbil the automatic third-place winner.


Final[edit]

23 May 2006
Al-Zawraa 0 - 0
(4-3)
Najaf

Iraqi Premier League 2005 - 2006 Champion

Al-Zawraa
(undefeated)
11th title

Notes[edit]

Najaf FC and Al-Zawraa advance to the AFC Champions League 2007, while Arbil FC advanced to the Arab Champions League.