Israeli Noar Premier League

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Israeli Noar Premier League
Founded 1994; 23 years ago (1994)
Country Israel
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1 (for youth leagues)
Relegation to Israeli Noar Leumit League
Domestic cup(s) Israel Youth State Cup
Current champions Maccabi Haifa F.C.
(2016–17)
Most championships Maccabi Haifa (9 titles)
Website http://football.org.il
2015–16 Israeli Noar Premier League

The Israeli Noar Premier League (Hebrew: ליגת העל לנוער‎, Ligat Ha'al LeNoar, lit. Youth Super League) is the top division in the Israeli football league system for teenagers between the ages 18–20. From 1994 to 2011, it was called Israeli Noar Leumit League. The league is a continuation of the previous youth league system, established in 1941.

History[edit]

A youth football league was established during the British mandate, in 1941, and was played for three seasons. The league resumed for the 1947–48 season, during which the state of Israel was established, and the league was partly finished afterwards.[1]

Following the establishment of Israel, the league was reorganized, and was divided into regional divisions, with the champions of each division playing a championship play-off to determine the nationwide champions. In 1982, the IFA decided to form a nationwide division, at the top of the league system, called Liga Leumit (similar to the seniors' top division).[2] In 1994, the IFA re-established the league as the Liga Illit (Hebrew: ליגה עילית‎, lit. Super League).

Number of foreigners[edit]

Teams are limited to two foreign players per team. Special circumstances such as Druze players from the Golan (no citizenship), such as Weaam Amasha. or cases such as that of Toto Tamuz, who did not had full Israeli citizenship, do not count against the foreign player limit.

Current Noar Premier League clubs (2015–16)[edit]

Champions[edit]

1 No playoff was played.

Total championships (from 1994)[edit]

Rank Club Titles Winning seasons
1 Maccabi Haifa 8 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015-16, 2016-17
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 8 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2004–05,
2010–11, 2011–12, 2014-15
3 Beitar Jerusalem 2 2006–07, 2007–08
4 Maccabi Netanya 1 1994–95
5 Gadna Tel Aviv Yehuda 1 1997–98
6 Hapoel Petah Tikva 1 1999–2000
7 Hapoel Haifa 1 2005–06

References[edit]

  • 100 Years of Football 1906–2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006, pp. 350–351
  1. ^ Let the young men now arise, and play before us. David Ovic, 28 January 2012
  2. ^ Mini-Empire, The History of the Youth Sector in Maccabi Haifa Itzik Haberman, 18 March 2005, Maccabi Haifa (in Hebrew)

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