Lebanese Premier League

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Lebanese Premier League
Lebanon League (logo).png
Country Lebanon
Confederation AFC
Founded 1933; 83 years ago (1933)
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Lebanese Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Lebanese FA Cup
Lebanese Super Cup
Lebanese Elite Cup
Lebanese Federation Cup
International cup(s) AFC Cup
Arab Champions League
Current champions Al-Ahed (2014–15)
Most championships Al-Ansar (13 Titles)
TV partners Al Jadeed
Al-Manar
Website lebanese-goal.com
Current season

Lebanese Premier League (French: Championnat du Liban de Football / Arabic: الدوري اللبناني لكرة القدم) is the top division of the Federation Libanaise de Football Association football league competitions. It was founded in 1900 and began in 1934[clarification needed] and their confederation is the AFC. There are 12 teams competing however only 10 survive a season that sees two teams getting relegated to the Lebanese Second Division. The two remaining places are taken by the promoted teams from the second division. Seasons run from October to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekdays. The most successful club in the history of the league is Al-Ansar, topping with 13 league titles while Al-Nejmeh and Homenetmen Beirut have 7 titles. Al-Ansar set a Guinness world record by winning 11 consecutive league titles between 1988 and 1999, a record that has since been surpassed by Skonto FC from Latvia.[1]

Overview[edit]

The Lebanese FA is composed of four divisions: the Lebanese Premier League (although it is rarely referred to with the First prefix), and, below that, the Lebanese Second Division, which has been the second tier of Lebanese football since 1934. Since 1950, the Lebanese Third Division in Lebanon is also a professional league, and the Lebanese Fourth Division is also founded in 1950. The Lebanese Premier League is based upon home and away fixtures. The points system is the international and most used system:

Ranking structure[edit]

If teams are level on points, tie-breakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Goal difference for the entire season
  2. Total goals scored for the entire season
  3. Head-to-head results (total points)
  4. Head-to-head goals scored
  5. Head-to-head away goals scored
  6. Total away goals scored for the entire season

Media coverage[edit]

Al Jadeed Logo Al-Manar logo

The Lebanese League broadcasting rights are distributed to Al Jadeed and Al-Manar TV. Live coverage of each game is broadcast 4 times a week, and weekly highlights of each match are produced once a week.

Lebanese Premier League clubs (2014-15)[edit]

Lebanese Premier League is located in Lebanon
Beirut
Beirut
Tyre
Tyre
Aley
Aley
Tripoli
Tripoli
Sidon
Sidon
Zgharta
Zgharta
Locations of teams in the 2013–14 Lebanese Premier League
Club Location Stadium Stadium capacity
Al-Ahed Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 2,500
Al Akhaa Al Ahli Aley Amin AbdelNour Stadium 3,500
Al Ansar Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500
Al Egtmaaey Tripoli (R) Tripoli Tripoli Municipal Stadium 22,000
Al-Mabarrah (R) Beirut Mabarra Stadium 5,000
Al Nejmeh Beirut Camille Chamoun Sports City 55,000
Racing Beirut Beirut Fouad Shehab Stadium 5,000
Safa Beirut Safa Stadium 4,000
Salam Zgharta Zgharta Zgharta-Mirdachiyyé Stadium 5,000
Shabab Al-Sahel Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500
Tadamon Sour Sour Sour Stadium 6,500
Tripoli SC Tripoli Tripoli Municipal Stadium 22,000

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Previous winners[edit]