Liga Leumit (basketball)

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Liga Leumit
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Founded1966; 53 years ago (1966)
First season1966–67
Country Israel
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toIsraeli Premier League
Relegation toLiga Artzit
Domestic cup(s)Israeli State Cup
2018–19 Israeli Basketball National League

Liga Leumit (Hebrew: ליגה לאומית‎, lit. National League) is the second tier level league of basketball competition in Israel. It is the league level that is below the first tier Israeli Premier League.

League system[edit]

The league contains 14 clubs that compete in a home-and-away round-robin. At the end of the season, the top eight clubs advance to the play-offs. The first round is played on a best-of-three basis. The four winning clubs advance to two best-of-five playoffs, the winners of which are promoted to the Super League.

The two teams that finish at the bottom of the table are relegated to Liga Artzit.

Current teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
Elitzur "Eito" Ashkelon Ashkelon Ashkelon Sports Arena 3,000
Elitzur Netanya Netanya Yeshurun Hall 1,000
Elitzur Yavne Yavne Ralf Klain Hall 600
Hapoel Afula Afula Nir Ha'emak Hall 1,000
Hapoel Galil Elyon/Safed Upper Galilee and Safed HaPais Kfar Blum 2,200
Hapoel Haifa Haifa Romema Arena 5,000
Hapoel Kfar Saba Kfar Saba HaYovel Kfar Saba 680
Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim Ramat Gan and Givatayim Zisman Hall 1,400
Ironi Kiryat Ata Kiryat Ata Ramaz Hall 1,000
Maccabi Haifa Haifa Romema Arena 5,000
Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin Kiryat Motzkin Goshen Hall 750
Maccabi Ra'anana Ra'anana Metro West 1,850
Maccabi Rehovot Rehovot Katzir Hall 500
Maccabi Hod HaSharon Hod HaSharon Atidim Hall 400

League champions[edit]

Season Champions Other promoted team
2001–02 Hapoel Tel Aviv A.S. Ramat HaSharon, Ironi Nahariya
2002–03 Elitzur Ashkelon -
2003–04 Maccabi Petach Tikva -
2004–05 Ironi Ramat Gan -
2005–06 Hapoel Gilboa/Afula -
2006–07 Hapoel Holon -
2007–08 Maccabi Haifa Ironi Kiryat Ata, Maccabi Givat Shmuel
2008–09 Barak Netanya Hapoel Afula
2009–10 Maccabi Ashdod -
2010–11 Habikaa B.C. -
2011–12 Hapoel Tel Aviv -
2012–13 Ironi Nes Ziona -
2013–14 Ironi Nahariya -
2014–15 Maccabi Kiryat Gat -
2015–16 Hapoel Gilboa Galil -
2016–17 Ironi Nes Ziona -
2017–18 Hapoel Be'er Sheva -
2018–19 Maccabi Haifa -

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