Macedonian First Football League

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Macedonian First Football League
Прва македонска Фудбалска Лига
Macedonian First Football League logo.jpg
Founded 1992
Country Republic of Macedonia
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to 2. MFL
Domestic cup(s) Macedonian Football Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Vardar
(10th title)
(2016–17)
Most championships Vardar
(10 titles)
TV partners TV Nova
Website ffm.mk
2017–18

The Macedonian First Football League (Macedonian: Прва македонска Фудбалска Лига, Prva Мakedonska Fudbalska Liga; also called Macedonian First League, 1. MFL and Prva Liga) is the highest professional football competition in the Republic of Macedonia. It is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Macedonian football league system and has been operating for about twenty years since the 1992–1993 season. It is organized by the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM).

The championship titles won before 1992 are officially recognized by the Macedonian League as domestic regional cups.[1]

Format[edit]

Macedonian First League's former logo

Throughout the 1. MFL history, the number of clubs competing at the top level has been gradually decreased. Below is a complete record of how many teams played in each season throughout the league's history:[citation needed]

 
  • 18 clubs = 1992–1993
  • 16 clubs = 1993–1995
  • 15 clubs = 1995–1996
  • 14 clubs = 1996–2001
  • 12 clubs = 2001–2014
  • 10 clubs = 2014–present

The league has 10 teams, and each team plays the other sides four times, for a total of 36 matches each.[2]

Due to the UEFA Ranking coefficients ranking (shown below); The winner of the league enters into the Qualifying Rounds of the Champions League, while the second and third placed teams are entered into the Qualifying Rounds of the Europa League along with the winner of the Macedonian Cup. At the end of the season, the bottom 2 teams are relegated to the Macedonian Second League while the eighth placed team enter a play-off with the winner of the tie between second placed teams of the two groups in the Macedonian Second League.

UEFA Rankings[edit]

UEFA Country Ranking for league participation in 2014–15 European football season (Previous year rank in italics) [3][4]

All-Time First Macedonian League Table (1992–2016) [5]
Rank Club Competition MP W D L GF GA GD P
1 FK Vardar 1. MFL 733 414 173 146 1353 627 +726 1356
2 Sileks 1. MFL 700 316 147 237 1165 885 +280 1060
3 Rabotnički 1. MFL 560 291 123 146 914 571 +343 996
4 Pobeda Banned [6] by FFM and UEFA
(eligible to compete in 2017–18)
511 263 99 149 916 632 +284 863
5 Pelister 1. MFL 570 207 124 239 714 764 −50 717
6 Shkëndija 1. MFL 424 181 73 135 606 502 +142 683
7 Sloga Jugomagnat Dissolved 392 189 84 119 609 412 +197 620
8 Makedonija Gj. P. 1. MFL 425 164 98 163 570 525 +45 559
9 Renova 1. MFL 352 152 97 103 497 403 +94 553
10 Cementarnica 4. MFL – OFL Kisela Voda 448 157 95 196 588 622 −34 541
  • Deducted points: FK Makedonija Gj. P. -19, FK Sloga Jugomagnat −11, FK Vardar −9, FK Cementarnica −3 and FK Škendija −3.

History[edit]

In 1923 the first national Yugoslav Football Championship was held, and regional championships were also played. The clubs of the Vardarska Banovina, territorially similar to present day Macedonia, played within the Belgrade Football Subassociation League until 1927,[7] when a separate Skoplje Football Subassociation League was formed.[8] The champions of the Subassociation Leagues were granted a place in the qualifiers to the Yugoslav Championship. Gragjanski Skopje became the only Macedonian club to participate in the national league, first in 1935–36 when the championship was played in a cup format,[9] and then in 1938–39, when it was played in a normal league system with Gragjanski finishing 10th out of 12 teams.[10] In 1939 the Yugoslav league system was changed, with the creation of separate Serbian and Croato-Slovenian Leagues which served as qualifying leagues for the final phase of the Yugoslav Championship.[11] The clubs from the Skopje Subassociation aimed to qualify to the Serbian League, however only Gragjanski managed to participate, in 1939–40 (5th place)[12] and 1940–41 (8th place).[13]

List of seasons[edit]

Most titles[edit]

Macedonian First League Trophy

The titles won by clubs since independence are shown in the following table:[14][15]

Club Titles Runners-up Winning years
Vardar Skopje 10 2 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Rabotnički Skopje 4 3 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2013–14
Sileks Kratovo 3 5 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98
Sloga Jugomagnat Skopje 3 2 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
Pobeda Prilep 2 2 2003–04, 2006–07
Makedonija Skopje 1 1 2008–09
Renova Čepčište 1 2009–10
Shkëndija Tetovo 1 2 2010–11
Metalurg Skopje 3
Milano Kumanovo 2
Belasica Strumica 2
Horizont Turnovo 1

Current teams (2017–18)[edit]

Location of teams in 2017–18 Macedonian First League
Club[16]
Finishing position
in season 2016–17[17]
Akademija Pandev 1st in Second League[18]
Pelister 4th
Pobeda 7th
Rabotnički 3rd
Renova 5th
KF Shkëndija 2nd
FK Shkupi 8th
Sileks 6th
Skopje 2nd in Second League[18]
Vardar 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ffm.mk/ (in Macedonian)
  2. ^ "First League". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2015". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Country coefficients 2014/15". UEFA. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ All-Time First Macedonian League Standings
  6. ^ Pobeda Prilep banned until 2017/18
  7. ^ Sijić, pag. 135
  8. ^ Milorad Sijić: "Football in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia", pag. 142 (in Serbian)
  9. ^ Sijić, pag. 99–100
  10. ^ Sijić, pag. 111–116
  11. ^ Sijić, pag. 117
  12. ^ Sijić, pag. 120–121
  13. ^ Sijić, pag. 129
  14. ^ Karel Stokkermans (29 October 2015). "Macedonia - List of Champions". Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  15. ^ http://uk.soccerway.com/national/macedonia-fyr/first-league/c65/archive/?ICID=PL_3N_06
  16. ^ "First League". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "First League 2016/2017". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Second League 2016/2017". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 

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