Martyr's Memorial A-Division League

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Martyr's Memorial A-Division League
शहीद स्मारक ए डिभिजन लीग
Organising bodyANFA
Founded1954
Country   Nepal
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Various
International cup(s)AFC Cup
Current championsManang Marsyangdi Club (8th title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsManang Marsyangdi Club (8 titles)
Top goalscorerSantosh Sahukhala (96 goals)
TV partnersAP1 HD(live telecast)
Mycujoo (online streaming)
Websitewww.the-anfa.com
2018–19 Martyr's Memorial A-Division League

Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League (Nepali: शहीद स्मारक ए डिभिजन लीग) (formerly known as the Kathmandu League Championship) is one of the top division of the All Nepal Football Association in Nepal. Contested by 12 to 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation within the Martyr's Memorial B-Division League. The seasons run from November to March with every team playing each other once and the top six teams reach the Super Six round, where the teams again play each other once. It is currently sponsored by Bajaj Pulsar and thus officially known as the Pulsar Martyr's Memorial A-Division League.

A new Nepal National League was created in 2011 to give chance to compete A level tournaments to the clubs outside Kathmandu valley. Currently there are 9 clubs competing in the National League, 5 of which are the top 5 teams of Martyr's Memorial A-Division League.[1][2]

Currently in its 41st season (since its establishment in 1954–55), a total of 13 teams are competing for the league trophy. The 2013–14 season began on 30 December 2013.[3]

History of the league[edit]

Prime minister Padam Shamsher started the Ram Janaki Football tournament in 1934 with the objective of solidifying the increasing public interest in football. After the establishment of democracy in 1950, the Nepali Police Force had initial successes, enjoying consecutive hat-trick wins and monopolizing the trophy for several years. The Nepal Football Association received the trophy from them, continuing the tournament in remembrance of national martyrs. The trophy is presented today to the winners of the "Martyr’s Memorial League Tournament".

RCT won the trophy three subsequent times (1971–73). 1973 saw the formation of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), and the tournament continued under new authority, although there have been periodic stoppages due to financial and other reasons. (For instance, the political and economic turmoil of the 1990s stopped the tournament for several years.) League president, Ganesh Thapa, at one time revived ANFA (in 1995), but could not continue it for long. Complying with other football power nation rules, Nepal made ANFA its base for selecting the national teams, although the league still struggled to continue going into the 21st century. Financial problems has caused many football clubs to fold and some to postpone their participation with the most recent being New Road Team which is the oldest club in Nepal.

Media coverage[edit]

With AP1 Television being one of the organizers of the A division league, they also serve as the official broadcasters of the league in Nepal.

Clubs[edit]

Champions[edit]

Since the start of the league, 15 different clubs have won the title in 41 tournaments. Manang Marshyangdi Club have the most (8 titles) under their belt. They are also the current champions.[4]

S.N. Season B.S. Winner
1 1954–55 2011 Mahabir Club
2 1955–56 2012 Police Force
3 1956–57 2013 Police Force
4 1957–58 2014 Army XI
5 1960–61 2017 New Road Team
6 1962–63 2019 New Road Team
7 1963–64 2020 Bidya Byama
8 1966–67 2023 Mahabir Club
9 1967–68 2024 Friends Union
10 1968–69 2025 Deurali Club
11 1969–70 2026 Mahabir Club
12 1970–71 2027 Deurali Club
13 1971–72 2028 Ranipokhari Corner Team
14 1972–73 2029 Ranipokhari Corner Team
15 1973–74 2030 Ranipokhari Corner Team
S.N. Season B.S. Winner
16 1975 2032 Boys Union Club
17 1976 2033 Sunakhari Athletic Club
18 1977 2034 Annapurna Club
19 1978 2035 New Road Team
20 1979 2036 Ranipokhari Corner Team
21 1980 2037 Sankata Boys Club
22 1981–82 2038 Ranipokhari Corner Team
23 1982 2039 Annapurna Club
24 1983 2040 Sankata Boys Club
25 1984 2041 Ranipokhari Corner Team
26 1985 2042 Sankata Boys Club
27 1986 2042–43 Manang Marsyangdi Club
28 1987 2043–44 Manang Marsyangdi Club
29 1989 2046 Manang Marsyangdi Club
30 1995 2052 New Road Team
S.N. Season B.S. Winner
31 1997 2054 Three Star Club
32 1998 2055 Three Star Club
33 2000 2057 Manang Marsyangdi Club
34 2003 2060 Manang Marsyangdi Club
35 2004 2061 Three Star Club
36 2005–06 2062 Manang Marsyangdi Club
37 2006–07 2063 Mahendra Police Club
38 2010 2066–67 Nepal Police Club
39 2011 2068 Nepal Police Club
40 2012–13 2069 Three Star Club
41 2013–14 2070 Manang Marsyangdi Club
42 2018–19 2075 Manang Marsyangdi Club

Wins by club[edit]

Club Winners Winning Seasons
Manang Marshyangdi Club 8 1986, 1987, 1989, 2000, 2003, 2005–06, 2013–14, 2018–19
Ranipokhari Corner Team 6 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1979, 1981–82, 1984
New Road Team 4 1960–61, 1962–63, 1978, 1995
Three Star Club 1997, 1998, 2004, 2012–13
Mahabir Club 3 1954–55, 1966–67, 1969–70
Nepal Police Club (formerly Mahendra Police Club) 2006–07, 2010, 2011
Sankata Boys Club 1980, 1983, 1985
Annapurna Club 2 1977, 1982
Deurali Club 1968–69, 1970–71
Police Force 1955–56, 1956–57
Army XI 1 1957–58
Bidya Byama 1963–64
Boys Union Club 1975
Friends Union 1967–68
Sunakhari Athletic Club 1976

2018–19 season[edit]

The following are the 14 clubs will compete in the Martyr's Memorial A-Division League during the 2018–19 season.

Club Position in previous season
Brigade Boys Club 1st (2014 B-Division)
Chyasal Youth Club 1st (2016 B-Division)
Friends Club 8th
Himalayan Sherpa Club 7th
Jawalakhel Youth Club 11th
Machhindra Football Club 2nd
Manang Marshyangdi Club 1st
Nepal APF Club 6th
Nepal Army Club 10th
Nepal Police Club 4th
New Road Team 2nd (2016 B-Division)
Sankata BSC 5th
Saraswati Youth Club 9th
Three Star Club 3rd

A-Division clubs in Asia[edit]

Martyr's Memorial A-Division clubs participated in the AFC President's Cup from its foundation in 2005 till its dissolution in 2014. Since 2015, the winners of the Martyr's Memorial A-Division League qualify for the AFC Cup. A-Division clubs could also qualify for the Asian Club Championship before 2004.

AFC President's Cup[edit]

Season Team Position
2005 Three Star Club Semi-Final
2006 Manang Marshyangdi Club 3rd in Group Stage
2007 Mahendra Police Club Runner-up
2008 Nepal Police Club Semi-Final
2009 Nepal Police Club 4th in Group Stage
2010 New Road Team 3rd in Group Stage
2011 Nepal Police Club 4th in Group Stage
2013 Three Star Club 3rd in Final Stage
2014 Manang Marshyangdi Club 2nd in Final Stage

AFC Cup[edit]

Season AFC Cup Position
2015 Manang Marshyangdi Club DNP
2019 Manang Marshyangdi Club TBD

Asian Club Championship[edit]

Season AFC Cup Position
1985–86 New Road Team 5th in Qualifiers
1987 Manang Marshyangdi Club 4th in Qualifiers
1990–91 Ranipokhari Corner Team 3rd in Qualifiers
1996–97 New Road Team First Round
1997–98 Mahendra Police Club First Round
1998–99 Three Star Club First Round

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] at ANFA Official Site
  2. ^ [2] at FIFA Official Site, National League Table 2015
  3. ^ [3] at Goal Nepal online.
  4. ^ "Nepal - List of Champions and Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 March 2014.

External links[edit]

  • FIFA.com – Football at the heart of the Himalayas