Sri Lanka Football Premier League
|Number of teams||18|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Division I|
|Domestic cup(s)||Sri Lanka FA Cup|
|International cup(s)||AFC Cup & SAFF Club Championship|
|Current champions||Colombo FC (2nd title), (2016)|
|Most championships||Saunders SC (12th titles)|
The Sri Lanka Football Premier League (currently known under its sponsored name Dialog Champions League) is a Sri Lanka professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Sri Lankan football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 18 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Division I.
The tournament was conducted in various formats.Apart from the league system a playoff stage was included in 2013–14 season.Currently 18 clubs are participated in the tournament.Saunders are the most time champion with (12) titles.Rathnam have won the title (5) times and Renown (4) times and Colombo (2) times.In recent times different clubs have able to win the championship title.
The competition was started in 1985 and it was held every year.the 2016 Sri Lanka Football Premier League is the 32nd season of the Sri Lanka Football league.The tournament was conducted in various formats.Apart from the league system a playoff stage was included in 2013–14 season.Currently 18 clubs are participated in the tournament.Saunders are the most time champion with (12) titles.Rathnam have won the title (5) times and Renown (4) times.In recent times different clubs have able to win the championship title.
Negambo Youth and Colombo Have won the title (2) times. Old Bens, Pettah United, Army SC, Blue Star,Don Bosco, Air Force, Solid and Mawanella United have won the title once.The defending champions are Colombo.
In the current structure of the league there are 18 clubs compete for the title.In the first stage the teams are divided to two groups of nine .Those teams will compete in a round robin format.The best four teams from each group will qualify for the Championship Stage.I that stage the 8 teams are compete in round robin format ant the group winner will be the champion of the season.The bottom two teams of each group in the first stage will be relegated to the Division I.
Qualification for the International events
The champion of the league will earn the chance to play in the AFC Cup tournament which is organized by Asian Football Confederation.Also they are qualified to the SAFF Club Championship. However the title holders didn't compete in any of the above competitions until 2014. The first team to Play in the AFC Cup was Colombo FC Which won the title in 2015.
All time Clubs
Champions so far:
The number of national championships that clubs in Sri Lanka have attained.
||Number of Championships
|Old Bens SC||1|
|Pettah United SC||1|
|Blue Star SC||1|
|Don Bosco SC||1|
|Air Force SC||1|
|Air Force Sports Club||Ekala||Ekala Football Ground||1,000|
|Blue Star SC||Kalutara||Kalutara Stadium||15,000|
|Colombo FC||Colombo||Sugathadasa Stadium||28,000|
|Crystal Palace SC||Gampola||Jayathilake Stadium||5,000|
|Java Lane SC||Colombo||City Football Complex||1,000|
|Matara City SC||Matara||Matara Football Complex||2,000|
|Nandimithra SC||Colombo||Kelaniya Football Complex||1,000|
|Negambo Youth||Negombo||Maristella Ground||1,000|
|New Young's SC||Wennappuwa||Sir Albert F. Peiries Stadium||5,000|
|Renown Sports Club||Colombo||Kelaniya Football Complex||1,000|
|Saunders SC||Colombo||Kelaniya Football Complex||1,000|
|SL Navy SC||Welisara||Navy Ground||1,000|
|Solid SC||Anuradhapura||Prison Ground||2,000|
|Sri Lanka Army SC||Homagama||Homagama Ground||5,000|
|Sri Lanka Police SC||Colombo||Police Ground||1,000|
|Super Sun SC||Dharga Town||Zahira College Ground||1,000|
|Thihariya Youth SC||Gampaha||Sugathadasa Stadium||28,000|
|Up Country Lions SC||Nawalapitiya||Jayathilake Stadium||5,000|
The title sponsor of the current season in Dialog.So the league is known as Dialog Champions League.Other than dialog Cargills also sponsor the previous events.The official ball is supplied by Molten.The official broadcast partner is The papare.com.
Most of the clubs in this league haven't any FIFA Standard Stadiums.So most of the matches are played in Sugathadasa Stadium and Kelaniya Football Complex.Some clubs play their matches in there home stadiums which are located in Colombo, Anuradhapura, Kelaniya and Kalutara.
|2003–04||M.A.M. Farzeen||Blue Star SC||19|
|2006–07||Kasun Jayasuriya||Ratnam SC||24|
|2007–08||Kasun Jayasuriya||Ratnam SC||12|
|2008–09||Kasun Jayasuriya||Renown SC||13|
|2009–10||Mohamed Fazal||Renown SC||14|
|2014–15||Mohamed Izzadeen||Army SC||26|
|2015||M.C.M. Rifnaz||Renown SC||9|