Sri Lanka Football Premier League

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Sri Lanka Football Premier League
Dialog Champions League.png
Founded 1985
Country Sri Lanka
Confederation AFC
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)
2016 Season

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.

History[edit]

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.

Competition Format[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Previous winners[edit]

Champions so far:[1]

Most Championships[edit]

The number of national championships that clubs in Sri Lanka have attained.

Club
Number of Championships
Saunders SC 12
Ratnam SC 5
Renown SC 4
Negambo Youth 2
Colombo FC 2
Old Bens SC 1
Pettah United SC 1
Blue Star SC 1
Army SC 1
Don Bosco SC 1
Air Force SC 1
Solid SC 1
Mawanella United 1

2016-17 Season[edit]

Club Name Location Stadium Capacity
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

Sponsorship[edit]

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.

Stadiums[edit]

Sri Lanka Football Premier League is located in Sri Lanka
Sugathadasa
Sugathadasa
Kalutara Stadium
Kalutara Stadium
Jayatilaka Stadium
Jayatilaka Stadium
Matara Stadium
Matara Stadium
Alburt Pieris
Alburt Pieris
Navy
Navy
Prison Ground
Prison Ground
Locations of major football grounds in Sri Lanka

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.

Topscorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
2003–04 Sri Lanka M.A.M. Farzeen Blue Star SC 19
2006–07 Sri Lanka Kasun Jayasuriya Ratnam SC 24
2007–08 Sri Lanka Kasun Jayasuriya Ratnam SC 12
2008–09 Sri Lanka Kasun Jayasuriya Renown SC 13
2009–10 Sri Lanka Mohamed Fazal Renown SC 14
2014–15 Sri Lanka Mohamed Izzadeen Army SC 26
2015 M.C.M. Rifnaz[2] Renown SC 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sri Lanka – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Colombo FC wins Dialog Champions League". 6 December 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 

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