Yemeni League

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Yemeni League
Founded
1990
Nation
 Yemen
Number of Teams
14
Asian Qualification
AFC Cup
Most time Champions
Al-Ahli (San'a') (10)
Current Champions (2014)
Al-Saqr

Yemeni League is the top division of the Yemen Football Association, it was created in 1990 after the unification of North and South Yemen. It was decided to set up a 4-level league system: Premier, First, Second and Third divisions.[1]

16 northern and 16 southern clubs entered the top level championship in the 1990-91 season. Previously, two separate championships were used for North Yemen and South Yemen.

Currently, 14 clubs play at the top level, with four clubs being relegated to the 2nd tier. The season is generally run from early November to late June with the league winners entering the AFC Cup and Arab Champions League.

The league aimed to go fully professional in the 2008-09 campaign.[2]

Yemeni League Member Clubs[edit]

Yemeni League is located in Yemen
Ta'izz
Ta'izz
Aden
Aden
San'a
San'a
Zabid
Zabid
Ibb
Ibb
Al Hudaydah
Al Hudaydah
Al Mukalla
Al Mukalla
Locations of teams in the 2013-14 Yemeni League
Club Location Stadium
Al-Tilal Aden Aden May 22 Stadium
Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut Al Mukalla Baradem Mukalla Stadium
Al-Ahli San'a San'a Ali Muhesen Stadium
Al-Ahli Ta'izz Ta'izz
Al-Oruba Zabid San'a Ali Muhesen Stadium
Al-Sha'ab Ibb Ibb
Al-Sha'ab Sana'a San'a'
Al-Hilal Al-Sahili Al Hudaydah Al Ulufi Stadium
Al-Ittihad Ibb Ibb
Al Yarmuk Al Rawda San'a
Al Saqr Ta'izz Ta'izz
Al Rasheed Ta'izz Ta'izz
May 22 San'a San'a
Shabab al-Jeel Al Hudaydah
  • Al Oruba appear to represent the small town of Zabid, but play all games in San'a'.

Champions Yemeni League (before the unification)[edit]

No. Season North Yemen South Yemen
1 1970-71 Not Held Al Tilal Aden
2 1971-72 Not Held ؟؟؟
3 1972-73 Not Held ؟؟؟
4 1973-74 Not Held ؟؟؟
5 1974-75 Not Held ؟؟؟
6 1975-76 Not Held Al Wahda Aden
7 1976-77 Not Held Al Tilal Aden
8 1977-78 Not held ؟؟؟
9 1978-79 Al Wahda San'a' ؟؟؟
10 1979-80 Al-Zuhra Al Tilal Aden
11 1980-81 Al-Ahli San'a' ؟؟؟
12 1981-82 Al Sha'ab San'a' Al Tilal Aden
13 1982-83 Al-Ahli San'a' Al Tilal Aden
14 1983-84 Al-Ahli San'a' Al Shorta Aden
15 1984-85 Not Held ؟؟؟
16 1985-86 Al Shorta San'a' ؟؟؟
17 1986-87 Not Held Al Tilal Aden
18 1987-88 Al-Ahli San'a' Al Wahda Aden
19 1988-89 Al Yarmouk San'a' Al Wahda Aden
20 1989-90 Al Yarmouk San'a' Al-Shula (Aden)

Yemeni League Champions[edit]

No. Season Champion Runner-up Third place Top scorers Top scorer's club(s) Goals
1 1990-91 Al Tilal Al-Mena Al-Ahli San'a' Yemen Munif Shaif AL-Mena 16
2 1991-92 Al-Ahli San'a' Al Tilal Al-Shula Yemen Sharaf Mahfood Al Tilal 30
1992–93 Not Held
3 1993–94 Al-Ahli San'a' Hassan Abyan Al-Wahda Aden Yemen Mohammad Al-Azazy Al Zuhra 19
4 1994-95 Al Wahda San'a' Al-Ahli San'a' Hassan Abyan Yemen Jiab Bashafaay Hassan Abyan 25
1995–96 Not Held
5 1996-97 Al Wahda San'a' Al Tilal Al-Ahly Al Hudaydah Yemen Jameel Al-Maktry Shamsan Aden 21
6 1997-98 Al Wahda San'a' Al-Ahli San'a' Al-Shula Yemen Adel Al-Salimi Al-Ahli San'a' 20
7 1998–99 Al-Ahli San'a' Al Wahda San'a' Al Sha'ab Ibb Yemen Fathi Jabir Al Tilal 22
8 1999–00 Al-Ahli San'a' Al-Tali'aa Taizz Al Wahda San'a' Yemen Adel Al-Salimi Al-Ahli San'a' 17
9 2000–01 Al-Ahli San'a' Al Sha'ab Ibb Al Tilal Yemen Ali Al-Nono Al-Ahli San'a' 24
10 2001–02 Al Wahda San'a' Al-Ahli San'a' Al-Hilal Yemen Adel Al-Salimi Al-Ahli San'a' 18
11 2002–03 Al Sha'ab Ibb Al Tilal Al-Hilal Yemen Fekri Al-Hubaishi Al Sha'ab Ibb 13
12 2003–04 Al Sha'ab Ibb Al-Ahli San'a' Al Tilal Ethiopia Yordanos Abay Al-Saqr 15
13 2004–05 Al Tilal Al-Saqr Al-Ahli San'a' Ethiopia Yordanos Abay Al-Saqr 16
14 2005–06 Al-Saqr Al Sha'ab Ibb Al Tilal Yemen Fekri Al-Hubaishi Al Sha'ab Ibb 26
15 2006–07 Al-Ahli San'a' Hassan Abyan Al-Saqr Ethiopia Berhanu Kaseem Al-Hilal 15
16 2007–08 Al-Hilal Al-Ahli San'a' Al-Shula Yemen Ali Al-Nono Al-Ahli San'a' 11
17 2008–09 Al-Hilal Al-Ahli San'a' Al-Saqr Ethiopia Lomi Antita Al-Ahli San'a' 13
18 2009–10 Al-Saqr Al Tilal Shabab Al Baydaa Republic of the CongoAmboio Al-Saqr 15
19 2010–11 Al-Oruba Al Tilal Al-Ahli San'a' Ethiopia Tesfaye Tafese Al Tilal 14
20 2011–12 Al Sha'ab Ibb Al-Ittihad Ibb Al-Oruba Egypt Shaaban Naggar Al-Oruba 14
21 2013 Al Yarmuk Al Rawda Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut Al-Saqr
22 2013–14 Al-Saqr Al-Ahli San'a'

All-time top scorers[edit]

As of 6 July 2012.

Rank Player Country Goals Years Clubs
1 Ali Al-Nono Yemen Yemen 149 '99– Al-Ahli San'a', Al Tilal
2 Adel Al-Salimi Yemen Yemen 136 '97–'11 Al-Ahli San'a', Al Wahda San'a'
3 Sharaf Mahfood Yemen Yemen 121 '85–'05 Al Tilal
4 Fathi Jabir Yemen Yemen 108 '97–'08 Al Tilal
5 Yordanos Abay Ethiopia Ethiopia 93 '03– Al-Saqr

Total titles won[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Third place
Al-Ahli San'a' Star full.svg 10 7 3
Al-Tilal 8 5 3
Al Wahda San'a' 5 1 1
Al Sha'ab Ibb 3 2 1
Al Saqr Ta'izz 3 1 3
Al Wahda Aden 3 0 1
Al Yarmuk Al Rawda 3 0 0
Al-Hilal 2 0 2
Al-Shula 1 0 3
Al-Oruba 1 0 1
Al-Zuhra 1 0 0
Al Sha'ab San'a' 1 0 0
Al Shorta San'a' 1 0 0
Al Shorta Aden 1 0 0
Al-Ittihad Ibb 0 1 0
Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut 0 1 0
  • Al Yarmuk Al Rawda won championships in 1989 and 1990 as Al Yarmouk San'a'

Total titles won by town or city[edit]

Fourteen clubs from a total of five towns and cities have been champions.

Town or city Number of titles Clubs
San'a' 22 Al-Ahli (10), Al Wahda (5), Al Yarmouk(3), Al-Oruba(1), Al-Zuhra(1), Al Sha'ab(1), Al Shorta(1)
Aden 13 Al-Tilal (8), Al Wahda (3), Al-Shula (1), Al Shorta (1)
Ta'izz 3 Al-Saqr (3)
Ibb 2 Al Sha'ab (2)
Al Hudaydah 2 Al-Hilal (2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unified Yemen
  2. ^ دوري المحترفين .. خطوات جادة

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