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 Ta'izz

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 set up in a four-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]

The 2014-15 campaign was cancelled due to the Civil War which also stopped all footballing activities in the country.


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
Mukalla
Mukalla
Zinjibar
Zinjibar
Locations of teams in the 2014–15 Yemeni League
Club Location Stadium
Al-Ahli San'a Sana'a Ali Muhesen Stadium
Al-Hilal Al-Sahili Al Hudaydah Al Ulufi Stadium
Al-Ittihad Ibb Ibb
Al-Oruba Zabid Sana'a Ali Muhesen Stadium
Al-Saqr Ta'izz Ta'izz
Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut Mukalla Baradem Mukalla Stadium
Al-Sha'ab Ibb Ibb
Al-Shula Aden Aden
Al-Tilal Aden Aden May 22 Stadium
Al-Wahda Aden Aden
Al-Wahda San'a' Sana'a
Al Yarmuk Al Rawda Sana'a
Fahman Abyan Abyan
Shabab Al-Jeel Al Hudaydah
  • Al Oruba appear to represent the small town of Zabid, but play all games in Sana'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 Yarmuk Al Rawda Al-Wahda Aden
20 1989–90 Al Yarmuk Al Rawda 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 Aden Al-Mena Al-Ahli San'a Yemen Munif Shaif Al-Mena 16
2 1991–92 Al-Ahli San'a Al-Tilal Aden Al-Shula Aden Yemen Sharaf Mahfood Al-Tilal Aden 30
1992–93 Note 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 Aden Al-Ahly Al Hudaydah Yemen Jameel Al-Maktry Shamsan Aden 21
6 1997–98 Al-Wahda San'a Al-Ahli San'a Al-Shula Aden 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 Aden 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 Aden Yemen Ali Al-Nono Al-Ahli San'a 24
10 2001–02 Al-Wahda San'a Al-Ahli San'a Al-Hilal Al-Sahili Yemen Adel Al-Salimi Al-Ahli San'a 18
11 2002–03 Al-Sha'ab Ibb Al-Tilal Aden Al-Hilal Al-Sahili Yemen Fekri Al-Hubaishi Al-Sha'ab Ibb 13
12 2003–04 Al-Sha'ab Ibb Al-Ahli San'a Al-Tilal Aden Ethiopia Yordanos Abay Al-Saqr Ta'izz 15
13 2004–05 Al-Tilal Aden Al-Saqr Ta'izz Al-Ahli San'a Ethiopia Yordanos Abay Al-Saqr Ta'izz 16
14 2005–06 Al-Saqr Ta'izz Al-Sha'ab Ibb Al-Tilal Aden Yemen Fekri Al-Hubaishi Al-Sha'ab Ibb 26
15 2006–07 Al-Ahli San'a Hassan Abyan Al-Saqr Ta'izz Ethiopia Berhanu Kaseem Al-Hilal Al-Sahili 15
16 2007–08 Al-Hilal Al-Sahili Al-Ahli San'a Al-Shula Aden Yemen Ali Al-Nono Al-Ahli San'a 11
17 2008–09 Al-Hilal Al-Sahili Al-Ahli San'a Al-Saqr Ta'izz Ethiopia Lomi Antita Al-Ahli San'a 13
18 2009–10 Al-Saqr Ta'izz Al-Tilal Aden Shabab Al Baydaa Republic of the Congo Amboio Al-Saqr Ta'izz 15
19 2010–11 Al-Oruba Zabid Al-Tilal Aden Al-Ahli San'a Ethiopia Tesfaye Tafese Al-Tilal Aden 14
20 2011–12 Al-Sha'ab Ibb Al-Ittihad Ibb Al-Oruba Zabid Egypt Shaaban Naggar Al-Oruba Zabid 14
21 2013 Al Yarmuk Al Rawda Al-Sha'ab Hadramaut Al-Saqr Ta'izz
22 2013–14 Al-Saqr Ta'izz Al-Ahli San'a Al-Tilal Aden
23 2014–15 Cancelled
2015–16 Not Held

All-time top scorers[edit]

As of 6 July 2013.

Rank Player Country Goals Years Clubs
1 Ali Al-Nono Yemen Yemen 163 1999– Al-Ahli San'a, Al-Tilal Aden
2 Adel Al-Salimi Yemen Yemen 136 1997–11 Al-Ahli San'a, Al-Wahda San'a
3 Sharaf Mahfood Yemen Yemen 121 1985–05 Al-Tilal Aden
4 Fathi Jabir Yemen Yemen 108 1997–08 Al-Tilal Aden
5 Yordanos Abay Ethiopia Ethiopia 100 2003– Al-Saqr Ta'izz

Total titles won[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Third place
Al-Ahli San'a Star full.svg 10 7 3
Al-Tilal Aden 8 5 4
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 Al-Sahili 2 0 2
Al-Shula Aden 1 0 3
Al-Oruba Zabid 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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