Isreal league Prediction
The Israeli Premier League (Hebrew: ליגת העל, Ligat Ha’Al; lit. ’The Super League’) is a professional association football league that operates as the highest division of the Israeli Football League – the state’s institution of Israel. Fourteen clubs contest the League and work on a promotion and relegation system with its second division, Liga Leumit. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing between 33 and 36 matches each, totalling 240 matches every season.
The competition was formed in 1999 following the decision of the Israel Football Association to create a new league. It is also ranked 18th in the UEFA coefficients of companies based on performances in European competitions over the last five years.
Since 1932, 15 clubs have been crowned champions of the Israeli Football League. Of the thirty clubs to have competed since the inception of the Israeli Premier League in 1999, six have won the title:
- Beitar Jerusalem (twice)
- Hapoel Beer Sheva (three times)
- Hapoel Tel Aviv (twice)
- Maccabi Haifa (Ten times)
- Maccabi Tel Aviv (six times)
- Ironi Kiryat Shmona (once)
The current champion is Maccabi Haifa, who won the 2022–23 season.
Football in Israel
The Israeli Premier League was founded in 1999 to replace its predecessor, Liga Leumit (which became the second division) when the Israel Football Association decided to reshuffle all the leagues to improve competition. In its first season, there were 14 clubs: the top thirteen clubs from the 1998–99 season and the ultimate place club from the Liga Artzit (then the third division). Three clubs were relegated that season, and one from Liga Leumit was promoted.
There are 14 clubs in the League. At the end of each season, the two lowest-placed teams are relegated to Liga Leumit, while the two highest-placed teams of Liga Leumit are promoted. For the 2012–13 season, the League was decreased from 16 to 14 clubs due to reforms passed by the IFA on 27 June 2011.
The participating clubs first play a conventional round-robin schedule for 26 matches.
Following this, the top six teams play in a championship playoff, where they meet each other twice. Upon its conclusion, the first-place team wins the Israeli championship and qualifies to participate in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The runners-up and the third-placed teams qualify for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League.
In addition, the Israeli State Cup winners qualify for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
If the State Cup winners are one of the teams to finish in the League’s top three places, then the fourth-placed team will also play in the UEFA Europa Conference League. If the State Cup winners also win the Israeli Premier League, then the second-placed league team will play in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
In addition, the bottom eight teams will play each other once to avoid two relegation spots.
List of Israeli football champions, List of Israeli Premier League seasons, and § All-time table.
A total of 30 clubs have played in the Israeli Premier League since its inception in 1999 and the start of the 2022–23 season. For a list of winners and runners-up of the Israeli Premier League since its inception and top scorers for each season, see List of Israeli football champions.
Three clubs have been the Israeli Premier League members every season since its inception. This group comprises Beitar Jerusalem, Maccabi Haifa, and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Members of the 2023–24 season
Israeli Premier League is located in IsraelAshdodAshdodHapoel Be’er ShevaHapoel Be’er ShevaHapoel HaderaHapoel HaderaHapoel Haifa Maccabi HaifaHapoel Haifa
Maccabi HaifaHapoel Jerusalem Beitar JerusalemHapoel Jerusalem
Beitar JerusalemMaccabi NetanyaMaccabi NetanyaBnei SakhninBnei SakhninHapoel Tel Aviv Maccabi Tel AvivHapoel Tel Aviv
Maccabi Tel AvivMaccabi Bnei ReinehMaccabi Bnei ReinehHapoel Petah Tikva Maccabi Petah TikvaHapoel Petah Tikva
Maccabi Petah Tikva
Locations of the 2023–24 Israeli Premier League teams
The following 14 clubs will compete in the Israeli Premier League during the 2023–24 season.
UEFA League Ranking for the 2018–2023 period:
19. (19) Croatia Croatian Football League (25.400)
20. -5 (15) Greece Super League Greece (25.225)
21. 1 (22) Israel Israeli Premier League (25.000)
22.-1 (21) Cyprus Cypriot First Division (24.475)
23. (23) Sweden Allsvenskan (23.750)
Source: UEFA Coefficients Graphs, 2023 UEFA Country Ranking
A black-and-white photograph of an association football team. A row of eight men stands at the rear, six in dark-coloured soccer jerseys with a light stripe horizontal across the centre, and one on each end in dark-coloured suits. In front of them sit eight more players. In the background, a tall floodlight and two grandstands can be seen.
Regarding titles won, Maccabi Tel Aviv are Israel’s most successful club. The Maccabi squad of 1939 is pictured at Sydney Cricket Ground during a tour of Australia.
The association football champions of Israel are the winners of the highest League in Israeli football, which is currently the Israeli Premier League. The League is contested on a round-robin basis, and the championship is awarded to the top team at the end of the season. Having won the 2020–21 competition, Maccabi Haifa are the current champions.
Following the creation of the Eretz Israel Football Association in August 1928, the first nationwide football championship in Mandatory Palestine, the Palestine League, began in November 1931. The Palestine League’s last edition was played during the 1946–47 season, and since then, the national championship has been played under four names: the Israeli League, from 1949 to 1950; Liga Alef, between 1951 and 1955; Liga Leumit, from 1955 to 1999; and finally, since 1999, the Israeli Premier League.
Maccabi Tel Aviv holds the record for most championships, with 23 titles; they are also the only Israeli club to have never been relegated from the top division. The next most successful teams are Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem, with 15, 12 and six titles, respectively.
These four sides won every Israeli Premier League title from its inception in 1999 to 2012; Due in part to this, they are sometimes described as Israel’s “Big Four”. While Maccabi and Hapoel Tel Aviv have always been major players in the league championship, the consistent success of Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem has been a relatively recent phenomenon, with both clubs having won their first title during the 1980s. The longest run of successive titles is five, won by Hapoel Petah Tikva between the 1958–59 and 1962–63 seasons.