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2017–18
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The 2017–18 First Professional Football League is the 94th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 69th since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid and also the 2nd season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. The season is the second with a new league structure and strict financial criteria where 14 clubs play each other home and away, until the league is split up in championship and relegation playoffs. The new league structure, inspired by the ones used by the Belgian First Division A and Danish Superliga, was approved by the Bulgarian Football Union on 6 June 2016.

The fixture list was released on 22 June 2017. Ludogorets Razgrad are the defending champions.

Teams

A total of 14 teams would be contesting the league. Etar were promoted as champions of the 2016–17 Second League, sealing their title on the final day of the season with a 2–2 away draw against Nesebar, coupled with Septemvri Sofia's 2–0 away defeat to Oborishte. The promoted club replaced Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa, who suffered an immediate return to the second tier after elimination in the relegation play-offs by Montana.

Septemvri Sofia, runners-up of the 2016–17 Second League, won the play-off against Montana and return to the top flight for the first time since 1998–99 season. Montana return to the second tier after two seasons in the top flight.

Vitosha Bistritsa, who finished 3rd in the 2016–17 Second League, defeated Neftochimic in the play-off and won promotion to the top division for the first time in their history. Neftochimic spent only one season in the First League.

Stadia and locations

Note: From the 2016-17 season onwards, all participating clubs are required to have electric floodlights and adequate pitch conditions under the BFU and TV broadcaster's new licensing criteria.

Team Location Stadium Capacity (seating)
Beroe Stara Zagora Beroe 12,128
Botev Plovdiv Botev 1912 Football Complex 4,000
Cherno More Varna Gradski, Kavarnaa 5,000
CSKA Sofia Balgarska Armiya 18,495
Dunav Ruse Gradski, Ruse 12,400
Etar Veliko Tarnovo Gradski, Lovechb 8,100
Levski Sofia Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov 25,000
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Lokomotiv 13,000
Ludogorets Razgrad Ludogorets Arena 8,808
Pirin Blagoevgrad Hristo Botev 7,000
Septemvri Sofia Vasil Levski National Stadiumc 43,230
Slavia Sofia Slavia Stadium, Vasil Levski National Stadiumd 25,556
Vereya Stara Zagora Trace Arena 3,500
Vitosha Bistritsa Vasil Levski National Stadiume 43,230

a.^Cherno More will play at Kavarna Stadium in Kavarna due to ongoing repair works at their Ticha Stadium.
b.^Etar will play at Lovech Stadium in Lovech due to ongoing repair works at their Ivaylo Stadium.
c.^Septemvri Sofia will play at Vasil Levski National Stadium because their Dragalevtsi Stadium is not licensed for First League.
d.^Slavia Sofia obtained permission from the Bulgarian Football Union to use their own stadium and will play at Vasil Levski National Stadium only matches which require floodlights.
e.^Vitosha Bistritsa will play at Vasil Levski National Stadium because their Bistritsa Stadium is not licensed for First League.

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Additional
Beroe Flag of Bulgaria Aleksandar Tomash Uhlsport Refan
Botev Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Kirov Flag of Bulgaria Lachezar Baltanov Uhlsport Efbet
CSKA Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Stamen Belchev Flag of Bulgaria Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski adidas Mtel WinBet
Cherno More Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Ivanov Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Iliev Uhlsport Armeets
Dunav Ruse Flag of Bulgaria Veselin Velikov Flag of Bulgaria Diyan Dimov Joma
Etar Flag of Bulgaria Stanislav Genchev Flag of Bulgaria Kiril Akalski Joma
Levski Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Mitov Slovakia Roman Procházka Joma Vivacom Strabag, Efbet, Spetema
Lokomotiv Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria Voyn Voynov Flag of Bulgaria Martin Kamburov Uhlsport Efbet
Ludogorets Razgrad Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Dermendzhiev Flag of Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov Umbro bet365 Vivacom, Spetema
Pirin Blagoevgrad Flag of Bulgaria Milen Radukanov Flag of Bulgaria Yulian Popev Erreà
Septemvri Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Vasev Flag of Bulgaria Valentin Galev Joma
Slavia Sofia Flag of Bulgaria Zlatomir Zagorčić Flag of Bulgaria Georgi Petkov Joma bet365
Vereya Flag of Bulgaria Ilian Iliev Brazil Elias Erreà Trace Group Spetema
Vitosha Bistritsa Flag of Bulgaria Kostadin Angelov Flag of Bulgaria Chetin Sadula Jumper Efbet

Note: Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising. However, only one sponsorship is permitted per jersey for official tournaments organised by UEFA in addition to that of the kit manufacturer (exceptions are made for non-profit organisations). Clubs in the domestic league can have more than one sponsorship per jersey which can feature on the front of the shirt, incorporated with the main sponsor or in place of it; or on the back, either below the squad number or on the collar area. Shorts also have space available for advertisement.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Beroe Flag of Bulgaria Ferario Spasov Mutual consent 19 May 2017 Pre-season Flag of Bulgaria Aleksandar Tomash 8 June 2017
Septemvri Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Arangelov Demoted to assistant1 4 June 2017 Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Vasev 8 June 2017
Vereya Flag of Bulgaria Aleksandar Tomash Signed by Beroe 5 June 2017 Flag of Bulgaria Ilian Iliev 9 June 2017

1.^No license for First League.

Regular season

League table

Template:2017–18 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) Regular Season table

Results

Home \ Away Template:Fb team Beroe Stara Zagora Template:Fb team Botev Plovdiv Template:Fb team Cherno More VarnaTemplate:Fb team CSKA SofiaTemplate:Fb team Dunav RuseTemplate:Fb team SFC Etar Veliko TarnovoTemplate:Fb team Levski SofiaTemplate:Fb team Lokomotiv PlovdivTemplate:Fb team Ludogorets RazgradTemplate:Fb team Pirin BlagoevgradTemplate:Fb team Septemvri SofiaTemplate:Fb team Slavia SofiaTemplate:Fb team Vereya Stara ZagoraTemplate:Fb team Vitosha Bistritsa
Template:Fb team Beroe Stara Zagora
Template:Fb team Botev Plovdiv
Template:Fb team Cherno More Varna
Template:Fb team CSKA Sofia
Template:Fb team Dunav Ruse
Template:Fb team SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Template:Fb team Levski Sofia
Template:Fb team Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Template:Fb team Ludogorets Razgrad
Template:Fb team Pirin Blagoevgrad
Template:Fb team Septemvri Sofia
Template:Fb team Slavia Sofia
Template:Fb team Vereya Stara Zagora
Template:Fb team Vitosha Bistritsa
Updated to games played on July 2017
Source: bulgarian-football.com
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by round

Team \ Round 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Beroe
Botev Plovdiv
Cherno More
CSKA Sofia
Dunav Ruse
Etar
Levski Sofia
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Ludogorets Razgrad
Pirin Blagoevgrad
Septemvri Sofia
Slavia Sofia
Vereya
Vitosha Bistritsa

Last updated: July 2017
Source: [1]

Championship round

Points and goals will carry over in full from regular season. Template:2017–18 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) Championship Round table

Relegation round

Points and goals will carry over in full from regular season.

Group A

Template:2017–18 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) Relegation Round Group A table

Group B

Template:2017–18 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) Relegation Round Group B table

European play-offs

European play-off quarter-finals

TBD
Runners-up of Group A v Winners of Group B
TBD
Winners of Group B v Runners-up of Group A

TBD
Runners-up of Group B v Winners of Group A
TBD
Winners of Group A v Runners-up of Group B

European play-off semi-finals

TBD
Winners of quarter-final 1 v Winners of quarter-final 2
TBD
Winners of quarter-final 2 v Winners of quarter-final 1

European play-off final

TBD
Third-placed team Championship round v Winners of semi-finals

Relegation play-offs

First round

TBD
4th Group A v 3rd Group B
TBD
3rd Group B v 4th Group A

TBD
4th Group B v 3rd Group A
TBD
3rd Group A v 4th Group B

Second round

TBD
Winners match 1 v Winners match 2
TBD
Winners match 2 v Winners match 1

TBD
Losers match 1 v Losers match 2
TBD
Losers match 2 v Losers match 1

Third round

TBD
Losers match 3 v 3rd Second League
TBD
Winners match 4 v 2nd Second League

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
Place Player Club Goals

Clean sheets

Rank Player Club Clean sheets
Place Player Club Number

External links

Template:BG A PFG Template:2017–18 in Bulgarian football Template:First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) seasons

201718 in European football (UEFA)
Domestic leagues

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Austria · Azerbaijan · Belarus '17 '18 · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia '17 '18 · Faroe Islands '17 '18 · Finland '17 '18 · France · Georgia '17 '18 · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '17 '18 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '17 '18 · Latvia '17 '18 · Lithuania '17 '18 · Luxembourg · Macedonia · Malta · Moldova · Montenegro · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '17 '18 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden '17 '18 · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales

Domestic cups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Austria · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands '17 '18 · Finland '17 '18 · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Greece · Hungary · Iceland '17 '18 · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan '17 '18 · Latvia · Liechtenstein · Lithuania · Luxembourg · Macedonia · Malta · Moldova · Montenegro · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway '17 '18 · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine · Wales

League cups

England · Estonia · Finland '17 '18 · France · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland '17 '18 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Scotland · Wales

Supercups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Cyprus · Czech Republic · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan · Lithuania · Macedonia · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Turkey · Ukraine

UEFA competitions

Champions League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Europa League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Super Cup

International competitions

2018 FIFA World Cup (UEFA qualification) · 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

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