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Azerbaijan Premier League
Azerbaijan Premier Leauge
Country Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Number of teams 8
Relegation to Azerbaijan First Division
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Azerbaijan Cup
Azerbaijan Supercup
UEFA cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Qarabağ (6 titles) (2017–18)
Most successful club Neftchi Baku (8 titles)
TV CBC Azerbaijan
CBC Sport
Website Official website
Football current event 2018–19

The Azerbaijan Premier League currently named Topaz Premyer Liqası after its main sponsor, is the top tier in Azerbaijani club football. The league is contested by 8 teams, in which the season runs from August to May. The winner gets a second round play off spot in the UEFA Champions League.

The Azerbaijan Premier League was first organized in 2007 and succeeded the Top Division, which existed from 1992 to 2007.

Since 1992, a total of 8 clubs have been crowned champions of the Azerbaijani football system. The current champions are Qarabağ, who won the title in the 2016–17 season for the fifth time.

Competition format

The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format. During the course of a season, which lasts from August to May, each club plays every other club four times, two times at home and two times away, for a total of 36 games. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, with the highest-ranked club at the end of the season crowned champion.

A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Azerbaijan Premier League and the Azerbaijan First Division. The two lowest placed teams in Premier League are relegated to the First Division, and the top two teams from the First Division promoted to Premier League. Below is a complete record of how many teams played in each season throughout the league's history;

 
  • 26 clubs = 1992
  • 20 clubs = 1993
  • 16 clubs = 1993–94
  • 13 clubs = 1994–95
  • 11 clubs = 1995–96
  • 16 clubs = 1996–97
  • 15 clubs = 1997–98
  • 14 clubs = 1998–99

  • 12 clubs = 1999–00
  • 11 clubs = 2000–01
  • 12 clubs = 2001–02
  • 10 clubs = 2002–03
  • 14 clubs = 2003–04
  • 18 clubs = 2004–05
  • 14 clubs = 2005–06
  • 13 clubs = 2006–07

  • 14 clubs = 2007–09
  • 12 clubs = 2009–13
  • 10 clubs = 2013–14
  • 9 clubs = 2014–15
  • 10 clubs = 2015–16
  • 8 clubs = 2016–present

Members of the Azerbaijan Premier League (2016–17 season)

Main article: 2016–17 Azerbaijan Premier League

Stadia and locations (2016–17 season)

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Venue Capacity
AZAL Baku AZAL Arena 3,500
Gabala Qabala Gabala City Stadium 2,000
Inter Baku Baku Inter Arena 8,125
Neftçi Baku Baku Bakcell Arena 11,000
Qarabağ Baku Azersun Arena 5,800
Sumgayit Sumqayit Kapital Bank Arena 1,500
Zira Baku Zira Olympic Sport Complex Stadium 1,500
Kapaz Ganja Ganja City Stadium 27,000

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