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Belgian First Division A
Belgian First Division A
Country  Belgium
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1895
Number of teams 18
Relegation to Belgian First Division B
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Belgian Cup
Belgian Super Cup
UEFA cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League
Current champions Club Brugge (18th title) (2021–22)
Most successful club Anderlecht (34 titles)
TV Telenet
VOO
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VIER\RTBF (Highlights)
Website Official website
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The Belgian First Division A, currently referred to as the Jupiler Pro League for sponsorship reasons, is the top league competition for association football clubs in Belgium. Following the 2015–16 season it was renamed from the Belgian Pro League to its current name. Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Belgian First Division B. Seasons run from late July to early May, with teams playing 30 matches each in the regular season, and then entering play-offs 1 or play-offs 2 according to their position in the regular season. Play-offs 1 (also known as the title playoffs) are contested by the top 6 clubs in the regular season, with each club playing each other twice. Play-offs 2 (also known as the Europa League playoff) are contested by teams ranked 7 to 15 in the regular season, divided in two groups of 6 teams playing each other twice (three teams from the Belgian First Division B also take part in playoff 2). The team finishing in 16th place is relegated. As of 2014 the league was sponsored by AB InBev, brewers of Jupiler beer, and officially known as Jupiler Pro League, the sponsor name for the 2016–17 Belgian First Division A is still unknown.

The competition was created in 1895 by the Royal Belgian Football Association and was first won by FC Liégeois. Of the 74 clubs to have competed in the first division since its creation, 15 have been crowned champions of Belgium. RSC Anderlecht is the most successful league club with 33 titles, followed by Club Brugge KV (14), Union Saint-Gilloise (11) and Standard Liège (10). It is currently ranked 10th in the UEFA rankings of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five-years. The competition was ranked 3rd when the UEFA first published their ranking in 1979 and also the next year in 1980, which is the best ranking the Belgian First Division has ever achieved.

2022–23 clubs

Club name City Last
season
position
First season of
current spell in
top division
Result 20–21 Result 19–20 Result 18–19 Result 17–18 Result 16–17
Anderlecht Brussels 3rd 1935–36 4th 8th 6th 3rd 1st
Antwerp Antwerp 4th 2017–18 3rd 4th 4th 8th 3rd (D1B)
Cercle Brugge Bruges 10th 2018–19 16th 14th 13th 1st (D1B) 6th (D1B)
Charleroi Charleroi 7th 2012–13 13th 3rd 9th 6th 5th
Club Brugge Bruges 1st 1959–60 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
Eupen Eupen 15th 2016–17 12th 13th 12th 15th 13th
Genk Genk 6th 1996–97 2nd 7th 1st 5th 8th
Gent Ghent 5th 1989–90 5th 2nd 5th 4th 3rd
Kortrijk Kortrijk 13th 2008–09 14th 11th 8th 7th 10th
Mechelen Mechelen 8th 2019–20 6th 6th 1st (D1B) 16th 7th
OH Leuven Leuven 11th 2020–21 11th 3rd (D1B) 5th (D1B) 2nd (D1B) 7th (D1B)
Oostende Ostend 12th 2013–14 7th 15th 14th 11th 4th
Seraing Seraing 17th 2021–22 2nd (D1B) 3rd (D1Am) 7th (D1Am) 5th (D1Am) 7th (D1Am)
Sint-Truiden Sint-Truiden 9th 2015–16 15th 12th 7th 10th 12th
Standard Liège Liège 14th 1921–22 8th 5th 3rd 2nd 9th
Union SG Brussels 2nd 2021–22 1st (D1B) 4th (D1B) 3rd (D1B) 7th (D1B) 4th (D1B)
Westerlo Westerlo 1st (D1B) 2022–23 4th (D1B) 1st (D1B) 4th (D1B) 6th (D1B) 16th
Zulte Waregem Waregem 16th 2005–06 10th 9th 11th 9th 6th

External links

Belgian First Division A 2022–23

Anderlecht · Antwerp · Cercle Brugge · Charleroi · Club Brugge · Eupen · Genk · Gent · Kortrijk · OH Leuven · KV Mechelen · Oostende · Seraing · Sint-Truiden · Standard Liège · Union SG · Westerlo · Zulte Waregem

Belgian First Division A seasons

2013-14 · 2016–17 · 2017–18 · 2018–19 · 2019–20 · 2020–21 · 2021–22 · 2022–23 ·

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