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Iraqi Premier League
Iraqi Premier League
Country Flag of Iraq.png Iraq
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 18 August 1974
Number of teams 20 (from 2014–15)
Relegation to Iraq Division One
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Iraq FA Cup
Al-Muthabara Cup
AFC (Asia) cup(s) AFC Champions League
AFC Cup
Current champions Al-Zawraa (14th title) (2017–18)
Website Official website
Football current event 2018–19
The Iraqi Premier League (Arabic: دوري النخبة العراقي, Dawri Al-Nokhba) is the highest league in the league system of Iraqi football and currently contains the top 20 Iraqi football clubs. It was founded in 1974 and is controlled by the Iraq Football Association. The Iraqi Premier League is the top tier of an extensive pyramid-like structure, operating on a system of promotion and relegation with the Iraq Division One in which three teams get relegated and three teams get promoted each season.

Seasons run from September to May with the 20 teams playing 38 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away), totalling 380 matches in the season. It is currently sponsored by Fuchs and thus officially known as the Fuchs Premier League. The league was formed in 1974 when the Iraq Football Association (IFA) replaced the League of the Institutes (a league for institutes teams) with the Iraqi Premier League (the first nationwide league of clubs in Iraq).

Of the 73 teams to have competed since the inception of the league in 1974, 11 have won the title: Al-Zawraa (13), Al-Shorta (5), Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (5), Al-Talaba (5), Erbil (4), Al-Rasheed (3), Naft Al-Wasat (1), Duhok (1), Al-Jaish (1), Salahaddin (1) and Al-Minaa (1). The current champions are Al-Zawraa, who won the title in 2015–16.

League of the Institutes

Prior to 1974, the league contained only Baghdad based teams. The league was named League of the Institutes and began its first season in 1962. During its 11 years, the Baghdad league was dominated by the Al-Shorta club as it won over half of the championships.

Current competition

Since the toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iraqi league has made some dramatic changes. The league now starts in October and ends in July. Unlike the upper division of most countries' football leagues, Iraq's first league are split into 3 groups as planned in the beginning of the season. But by February 15, 2007, the league split the Baghdad group into two groups since teams could not coordinate games due to violence in the capital. In the first postwar year, the league split 28 teams into 4 groups of seven, based on region: North, South, and 2 Baghdad groups. In the 2006 - 2007 season, the league shrunk to 4 groups with a total of 23 teams.

The top 4 teams from each group moves on to the next round, while the last team of each group is relegated to the Iraq's 2nd division league (in the 2004-05 season, each group was forced to relegate 3 teams because the league had too many teams (35)). The 12 advancing teams are then split into 4 groups of 3, where each team plays the other twice, once home and once away. The first team in each of the 4 groups advances to the next round (the semi-finals.) Each of the 4 remaining teams is then paired with another team, where they will play a home and away match. The 2 winners advance to the championship for a single Baghdad venue match, while the two losing teams play for 3rd place.

The two finalist teams also advance to play in the AFC Cup, while the third place team qualifies to the Arab Champions League.

Clubs for 2016–17 season

The following 20 clubs are competing in the Iraqi Premier League during the 2016–17 season.

Club Position
in 2015–16
First season in
Premier
League
Seasons
in Premier
League
First season of
current spell in
Premier
League
Premier
League
titles
Last Premier
League title
Al-Bahri &0000000000000022.0000002nd in Iraq Division One 1979–80 7 2016–17 0 n/a
Al-Hedood &0000000000000017.00000017th 2008–09 6 2014–15 0 n/a
Al-Husseinb &0000000000000021.0000001st in Iraq Division One 2016–17 1 2016–17 0 n/a
Al-Kahraba &0000000000000012.00000012th 2004–05 12 2014–15 0 n/a
Al-Karkh &0000000000000016.00000016th 1990–91 22 2013–14 0 n/a
Al-Minaaa &0000000000000006.0000006th 1974–75 41 1990–91 1 1977–78
Al-Naftb &0000000000000005.0000005th 1985–86 32 1985–86 0 n/a
Al-Najafb &0000000000000013.00000013th 1987–88 30 1987–88 0 n/a
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiyaa, b &0000000000000004.0000004th 1974–75 43 1974–75 5 2004–05
Al-Samawaa &0000000000000018.00000018th 1974–75 14 2015–16 0 n/a
Al-Shortaa, b &0000000000000007.0000007th 1974–75 43 1974–75 5 2013–14
Al-Talabab &0000000000000003.0000003rd 1975–76 42 1975–76 5 2001–02
Al-Zawraab &0000000000000001.0000001st 1975–76 42 1975–76 13 2015–16
Amanat Baghdada &0000000000000008.0000008th 1974–75 23n2 2008–09 0 n/a
Erbil &0000000000000011.00000011th 1987–88 26 1999–2000 4 2011–12
Karbalaa &0000000000000015.00000015th 1992–93 19 2003–04 0 n/a
Naft Al-Janoob &0000000000000014.00000014th 2004–05 12 2012–13 0 n/a
Naft Al-Wasatb &0000000000000002.0000002nd 2014–15 3 2014–15 1 2014–15
Naft Maysan &0000000000000010.00000010th 2009–10 6 2013–14 0 n/a
Zakho &0000000000000009.0000009th 2002–03 13 2009–10 0 n/a

a: Founding member of the Iraqi Premier League
b: Never been relegated from the Iraqi Premier League

note 1 Overall positions approximated based on positions in the groups.
note 2 Not including the 1992–93 season when the club withdrew from the league after the first half of the season and had their results adopted by Al-Nasiriya who played the second half of the season.==List of champions==


No. Season Champion
1 1974–75 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2 1975–76 Al-Zawraa
3 1976–77 Al-Zawraa
4 1977–78 Al-Minaa
5 1978–79 Al-Zawraa
6 1979–80 Al-Shorta
7 1980–81 Al-Talaba
8 1981–82 Al-Talaba
9 1982–83 Salahaddin
10 1983–84 Al-Jaish
11 1984–85 Abandoned
12 1985–86 Al-Talaba
13 1986–87 Al-Rasheed
14 1987–88 Al-Rasheed
No. Season Champion
15 1988–89 Al-Rasheed
16 1989–90 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
17 1990–91 Al-Zawraa
18 1991–92 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
19 1992–93 Al-Talaba
20 1993–94 Al-Zawraa
21 1994–95 Al-Zawraa
22 1995–96 Al-Zawraa
23 1996–97 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
24 1997–98 Al-Shorta
25 1998–99 Al-Zawraa
26 1999–2000 Al-Zawraa
27 2000–01 Al-Zawraa
28 2001–02 Al-Talaba
No. Season Champion
29 2002–03 Al-Shorta
30 2003–04 Abandoned
31 2004–05 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
32 2005–06 Al-Zawraa
33 2006–07 Erbil
34 2007–08 Erbil
35 2008–09 Erbil
36 2009–10 Duhok
37 2010–11 Al-Zawraa
38 2011–12 Erbil
39 2012–13 Al-Shorta
40 2013–14 Al-Shorta
41 2014–15 Naft Al-Wasat
42 2015–16 Al-Zawraa
No. Season Champion
43 2016–17 TBD

Most successful clubs

# Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
1 Al-Zawraa 13 6 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2015–16
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 5 10 1974–75, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2004–05
3 Al-Talaba 5 8 1980–81, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1992–93, 2001–02
4 Al-Shorta 5 2 1979–80, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2012–13, 2013–14
5 Erbil 4 3 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12
6 Al-Rasheed 3 2 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89
7 Al-Jaish 1 2 1983–84
8 Naft Al-Wasat 1 1 2014–15
Duhok 2009–10
Al-Minaa 1977–78
11 Salahaddin 1 0 1982–83
12 Al-Najaf 0 3
13 Al-Naqil 0 1

"Baghdad's Big Four" dominance

Season Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Shorta Al-Talaba Al-Zawraa
1990–91 6 3 2 1
1991–92 1 5 4 2
1992–93 3 4 1 2
1993–94 2 5 3 1
1994–95 2 6 4 1
1995–96 8 3 6 1
1996–97 1 5 3 2
1997–98 2 1 5 3
1998–99 3 5 2 1
1999–2000 2 3 4 1
2000–01 2 3 4 1
2001–02 2 3 1 4
2002–03 5 1 2 4
Top four
finishes
10 8 11 13
out of 13
This table indicates the results of
'Baghdad's Big Four' in the Iraqi Premier League in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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