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Kategoria superiore
Country Flag of Albania Albania
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1930
Number of teams 14
Relegation to First Division
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Albanian Cup
UEFA cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
TV TVSH
SuperSport
Website [Official Official website]
Football current event 2014–15 Albanian Superliga

The Albanian Superliga, the highest level of association football in Albania, was founded in 1930 under the name Kategoria e Parë (First Division).

At its inception, six teams competed for the league title. In the 1998–1999 season it became the 'Kategoria superiore' with sixteen teams participating; in 1999–2000 that number was reduced to 14. Since the 2006–2007 season, 14 teams play in the Superliga.

History

The First Division in Albanian football was founded in 1930. Like many countries though, a Premier Division (Superliga) has been founded since then and First Division is now the second level in Albanian football. This became the case in 1998. The league has been dominated by clubs from Albania's capital city, Tirana, with only fourteen titles going elsewhere in the country. Nine of those fourteen titles have gone to Vllaznia Shkodër.

Competition format

There are 12 clubs in the Superior League. During the course of the season (from August to May) each club plays the others twice (a double round robin system), once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 24 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then head-to-head record, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points are crowned champions. If points are equal, the head-to head record and then goal difference determine the winner. The two lowest placed teams are relegated to the Albanian First Division and the top two teams from the Albanian First Division, together with the winner of play-offs involving the third and fourth Albanian First Division clubs, are promoted in their place.

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