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Qatar Stars League
Qatar Stars League
Country Flag of Qatar Qatar
Confederation AFC
Founded 1963
Number of teams 14
Relegation to Qatargas League
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Emir Cup
Crown Prince Cup
Sheikh Jassem Cup
AFC cup(s) AFC Champions League
AFC Cup
GCC Champions League
Current champions Lekhwiya SC (5th title) (
2016–17)
TV Al Jazeera Sports
Al-Kass
Website Official website
Football current event 2017–18

The Qatar Stars League formerly known as the Q-League is the highest professional league in Qatari football, with the next tier being the Qatargas League. The league's first season was played in 1963, although the first official season occurred in 1972. The league's most recent winner was Lekhwiya SC, and the club who has won the most cumulative championships is Al Sadd SC, with 12. The league currently features 14 clubs, with one club being demoted to make room for one club being promoted.

The Qatari league system provides 4 domestic cups that these clubs are able to participate in: the Emir of Qatar Cup, open to all teams in both the first and second divisions, the Qatar Crown Prince Cup a postseason tournament played by the top four first division teams, the Sheikh Jassem Cup, a prelude to the first division regular season, and the Qatari Stars Cup, a round-robin tournament played midseason. The league title has been won by 8 different clubs since its inception.

League Structure

The Qatar Stars League has slowly expanded since the turn of the decade, moving from 9 clubs to 10 clubs and then latest setup of 12 clubs for the Qatari League 2009-10 campaign.

There are 2 divisions in the Qatari football structure and the league has previously seen one club promoted and relegated each year except in 'expansion' season's.

It was announced on 15 April 2009 that no clubs would be relegated from the top flight in the Qatari League 2008-09 season, due to expansion reasons, however the announcement was made with only one game remaining. The Qatar Stars League, previously known as the Q-League currently features 12 teams, with the 2nd division featuring 6 teams.

The top four clubs at the end of the regular league system participate in the Qatar Crown Prince Cup, which was formed in the 1994/95 season.

Qatari Stars League Member Clubs

Table as of 2015–16 Season:

Qatar Stars League
Club Location Stadium Year Formed
Al Ahli Doha Doha Khalifa International Stadium 1950
Al-Arabi Doha Doha Grand Hamad Stadium 1952
Al-Gharafa Al-Gharafa, Al Rayyan Thani bin Jassim Stadium 1979
Al Kharaitiyat Al Kharaitiyat, Umm Salal Al-Khawr Stadium 1996
Al-Khor Al Khor City, Al Khor Al-Khawr Stadium 1961
Al Rayyan Al Rayyan Ahmed bin Ali Stadium 1967
Al Sadd Al Sadd, Doha Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium 1969
Al Sailiya Doha Ahmed bin Ali Stadium 1995
Al-Wakrah Al Wakrah Al-Wakrah Stadium 1959
El Jaish (Army Club) Duhail, Doha Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium 2007
Lekhwiya Doha Al-Gharafa Stadium 2009
Mesaimeer Mesaimeer, Al Rayyan Al-Sailiya Stadium 1998
Qatar SC Al Dafna, Doha Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium 1959
Umm Salal Umm Salal Grand Hamad Stadium 1996

Championship history

Most successful clubs

#ClubChampionsRunners-Up
1Al-Sadd124
2Qatar SC85
3Al-Rayyan Sports Club75
4Al-Gharafa Sports Club72
5Al-Arabi Sports Club71
6Al Maref30
7Al-Wakrah Sports Club20
8Al-Ahli (Doha)01

Total titles won by town or city

Town or city Number of titles Clubs
Doha
36
Al-Sadd SC (13), Qatar SC (8), Al-Arabi SC (7), Lekhwiya SC (5), Al Maref (3)
Al Rayyan
15
Al-Rayyan SC (8), Al-Gharafa SC (7)
Al Wakrah
2
Al-Wakrah Sports Club (2)

Total titles won by region

Region Number of titles Clubs
Doha
36
Al-Sadd (12), Qatar SC (8), Al-Gharafa Sports Club (7), Al-Arabi Sports Club (7), Al Maref (3)
Ar Rayyan
7
Al-Rayyan Sports Club (7)
Al Wakrah
2
Al-Wakrah Sports Club (2)
Al Ghuwariyah
-
Al Jumaliyah
-
Al Khawr
-
Jariyan al Batnah
-
Madinat ash Shamal
-
Umm Salal
-
Mesaieed
-

Topscorers

Year
Best scorers
Team
Goals
1980/81 Flag of Qatar Hassan Mattar Al-Sadd 9
1981/82 Flag of Qatar Mansour Muftah Al-Rayyan 19
1982/83 Flag of Qatar Mansour Muftah Al-Rayyan 10
1983/84 Flag of Qatar Mansour Muftah Al-Rayyan 7
1984/85 Flag of Qatar Ahmed Yaqoub Al-Arabi 7
1985/86 Flag of Qatar Mansour Muftah Al-Rayyan 20
1986/87 Flag of Qatar Hassan Sabela Al-Ahli 9
1987/88 Flag of Qatar Hassan Jowhar Al-Sadd 11
1988/89 Iran Farshad Pious Al-Ahli 9
1989/90 Brazil Marco Antônio Al-Arabi 10
1990/91 Flag of Qatar Mahmoud Soufi Al-Ittihad 10
1991/92 Flag of Qatar Mubarak Mustafa Al-Arabi 8
1992/93 Flag of Qatar Mubarak Mustafa Al-Arabi 9
1993/94 Flag of Iraq Ahmed Radhi Al-Wakra 16
1994/95 Flag of Qatar Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi Al-Rayyan 9
1995/96 Flag of Nigeria Richard Owebukeri Al-Arabi 16
1996/97 Flag of Qatar Mubarak Mustafa Al-Arabi 11
1997/98 Morocco Hussein Amouta Al-Sadd 10
1998/99 Flag of Angola Fabrice Akwa Al-Wakra 11
1999/00 Flag of Qatar Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi Al-Rayyan 14
2000/01 Flag of Senegal.svg Mamoun Diop Al-Wakra 14
2001/02 Flag of Algeria Rachid Amrane Al-Ittihad 16
2002/03 Morocco Rachid Rokki Al-Khor 15
2003/04 Flag of Argentina Gabriel Batistuta Al-Arabi 25
2004/05 Brazil Sonny Anderson Al-Rayyan 20
2005/06 Flag of Ecuador Carlos Tenorio Al-Sadd 21
2006/07 Flag of Iraq Younis Mahmoud Al-Gharafa 24
2007/08 Brazil Clemerson de Araújo Al-Gharafa 27
2008/09 Brazil Magno Alves Umm-Salal Sports Club 25
2009/10 Brazil
Flag of Iraq
Cabore
Younis Mahmoud
Al-Arabi
Al-Gharafa
21
2011–12 Brazil Adriano El Jaish SC 18
2012–13 Flag of Qatar Sebastián Soria Lekhwiya SC 19
2013–14 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Dioko Kaluyituka Al Ahli SC 22
2014–15 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Dioko Kaluyituka Al Ahli SC 25
2015–16 Morocco
Flag of Qatar
Abderrazak Hamdallah
Rodrigo Tabata
El Jaish SC
Al Rayyan
21
2016–17 Flag of Algeria
Morocco
Baghdad Bounedjah
Youssef El-Arabi
Al-Sadd
Lekhwiya
24

External links

Qatar Stars League 2017-18

Al Ahli · Al Arabi · Al Gharafa · Al Kharaitiyat · Al Khor · Al Rayyan · Al Sadd · Al Sailiya · Al Shahania · Al Wakrah · El Jaish · Lekhwiya · Muaither · Umm Salal

Qatar Stars League seasons

2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 ·

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