Israel - List of Champions


Football probably was introduced in Palestine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by missionary schools. In 1908 two football teams were formed, one by the school of Rawat al Ma'aref, the other by St George's School in Jerusalem. In 1920 the British established the Jerusalem Sports Club, where football, tennis and cricket were played. Additionally, British service teams such as Police, Air Force, Army and others played football.

In the 1920s several Arab clubs (Dajani Sports Club of Jerusalem, several Orthodox clubs) were established; by the start of the 1930s, there were about 20.

In 1921 a first league was formed, the Government Department League, which only operated in Jerusalem; it only lasted until 1925 due to reduction of the British personnel in the various departments. The Al-Zahra league, which initially included a few Jewish clubs was joined by Rawdat al Ma'aref and Arab Sports Club in 1923. A number of cup competitions were also played; in Jerusalem these included one operated by The Sports Club between 1924 and 1927 (when Royal Air Force won the trophy outright), the Jerusalem Flower Cup (first held in 1923 with as participants Rawdat al Ma'arif, YMCA, Arab SC, Shell, Ofir and Hanoar Haoved) and the Municipal Cup competition.

Note that the Palestine FA was formed in 1928; in 1929 a report submitted to FIFA described 3 soccer divisions in Palestine: 10 teams in the first, 20 in the second (5 of them Arab), and 39 in the third (6 of them Arab); however, apparently no official league championship was played until the 1932 edition (there were cup competitions 1928-1930; some sources credit Maccabi Hashmonai Jerusalem with a 1928 championship title but that may refer to the controversial cup competition of that year).

See also the list of final tables and Palestine - List of Champions and Cup Winners.

Champions marked with D won the double.


Palestine 1932-1947

1931/32 D British Police      [1]
1932/33     no championship
1933/34 D Hapoel Tel-Aviv
1934/35     abandoned         [2]
1935/36   Maccabi Tel-Aviv    [3]
1936/37   Maccabi Tel-Aviv
1937/38     abandoned         [4]
1938/39     no championship   [5]
1939/40   Hapoel Tel-Aviv
1940/41     no championship   [6]  
1941/42   Maccabi Tel-Aviv
1942/43     not finished      [7]
1943/44   Hapoel Tel-Aviv     [8]
1944/45     no championship   [9]
1945/46     no championship
1946/47 D Maccabi Tel-Aviv

[1] after a scandal which involved the annulment of a 1-0 by Hapoel
    Haifa, apparently against British Police; championship had 9
    participants.
[2] the 1934/35 championship was abandoned with Hapoel Tel-Aviv
    leading the standings; earlier sources credited them with winnning
    the title, but they were not declared champions by the PFA at the
    time.
[3] IFA earlier listed Hapoel Tel-Aviv as champions, but this was a
    mistake, meanwhile as such acknowledged by the IFA.
[4] the league was abandoned due to the Arab revolt long before the
    end of the season; some sources credit Hapoel Tel-Aviv with the
    championship but this is incorrect as other clubs could still
    overtake them in the table and the PFA did not declare them champions.
[5] no national championship was held; the Tel-Aviv district league was
    won by Maccabi Tel-Aviv, that of Jerusalem by Police Depot; the
    champions of Haifa are not known.
[6] no national championship was held; there were separate competitions
    for Hapoel clubs (won by Hapoel Tel-Aviv) and for Maccabi and Beitar
    clubs (won by Maccabi Avshalom Petah-Tikva); in addition there were
    regional leagues in Jerusalem and in the northern region.
[7] in 1942/43, three regional leagues were played, in Haifa, Jerusalem 
    and Tel-Aviv; the Haifa league was abandoned while the champions of
    Jerusalem (Homenetmen) and Tel-Aviv (Maccabi Tel-Aviv) were to play
    off for the championship; Homenetmen refused to enter and Maccabi
    were declared champions; this championship is apparently not
    considered official by the IFA.
[8] the 1943/44 championship was abandoned with about two dozen matches
    left to play; leaders Hapoel Tel-Aviv were declared champions. 
[9] there were two regional leagues: the southern district championship
    was won by Beitar Tel-Aviv, the northern district by Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
[*] according to new research published at the end of 2002; previous IFA
    records had Hapoel Tel-Aviv as 1936 and 1938 champions and Maccabi
    Tel-Aviv as 1939 champions; district leagues were played in 1938 and
    1939 with as Tel-Aviv winners Hapoel Tel-Aviv (1938 (played in 2nd half
    of year) and 2nd half of 1939) and Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1st half of 1939).

Israel (since 1948)

1948/49     no championship
1949/50   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          24 21  1  2 103-18  43  
1950/51     no championship
1951/52   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          22 18  2  2  89-18  38 
1952/53     no championship
1953/54 D Maccabi Tel-Aviv          22 16  6  0  59-11  38
1954/55   Hapoel Petah-Tikva        26 18  4  4  68-23  40
1955/56   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          22 13  6  3  47-16  32
1956/57   Hapoel Tel-Aviv           18 13  2  3  41-19  28
1957/58 D Maccabi Tel-Aviv          22 13  9  0  50-12  35
1958/59   Hapoel Petah-Tikva        22 15  3  4  49-18  33
1959/60   Hapoel Petah-Tikva        22 14  3  5  65-29  31
1960/61   Hapoel Petah-Tikva        22 16  4  2  48-15  36
1961/62   Hapoel Petah-Tikva        22 12  4  6  35-19  28
1962/63   Hapoel Petah-Tikva        22 13  6  3  38-17  32
1963/64   Hapoel Ramat-Gan          28 17  6  5  52-33  40
1964/65   Hakoah Maccabi Ramat-Gan  30 13 11  6  42-24  37
1965/66   Hapoel Tel-Aviv           30 12 14  4  36-23  38
1966-68   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          60 30 18 12  88-50  78
1968/69   Hapoel Tel-Aviv           30 19  6  5  55-21  44
1969/70 D Maccabi Tel-Aviv          30 15  9  6  51-21  39
1970/71   Maccabi Netanya           30 20  7  3  44-18  47
1971/72   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          30 18  9  3  45-20  45
1972/73   Hakoah Maccabi Ramat-Gan  30 16 10  4  41-20  42
1973/74   Maccabi Netanya           30 13 11  6  32-19  37
1974/75   Hapoel Beer-Sheva         30 15 10  5  34-19  40
1975/76   Hapoel Beer-Sheva         34 14 14  6  40-29  42
1976/77 D Maccabi Tel-Aviv          30 16 10  4  47-26  42
1977/78 D Maccabi Netanya           26 15  8  3  50-21  38
1978/79   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          30 18  8  4  47-16  33   
1979/80   Maccabi Netanya           30 19  8  3  53-23  46
1980/81   Hapoel Tel-Aviv           30 13 12  5  50-30  38
1981/82   Hapoel Kfar-Saba          30 17  8  5  45-28  42
1982/83   Maccabi Netanya           30 18  7  5  54-31  61
1983/84   Maccabi Haifa             30 16  9  5  48-28  57
1984/85   Maccabi Haifa             30 20  5  5  57-20  65
1985/86   Hapoel Tel-Aviv           30 17  8  5  52-26  59
1986/87   Beitar Jerusalem          30 19  9  2  59-27  66
1987/88   Hapoel Tel-Aviv           33 19  9  5  43-23  66
1988/89   Maccabi Haifa             31 15 14  2  49-19  57
1989/90   Bnei-Yehuda Tel-Aviv      32 17 11  4  48-24  62
1990/91 D Maccabi Haifa             32 22  5  5  56-28  71
1991/92   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          32 23  6  3  82-29  75
1992/93   Beitar Jerusalem          33 22  5  6  64-38  71
1993/94   Maccabi Haifa             39 28 11  0  97-27  95
1994/95   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          30 19  6  5  59-27  63
1995/96 D Maccabi Tel-Aviv          30 23  5  2  59-16  74
1996/97   Beitar Jerusalem          30 21  6  3  62-20  69
1997/98   Beitar Jerusalem          30 20  9  1  71-33  69
1998/99   Hapoel Haifa              30 22  5  3  66-23  71  
1999/00 D Hapoel Tel-Aviv           39 26  7  6  76-28  85
2000/01   Maccabi Haifa             38 24 10  4  68-28  82
2001/02   Maccabi Haifa             33 22  9  2  72-32  75
2002/03   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          33 22  3  8  66-31  69
2003/04   Maccabi Haifa             33 19  6  8  54-25  63   
2004/05   Maccabi Haifa             33 21  8  4  66-27  71
2005/06   Maccabi Haifa             33 23  6  4  65-25  75
2006/07   Beitar Jerusalem          33 19 10  4  52-24  67
2007/08 D Beitar Jerusalem          33 20  7  6  61-23  67     
2008/09   Maccabi Haifa             33 19 10  4  49-24  67    
2009/10 D Hapoel Tel-Aviv           35 25  9  1  87-26  49 
2010/11   Maccabi Haifa             35 24  8  3  63-28  45  
2011/12   Hap. Ironi Kiriat Shmona  37 21 10  6  48-26  73
2012/13   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          36 25  5  6  78-30  80
2013/14   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          36 26  6  4  76-30  84
2014/15 D Maccabi Tel-Aviv          36 21  9  6  67-32  70  [-2]
2015/16   Hapoel Beer-Sheva         36 25  8  3  66-24  83
2016/17   Hapoel Beer-Sheva         36 26  7  3  73-18  85
2017/18   Hapoel Beer-Sheva         36 24  8  4  70-27  80 
2018/19   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          36 27  8  1  77-17  92  
2019/20   Maccabi Tel-Aviv          36 26  9  1  63-10  87  
2020/21

Number of Titles (76)

 23 Maccabi Tel-Aviv [includes 4 before 1948]
  
 12 Maccabi Haifa 

 11 Hapoel Tel-Aviv [includes 3 before 1948]

  6 Beitar Jerusalem
    Hapoel Petah-Tikva 
    
  5 Hapoel Beer-Sheva
    Maccabi Netanya  

  2 Hakoah Ramat-Gan 

  1 Bnei-Yehuda Tel Aviv 
    British Police [before 1948]
    Hapoel Haifa
    Hapoel Kfar-Sava 
    Hapoel Ironi Kiriat Shmona
    Hapoel Ramat-Gan


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