Goa Professional League

The Goa Professional League (GPL; known as the Airtel Pro League for sponsorship purposes) is the premier state level football league in Goa. It is organised by the Goa Football Association

Goa Professional League
Founded1998
1977–97(as Goa Super Division)
1951–77(as Goa First Division)
Country India
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toGFA 1st Division
Current championsFC Goa
(2019–20)
TV partnersHCN
WebsitePro League
2019–20 Goa Professional League

History

The official league in Goa, called the First Division began in 1951 and it was organised by the Conselho de Desportos. There was no Super League. The first League champion of Goa was Clube Desportivo de Chinchinim who beat Football Club of Siolim, to clinch the title.

The League continued under the aegis of the Conselho de Desportos till the season of 1958–59, with Clube de Desportos de Vasco da Gama taking the title that year. In 1959, the Goa Football Association was established as the official administrative body of football and from that season onwards the league was conducted by GFA. The 1959–60 League was conducted by the GFA and Clube Independente de Margao emerged champions.

Until the 1968–69 season there was no Senior League. The First Division League was considered Senior. The GFA introduced the Senior Division League in 1969–70, which was topmost of Division football. But the senior league was later abandoned.

In 1970–71 season, apart from the Senior Division League, there came into existence the first division league which was split into two groups, namely the North Zone and South Zone. While the North Zone consisted of teams from Ilhas and Bardez the South Zone accommodated teams from Mormugao and Salcete.

From the around 24 teams in the Second Division, just one make it to the First Division League. While there are around 60 teams battling it out in the Third Division, of which two teams make it to the next stage. Subsequently, the teams finishing at the bottom of their respective pool, are relegated to other divisions.

In 1977 the Goa Football Association introduced the Super League in the season of 1977–78, with Salgaocar Sports Club clinching the title. With football, globally, continuing to develop at a fast pace, the Goa Football Association, decided it was time to push the game onto a higher platform. Goa emerged as the first State ever in the country, to go professional with the game and till date it remains the only State in the country, where the status of the game is professional.

The first Professional League was launched in the 1998–99 season. The five top teams of the 1997–98 Super League – Churchill Brothers S.C., Salgaocar F.C., Dempo S.C., Vasco S.C. and VLM SC – automatically qualified for the Pro League.

The Professional league was expanded to six teams from the 2000–2001 season, after the GFA thought it wise to increase the number and increase the competitiveness factor, and since 2002 the league was played as an eight team league with home-and-away fixtures making it 14 matches for each club. The GFA then announced that the 2011 season would be played with 10 teams under a new format in which Salgaocar won in.

Goan Pro League clubs 2018-19

The following 12 clubs are competing in the GPL during the 2018—19 season.

Club
Calangute Association
Churchill Brothers
Corps of Signal
Dempo S.C.
FC Bardez
FC Goa
Guardian Angel SC
Panjim Footballers
Salgaocar
Sporting Goa
Vasco
Velsao SC

List of Champions

Goa Professional League

SeasonChampion
1998Salgaocar
1999Churchill Brothers
2000Churchill Brothers
2001Churchill Brothers
2002Salgaocar
2003Salgaocar
2004Salgaocar
2005Dempo
2006Sporting Goa
2007Dempo
2008Churchill Brothers
2009Dempo
2010Dempo
2011Dempo
2012–13Salgaocar
2013–14Sporting Goa
2014–15Salgaocar
2015–16Sporting Goa
2016–17Salgaocar
2017–18Sporting Goa
2018–19FC Goa

For past winners at this level before 1997, see List of Goan State Football Champions.

Top scorers

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2011 Koko Sakibo
Victorino Fernandes
Dempo
Sporting Goa
6
2012–13 Juanfri Sporting Clube de Goa 3
2013–14 Melwin Fernandes Wilred Leisure 13
2014–15 Victorino Fernandes Sporting Clube de Goa 11
2015–16 Odafa Okolie Sporting Clube de Goa 11
2016–17 Liston Colaco Salgaocar F.C. 13
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