Saudi Professional League
The Saudi Professional League (Arabic: دوري المحترفين السعودي Dawriyy al-Muḥtarifayni as-Suʿūdī), or Saudi Football League, is the top division of Association football league in Saudi Arabia. From 2013 to 2019 it was known as the Abdul Latif Jameel League, or Dawry Jameel, as it was sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel for six years.
|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||MS League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Kings Cup|
|International cup(s)||AFC Champions League|
UAFA Club Cup
GCC Champions League
|Current champions||Al-Nassr (9 titles) |
|Most championships||Al-Hilal (15 titles)|
|Most appearances||Hussein Abdulghani (442)|
|Top goalscorer||Majed Abdullah (189 goals)|
|TV partners||KSA Sports|
Up until the late fifties, football in Saudi Arabia was organized on a regional basis, with the only nationwide tournament being the King's Cup. In 1957, the first nation league including regional tournament of central, west, east and north regions, where clubs compete in their region league to qualify for the king's cup, which is the final stage of the competition. The winner of the king's cup is considered the league winner.
In 1981 it was decided to increase the number of clubs and add a second division. The league competition for the 1981–82, known as the ranking league, featured 18 clubs with the top eight qualifying for the first division and the bottom ten to the new second division. The number of first division clubs was later increased to 12 in the 1984–85 season.
In 1990 it was decided to revamp local competitions and to introduce professional football. A new league championship was formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques League Cup", which was a two-stage championship. The first stage was a regular double round-robin league competition with the top 4 qualifying to the final knockout stage, called the golden square. Clubs were allowed to sign players on a professional basis making the league semi professional.
The league became professional in 2007.
As of 2008, four teams from Saudi Arabia qualify for the AFC Champions League annually. This includes the top three teams of the league together with the winner of the Kings Cup. If the winner of the King Cup is also among the four top teams then the fourth best team qualifies to the extensions and if the winner of the King Cup is under the four top teams then the fourth team will not qualify and the third team will qualify for the extension.
- First place: 3,800,000 Saudi riyals
- Second place: 2,000,000 Saudi riyals
- Third place: 1,000,000 Saudi riyals
List of teams (2019–20 season)
For details on the 2019–20 Saudi Professional League season, see here.
- Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
|Abha||Abha||Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium||20,000|
|Al-Adalah||Al-Hasa||Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium||26,000|
|Al-Ahli||Jeddah||King Abdullah Sports City||62,345|
|Al-Ettifaq||Dammam||Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium||35,000|
|Al-Faisaly||Harmah||Al Majma'ah Sports City||7,000|
|Al-Fateh||Al-Hasa||Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium||26,000|
|Al-Fayha||Al Majma'ah||Al Majma'ah Sports City||7,000|
|Al-Hazem||Ar Rass||Al-Hazem Club Stadium||8,000|
|Al-Hilal||Riyadh||King Saud University Stadium||25,000|
|Al-Ittihad||Jeddah||King Abdullah Sports City||62,345|
|Al-Nassr||Riyadh||King Fahd International Stadium||62,685|
|Al-Raed||Buraidah||King Abdullah Sport City Stadium||23,600|
|Al-Shabab||Riyadh||King Fahd International Stadium||62,685|
|Al-Taawoun||Buraidah||King Abdullah Sport City Stadium||23,600|
|Al-Wehda||Mecca||King Abdul Aziz Stadium||38,000|
|Damac||Khamis Mushait||Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium||20,000|
Performance by club
Most successful clubs
Boldface indicates a player still active in the Pro League.
|2||Al-Wehda, Al-Shabab, Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad||2003–2019||167|
|4||Al-Qadsiah, Al-Nassr, Al-Shabab||2005–||109|
Top scorers by season
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