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.[1][2][3][4]

Saudi Professional League
Founded1975 (1975)
CountrySaudi Arabia
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toMS League
Domestic cup(s)Kings Cup
Super Cup
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
UAFA Club Cup
GCC Champions League
Current championsAl-Nassr (9 titles)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsAl-Hilal (15 titles)
Most appearancesHussein Abdulghani (442)
Top goalscorerMajed Abdullah (189 goals)
TV partnersKSA Sports
Websitehttp://www.spl.com.sa
2019–20 season

The first season of the competition was the Saudi Categorization League held in 1975,[5] Al Hilal is the most successful team, holding 15 titles in its history (2018–19).

History

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.

Prize money:[8]

  • 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.
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Abha Abha Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium 20,000[9]
Al-Adalah Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 26,000[10][11]
Al-Ahli Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City 62,345
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 35,000[12]
Al-Faisaly Harmah Al Majma'ah Sports City 7,000
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 26,000[11]
Al-Fayha Al Majma'ah Al Majma'ah Sports City 7,000
Al-Hazem Ar Rass Al-Hazem Club Stadium 8,000[13]
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

1: ^ Al-Faisaly play their home games in Al Majma'ah.
2: ^ Al-Nassr and Al-Shabab also use Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium (22,500 seats) as a home stadium.
3: ^ Damac play their home games in Abha.

List of champions[14]

No Season Champion
11975–76Al-Nassr
21976–77Al-Hilal
31977–78Al-Ahli
41978–79Al-Hilal
51979–80Al-Nassr
61980–81Al-Nassr
71981–82Al-Ittihad
81982–83Al-Ettifaq
91983–84Al-Ahli
101984–85Al-Hilal
111985–86Al-Hilal
121986–87Al-Ettifaq
131987–88Al-Hilal
141988–89Al-Nassr
151989–90Al-Hilal
161990–91Al-Shabab
171991–92Al-Shabab
181992–93Al-Shabab
191993–94Al-Nassr
201994–95Al-Nassr
211995–96Al-Hilal
No. Season Champion
221996–97Al-Ittihad
231997–98Al-Hilal
241998–99Al-Ittihad
251999–00Al-Ittihad
262000–01Al-Ittihad
272001–02Al-Hilal
282002–03Al-Ittihad
292003–04Al-Shabab
302004–05Al-Hilal
312005–06Al-Shabab
322006–07Al-Ittihad
332007–08Al-Hilal
342008–09Al-Ittihad
352009–10Al-Hilal
362010–11Al-Hilal
372011–12Al-Shabab
382012–13Al-Fateh
392013–14Al-Nassr
402014–15Al-Nassr
412015–16Al-Ahli
No. Season Champion
422016–17Al-Hilal
432017–18Al-Hilal
442018–19Al-Nassr

Performance by club

Most successful clubs

# Club Winners Runners-up
1Al-Hilal
15
13
2Al-Nassr
9
5
3Al-Ittihad
8
7
4Al-Shabab
6
5
5Al-Ahli
3
9
6Al-Ettifaq
2
4
7Al-Fateh
1
0
8Al-Wehda
0
5
9Al-Riyadh
0
2

Total titles won by city

City Number of titles Clubs
Riyadh
30
Al-Hilal (15), Al-Nassr (9), Al-Shabab (6)
Jeddah
11
Al-Ittihad (8), Al-Ahli (3)
Dammam
3
Al-Ettifaq (2)
Al-Hasa
1
Al-Fateh (1)

Top scorers

Most goals

As of matches played 31 October 2019[15][16]

Boldface indicates a player still active in the Pro League.

Rank Player Club(s) Years Goals
1 Majed Abdullah Al-Nassr 1977–1997189
2 Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Wehda, Al-Shabab, Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad 2003–2019167
3 Fahad Al-Hamdan Al-Riyadh 1987–2002131
4 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Al-Qadsiah, Al-Nassr, Al-Shabab 2005–109
Omar Al Somah Al-Ahli 2014–109
6 Yasser Al-Qahtani Al-Qadsiah, Al-Hilal 2002–2018107
7 Sami Al-Jaber Al-Hilal 1989–2007101
8 Hamzah Idris Ohod, Al-Ittihad 1992–200796
9 Obeid Al-Dosari Al-Wehda, Al-Ahli 1996–200593

Top scorers by season

Season Top Scorers Club Goals
1975–76 Mohammad S. AbdeliAl-Nassr13
1976–77 Nasser EidAl-Qadsiah12
1977–78 Motamad KhojaliAl-Ahli14
1978–79 Majed AbdullahAl-Nassr18
1979–80 Majed AbdullahAl-Nassr17
1980–81 Majed AbdullahAl-Nassr21
1981–82 Khalid Al-Ma'ajilAl-Shabab22
1982–83 Majed AbdullahAl-Nassr14
1983–84 Hussam Abu DawoodAl-Ahli14
1984–85 Hathal DosariAl-Hilal15
1985–86 Majed AbdullahAl-Nassr15
1986–87 Mohammad SuwaidiAl-Ittihad17
1987–88 Khalid Al-Ma'ajilAl-Shabab12
1988–89 Majed AbdullahAl-Nassr19
1989–90 Sami Al-JaberAl-Hilal16
1990–91 Fahad Al-MehallelAl-Shabab20
1991–92 Saeed Al-OwairanAl-Shabab16
1992–93 Sami Al-JaberAl-Hilal18
1993–94 Moussa NdaoAl-Hilal15
1994–95 Fahd Al-HamdanAl-Riyadh15
1995–96 Ohene KennedyAl-Nassr14
1996–97 Ahmed BahjaAl-Ittihad21
1997–98 Sulaiman Al-HadaithyAl-Najma15
1998–99 Obeid Al-DosariAl-Wehda20
1999–00 Hamzah IdrisAl-Ittihad33
2000–01 Paulo Da SilvaAl-Ettifaq13
2001–02 Dane ValleAl-Riyadh10
2002–03 Carlos TenorioAl-Nassr15
2003–04
Godwin Attram
Kandia Traoré
Al-Shabab
Al-Hilal
15
2004–05 Mohammed MangaAl-Shabab15
2005–06 Essa Al-MehyaniAl-Wehda16
2006–07 Godwin AttramAl-Shabab13
2007–08 Nasser Al-ShamraniAl-Shabab18
2008–09
Nasser Al-Shamrani
Hicham Aboucherouane
Al-Shabab
Al-Ittihad
12
2009–10 Mohammad Al-ShalhoubAl-Hilal12
2010–11 Nasser Al-ShamraniAl-Shabab17
2011–12
Nasser Al-Shamrani
Victor Simões
Al-Shabab
Al-Ahli
21
2012–13 Sebastián TagliabuéAl-Shabab19
2013–14 Nasser Al-ShamraniAl-Hilal21
2014–15 Omar Al SomahAl-Ahli22
2015–16 Omar Al SomahAl-Ahli27
2016–17 Omar Al SomahAl-Ahli24
2017–18 Ronnie FernándezAl-Fayha13
2018–19 Abderrazak HamdallahAl-Nassr34

See also

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