Association football league

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The Azerbaijan Premier League ( Azerbaijani : Azərbaycan Premyer Liqası ) is a professional league for men ‘s association football clubs. At the top of the Azerbaijan football league system, it is the country ‘s primary football competition. It is contested by 8 clubs, and the league has no forwarding and relegation since 18-19 temper. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 28 matches each ( playing each team in the league four times, doubly at home and twice aside ). The Premier League champion secures the right to play in UEFA Champions League first qualifying round. The runner up and the 3rd station achiever secure right to play in UEFA Europa Conference League starting in moment qualify round.

Since 1992, a sum of 8 clubs have been crowned champions of the Azerbaijani football system. The Azerbaijan Premier League was first organized in 2007 and succeeded the acme Division ( Azerbaijani : Yüksək Liqa ), which existed from 1992 to 2007. The stream champions are Neftçi, who won the title in the 2020-21 season for the ninth time .

Azerbaijan SSR Champions [edit ]

history [edit ]

The 1990s [edit ]

The league was dominated by teams like Neftchi Baku, Kapaz, Turan Tovuz and Shamkir. however, fiscal struggles had bad shock on local clubs and most teams such as Khazri Buzovna, Shamkir, Vilash Masalli and Shafa Baku went female chest due increasing debts. [ 1 ] In 1997, Kapaz were known for their unbeaten run as club ‘s final record for the 1997–98 league campaign stood at 22 wins, 4 draws and 0 losses, out of 26 games total, an unbeaten run not matched in any single season by any team in an Azerbaijani league division. [ 2 ]

The 2000s [edit ]

As league entered a new hundred, the Neftchi Baku found themselves facing raw challengers. They were challenged by emerging Khazar Lankaran, Inter Baku and Baku in both competitions. The nation ‘s football received major blow in 2002, when UEFA imposed a biennial banish in reaction to a long-standing conflict between the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan and majority of the country ‘s exceed flight clubs. [ 3 ] The domestic backing was abandoned as a leave of the conflict and the top clubs prevented their players from playing for the national team, with tax officials besides probing allegations of imposter at the Azerbaijan confederation. [ 4 ] Under the management of Agaselim Mirjavadov, Khazar Lankaran finished as Azerbaijan Cup winners in 2006 and 2007, while becoming league champions in 2006–07 despite losing the title to Neftchi in 2004–05 during Championship play-off. Qarabağ was the first always team from Azerbaijan to reach UEFA Europa League play off-round during the seasons 2009–10 and 2010–11. few gave chances for qualification to the next beat, although the Aghdam side caused quite a stimulate against favorites Rosenborg, Honka, Twente and Wisła Kraków .

The 2010s [edit ]

Under Boyukagha Hajiyev ‘s management, Neftçi became the first team to represent Azerbaijan in the group stage of a european competition. The 2010s brought a undimmed start, with Neftchi emerged as a ace after six years of unsuccessful run. [ 5 ] [ 6 ] In the future temper, Neftchi repeated its domestic success after sealing their seventh title in club ‘s history. [ 7 ] [ 8 ] In that year, Neftchi Baku became the first Azerbaijani team which advanced to group stage of a european contest. [ 9 ] In 2012–13 season, Neftchi managed to win three titles in a course. [ 10 ] [ 11 ] In 2013–14 season, Qarabağ managed to win its 2nd title after 21 years, [ 12 ] and continue to win domestic claim consecutively. In 2014, Qarabağ became the second and most successful Azerbaijani team which advanced to group stage of a european competition. [ 13 ] After straight participation in Europe League, in 2017, Qarabağ Ağdam became the first Azerbaijani team which advanced to group stage of a Champions League. On 19 June 2020, the AFFA announced that the 2019–20 was officially ended without the resumption of the remains matches due to the escalating situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Azerbaijan. As a consequence, Qarabağ were crowned champions for the seventh temper in a row, whilst besides qualifying for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, with Neftçi, Keşla and Sumgayit qualifying for the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League. [ 14 ]

competition format [edit ]

The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format. During the naturally of a season, which lasts from August to May, each club plays every other club four times, two times at home and two times away, for a entire of 28 games. [ 15 ] Teams receive three points for a win, one charge for a draw, and no points for a personnel casualty. Teams are ranked by total points, with the highest-ranked club at the end of the season crowned supporter. Beginning from 2022-23 season Azerbaijan Premier League is planned to be extended to 10 teams. [ 16 ] A system of promotion and delegating exists between the Azerbaijan Premier League and the Azerbaijan First Division. The lowest locate team in Premier League is relegated to the First Division, and the top team from the First Division promoted to Premier League. Below is a complete record of how many teams played in each temper throughout the league ‘s history ;


  • 26 clubs = 1992
  • 20 clubs = 1993
  • 16 clubs = 1993–94
  • 13 clubs = 1994–95
  • 11 clubs = 1995–96
  • 16 clubs = 1996–98
  • 14 clubs = 1998–99
  • 12 clubs = 1999–00
  • 11 clubs = 2000–01
  • 12 clubs = 2001–02
  • 15 clubs = 2003
  • 14 clubs = 2003–04
  • 18 clubs = 2004–05
  • 14 clubs = 2005–09
  • 12 clubs = 2009–13
  • 10 clubs = 2013–16
  • 8 clubs = 2016–22
  • 10 clubs = 2022–…

qualification for european competitions [edit ]

The champions qualify for the UEFA Champions League, the irregular and third gear set teams qualifies for the UEFA Europa Conference League. As of the beginning of the 2020–21 Azerbaijan Premier League season qualification for european competitions is as follows : champions qualify for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, runner-up and third placed team qualifies for the first qualifying round of the Conference League. A fourth smudge is given to the winner of the Azerbaijan Cup, who qualify for the first qualifying round of the Conference League. If the Azerbaijan Cup winner has already qualified for european competition through their league stopping point, the future highest placed club in the league takes their place .

Members of the APL ( 2021–22 season ) [edit ]

Stadia and locations [edit ]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.

Azerbaijani League Champions and Top Scorers [edit ]

Performances [edit ]

performance by club [edit ]

Players [edit ]

Azerbaijan Premier League clubs have about complete freedom to sign whatever phone number and class of players they wish. There is no team or individual wage cap, no police squad size restrict, no age restrictions early than those applied by general employment police, no restrictions on the overall number of alien players, and few restrictions on individual extraneous players – all players with alien nationality, including those able to claim a passport through a parent or grandparent, are eligible to play, and top players from outside the EU are able to obtain Azerbaijani work permits. The lone restriction on selection is the “ Under-21 principle ”. This rule states that each golf club must include at least two players under the age of 21 in its matchday police squad. [ 20 ] Opinions on this rule appear to be divided among APL managers .

Records [edit ]

Players in the Premier League compete for the Azerbaijan Premier League Golden Boot, awarded to the top scorer at the end of each temper. Nazim Aliyev is the league ‘s all-time top scorekeeper with 183 goals, including 39 in the 1992 season. [ 21 ] During the 1995–96 temper he became the first player to score 100 Premier League goals. Since then, 10 other players have reached the 100-goal grade. [ 21 ]
Aslan Kerimov is one of the most capped players in Premier League.

UEFA ranking [edit ]

UEFA Country Ranking for league engagement after 2018–19 european football season .

As of 20 June 2019[29]

Finances [edit ]

Attendances [edit ]


Total attendance

Number of

Average attendance
per match


League was cancelled *

* UEFA has suspended the league after longstanding dispute between the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan and the majority of the country ‘s top-flight clubs. [ 36 ]

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The UniBank, who had sponsored the league since 2009, did not renew their sponsorship at the end of the 2011–12 temper. [ 37 ] [ 38 ] Talks began with Topaz betting operator, and a deal was confirmed concisely afterwards. [ 39 ]

  • 2009–12: Unibank Premyer Liqası[40]
  • 2012–19: Topaz Premyer Liqası[41]

In August 2019, cooperation was suspended and PFL announced a new tender for sponsorship. [ 42 ] [ 43 ] arsenic well as sponsorship for the league itself, the Premier League has a number of official partners and suppliers. The technical for the league is Nike who is providing their match ball for the season. [ 44 ]

insolvency events [edit ]

Since the APL began, five of its member clubs have entered administration, while closely twenty dollar bill clubs liquidated. [ 45 ] [ 46 ] A reduction in tax income from ticket sales for APL games and club merchandise impacted negatively on clubhouse expending. Players were asked to consider wage cuts and team squads were reduced. A major criticism of the Premier League in the mid-2000s was the emergence of gulf between the Premier League and the First Division. criticism of the gap between golf club has continued, however, ascribable to some clubs ‘ increasing ability to spend more than the other Premier League clubs. For some clubs, including Shamkir, Karvan, Absheron, MKT-Araz who have failed to win immediate promotion back to the clear flight, fiscal problems, including in some cases administration or even liquidation have followed .

Media coverage [edit ]



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LTV Channel

Awards [edit ]

trophy [edit ]

The stream Azerbaijan Premier League trophy was developed by the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan and the trophy has been awarded to the champion of Azerbaijan since the end of the 2009–10 season, replacing the former Premier League trophy that had existed for only few years .

monthly and annual [edit ]

In accession to the winner ‘s Trophy and the individual achiever ‘s decoration players receive, Azerbaijan Premier League besides awards the monthly Player of the Month prize. Following the season, the awards such as the Player of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Young Player of the year from Azerbaijan Premier League are handed out .

See besides [edit ]

References [edit ]

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