Egyptian Premier League
|Founded||22 October 1948|
|Number of teams||18|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Egyptian Second Division|
Egyptian Super Cup
CAF Champions League|
CAF Confederation Cup
Al Ahly (40th title) |
|Most championships||Al Ahly (40 titles)|
|Top goalscorer||Hassan El Shazly (173 goals)|
dmc Sports, Nile Sport and ON Sport|
(live matches and highlights)
The Egyptian Premier League is an Egyptian professional league for Egyptian football clubs and represents the top flight of Egyptian football. The championship consists of eighteen competing teams in a home and away league system. It is currently known as the Presentation Egyptian Premier League, after the advertising company signed a sponsorship deal with the Egyptian Football Association. The league's highest attendance is 120,000 (Al Ahly vs Zamalek).
Competition format and sponsorship
There are 18 clubs in the Egyptian Premier League. The Football Season lasts from August to May. During the course of the season, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 34 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then the direct confrontation,then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion . If points are equal,the direct confrontation, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Division II League, and the top three teams from the three groups into the Division II league, together, are promoted in their place.
The Egyptian Premier League has been sponsored since 2005. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:
All matches are televised on the state-owned channel NileSports as well as ON Sport and DMC Sport.
Christian exclusion and controversy
Christians comprise about 10-20% of Egypt's population, the majority of which are Coptic Orthodox Christians. However, there is not a single Christian on any of the league's 540 roster spots, or the national team. This disparity is believed to be due to the bias against accepting young talented Christian players at the clubs' youth level throughout the national.
There have been complaints from the pro Christian group Coptic Solidarity filed to FIFA regarding the purposeful exclusion of Christians from the league, as well as their exclusion from Egypt's national team. A similar complaint was filled by Coptic Solidarity to the International Olympics Committee regarding the similar exclusion of Christians on Egypt's Olympic teams. The exclusions are cited as being systemic persecution against the Coptic Christians. Neither FIFA nor the IOC has taken action or conducted independent research to investigate these complaints.
A total of 66 clubs have played in the Egyptian Premier League from its inception in 1948–49 up to and including the 2017–18 season. But only two clubs have been members of the Egyptian Premier League for every season since its inception. These are Al Ahly and Zamalek, meanwhile El-Ittihad and Al-Masry have been absent only for two seasons of the League since its inception.
Members for 2017–18
The following 18 clubs are competing in the Egyptian Premier League as of the 2017–18 season.
+Promoted teams (from the 2016–17 Second Division season to the Premier League)
|Borg El Arab Stadium||Alexandria||86,000|
|Cairo International Stadium||Cairo||74,100|
|Egyptian Army Stadium||Suez||45,000|
|Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium||Cairo||35,000|
|El Salam Stadium||Cairo||30,000|
|Cairo Military Academy Stadium||Cairo||28,500|
|Harras El-Hedoud Stadium||Alexandria||22,500|
|30th of June Stadium||Cairo||30,000|
|El Mansoura Stadium||Mansura||20,000|
|El Mahalla Stadium||Mahalla||29,000|
|Port Said Stadium||Port Said||17,988|
|Asiut University Stadium||Asyut||16,000|
|El Gouna Stadium||El Gouna||13,000|
List of seasons
Performance by club
|Club||Winners||Runners-up||Third places||Winning Seasons|
||40||11||3||1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18|
||12||32||9||1959–60, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15|
||3||6||17||1966–67, 1990–91, 2001–02|
|Ghazl El Mahalla
|Misr Lel Makasa||–||1||–|
|El Ittihad El Sakndary||–||–||2|
Performance by city
|Cairo||Al Ahly (40), El Mokawloon (1)|
|Giza||Zamalek (12), Tersana (1)|
|El-Mahalla El-Kubra||Ghazl El Mahalla (1)|
Two teams have won the double of the Egyptian Premier League and the Egypt Cup.
|Al Ahly||1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1995–96, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2016–17|
|Zamalek||1959–60, 1987–88, 2014–15|
All Seasons Top Goalscorers
All Time Top Goalscorers
Last updated 1 April 2018.
|2||Hossam Hassan||Al Ahly / Zamalek / Al-Masry / Tersana / El Ittihad El Sakandary||168|
|4||El-Sayed El-Dhizui||Al-Masry / Al Ahly||112|
|5||Mahmoud El Khatib||Al Ahly||109|
|6||Ahmed El-Kass||El Olympi / Zamalek / El Ittihad El Sakandary||107|
|7||Mohamed Aboutrika||Tersana / Al Ahly||105|
|8||Gamal Abdel-Hameed||Al Ahly / Zamalek||101|
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- (in Arabic) Official website
- Premier League at soccerway.com; standings, results & fixtures
- RSSSF competition history
- (in Arabic) yallakora.com Egyptian Premier League schedule, match results
- Filgoal.com Egyptian Premier League
- goal.com Egyptian Premier League
- Egyptian Premier League – Hailoosport.com (Arabic)
- Egyptian Premier League – Hailoosport.com
- Egyptian Premier League