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Liga Leumit is the second tier in the Israeli football league system
Israeli football league system
The Israeli football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in Israel. The system has a hierarchical format with promotion and relegation between leagues at different levels, and allows even the smallest club to dream of rising to the very top of the system. There are...

 below the Premier League.

Structure


There are 16 clubs in the league. At the end of each season, the lowest-placed team are relegated
Promotion and relegation
In many sports leagues around the world, promotion and relegation is a process that takes place at the end of each season. Through it, teams are transferred between divisions based on their performance that season...

 to Liga Alef
Liga Alef
-History:League football began in Israel in 1949–50, a year after independence. However, the financial and security crises gripping the young nation caused the 1950–51 season to be abandoned before it had started. When football resumed in 1951–52, the new top division went by the name of Liga Alef...

 while the highest-placed team from Liga Alef are promoted in their place. the highest-placed team are promoted
Promotion and relegation
In many sports leagues around the world, promotion and relegation is a process that takes place at the end of each season. Through it, teams are transferred between divisions based on their performance that season...

 to the Israeli Premier League while the bottom three teams from Israeli Premier League are relegated in their place.

The participating clubs were first play a conventional double round-robin
Round-robin tournament
A round-robin tournament is a competition "in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn".-Terminology:...

 schedule for a total of 30 matches, with all points accumulated by the clubs will be halved.

Following this, the top eight teams will first play in a promotion playoff. To determine the promoted team. and the eight clubs play a single round-robin schedule.

The Israeli State Cup
Israel State Cup
The State Cup , is a knockout cup competition in Israeli football, run by the Israeli Football Association.The State Cup was first held in 1927–28 as the Palestine Cup...

 winners qualify for the third qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League
2012–13 UEFA Europa League
The 2012–13 UEFA Europa League will be the fourth season of the competition since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup. The final will be played at the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam, the Netherlands....

.

In addition, the bottom eight teams play out to avoid one relegation spot.

Television


In the 2010–11 season, One match was broadcast live on Sport +5 LIVE
Sport 5
Sport 5 , also known as the Sports Channel is an Israeli television company. Available on cable and satellite , the company have seven channels which are devoted to sport.-Sport 5:...

 channel on Friday or Saturday afternoons.

History


Liga Leumit came into existence at the start of the 1954–55 season, replacing Liga Alef
Liga Alef
-History:League football began in Israel in 1949–50, a year after independence. However, the financial and security crises gripping the young nation caused the 1950–51 season to be abandoned before it had started. When football resumed in 1951–52, the new top division went by the name of Liga Alef...

 as the top division in Israeli football. However, it was usurped as the top flight in the 1999–2000 season, when it was replaced by the Premier League. Since then it has operated as the second tier in the Israeli football league system.

Past seasons Champions

Season Winner Also promoted Relegated
1999–00 Tzafririm Holon
Hapoel Tzafririm Holon F.C.
Hapoel Tzafririm Holon F.C. is an Israeli football club based in the city of Holon. The club was founded in 1985 by a merger of Hapoel Holon and Tzafririm Holon.-Hapoel Holon:...

 
Hapoel Ashkelon
2000–01 Hapoel Be'er Sheva  Maccabi Kiryat Gat
Maccabi Kiryat Gat F.C.
Maccabi Kiryat Gat F.C. is an Israeli football team based in the southern city of Kiryat Gat. To date, the club's best achievement has been promotion to the Premier League as Liga Leumit runners-up in 2001, after holding their nerve to beat Hapoel Beit She'an on the final day of the season...

 
Hapoel Jerusalem, Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata
Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata F.C.
Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata is an Israeli football club, located in Kiryat Ata. They play in Liga Alef and play at the Kiryat Ata Municipal Stadium.-History:...

2001–02 Hapoel Kfar Saba  Bnei Yehuda  Hakoakh Amidar Ramat Gan, Hapoel Beit She'an
Hapoel Beit She'an F.C.
Hapoel Beit She'an was an Israeli football club based in Beit She'an. The club spent several seasons in the top division in the 1990s, but after several relegations, folded in 2006.-History:...

2002–03 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth  Bnei Sakhnin  Beitar Be'er Sheva
Beitar Avraham Be'er Sheva F.C.
Beitar Avraham Be'er Sheva was an Israeli football club based in Beersheba.-History:The club was promoted to Liga Artzit in 1998. In their first season at the second level they finished fourth...

, Maccabi Kafr Kanna
Maccabi Kafr Kanna F.C.
Maccabi Kafr Kanna is an Israeli football club based in Kafr Kanna. The club is currently in Liga Artzit and plays its home matches at the Azmi Nassar Stadium, named after Azmi Nassar-History:...

2003–04 Hapoel Haifa  Hapoel Nazareth Illit  Hapoel Ramat Gan, Maccabi Kiryat Gat
Maccabi Kiryat Gat F.C.
Maccabi Kiryat Gat F.C. is an Israeli football team based in the southern city of Kiryat Gat. To date, the club's best achievement has been promotion to the Premier League as Liga Leumit runners-up in 2001, after holding their nerve to beat Hapoel Beit She'an on the final day of the season...

2004–05 Hapoel Kfar Saba  Maccabi Netanya  Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, Tzafririm Holon
Hapoel Tzafririm Holon F.C.
Hapoel Tzafririm Holon F.C. is an Israeli football club based in the city of Holon. The club was founded in 1985 by a merger of Hapoel Holon and Tzafririm Holon.-Hapoel Holon:...

,
2005–06 Maccabi Herzliya  Hakoakh Amidar Ramat Gan Ironi Rishon LeZion, Maccabi Be'er Sheva
Maccabi Be'er Sheva F.C.
Maccabi Be'er Sheva Football Club , is an Israeli football team based in Beersheba. While not nearly as popular as their city rivals, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, the club made great strides in recent years including gaining promotion from Liga Bet to the Liga Leumit in just four seasons...

2006–07 Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C.
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Football Club is an Israeli football club based in Kiryat Shmona. The club are currently members of the Israeli Premier League and play at the Ironi Stadium...

 
Bnei Sakhnin  Hapoel Ashkelon, Hapoel Jerusalem
2007–08 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan  Hapoel Petah Tikva  Ironi Rishon LeZion, Hapoel Nazareth Illit
2008–09 Hapoel Haifa  Hapoel Acre
Hapoel Acre F.C.
Hapoel Acre Football Club is an Israeli football club based in Acre, Israel. The club is currently in the Premier League and plays in dark blue shirts with white sleeves, dark blue shorts and white socks.-History:...

, Hapoel Be'er Sheva,
Hapoel Ramat Gan, Hapoel Ra'anana,
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 
Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata
Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata F.C.
Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata is an Israeli football club, located in Kiryat Ata. They play in Liga Alef and play at the Kiryat Ata Municipal Stadium.-History:...

2009–10
2009–10 Liga Leumit
The 2009–10 Liga Leumit was the 11th season since it became the second-tier in 1999 and the 68th season of second-tier football in Israel. It began on 21 August 2009 and ended on 15 May 2010.-Structure changes:...

Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C.
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Football Club is an Israeli football club based in Kiryat Shmona. The club are currently members of the Israeli Premier League and play at the Ironi Stadium...

 
Hapoel Ashkelon  Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Marmorek
2010–11
2010–11 Liga Leumit
The 2010–11 Liga Leumit was the twelfth season since its introduction in 1999 and the 69th season of second-tier football in Israel. It began on 21 August 2010 and ended on 20 May 2011....

Ironi Ramat HaSharon
Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon F.C.
Hapoel Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon Football Club is an Israeli football based in Ramat HaSharon. They are currently plays in Israeli Premier League at the Winter Stadium, Ramat Gan.-History:...

 
Ironi Rishon LeZion  Maccabi Ironi Jatt
Maccabi Ironi Jatt F.C.
Maccabi Ironi Jatt Al-Ahli is an Israeli football club based in Umm al-Fahm. The club is currently in Liga Alef and play their home matches at the HaShalom Stadium.-History:...

, Ahva Arraba
Ahva Arraba F.C.
Ahva Arraba F.C. , is an Israeli football team based in Arraba.-History:In 2007–08 the club won the North A division of Liga Bet, and was promoted to Liga Alef North...


Current Liga Leumit clubs (2011–12)

  • Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
  • Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan
  • Hapoel Ashkelon
  • Hapoel Bnei Lod
  • Hapoel Herzliya
    Hapoel Herzliya F.C.
    Hapoel Herzliya is an Israeli football club based in Herzliya. The club is currently in Liga Leumit and play their home matches at the Herzliya Municipal Stadium.-History:...

  • Hapoel Jerusalem
  • Hapoel Kfar Saba
  • Hapoel Nazareth Illit
  • Hapoel Ra'anana
  • Hapoel Ramat Gan
  • Ironi Bat Yam
    Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam F.C.
    Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam is an Israeli football club based in Bat Yam. The club is currently in Liga Leumit and plays at the 3,100-capacity Bat Yam Municipal Stadium.-History:...

  • Maccabi Ahi Nazareth
  • Maccabi Be'er Sheva
    Maccabi Be'er Sheva F.C.
    Maccabi Be'er Sheva Football Club , is an Israeli football team based in Beersheba. While not nearly as popular as their city rivals, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, the club made great strides in recent years including gaining promotion from Liga Bet to the Liga Leumit in just four seasons...

  • Maccabi Herzliya
  • Maccabi Umm al-Fahm
    Maccabi Umm al-Fahm F.C.
    Maccabi Umm al-Fahm F.C. are a football club, from the north Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm. The club currently plays in Liga Leumit, the second tier of Israeli football. Home matches are played at the HaShalom Stadium.-Current Squad:...

  • Sektzia Nes Tziona

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