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The Omani League is the top division of the Oman Football Association
Oman Football Association
The Oman Football Association is the governing body of football in Oman. It was founded in 1978, has been a member of the Asian Football Confederation since 1979 and of FIFA since 1980. Oman Football Association is a relatively young member of the football fraternity...

, and was officially created in 1976. Currently the most successful team in the Omani League, trophy-wise is Dhofar with a total of 9 trophies.

The league signed a deal with Oman Mobile and is now known as the "Oman Mobile League, until their contract expires in 2013. It was extended again for the 2011-12 season for another 3 years to be known as the Omantel League.

Evolution to a professional league


Although being very popular in the local community, it is ranked according to the AFC
Asian Football Confederation
The Asian Football Confederation is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. However, due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, nations such as Russia and Turkey which are located mostly in geographic Asia are...

 as a Class D football League. Sayyid Khalid bin Hamid, OFA President, has announced his organization's plan to transform the Omani Football League into a professional league by the year 2012, and also announced to change the league's name to the "Oman Mobile League." Many companies such as Nissan, Shell
Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell plc , commonly known as Shell, is a global oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the fifth-largest company in the world according to a composite measure by Forbes magazine and one of the six...

, and Oman Mobile, are one of the main reasons why the league is expected to transform, along with the leadership of Khalid bin Hamid.

In 2010, during the annual draw for the Sultan Qaboos Cup, Qaboos bin Said, Sultan
Sultan
Sultan is a title with several historical meanings. Originally, it was an Arabic language abstract noun meaning "strength", "authority", "rulership", and "dictatorship", derived from the masdar سلطة , meaning "authority" or "power". Later, it came to be used as the title of certain rulers who...

 of Oman, granted the OFA an annual 2.6 million rial
Omani rial
The rial is the currency of Oman. It is divided into 1000 baisa .-History:Before 1940, the Indian rupee and the Maria Theresa Thaler were the main currencies circulating in Muscat and Oman, as the state was then known, with rupees circulating on the coast and Thaler in the interior...

 (approximately 6.7 million dollars) until the year 2015, to further boost the league. The move was made to nurture Oman's football youth, and create higher hopes of Oman qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
2014 FIFA World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international association football tournament that will take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014....

. The deal is in addition to the annual 1.6 million rial that the Sultan provides to the OFA.

Omani League clubs - 2011/12

  • Al-Ahli
    Al-Ahli (Sedab)
    Al-Ahli Sports Club usually referred to as Ahli Sedab is an Omani sports club based in Sedab, Oman.In the 2009-2010 season, the team was promoted to first division after receiving a first place finish in the standings....

     (Sedab)
  • Al-Hilal
    Al-Hilal (Salalah)
    Al-Hilal Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the top level of the Omani League after promotion from second division in the 2009-10 season. The club is based in Salalah, Oman, along with Dhofar, Al-Nasr, and Al-Ittihad...

     (Salalah)
  • Al Masn'aa
  • Al-Nahda
    Al-Nahda (Omani football club)
    Al-Nahda Sports Club is an Omani football club based in Al-Buraimi, Oman. The club only has a brief history and was formed in 2003. In the few years the club has been competing they have had a considerable amount of achievements, including qualifying for the 2008 AFC Cup and reaching the...

     (Al-Buraimi)
  • Al-Oruba
    Al Oruba Sur
    Al-Oruba Sports Club is an Omani football team based in Sur, Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Notable players: Aoerson da Costa Yaqooba Barosh Fahad Aidh Alrashidi Maraei Al-Ramli Kanath Ahmed Mubarak Al Mahaijri Andreas Haddad Fábio Peter Malama...

     (Sur)
  • Al-Shabab
    Al Shabab (Oman)
    Al-Shabab is a sports club based in Seeb, Oman. It is most noted for its Omani football club, currently playing in first division of the Omani League. The team was recently founded in 2003...

     (Barka)
  • Al-Suwaiq
    Al-Suwaiq
    Al-Suwaiq is an Omani football club based in Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Performance in AFC competitions:*AFC Cup: 2 appearances-Notable players: Lionardo Zaid Jaber Mahmoud Za'tara Hassan Rabia Francis Kasonde- External links :*...

  • Al-Tali'aa
    Talia Club
    Al-Tal'aa Club is an Omani football club playing at top level. The club is based in Sur, Oman, and was formed in 1962....

     (Sur)
  • Dhofar
    Dhofar (football club)
    Dhofar Sports, Cultural, and Social Club " because of their great success, or just plainly as Dhofar) is an Omani sports club, based in Salalah. Their home stadium is Al-Saada Stadium, but also recognize the older Salalah Sports Complex as their home ground...

     (Salalah)
  • Fanja SC
  • Oman FC
    Oman Club
    Oman Club is an Omani football club playing at the second level. Oman Club was founded in 1942 and is the first football club established in Oman, and oldest surviving. It is based in Muscat. The team has had a history of bouncing around both the national stadium, Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in...

     (Muscat)
  • Sur Club

Championship History



  • 1976/77 : Fanja
    Fanja (Football club)
    Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

  • 1977/78 : Muscat
    Muscat (football club)
    Muscat Club is an Omani football club playing at the top level.The club is a result of merging two clubs Ruwi and Al-Bustan.Current coach, Rashid Jaber is a former footballer himself, former star of Dhofar and the national team. He has also coached the national team on a number of...

     (as Ruwi)
  • 1978/79 : Fanja
    Fanja (Football club)
    Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

  • 1979/80 : Al-Nasr
    Al-Nasr (Salalah)
    Al-Nasr Sports, Cultural, and Social Club is an Omani multisport club based in Salalah, Oman and was established in 1970. The club is one of the most successful football clubs in the Sultanate, along with rivals and neighbor's Dhofar. They have never been relegated to second division since the...

  • 1980/81 : Al-Nasr
    Al-Nasr (Salalah)
    Al-Nasr Sports, Cultural, and Social Club is an Omani multisport club based in Salalah, Oman and was established in 1970. The club is one of the most successful football clubs in the Sultanate, along with rivals and neighbor's Dhofar. They have never been relegated to second division since the...

  • 1981/82 : Al-Ahli
    Al-Ahli (Sedab)
    Al-Ahli Sports Club usually referred to as Ahli Sedab is an Omani sports club based in Sedab, Oman.In the 2009-2010 season, the team was promoted to first division after receiving a first place finish in the standings....

     (Sedab)
  • 1982/83 : Dhofar
  • 1983/84 : Fanja
    Fanja (Football club)
    Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

  • 1984/85 : Dhofar
  • 1985/86 : Fanja
    Fanja (Football club)
    Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

  • 1986/87 : Fanja
    Fanja (Football club)
    Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

  • 1987/88 : Fanja
    Fanja (Football club)
    Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

  • 1988/89 : Al-Nasr
    Al-Nasr (Salalah)
    Al-Nasr Sports, Cultural, and Social Club is an Omani multisport club based in Salalah, Oman and was established in 1970. The club is one of the most successful football clubs in the Sultanate, along with rivals and neighbor's Dhofar. They have never been relegated to second division since the...


  • 1989/90 : Dhofar
  • 1990/91 : Fanja
    Fanja (Football club)
    Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

  • 1991/92 : Dhofar
  • 1992/93 : Dhofar
  • 1993/94 : Dhofar
  • 1994/95 : Sur
  • 1995/96 : Sur
  • 1996/97 : Oman
    Oman Club
    Oman Club is an Omani football club playing at the second level. Oman Club was founded in 1942 and is the first football club established in Oman, and oldest surviving. It is based in Muscat. The team has had a history of bouncing around both the national stadium, Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in...

  • 1997/98 : Al-Nasr
    Al-Nasr (Salalah)
    Al-Nasr Sports, Cultural, and Social Club is an Omani multisport club based in Salalah, Oman and was established in 1970. The club is one of the most successful football clubs in the Sultanate, along with rivals and neighbor's Dhofar. They have never been relegated to second division since the...

  • 1998/99 : Dhofar
  • 1999/00 : Al-Oruba
    Al Oruba Sur
    Al-Oruba Sports Club is an Omani football team based in Sur, Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Notable players: Aoerson da Costa Yaqooba Barosh Fahad Aidh Alrashidi Maraei Al-Ramli Kanath Ahmed Mubarak Al Mahaijri Andreas Haddad Fábio Peter Malama...

  • 2000/01 : Dhofar
  • 2001/02 : Al-Oruba
    Al Oruba Sur
    Al-Oruba Sports Club is an Omani football team based in Sur, Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Notable players: Aoerson da Costa Yaqooba Barosh Fahad Aidh Alrashidi Maraei Al-Ramli Kanath Ahmed Mubarak Al Mahaijri Andreas Haddad Fábio Peter Malama...


  • 2002/03 : Muscat
    Muscat (football club)
    Muscat Club is an Omani football club playing at the top level.The club is a result of merging two clubs Ruwi and Al-Bustan.Current coach, Rashid Jaber is a former footballer himself, former star of Dhofar and the national team. He has also coached the national team on a number of...

     (as Ruwi)
  • 2003/04 : Al-Nasr
    Al-Nasr (Salalah)
    Al-Nasr Sports, Cultural, and Social Club is an Omani multisport club based in Salalah, Oman and was established in 1970. The club is one of the most successful football clubs in the Sultanate, along with rivals and neighbor's Dhofar. They have never been relegated to second division since the...

  • 2004/05 : Dhofar
  • 2005/06 : Muscat
    Muscat (football club)
    Muscat Club is an Omani football club playing at the top level.The club is a result of merging two clubs Ruwi and Al-Bustan.Current coach, Rashid Jaber is a former footballer himself, former star of Dhofar and the national team. He has also coached the national team on a number of...

  • 2006/07 : Al-Nahda
    Al-Nahda (Omani football club)
    Al-Nahda Sports Club is an Omani football club based in Al-Buraimi, Oman. The club only has a brief history and was formed in 2003. In the few years the club has been competing they have had a considerable amount of achievements, including qualifying for the 2008 AFC Cup and reaching the...

  • 2007/08 : Al-Oruba
    Al Oruba Sur
    Al-Oruba Sports Club is an Omani football team based in Sur, Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Notable players: Aoerson da Costa Yaqooba Barosh Fahad Aidh Alrashidi Maraei Al-Ramli Kanath Ahmed Mubarak Al Mahaijri Andreas Haddad Fábio Peter Malama...

  • 2008/09 : Al-Nahda
    Al-Nahda (Omani football club)
    Al-Nahda Sports Club is an Omani football club based in Al-Buraimi, Oman. The club only has a brief history and was formed in 2003. In the few years the club has been competing they have had a considerable amount of achievements, including qualifying for the 2008 AFC Cup and reaching the...

  • 2009/10 : Al-Suwaiq
    Al-Suwaiq
    Al-Suwaiq is an Omani football club based in Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Performance in AFC competitions:*AFC Cup: 2 appearances-Notable players: Lionardo Zaid Jaber Mahmoud Za'tara Hassan Rabia Francis Kasonde- External links :*...

  • 2010/11 : Al-Suwaiq
    Al-Suwaiq
    Al-Suwaiq is an Omani football club based in Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Performance in AFC competitions:*AFC Cup: 2 appearances-Notable players: Lionardo Zaid Jaber Mahmoud Za'tara Hassan Rabia Francis Kasonde- External links :*...


Cities


The following table lists the Omani League champions by cities.
City Titles Winning Clubs
Salalah
Salalah
Salalah , is the capital and seat of the governor or Wali of the southern Omani province of Dhofar. The population of Salalah was 197,169 in 2009....

14
Dhofar (9), Al-Nasr (5)
Fanja
Fanja
Fanja may refer to:*Fanja, a common female name in Madagascar.*Fanja or Fanjah, a city in Oman, population: 20 000. *Fanja, a football club....

7
Fanja (7)
Muscat
Muscat, Oman
Muscat is the capital of Oman. It is also the seat of government and largest city in the Governorate of Muscat. As of 2008, the population of the Muscat metropolitan area was 1,090,797. The metropolitan area spans approximately and includes six provinces called wilayats...

6
Muscat (3), Al-Nahda (2), Oman (1)
Sur
Sur, Oman
Sur is a capital city of Ash Sharqiyah Region, northeastern Oman, on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. It is located at around , and is 93 miles southeast of the Omani capital Muscat. Historically the city is known for being an important destination point for sailors...

5
Al-Oruba (3), Sur (2)
Al-Suwaiq
Suwayq
Al Suwaiq is a coastal town in the region Al Bāţinah, in northeastern Oman. It is located at around .The name of the town refers in Arabic Language to Market , It’s named by this name because it located in the central of AL Batina Region and attracted the people lived in the mounts and also...

2
Al-Suwaiq (2)
Sedab
1
Al-Ahli (1)

Total championships


The number of national championships that clubs in Oman have attained.
Club Champions http://www.goalzz.com/main.aspx?g=441&winners=true
Dhofar  9
Fanja
Fanja (Football club)
Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

 
7
Al-Nasr
Al-Nasr (Salalah)
Al-Nasr Sports, Cultural, and Social Club is an Omani multisport club based in Salalah, Oman and was established in 1970. The club is one of the most successful football clubs in the Sultanate, along with rivals and neighbor's Dhofar. They have never been relegated to second division since the...

 
5
Al-Oruba
Al Oruba Sur
Al-Oruba Sports Club is an Omani football team based in Sur, Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Notable players: Aoerson da Costa Yaqooba Barosh Fahad Aidh Alrashidi Maraei Al-Ramli Kanath Ahmed Mubarak Al Mahaijri Andreas Haddad Fábio Peter Malama...

 
3
Muscat
Muscat (football club)
Muscat Club is an Omani football club playing at the top level.The club is a result of merging two clubs Ruwi and Al-Bustan.Current coach, Rashid Jaber is a former footballer himself, former star of Dhofar and the national team. He has also coached the national team on a number of...

 *
3
Al-Suwaiq
Al-Suwaiq
Al-Suwaiq is an Omani football club based in Oman. It was founded in 1970.-Performance in AFC competitions:*AFC Cup: 2 appearances-Notable players: Lionardo Zaid Jaber Mahmoud Za'tara Hassan Rabia Francis Kasonde- External links :*...

 
2
Al-Nahda  2
Sur
Sur (football club)
Sur Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division. It is based in Sur along with Al-Oruba, and Al-Talia. Their home stadium is Sur Sports Complex...

 
2
Al-Ahli
Al-Ahli (Sedab)
Al-Ahli Sports Club usually referred to as Ahli Sedab is an Omani sports club based in Sedab, Oman.In the 2009-2010 season, the team was promoted to first division after receiving a first place finish in the standings....

 
1
Oman
Oman Club
Oman Club is an Omani football club playing at the second level. Oman Club was founded in 1942 and is the first football club established in Oman, and oldest surviving. It is based in Muscat. The team has had a history of bouncing around both the national stadium, Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in...

 
1


Includes championships won by Ruwi.

Topscorers

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1991/92 Hilal Hamid  Dhofar  14
1995/96 Hilal Hamid  Dhofar  20
1996/97 Said Faraj  Dhofar  19

Notable achievements by Omani clubs


The only trophy won by a Omani club on the regional or continental level was by Fanja
Fanja (Football club)
Fanja Sports Club is an Omani football club currently playing in the second division of the Oman Football Association. Fanja finished the 2010 season in the second division with third place—just short of qualifying for first division of the Omani League....

 in the 1989 Gulf Club Champions Cup
Gulf Club Champions Cup
The GCC Champions League , formerly known as the Arabian Gulf Cup for Clubs , is an annually organized football league tournament for club of the Arab states...

. Fanja won the final match against Bahraini club, Al-Muharraq
Muharraq Club
Al-Muharraq Sports Club , is the oldest sports club in Muharraq island in the Persian Gulf region. Al-Muharraq Sports Club has won the Bahraini Football Premier League 31 times. Al-Muharraq Sports Club also takes part in other sports than football like Basketball and Volleyball...

 in a final in Bahrain.

In the 1993–94 Asian Club Championship Omani club, Oman FC
Oman Club
Oman Club is an Omani football club playing at the second level. Oman Club was founded in 1942 and is the first football club established in Oman, and oldest surviving. It is based in Muscat. The team has had a history of bouncing around both the national stadium, Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in...

 were awarded with second place after failing to beat Thai
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

 club, Thai Farmers Bank FC
Thai Farmers Bank FC
Thai Farmers Bank Football Club is a defunct Thai football club from Kasikorn Bank . They have won two AFC Champions League in 1994 and 1995....

.

A few years later in 1996, Dhofar attempted to win the GCC Champions Cup, as Fanja did in 1989, but failed in the final match against Saudi
Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , commonly known in British English as Saudi Arabia and in Arabic as as-Sa‘ūdiyyah , is the largest state in Western Asia by land area, constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and the second-largest in the Arab World...

 club, Al-Nassr, and finished with second place.

Most recently, Al-Nahda competed in the 2008 AFC Cup, but were knocked-out in the final 4 against eventual champions of the competition, Al-Muharraq
Muharraq Club
Al-Muharraq Sports Club , is the oldest sports club in Muharraq island in the Persian Gulf region. Al-Muharraq Sports Club has won the Bahraini Football Premier League 31 times. Al-Muharraq Sports Club also takes part in other sports than football like Basketball and Volleyball...

on scoring aggregate. There was no 3rd place playoff match.

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