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West Bank Premier League is one of the two top divisions of the Palestinian Football Federation
Palestinian Football Federation
The Palestinian Football Association is the governing body for football in the Palestinian Authority, and for the Palestine national football team. It was also the original name for what is now the Israel Football Association....

. The other is the Gaza Strip League
Gaza Strip League
Gaza Strip League is one of the two top divisions of the Palestinian Football Federation in the territories governed by the Palestinian Authority.-Champions:Champions so far are:*1984/85: Al-Ahli Gaza*1985/86: Khadamat Al-Shatea...

. Palestinian clubs have a rich history stretching back to the early 1930s but most teams folded due to the political turmoil that ensued. that e League football has existed in the West Bank since 1977 but due to the difficulties associated with the Israeli occupation
Six-Day War
The Six-Day War , also known as the June War, 1967 Arab-Israeli War, or Third Arab-Israeli War, was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967, by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt , Jordan, and Syria...

 of the West Bank
West Bank
The West Bank ) of the Jordan River is the landlocked geographical eastern part of the Palestinian territories located in Western Asia. To the west, north, and south, the West Bank shares borders with the state of Israel. To the east, across the Jordan River, lies the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan...

 and internal feuding within the Palestinian Football Federation
Palestinian Football Federation
The Palestinian Football Association is the governing body for football in the Palestinian Authority, and for the Palestine national football team. It was also the original name for what is now the Israel Football Association....

 only seven seasons have been played in their entirety. Over the years, the format of the League has taken many different shapes. The league has been uninterrupted since 2008. The 2010-11 Season marked the creation of the first professional league in the territories and saw high profile signings for many clubs. Most notably Fadi Lafi
Fadi Lafi
Fadi Lafi Abu Lattifa is a Palestinian footballer, who is a forward for Hilal Al-Quds.- External links :*[]*[]...

 (Hilal Al-Quds), Hernan Madrid
Hernán Madrid
Hernán Madrid is a naturalized Palestinian football defender, who plays for Wadi Al-Nes.-External links:...

 (Wadi Al-Nes), and many Arab-Israelis who played for teams in the second and third tier of Israeli football.

The original format of the WBPL consisted of 12 teams playing each other twice over 22 matchdays, the bottom two clubs are relegated to the second division and the team with the most points are crowned champions. Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari
Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari
Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari is a Palestinian football team, that plays in the West Bank Premier League.-Current squad:-Performance in International competitions:*AFC President's Cup: 1 appearance-External links:*...

 won the inaugural season beating out Hilal Al-Quds on goal differential.

The 2011-12 will include only 10 teams but the PFA have announced that four teams will be promoted from the First Division returning the league to its traditional 12-team format. The PFA also altered the rules on player eligibility banning the use of foreign players but letting teams have an unlimited amount of Palestinian citizens of Israel in their squads.

Before Professionalization

  • In 1977, Silwan won a five-team league on 28 points ahead of Al-Arabi Beit Safafa, YMCA, Al-Bireh Group, and Shabab Al-Khaleel
  • In 1982, Shabab Al-Khaleel
    Shabab Al-Khaleel
    Shabab Al-Khaleel is a Palestinian football team from the city of Hebron that plays in the West Bank Premier League....

     won a 24-team league on 81 points five points ahead of closest challengers YMCA
  • In 1984, Merkaz Tulkarem won a 12-team league on 60 points one point ahead of closest challengers Hateen
  • In 1985-85, Shabab Al-Khaleel
    Shabab Al-Khaleel
    Shabab Al-Khaleel is a Palestinian football team from the city of Hebron that plays in the West Bank Premier League....

     won their second league title, the league once again featured 12 teams. Shabab Al-Khaleel finished on 60 points, six ahead of Thaqafi Tulkarem
  • In 1997, Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari
    Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari
    Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari is a Palestinian football team, that plays in the West Bank Premier League.-Current squad:-Performance in International competitions:*AFC President's Cup: 1 appearance-External links:*...

     won their first league title on 64 points, the league featured 16 teams, Thaqafi Tulkarem finished as runner-up on 53 points
  • In 2008/09, Tarji Wadi Al-Nes won a 22-team league that would determine the members of the First and Second Division. They collected 49 points from 21 games.
  • In 2009/10 Jabal Al-Mukaber won a 12-team league, the last before the PFA instituted a professional set-up. They collected 49 points from 22 games, 7 more than their closest challengers Hilal Al-Quds

Clubs 2011/12

Club Coach Nationality City Top Scorer (2010/11) Captain 2010-2011 season Notes
Al-Bireh Institute   Al-Bireh
Al-Bireh
al-Bireh or el-Bira is a Palestinian city adjacent to Ramallah in the central West Bank, north of Jerusalem. It is situated on the central ridge running through the West Bank and is above sea level, covering an area of...

, Ramallah
Ramallah
Ramallah is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank located 10 kilometers north of Jerusalem, adjacent to al-Bireh. It currently serves as the de facto administrative capital of the Palestinian National Authority...

Mohammed Nael 7 goals Mustafa Abu Kwek 8th
Hilal Al-Quds Jamal Mahmoud   Jerusalem Murad Alyan
Murad Alyan
Murad Alyan is a Palestinian professional football player currently playing for Hilal Al-Quds of the West Bank Premier League.-Career:...

 20 goals
Fadi Lafi
Fadi Lafi
Fadi Lafi Abu Lattifa is a Palestinian footballer, who is a forward for Hilal Al-Quds.- External links :*[]*[]...

2nd 2011/12 Supercup Winners, 2011 Palestine Cup Winners
Jabal Al-Mukaber Ayoub Jabar   Mount Scopus
Mount Scopus
Mount Scopus , جبل المشهد , جبل الصوانة) is a mountain in northeast Jerusalem. In the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Mount Scopus became a UN protected Jewish exclave within Jordanian-occupied territory until the Six-Day War in 1967...

, Jerusalem
Ismail Amour
Ismail Amour
Ismail Amour is a Palestinian professional football player currently playing for Al-Am'ary of the West Bank Premier League and the Palestinian national football team. He is known for his blistering pace and trickery.- National Team Goals :-External links:...

 8 goals
Ra'fit Eyad 7th
Markaz Balata   Nablus
Nablus
Nablus is a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, approximately north of Jerusalem, with a population of 126,132. Located in a strategic position between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center.Founded by the...

Abdelhamid Abuhabib
Abdelhamid Abuhabib
Abdelhamid Abuhabib is a Palestinian Footballer currently playing for Nablus-based Balata of the WBPL.-Early years:...

 12 goals
4th
Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari
Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari
Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari is a Palestinian football team, that plays in the West Bank Premier League.-Current squad:-Performance in International competitions:*AFC President's Cup: 1 appearance-External links:*...

  Ramallah
Ramallah
Ramallah is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank located 10 kilometers north of Jerusalem, adjacent to al-Bireh. It currently serves as the de facto administrative capital of the Palestinian National Authority...

Eyad Abugharqud
Eyad Abugharqud
Eyad Abugharqud is a Palestinian professional football player currently playing for Hebron-based Shabab Al-Khaleel of the West Bank Premier League. He was the league's joint-top leading scorer in 2010/11 with Al-Am'ary scoring an impressive 20 goals in 22 league games. He received his first...

 20 goals
Champions 2012 AFC President's Cup
2012 AFC President's Cup
The 2012 AFC President's Cup will be the eighth edition of the AFC President's Cup. It is a football competition for "emerging countries" by the Asian Football Confederation...

Merkaz Tulkarem   Tulkarem Fadi Salím 8 goals 10th
Shabab Al-Khaleel
Shabab Al-Khaleel
Shabab Al-Khaleel is a Palestinian football team from the city of Hebron that plays in the West Bank Premier League....

Samer Eissa   Hebron
Hebron
Hebron , is located in the southern West Bank, south of Jerusalem. Nestled in the Judean Mountains, it lies 930 meters above sea level. It is the largest city in the West Bank and home to around 165,000 Palestinians, and over 500 Jewish settlers concentrated in and around the old quarter...

Shadi Farhan 7 goals Fahed Attal
Fahed Attal
Fahed Attal is a Palestinian professional football player currently playing for Shabab Al-Khaleel of the West Bank Premier League.-Move to Jordanian Premier League:...

6th
Shabab Al-Dhahrieh   Al-Dhahrieh Atef Abu Bilal 14 3rd
Thaqafi Tulkarem Miha   Tulkarem Rida Al-Da'ma 5 goals Osama Sabah 9th
Tarji Wadi Al-Nes Firas Abu Radwan   Wadi Al-Nes Ashraf Nu'man 12 goals 5th

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