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Pakistan Premier League
PakistanPL.png
Countries Pakistan Pakistan
Confederation AFC
Founded 2004
Number of teams 14
Relegation to PFF League
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Pakistan National Football Challenge Cup
International cup(s) AFC President's Cup
Current champions KRL FC (2009)
Most championships PIA FC (9 titles)
Website http://www.pff.com.pk/
Soccerball current event.svg 2009 season


The Pakistan Premier League (PPL) is the first division of Pakistani football. It was established in 2004, in place of the National Championship by the Pakistan Football Federation.

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History

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Origins

Pakistan’s first National Football Championship was played between May 28 to June 5 in 1948 at Karachi. The winners were Sindh Red, beating their fellow provincial team Sindh Blue.

It was a knock-out competition, which remained this way until it was replaced by the Football League in 2004. Football in Pakistan remained underdeveloped for decades due to mismanagement, lack of support and corruption. The Pakistan national team suffered as a result, and from once being one of the strongest sides in Asia, became one of the weakest in the world.

Foundation

In August 2003, with the support of FIFA under their ‘Goal Project’ to build new training facilities and offices for the PFF at the headquarters in Lahore, and new management within the Pakistan Football Federation, Pakistan restructured the national football system. The National Football Championship was replaced in 2004 by the national football league, called the National Division A Football League. This contained 16 teams from around Pakistan, the first time Pakistan had a national league.

A second division was also created, formally known as National League Division B Football League before being named the PFF National League. This initially contained 5 teams but now has expanded to 12 teams. The two bottom teams from the A league would to be relegated to the PFF league, while the top 2 teams in the PFF league would be promoted in their place.

WAPDA FC were the first national league winners, pushing Pakistan Army FC in second place.

Because of funding problems, relegation and promotion was an issue, as was the teams continued participation. This led to further changes in Pakistani football. The following year, after more reconstruction of the national game, the National Division A, was renamed the Pakistan Premier League. The Pakistan Premier League became a 12 club league, with the bottom two being relegated. In the 2005/06 season, football was played over the winter months instead of the summer.

In 2007/08 the league expanded to 14 teams. Fixtures were now held at 1:00 and 3:00 pm respectively on home and away basis.

Structure

The Pakistan Premier League is semi pro league operated by the Pakistan Football Federation. The PFF oversee all aspects of the league and make unilateral decisions over any changes to the format, funding and sponsorship.

Competition

There are 14 clubs in the PPL. During the course of a season (which lasts from November to February) each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents for a total of 26 games for each club per season. 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 goal difference and then goals scored. If a side fails to turn up, the opposition will be granted a 2-0 win. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned as champion. If points are equal the goal difference and goals scored then determines the winner. If still equal they are deemed to occupy the same position; if the champions, teams for relegation or qualification for other competitions thus cannot be decided, a series of play-off matches are played between the affected teams at neutral venues. The two lowest placed teams are relegated into the Pakistan Football Federation League and the top two teams from the PFFL are promoted in their place.

Qualification for Asian competitions

The top team in the league automatically qualifies for the AFC President's Cup, the weakest continental club competition in Asia. Technically, the PFF can nominate any team to represent them in Asia; however, only the team that finished top of their highest league are sent.

Finances

The league is only semi-pro as clubs are financially weak. The PFF also lacks funds, and occasionally has to prop up other clubs to keep them going. This is why most clubs are run by companies or organisations, these clubs are known as departmental teams.

Rs 3,640,000 will be distributed among participants as bonus. Each match will have Rs 20,000 as bonus. The winner of the match will get Rs 15,000 and the loser Rs 5,000. The champions will get Rs 800,000, the runners-up will receive Rs 500,000 while the third position team will receive Rs 300,000. The most valuable player (MVP) will get Rs 100,000 while the top scorer and best goalkeeper will pocket Rs 50,000 each. The club winning the Fair Play trophy will receive Rs 75,000.The leading scorer will receive 100,000.

Players

PPL clubs have almost complete freedom to sign whatever number and category of players they wish. There is no team or individual salary cap, no squad size limit, no age restrictions other than those applied by general employment law; however teams are restricted to not more than 2 foreign players in the squad for the season and there are only a few foreign players in the league.

Players move on free transfers as contracts only last for a year, but some contracts can be as long as three years, and the transfer fees are small. Due the semi-pro nature of the league, players tend to work for the company/organisation they play for during the off season. Top players can command respectable football salaries.

Criticisms

One of the main criticisms leveled at the PPL is the number of games played over a short space of time. One team can be forced to play 3 games in a week due to the congested fixture list. The PFF’s attempts to cut costs have led to players becoming exhausted.

Another major criticism is that the league has an amateurish setup which isn’t allowing players to develop. The Pakistani club teams are considered lightweight in comparison to other Asian club sides and defeats by the opposition in the AFC President's Cup suggest that this may have some foundation.

PPL 2008 clubs

Teams in PPL 2008

Awards

Top Scorer

Year Player/s Club Goals
2004 Pakistan Arif Mehmood WAPDA FC 20+
2005 Pakistan Imran Hussain Pakistan Army 21
2006/7 Pakistan Arif Mehmood WAPDA FC
2007/8 Pakistan Arif Mehmood WAPDA FC 21
2008 Pakistan Muhammad Rasool KRL FC 22
2009 Pakistan Arif Mehmood WAPDA FC 20

Most Valuable Player

Year Player Club
2005 Pakistan Adeel Ahmed PTLC FC
2007/08 Pakistan Mohammad Imran Pakistan Army FC
2008 Pakistan Samar Ishaq KRL FC

Goalkeeper of the year

Year Player Club
2007/8 Pakistan Amir Qureshi KRL FC
2008 Pakistan Abdul Aziz WAPDA FC

Fair Play Trophy

Year Club
2005

PTLC FC

2007/8

PTV FC

2008

Afghan FC

Pakistan Premier League Championships

Season Champions Runners-up Third place
2004 WAPDA Pakistan Army KRL
2005 Pakistan Army WAPDA KRL
2006/07 Pakistan Army WAPDA KRL
2007/08 WAPDA Pakistan Army KRL
2008 WAPDA Pakistan Army KRL
2009 KRL Pakistan Army WAPDA

Pakistan National Championships

Season Champions Runners-up
1948 Sindh Red Sindh Blue
1950 Balochistan Red Sindh
1952 Punjab NWFP
1953 Punjab NWFP Blue
1954 Punjab Blue Pakistan Railways FC
1955 Punjab NWFP
1956 Balochistan Pakistan Railways White
1957 Punjab East Pakistan White
1958 Punjab Blue Pakistan Railways FC
1959 Balochistan East Pakistan
1960 East Pakistan Karachi White
1961/62 Dacca Karachi Blue
1962 Dacca Karachi
1963 Karachi Pakistan Railways FC
1964/65 Karachi Pakistan Railways FC
1966 Karachi Pakistan Railways FC
1968 Peshawar Lahore
1969 Pakistan Railways FC Karachi
1969/70 Chittagong Peshawar
1971 PIA FC Karachi
1972 PIA FC Peshawar White
1973 Karachi Yellow Rawalpindi
1975 (1) PIA FC Punjab A
1975 (2) Sindh Red Balochistan Red
1976 PIA FC Pakistan Railways FC
1978 PIA FC Sindh Red
1979 Karachi Red PIA FC
1980 Karachi Red Pakistan Army FC
1981 PIA FC PAF
1982 HBL FC Pakistan Railways FC
1983 WAPDA FC HBL FC
1984 Pakistan Railways FC WAPDA FC
1985 Quetta PIA FC
1986 PAF PIA FC
1987 CTM KPT
1989 (1) Punjab Red Pakistan Railways FC
1989 (2) PIA FC SGP
1990 Punjab Red PIA FC
1991 WAPDA FC HBL FC
1992/93 PIA FC Pakistan Army FC
1993/94 Pakistan Army FC WAPDA FC
1994 CTM WAPDA FC
1995 Pakistan Army FC ABL FC
1997 (1) ABL FC PIA FC
1997 (2) PIA FC ABL FC
1999 ABL FC Pakistan Navy FC
2000 ABL FC HBL FC
2001 WAPDA FC KRL FC
2003 WAPDA FC Pakistan Army FC

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