The biggest match of the week is simulcast by Channel 1 and Channel 1 HD while Sport 5 covers the league highlights each Saturday. If you pay for your cable subscription in Israel but are currently abroad in one of the countries with no Ligat Ha'Al coverage, you are in for a major disappointment. The problem is your broadcaster only has rights to stream the league games in Israel. If you are in a country not covered by the Israeli Network, you would either have to resort to pirate streams of dubious quality, or get yourself a good VPN and stream with Sport 1.
Main article: Football in Israel The Israeli Premier League was founded in to replace its predecessor Liga Leumit which became the second division when the Israel Football Association decided to reshuffle all the leagues in hopes of improving competition.
In its first season there were 14 clubs; the top thirteen clubs from the —99 season and the top place club from the Liga Artzit then, the third division. That season three clubs were relegated and one from Liga Leumit was promoted. Competition[ edit ] There are 14 clubs in the league.
At the end of each season, the two lowest-placed teams are relegated to Liga Leumit while two highest-placed teams of Liga Leumit are promoted in their place. For the —13 season the league was decreased from 16 to 14 clubs as a result of reforms passed by the IFA on 27 June Following this, the top six teams play in a championship playoff, where they meet each other twice.
Upon its conclusion, the first place team wins the Israeli championship and qualifies to participate in the first qualifying round of the —19 UEFA Champions League. If the State Cup winners are also one of the teams to finish in the league's top three places then the fourth-placed team will also play in Europa League.
In case the State Cup winners also win the Israeli Premier League then the fourth-placed league team will play in first qualifying round. In addition, the bottom eight teams will play each other once to avoid two relegation spots.
For a list of winners and runners-up of the Israeli Premier League since its inception, and top scorers for each season, see List of Israeli football champions. Three clubs have been members of the Israeli Premier League for every season since its inception.
Members for —20[ edit ].