2015–16 Israeli Premier League

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Israeli Premier League
Season 2015–16
Champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Relegated Hapoel Acre
Maccabi Netanya
Champions League Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Europa League Maccabi Tel Aviv
Beitar Jerusalem
Maccabi Haifa
Top goalscorer Eran Zahavi (35 goals)[1]
Biggest home win Maccabi Tel Aviv 6–0 Maccabi Haifa
Biggest away win Hapoel Tel Aviv 0-4 Bnei Sakhnin
Highest scoring Hapoel Be'er Sheva 5-2 Maccabi Petah Tikva
Average attendance 6,923 [2]
All statistics correct as of 11 April 2016.

The 2015–16 Israeli Premier League is the seventeenth season since its introduction in 1999 and the 74th season of top-tier football in Israel. It began on 22 August 2015 and will end in May 2016. Maccabi Tel Aviv are the defending champions.

Teams

A total of fourteen teams are competing in the league, including twelve sides from the 2014–15 season and two promoted teams from the 2014–15 Liga Leumit.

Hapoel Petah Tikva and F.C. Ashdod were relegated to the 2015–16 Liga Leumit after finishing the 2014–15 Israeli Premier League in the bottom two places.

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv and Hapoel Kfar Saba were promoted after finishing the 2014–15 Liga Leumit in the top two places.

Stadia and locations

Beitar Jerusalem [3] Bnei Yehuda [4] Bnei Sakhnin [5] Hapoel Ironi Acre [6]
Teddy Stadium Bloomfield Stadium Doha Stadium Acre Municipal Stadium
Capacity: 34,000 Capacity: 14,413 Capacity: 8,500 Capacity: 5,000
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Hapoel Be'er Sheva [7] Hapoel Haifa [8]
Turner Stadium Sammy Ofer Stadium
Capacity: 16,100 Capacity: 30,820
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Hapoel Kfar Saba [9] Hapoel Ra'anana [10]
Levita Stadium Netanya Stadium
Capacity: 5,800 Capacity: 13,800
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Hapoel Tel Aviv [11] Ironi Kiryat Shmona [12]
Bloomfield Stadium Ironi Stadium
Capacity: 14,413 Capacity: 5,300
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Maccabi Haifa [13] Maccabi Netanya [14] Maccabi Petah Tikva [15] Maccabi Tel Aviv [16]
Sammy Ofer Stadium Netanya Stadium HaMoshava Stadium Bloomfield Stadium
Capacity: 30,820 Capacity: 13,800 Capacity: 11,500 Capacity: 14,413
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Foreign players

The number of foreign players is restricted to five per team.[citation needed]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5
Beitar Jerusalem Serbia Dušan Matović Brazil Claudemir Spain Jesús Rueda Australia Nikita Rukavytsya Netherlands Arsenio Valpoort
Bnei Sakhnin Spain Abraham Paz Bosnia and Herzegovina Eldar Hasanović Brazil Georginho Brazil Diogo Kachuba Brazil Wanderson
Bnei Yehuda Argentina Pedro Galván Nigeria Dele Aiyenugba Nigeria Jude Nworuh Ivory Coast Thierry Doubai Croatia Antonio Mršić
Hapoel Acre Montenegro Boris Kopitović Nigeria Samuel Glmore Serbia Branislav Jovanović Belgium Dylan Seys Nigeria Lanry Kahinda
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Brazil William Soares Nigeria John Ogu Romania Ovidiu Hoban Nigeria Anthony Nwakaeme
Hapoel Haifa Lithuania Tadas Kijanskas Montenegro Žarko Korać Portugal Bruno Pinheiro Croatia Marijan Antolovic Belarus Dmitriy Baga
Hapoel Kfar Saba Republic of the Congo Mavis Tchibota Croatia Dino Škvorc Greece Yiannis Papadopoulos Spain Hugo López
Hapoel Ra'anana Senegal Mamadou Thiam Slovenia Rene Mihelič Zambia Evans Kangwa Zambia Emmanuel Mbola Croatia Dejan Radonjić
Hapoel Tel Aviv The Gambia Hamza Barry Greece Loukas Vyntra Romania Claudiu Bumba Montenegro Nemanja Nikolić Brazil Cauê
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Brazil Kassio Bolivia Luis Gutiérrez Brazil Bruno Lithuania Rokas Stanulevičius Nigeria Austin Amutu
Maccabi Haifa Serbia Vladimir Stojković Spain Marc Valiente Poland Ludovic Obraniak Netherlands Glynor Plet Brazil Romário
Maccabi Netanya Serbia Milan Smiljanić Ukraine Andriy Mischenko Burkina Faso Issoumaila Lingane Serbia Nemanja Petrović
Maccabi Petah Tikva Brazil Allyson Democratic Republic of the Congo Joachim Mununga France Xavier Tomas Spain Aitor Monroy Sweden Rade Prica
Maccabi Tel Aviv Spain Carlos García Nigeria Nosa Igiebor Serbia Predrag Rajković Portugal Orlando Sá Bosnia and Herzegovina Haris Medunjanin

In bold: Players that have been capped for their national team.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Israel Barak Bakhar Sacked 14 May 2015 Pre-season Israel Salah Hasarma 30 May 2015
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel Elisha Levy End of contract 30 May 2015 Israel Barak Bakhar 30 May 2015
Maccabi Haifa Israel Marco Balbul End of contract 30 May 2015 Israel Ronny Levy 30 May 2015
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Eli Cohen End of contract 30 May 2015 Spain César Mendiondo 30 May 2015
Maccabi Tel Aviv Spain Pako Ayestarán End of contract 30 May 2015 Serbia Jokanović, SlavišaSlaviša Jokanović 15 June 2015
Maccabi Netanya Israel Ronny Levy End of contract 30 May 2015 Israel Shlomi Dora 21 June 2015
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Guy Levy End of contract 7 June 2015 Israel Slobodan Drapić 7 June 2015
Hapoel Akko Israel Shlomi Dora Sacked 21 June 2015 Israel Yaron Hochenboim 28 June 2015
Hapoel Tel Aviv Spain César Mendiondo Sacked 3 September 2015 12th Israel Walid Badir (caretaker) 3 September 2015
Maccabi Netanya Israel Shlomi Dora Sacked 2 November 2015 14th Israel Reuven Atar 6 November 2015
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Walid Badir (caretaker) End of caretaker time 5 November 2015 13th Israel Guy Levy 5 November 2015
Bnei Yehuda Israel Yossi Abukasis Sacked 8 December 2015 9th Israel Yossi Mizrahi 9 December 2015
Bnei Sakhnin Israel Eli Cohen Sacked 18 December 2015 12th Israel Yossi Abukasis 19 December 2015
Hapoel Haifa Israel Tal Banin Sacked 21 December 2015 10th Israel Meir Ben Margi 21 December 2015
Maccabi Tel Aviv Serbia Slaviša Jokanović signed by Fulham 27 December 2015 2nd Spain Javier Pereira Megía (caretaker) 27 December 2015
Hapoel Kfar Saba Israel Felix Naim Sacked 3 January 2016 13th Israel Sharon Mimer 11 January 2016
Maccabi Tel Aviv Spain Javier Pereira Megía (caretaker) End of caretaker time 4 January 2016 2nd Netherlands Peter Bosz 4 January 2016
Maccabi Netanya Israel Reuven Atar Sacked 10 January 2016 14th Israel Menahem Koretski 20 January 2016
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Guy Levi Sacked 19 January 2016 11th Israel Eli Guttman 19 January 2016
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Israel Salah Hasarma Sacked 13 February 2016 10th Israel Shlomi Dora 14 February 2016

Regular season

Regular season table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 26 20 4 2 48 17 +31 64 Qualification to Championship round
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 26 19 4 3 59 20 +39 61
3 Beitar Jerusalem 26 15 6 5 38 19 +19 51
4 Maccabi Haifa 26 10 8 8 33 25 +8 38
5 Bnei Sakhnin 26 10 6 10 32 25 +7 36
6 Hapoel Ra'anana 26 10 6 10 29 31 −2 36
7 Bnei Yehuda 26 9 6 11 27 35 −8 33 Qualification to Relegation round
8 Maccabi Petah Tikva 26 8 6 12 23 30 −7 30
9 Hapoel Kfar Saba 26 7 8 11 19 31 −12 29
10 Hapoel Acre 26 8 5 13 18 36 −18 29
11 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 26 6 10 10 25 31 −6 28
12 Hapoel Tel Aviv 26 6 9 11 17 31 −14 27
13 Hapoel Haifa 26 5 10 11 27 37 −10 25
14 Maccabi Netanya 26 1 8 17 10 37 −27 11
Source: Israel Football Association, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Matches won; 4) Goals scored; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Play-off.[17]

Regular season results

Home ╲ Away BEI BnS BnY HAC HBS HHA HKS HRA HTA IKS MHA MNE MPT MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–2
Bnei Sakhnin 1–3 2–2 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–3 1–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–2
Bnei Yehuda 2–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1
Hapoel Acre 1–3 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–3
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 5–2 0–1
Hapoel Haifa 1–1 2–0 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–4 2–4 2–0 0–3 0–3
Hapoel Kfar Saba 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–0
Hapoel Ra'anana 0–2 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–3 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–2
Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–0 0–4 3–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–1
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–1
Maccabi Haifa 0–2 0–0 0–3 4–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 4–0 0–2
Maccabi Netanya 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–3
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–0 0–1 3–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–2
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–4 3–2 4–0 5–0 1–2 2–1 5–0 1–2 1–1 5–0 2–1 2–1 3–1

Updated to games played on 7 March 2016.
Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs

Championship round

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 26 games):[18]

Rounds
27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th
1 – 6
2 – 5
3 – 4
1 – 2
5 – 3
6 – 4
2 – 6
3 – 1
4 – 5
1 – 4
2 – 3
6 – 5
3 – 6
4 – 2
5 – 1
6 – 1
5 – 2
4 – 3
2 – 1
3 – 5
4 – 6
6 – 2
1 – 3
5 – 4
3 – 2
4 – 1
5 – 6
6 – 3
2 – 4
1 – 5

Championship round table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (C) 36 25 8 3 66 24 +42 83 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 36 24 9 3 76 24 +52 81 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Beitar Jerusalem[lower-alpha 1] 36 18 6 12 46 37 +9 58
4 Maccabi Haifa 36 14 11 11 45 42 +3 53 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round[lower-alpha 2]
5 Bnei Sakhnin 36 13 9 14 46 40 +6 48
6 Hapoel Ra'anana 36 11 9 16 38 48 −10 42
Source: Israel Football Association, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Matches won; 4) Goals scored; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Play-off.[20]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. Beitar Jerusalem deducted two points because of racial slurs by their fans.[19]
  2. Maccabi Haifa qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round by winning the 2015–16 Israel State Cup.

Championship round results

Home ╲ Away BEI BnS HBS HRA MHA MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 0–3 0–2 1–0 3–2 0–2
Bnei Sakhnin 2–0 1–4 1–1 0–1 0–0
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1
Hapoel Ra'anana 1–2 2–3 1–4 3–0 1–1
Maccabi Haifa 1–0 3–3 2–1 2–0 0–0
Maccabi Tel Aviv 3–2 1–0 0–0 3–0 6–0

Updated to games played on 21 May 2016.
Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation round

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 26 games):[18]

Rounds
27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd
7 – 11
8 – 13
9 – 12
10 – 14
7 – 8
13 – 9
12 – 10
11 – 14
8 – 11
9 – 7
10 – 13
14 – 12
8 – 9
7 – 10
13 – 14
11 – 12
9 – 11
10 – 8
14 – 7
12 – 13
9 – 10
8 – 14
7 – 12
11 – 13
10 – 11
14 – 9
12 – 8
13 – 7

Relegation round table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
7 Maccabi Petah Tikva 33 13 7 13 34 35 −1 46
8 Bnei Yehuda 33 13 7 13 37 43 −6 46
9 Hapoel Tel Aviv 33 10 12 11 30 37 −7 42
10 Hapoel Kfar Saba 33 9 11 13 23 37 −14 38
11 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 33 8 12 13 32 39 −7 36
12 Hapoel Haifa 33 7 13 13 38 48 −10 34
13 Hapoel Acre (R) 33 9 7 17 27 48 −21 34 Relegation to Liga Leumit
14 Maccabi Netanya (R) 33 1 9 23 14 50 −36 12
Source: Israel Football Association, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Matches won; 4) Goals scored; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Play-off.[21]
(R) Relegated.

Relegation round results

Home ╲ Away BnY HAC HHA HKS HTA IKS MNE MPT
Bnei Yehuda 3–1 2–4 1–0 1–2
Hapoel Acre 2–3 1–1 4–1 1–3
Hapoel Haifa 1–1 0–0 2–1
Hapoel Kfar Saba 0–1 0–0 0–3 2–1
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 3–3 0–0
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2–1 1–1 2–0
Maccabi Netanya 0–1 1–1 0–1
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–1

Updated to games played on 16 May 2016.
Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by round

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. Note that Championship round teams will play in 36 matchdays, and the Relegation round teams will compete in only 33 matches.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 3 2 2 4 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
Beitar Jerusalem 8 10 9 12 10 5 7 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Maccabi Haifa 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 12 11 13 11 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 5 5 5 6 6 4 4 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4
Bnei Sakhnin 10 13 13 9 6 9 6 7 8 9 10 7 7 10 12 13 12 11 12 10 10 9 7 5 5 5 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5
Hapoel Ra'anana 7 3 6 3 4 8 5 3 5 5 4 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 5 4 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Maccabi Petah Tikva 5 1 1 1 1 2 4 6 6 7 5 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 5 6 7 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 7 7
Bnei Yehuda 1 6 10 5 11 12 8 8 7 6 7 9 9 7 7 7 8 10 8 8 8 6 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 7 7 8 8
Hapoel Tel Aviv 9 12 12 8 5 6 9 10 13 10 12 10 10 8 11 11 11 9 11 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 10 9 9 9 9 9 9
Hapoel Kfar Saba 6 4 7 10 12 13 11 9 12 12 8 11 11 11 9 12 13 12 10 9 9 10 8 9 9 9 11 12 12 10 10 10 10
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 13 5 5 7 9 4 3 4 4 4 6 6 8 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 10 10 10 10 12 11 11 11 12 11 11
Hapoel Haifa 4 9 8 11 8 10 12 13 9 11 13 13 13 12 10 9 9 8 9 11 11 11 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 12 12
Hapoel Ironi Acre 11 8 4 6 3 7 10 11 10 8 9 12 12 13 13 10 10 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11 9 10 10 13 13 13 13
Maccabi Netanya 12 11 11 13 13 11 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14

Source: Israel Football Association

2016–17 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
Relegation to 2016–17 Liga Leumit

Season statistics

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Israel Eran Zahavi Maccabi Tel Aviv 35
2 Australia Nikita Rukavytsya Beitar Jerusalem 14
Israel Shlomi Azulay Bnei Sakhnin
Israel Elyaniv Barda Hapoel Be'er Sheva
5 Zambia Evans Kangwa Hapoel Ra'anana 11
Argentina Pedro Joaquín Galván Bnei Yehuda
Nigeria Anthony Nwakaeme Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Israel Mahran Lala Hapoel Haifa
9 Israel Eliran Atar Maccabi Haifa 10
Israel Ofir Mizrahi Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Israel Tal Ben Haim Maccabi Tel Aviv

Source: Israel Football Association

References

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  3. Beitar Jerusalem Vanue
  4. Bnei Yehuda Vanue
  5. Bnei Sakhnin Vanue
  6. Hapoel Acre Vanue
  7. Hapoel Be'er Sheva Vanue
  8. Hapoel Haifa Vanue
  9. Hapoel Kfar Saba Vanue
  10. Hapoel Ra'anana Vanue
  11. Hapoel Tel Aviv Vanue
  12. Ironi Kiryat Shmona Vanue
  13. Maccabi Haifa Vanue
  14. Maccabi Netanya Vanue
  15. Maccabi Petah Tikva Vanue
  16. Maccabi Tel Aviv Vanue
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