Meet the Saudi Professional League top flight teams


Like any professional League in Europe, there are 16 teams competing on the Saudi league title with four teams always compete on the first four places.

The ongoing edition of the Saudi Professionals League is known as the crown prince Mohamed bin Salman League Cup as what happen in the European leagues when it’s called for the tournament’s sponsor, like the English Premier League is called Barclays League.

The Saudi Professional League is the top division of Association football league in Saudi Arabia and it was known as the Abdul Latif Jameel League, or Dawry Jameel, as it was sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel for six years.

The title holders and most champions in the kingdom is Al-Hilal, who achieved the tournament’s title for 15 times, while the runner-up is Al-Ittihad of Jeddah with eight titles.

Al-Hilal (founded on 16 October 1957)

Al-Hilal is a Saudi Arabian professional multi-sports club based in Riyadh, the first football team of the club is title holder of the Saudi Professional League with a blue t-shirt.

The Riyadh based club was founded on 16 October 1957, it is one of four teams to have participated in all seasons of the Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Al-Hilal football team have won 58 official titles on the national and international stage, more than any other Saudi club.

In the domestic competitions, Al-Hilal have won 45 trophies including a record of 15 Professional League titles, 13 Crown Prince Cup titles, 7 Federation Cup titles, 8 King Cup titles, 2 Super Cup titles, and the title winner of Saudi Founder’s Cup (a centennial football tournament held every 100 years).

Al-Hilal are currently second the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 57 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Nasr (founded on 24 October 1955)

Al-Nasr is a Saudi Arabian football club based in Riyadh, was founded in 1955 the club plays its home games at King Fahd and Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadiums with a yellow t-shirt.

Al-Nassr is one of the most popular clubs in Saudi Arabia, with 20 national trophies as well as various regional and friendly championships to its name.

The based club have won 7 Premier League titles, 2 GCC Champions League titles, 3 Saudi Crown Prince Cup, 6 Saudi King’s Cups and holds the impressive feat of pulling a historic Asian double in 1998, by claiming both the Asian Cup Winners’ Cup and Asian Super Cup.

Al-Nasr is famed of “The International” after becoming the first Asian club to win the Fair Play award from FIFA as well as becoming the first team in the world to win such an award

Al-Nasr are currently leading in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 58 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Shabab (found in 1947)

Al-Shabab FC is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Riyadh, was founded in 1947 and was previously named “Shabab Al Riyadh” but later in 1967 was named Al Shabab.

Al Shabab club has produced prominent players such as Saeed Al-Owairan who scored the crucial goal for Saudi Arabia against Belgium in the 1994 World Cup alongside Fuad Amin, who scored Saudi Arabia’s first World Cup goal against Netherlands.

Al-Shabab achived more records including the first Saudi team to win three Saudi Premier League in a row (1991, 1992, and 1993), first Saudi team to win the professional and new Saudi Premier League, in 1991.

Al-Shabab football team are also the only club in the world to play two games in one day, in 1999 in the afternoon in the Arab Elite Cup final and at night in the Crown Prince Cup final against Al-Hilal.

This was due to bad planning by the Saudi FA, in which Al Shabab decided to use two teams, one in Syria to play the Arab tournament’s final, and another composed of the starting players in Riyadh to play the Crown Prince Cup final against Al-Hilal, in which they lost the Arabic final, but won the Crown Prince Cup.

Al-Shabab are currently third in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 47 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Taawon (founded in 1956)

Al-Taawoun is a professional football club based in Buraidah, that plays in the Saudi Professional League, the top tier of Saudi Football.

Al-Taawoun reached the King’s Cup final in 1990, finishing runners-up to Al-Nassr.

Their best ever top flight season came in 2015–16 when the club successfully challenged for the Asian Champions League spots, eventually finishing in fourth place in the top division, their highest league position to date.

Al-Taawoun are 4th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 46 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Ahli (founded 17 March 1937)

Al-Ahli is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Jeddah competes in the Saudi Professional League, the top flight of Saudi Arabian football.

Domestically, Al-Ahli have won 3 league titles, 13 King Cups, 6 Crown Prince Cups, 5 Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cups and 1 Super Cup.

In international club football, Al-Ahli have won 3 GCC Champions League and 1 Arab Club Championship and have reached two AFC Champions League finals. The first Saudi club combined the league and the King’s Cup in the same season in 1968, the only club that did it 3 times 1968,1978,2016.

Al-Ahli is one of the four founding members of the Saudi Pro League that have never been relegated from the top flight, along with Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Nassr.

Al-Ahli have a record-breaking 51-match unbeaten run from 2014-2016.

Al-Ahli are 5th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 43 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Faisaly FC (founded in 1954)

Al-Faisaly FC is a Saudi Arabian football team based in Harmah City, playing in the first level. The club’s name comes in the name of King Faisal; he was crown prince at the time of the club’s founding.

Al-Faisaly, who was founded in 1954, achieved the Saudi 1st division league title in 2009-10 season as well as winning the title of Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup for Division 1 and 2 Teams.

They also finished the King’s Cup tournament in 2018 as the runners-up.

 Al-Faisaly are 6th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 36 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Wehda (founded 1945)

Al-Wehda is a Saudi Arabian football team from Mecca, founded in 1945, plays in the Saudi Professional League.

They won the King Cup title two times in 1957, 1966 as well as winning the Crown Prince Cup title in 1959.

Al-Wehda are 7th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 36 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Fath (founded 1958)

Al-Fateh is a Saudi Arabian football club, known with the nickname of “Al-Namozaji” (the model) due to almost all of the club’s sports play in the national top flights.

The team pulled off a surprise winning when they won the 2012–13 Professional League then they advanced for the 2013 AFC Champions League group stage.

Al-Fath are 8th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 33 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Ettifaq FC (founded in 1945)

Al Ettifaq football Club is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Dammam, was established after the merging of three clubs in the city of Dammam at the year 1944.

Al Ettifaq is the first Saudi team to win an international title after achieving the 1984 Arab Club Champions Cup title.

Al Ettifaq is also the first team to win the Saudi Premier League without any defeat an they are also the only Arab team to have won a game in England after turning Everton over in an exhibition match.

Al Ettifaq is also the first side from Saudi Arabia to win the Gulf Champions Cup as they have a total of 13 different titles to their name.

Al Ettifaq are 9th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 32 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Raed FC (founded in 1954)

Al-Raed is a Saudi football team based in Buraidah, and the first ever football team in the Qassim region of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Raed FC is one of the club’s notable founders is Abdulaziz Al-Obodi, established in 1954, Al-Raed currently play in the Pro League and have been playing there since 2008.

The team was able to qualify for the Saudi Premier League, in 1980–1981. In 1986 Al-Raed was the first team from the Qassim region to enter the Saudi Premier League.

Al-Raed are 10th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 31 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Qadsiah FC (founded in 1967)

Al-Qadsiah, who was named after Quds Arabic name of Jerusalem, is a Saudi Arabian football team that plays in the Saudi Professional League. They are based in Khobar and their home ground is the Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium.

They achieved the Crown Prince Cup title in 1991-92 and finished as the runners-up in 2004-05.

Al-Qadsiah also won the Asian Cup title in 1993-94 season after beating South China 6-2 on aggregate.

Al-Qadsiah are 12th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 24 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Hazem FC (founded in 1957)

Al-Hazem FC is a Saudi Arabian football club plays in the Prince Mohammad bin Salman League, the second tier of Saudi football.

Al-Hazem, who was founded in 1957, have won the Saudi 3rd division once in the 1997–98 season, and have finished runners-up once in the Saudi Second Division once in the 1999–00 season.

The club have won the Saudi First Division once in the 2004–05 season and won their first promotion to the Pro League.

Al-Hazem play their home games at Al-Hazem Club Stadium in Ar Rass, sharing the stadium with city rivals Al-Kholood.

Al-Hazem are 11th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 27 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Batin FC (founded in 1979)

Al-Batin is a Saudi Arabian football club based in Hafr Al-Batin, Eastern Province, and currently playing in the Saudi Professional League.

Al-Batin, who was founded in 1979, won their first promotion to Saudi 2nd division at the end of the 2007–08 season.

On 25 March 2011, Al-Batin won their first promotion to Saudi First Division. They play their home matches at the Al-Batin Club Stadium.

Al-Batin are 14th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 22 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Ittihad Jeddah (founded in 1927)

Al-Ittihad is a Saudi Premier League football club based in Jeddah. They won 8 League titles and also holds 48 official championship wins, three of them being Asian championships.

The club was founded on January 4, 1927 before the third Saudi state was declared, making it the oldest club in Saudi Arabia.

The most successful period in Al-Ittihad’s history was the 1990s and mid 2000s, when the club won numerous honors both domestically and continental.

The team won Cup Winners Cup in 1999 and two Champions League titles in 2004 and 2005 and as far as going on to compete in the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup. The club has the distinction of being the only Asian club to have won the AFC Champions League twice in a row.

Al-Ittihad are 13th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 22 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Al-Fayha FC (founded in 1954)

Al-Fayha FC is a professional football club based in Al Majma’ah, plays in the Saudi Professional League, the top tier of Saudi Football.

Al-Fayha, who It was founded in 1954, have won the Saudi Second Division once in the 2013–14 season and have finished runners-up once in the 2003–04.

On 29 April 2017, Al-Feiha won their first promotion to the Pro League and on 5 May 2017 won their first ever First Division title.

The club play their home games at King Salman Sport City Stadium in Al Majma’ah, sharing the stadium with city rivals Al-Faisaly and Al-Mujazzel.

Al-Fayha are 15th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 22 points after playing 25 games so far this season.

Uhud FC (founded in 1936)

Ohod is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Medina, competes in the Pro League, the top tier of Saudi football.

Uhud was named after famous Mount Uhud, hence the nickname “Al-Jabal”.

Uhud have won the Saudi First Division three times and have finished runners-up five times. They play their home games at the Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Stadium.

During the 1994 FIFA World Cup two players from Uhud were selected for the Saudi Arabia national team and Cameroon national team, respectively, Hamzah Idris and Thomas Libiih.

Uhud are 16th in the Saudi Professional league teams’ table with 15 points after playing 23 games so far this season.

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