1949–50 Israeli League

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Israeli League
Season 1949-50
Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv
5th title
Relegated Maccabi Nes Tziona

The 1949–50 season was the first and only edition of the Israeli League. It was the first season after independence in 1948, and the eleventh season of league football in what had been Mandatory Palestine. The season started on 28 May 1949 and ended on 24 June 1950, with the league played on the basis of two points for a win and one for a draw.

Originally 14 teams were due to contest the league, the same line-up as the league for the abandoned 1947–48 season. However Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv had disbanded and after failing to play their first three matches, the rest of the club's fixtures were cancelled and the league was contested by 13 clubs.

The title was won by Maccabi Tel Aviv. In early March 1950, Maccabi Nes Tziona, after failing to turn up to three consecutive matches, were ejected from the league and forfeited the rest of their matches. Therefore, the club finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

After a season's hiatus, football resumed in 1951, by which time Liga Alef had become the country's top division.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 24 21 1 2 103 18 5.722 43 Champions
2 Hapoel Tel Aviv 24 17 3 4 59 12 4.917 37
3 Hapoel Haifa 24 16 4 4 53 30 1.767 36
4 Hapoel Petah Tikva 24 15 4 5 63 31 2.032 33[a]
5 Maccabi Petah Tikva 24 13 5 6 84 47 1.787 31
6 Beitar Tel Aviv 24 12 3 9 57 41 1.390 26[a]
7 Maccabi Haifa 24 12 1 11 60 49 1.224 25
8 Maccabi Rehovot 24 11 2 11 52 41 1.268 24
9 Maccabi Netanya 24 7 3 14 43 73 0.589 17
10 Hapoel Ramat Gan 24 8 0 16 47 62 0.758 16
11 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 24 6 2 16 27 65 0.415 14
12 Maccabi Rishon LeZion 24 3 2 19 20 111 0.180 8
13 Maccabi Nes Tziona 24 0 0 24 7 95 0.074 0 Relegation to Liga Bet
14 Hapoel HaTzafon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Folded
Updated to match(es) played on 17 June 1950. Source: 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006
Notes:
  1. ^ a b The result of the match between Hapoel Petah Tikva and Beitar Tel Aviv (2–3) was annulled and no points were awarded.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away BTA HHA HPT HRG HRL HTA MHA MNZ MNE MPT MRV MRL MTA
Beitar Tel Aviv 7–1 7–0 3–1 3–0 1–5 1–3 5–2 1–1 3–1 0–3 4–1 1–5
Hapoel Haifa 3–1 0–0 2–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 3–0 5–0 4–1 4–1 3–0 1–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–0[a] 1–0 5–2 7–0 1–5 2–1 10–1 9–1 2–3 2–1 3–0 1–2
Hapoel Ramat Gan 3–0 1–2 1–2 2–3 0–3 2–1 5–1 4–1 1–3 1–6 10–1 2–3
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 0–1 3–3 0–2 2–1 0–3 3–6 1–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 2–1 0–3
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 5–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–3
Maccabi Haifa 3–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–2 3–0 8–1 2–10
Maccabi Nes Tziona 0–6 0–3 0–3 0–3 0–5 0–4 0–3 1–7 0–3 0–3 1–3 0–3
Maccabi Netanya 1–2 1–3 0–4 4–0 3–0 0–3 3–2 3–0 5–4 2–2 5–0 0–3
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–2 2–2 1–1 8–1 6–1 3–3 5–4 3–0 10–1 2–1 7–1 1–4
Maccabi Rehovot 0–1 2–4 1–2 1–4 5–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 3–2 0–6 9–0 0–1
Maccabi Rishon LeZion 0–8 0–3 0–3 3–1 2–2 0–6 1–7 3–0 2–2 1–6 0–3 0–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv 5–0 4–0 2–3 5–1 5–0 1–0 6–0 7–1 7–1 5–2 2–2 13–0
Updated to match(es) played on 17 May 1950. Source: 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006
Colours: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ The result of the match between Hapoel Petah Tikva and Beitar Tel Aviv (2–3) was annulled and no points were awarded.

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