1956–57 in Israeli football

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Football in Israel
Season 1956–57
Men's football
Liga Leumit Hapoel Tel Aviv
Liga Alef Hapoel Kfar Saba
Liga Bet Hapoel Balfouria
Shimshon Tel Aviv
State Cup Hapoel Petah Tikva
1955–56 Israel 1957–58

The 1956–57 season was the 9th season of competitive football in Israel and the 31st season under the Israeli Football Association, established in 1928, during the British Mandate.

Review and Events[edit]

In September 1956, the national team participated in the inaugural AFC Asian Cup competition, finishing as runners-up.

In the penultimate round of Liga Alef, Hapoel Kfar Saba, who were leading the table, scored a 12–0 victory against Hapoel Nahariya, while its rival for promotion, Maccabi Rehovot score an 11–0 victory against local rival Maccabi Sha'arayim. The IFA set up a committee, headed by the IFA president, Yosef-Michael Lamm to investigate the results. After the investigation the committee decided to set promotion play-offs for the five teams involved in promotion battles.[1][2] The play-offs were held after the summer break, at the beginning of the next season.

At the end of the league season, the top division was re-expanded to 12 teams. No club was relegated from Liga Leumit, while two teams were promoted (after the completion of the special promotion play-offs). The bottom club in Liga Leumit, Maccabi Jaffa entered a promotion/relegation play-offs again the third-placed club from 1956–57 Liga Alef. As Hapoel Jerusalem finished third in Liga Alef, prior to the committee's decision to hold the promotion play-offs, Maccabi Jaffa and Hapoel Jerusalem played the first match, resulting in a 1–1 draw. The second match was delayed and then cancelled as the committee ordered the play-offs.

Domestic leagues[edit]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

The following promotions and relegations took place at the end of the season (including the Liga Alef promotion play-offs, played at the beginning of the next season):

1. Hapoel Balfouria merged with Hapoel Afula. The merged team, although at times appearing as Hapoel Balfouria or Hapoel Afula/Balfouria, eventually retained the name Hapoel Afula and played with this name since.

National Teams[edit]

National team[edit]

1956 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 3 2 1 0 9 6 +3 5
 Israel 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 4
 Hong Kong 3 0 2 1 6 7 −1 2
 South Vietnam 3 0 1 2 6 9 −3 1

1956–57 matches[edit]


  1. ^ The Ball Had Been Returned to the Footballers[permanent dead link] Uri Dan, Ma'ariv, 9 July 1957, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Football commission of inquiry: "Five more play-off matches will be held" Heruth, 9.7.1957, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)