|League Name||Qatar Stars League (QSL)|
|Number of Teams||12|
|Most Championships||Al Sadd (16)|
|Most Appearances||Al-Khor (257 matches)|
|Link to Official Site||http://www.qsl.qa/|
The Qatar Stars League is the highest-level professional football competition in this country. The 2021/22 QNB Stars League is the 48th edition of the tournament. It gathers 12 teams in a joint league where they play each other. Each club plays all the others home and away, so there are 22 rounds per season. The competition begins in September and finishes in April.
The winner of the Qatar Stars League qualifies for the group stage of the AFC Champions League. The second and third-placed teams secure a spot in the qualification playoff of this competition. The last club in the table are relegated to the Qatargas League, while the 11th earn a spot in the relegation playoff.
The Qatar Football Association was established in 1960. It took three years to launch an unofficial season of the Qatar National League. An official season first took place in 1972/73, and Al Esteqlal were the championship winner.
Format and rule changes didn’t give much success in popularizing the Qatar Stars League. However, when the government gave each club $10m, many world stars rushed to Qatar. The country also formed the Aspire Academy to provide young footballers with high-quality training facilities. The last big change for the competition occurred in 2009. It was renamed the Qatar Stars League and expanded to 12 teams.
Al Sadd won the Qatar Stars League title on 16 occasions, which is twice as many championships as Al-Rayyan. Here are some other club statistics:
Journalists select player and manager of the year after each season. Akram Afif is the only player who won the MVP award on two occasions (in 2020 and 2021).
Here are some other interesting stats about the players: