|League Name||Saudi Arabia Pro League|
|Number of Teams||16|
|Most Championships||Al Hilal (17)|
|Most Appearances||Al-Ittihad Jeddah (405 matches)|
|Link to Official Site||https://spl.com.sa/en|
The Saudi Professional League is the current official name of the top division of professional football in Saudi Arabia. The competition gathers 16 teams who play each other twice, home and away. This makes a total of 30 rounds, and the team who collects the most points wins the title.
The top two teams qualify for the group stage of the AFC Champions League. The third-placed team secures a spot in the qualification playoffs round of that competition. The bottom three clubs lose their place in the Saudi Arabia Pro League for the next season.
The Saudi Professional League allows foreign players to play for its teams. However, a single club can only register seven foreign players per season.
The first edition of a national football league in Saudi Arabia took place in 1957. It gathered clubs in four regional tournaments, with the winners qualifying for the King’s Cup. The winner of that tournament was the overall league champion.
The first Saudi Premier League was organized in 1976/77. Al Hilal won their first title among eight competing clubs. The league changed formats several times and became professional in 2007. It also changed names on a few occasions and was called the Abdul Latif Jameel League for sponsorship reasons. Today, 16 teams participate in the league, and the best-placed clubs get considerable financial rewards.
Al Hilal are the most successful club in Saudi Arabia Pro League history. They have won 17 titles and have ended as runners-up on 13 occasions.
Here are some impressive statistics about Saudi clubs:
Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea is among the most notable names in Saudi football. He has 406 caps in the top-tier league and 173 official caps for the national team. As for foreigners, Bafétimbi Gomis, Carlos Tenorio and Ronnie Fernández are among the most notable names.
Here are some other Saudi Professional League player statistics: