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UAE Pro-League
UAE Pro-League.png
Founded 1973
Country United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 14
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to First Division League
Domestic cup(s) President's Cup
League Cup
Super Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Al-Ain (13 titles)
(2017–18)
Most championships Al-Ain (13 titles)
TV partners Abu Dhabi Sports
Dubai Sports
Website www.agleague.ae
2017–18 season

The UAE Pro-League, known for sponsorship reasons as the Arabian Gulf League,[1][2] is the top professional football league in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first team to win the title was Al-Sharjah, whilst Al-Ain has the record with 12 league titles to their name. Fourteen clubs compete in the League that operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the First Division League.

The League was founded in 1973 as the UAE Football League. The first 1973–74 season was a "trial" championship but was declared official by the UAE FA in 2001.[3] In February 2007, the Pro League Committee was formed, and became the organizing body of the League.

Name change

Starting from the 2013–14 season the name was changed from UAE Pro League to Arabian Gulf League, which was named after the Arabian Gulf as per the chairman of Pro League Committee.[4] However, the name change has been viewed as a revival of the Persian Gulf naming dispute[5] with Iran accusing the United Arab Emirates of racism,[6] and the Iranian Football Federation barring the transfer of Javad Nekounam to a UAE club.[7] After about four months of the name change a 70 million AED one-year renewable partnership deal was announced with Arabian Gulf Development to be named Official Title Partner.[8]

Member clubs (2018–19)

Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
Club Home city Stadium Capacity
Ajman Ajman Ajman Stadium 5,537
Al-Ain Al-Ain Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium 22,717
Al-Dhafra Madinat Zayed Al Dhafra Stadium 5,020
Al-Jazira Abu Dhabi Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium 42,056
Al-Nasr Dubai Al-Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al-Wahda Abu Dhabi Al Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al-Wasl Dubai Zabeel Stadium 8,439
Baniyas Abu Dhabi Baniyas Stadium 9,570
Dibba Al-Fujairah Fujairah Fujairah Club Stadium 10,645
Emirates Ras Al Khaimah Emirates Club Stadium 5,200
Fujairah Fujairah Fujairah Club Stadium 10,645
Kalba Kalba Ittihad Kalba Stadium 8,500
Shabab Al Ahli-Dubai Dubai Al-Rashid Stadium 18,000
Sharjah Sharjah Sharjah Stadium 11,073

Managers

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
Egypt Ayman Elramady Ajman 3 June 2016 2 years, 19 days
Argentina Rodolfo Arruabarrena Al Wasl 6 June 2016 2 years, 16 days
Brazil Paulo Comelli Dibba Al Fujairah 19 January 2017 1 year, 154 days
Croatia Zoran Mamić Al Ain 30 January 2017 1 year, 143 days
Romania Laurențiu Reghecampf Al Wahda 2 June 2017 1 year, 20 days
United Arab Emirates Abdulaziz Mohamed Sharjah 15 October 2017 250 days
United Arab Emirates Mahdi Ali Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai 2 December 2017 202 days
Serbia Goran Tufegdžić Baniyas 10 January 2018 163 days
Republic of Macedonia Gjoko Hadžievski Al Dhafra 13 January 2018 160 days
Brazil Jorvan Vieira Kalba 16 January 2018 157 days
Serbia Ivan Jovanović Al Nasr 19 January 2018 154 days
Syria Nizar Mahrous Emirates 20 April 2018 63 days
Al Jazira 0 days
Fujairah 0 days

List of champions

Source:[9]

Season Winner Runner-up
1973–74 Sharjah Al-Ahli
1974–75 Al-Ahli Sharjah
1975–76 Al-Ahli Al-Ain
1976–77 Al-Ain Sharjah
1977–78 Al-Nasr Al-Ain
1978–79 Al-Nasr Sharjah
1979–80 Al-Ahli Al-Shaab
1980–81 Al-Ain Al-Nasr
1981–82 Al-Wasl Sharjah
1982–83 Al-Wasl Sharjah
1983–84 Al-Ain Al-Wasl
1984–85 Al-Wasl Al-Shaab
1985–86 Al-Nasr Al-Wasl
1986–87 Sharjah Al-Wasl
1987–88 Al-Wasl Sharjah
1988–89 Sharjah Al-Wasl
1989–90 Al-Shabab Al-Wasl
1990–91 - -
1991–92 Al-Wasl Sharjah
1992–93 Al-Ain Al-Wasl
1993–94 Sharjah Al-Ain
1994–95 Al-Shabab Al-Ain
1995–96 Sharjah Al-Wasl
1996–97 Al-Wasl Al-Nasr
1997–98 Al-Ain Sharjah
1998–99 Al-Wahda Al-Ain
1999–00 Al-Ain Al-Nasr
2000–01 Al-Wahda Al-Ahli
2001–02 Al-Ain Al-Jazira
2002–03 Al-Ain Al-Wahda
2003–04 Al-Ain Al-Ahli
2004–05 Al-Wahda Al-Ain
2005–06 Al-Ahli Al-Wahda
2006–07 Al-Wasl Al-Wahda
2007–08 Al-Shabab Al-Jazira
2008–09 Al-Ahli Al-Jazira
2009–10 Al-Wahda Al-Jazira
2010–11 Al-Jazira Baniyas
2011–12 Al-Ain Al-Nasr
2012–13 Al-Ain Al-Ahli
2013–14 Al-Ahli Al-Wahda
2014–15 Al-Ain Al-Jazira
2015–16 Al-Ahli Al-Ain
2016–17 Al-Jazira Al-Wasl
2017–18 Al Ain Al Wahda

Notes
1. Al-Sharjah won its first championship in 1973–74 as Al-Oroba.
Notes
2. 1990-91 season was not completed due to Gulf War

Champions

Performance by club

Club Name Won Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
Al-Ain
13
7
1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18 1975–76, 1977–78, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2004–05, 2015–16
Al-Wasl
7
8
1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2006–07 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1995–96, 2016–17
Al-Ahli
7
4
1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2015–16 1973–74, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2012–13
Sharjah
5
8
1973–74, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1995–96 1974–75, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1997–98
Al-Wahda
4
5
1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2009–10 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14, 2017–18
Al-Nasr
3
4
1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86 1980–81, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2011–12
Al-Shabab
3
0
1989–90, 1994–95, 2007–08
Al-Jazira
2
5
2010–11, 2016–17 2001–02, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2014–15
Al-Shaab
0
2
1979–80, 1984–85
Baniyas
0
1
2009–10

As of July 2016 following clubs are officially allowed to wear stars while playing in the League, Each country's usage is unique and in UAE the practice is to award one star for each five titles won. The number in parentheses is for League titles won. [10]

In the summer of 2017 Al Shabab and Dubai clubs were merged with Al Ahli to form Shabab Al–Ahli, The newly formed club claimed all three former clubs achievements and placed two stars on their logos after adding Al Ahli's 7 titles with Al Shabab's 3 titles*

Performance by city

City / Area Titles Clubs Winning seasons
Dubai
20
Al-Wasl (7): 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2006–07
Al-Ahli (7): 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2015–16
Al-Nasr (3): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86
Al-Shabab (3): 1989–90, 1994–95, 2007–08
Al Ain
13
Al-Ain (13): 1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18
Abu Dhabi
6
Al-Wahda (4): 1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2009–10
Al-Jazira (2): 2010–11, 2016–17
Sharjah
5
Sharjah (5): 1973–74, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1995–96

Players

All-time top scorers

Source:[11]

Rank Nat Name Club Years Goals Apps
1 United Arab Emirates Fahad Khamees Al-Wasl 1980–1997 166 230
2 United Arab Emirates Mohammad Omar Al-Wasl
Al-Ain
Al-Jazira
Al-Dhafra
Al-Nasr
Ajman
1992–2011 132 237
3 United Arab Emirates Adnan Al Talyani Al-Shaab 1980–1999 129 232
4 United Arab Emirates Abdulaziz Mohamed Al-Sharjah N/A–2002 127 N/A
5 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Youssouf Atiq
Ahmed Abdullah
Al-Ahli
Al-Ain
1988–2002
1978–1995
117 N/A
6 United Arab Emirates Faisal Khalil Al-Ahli
Al-Wasl
Al-Shaab
1999–2013 114 302
7 United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout Al-Jazira 2009–Present 111 151
8 Ghana Asamoah Gyan Al-Ain
Al-Ahli
2011–2017 110 102
9 Brazil Anderson Barbosa Al-Sharjah
Al-Wasl
2002–2009 99 128
10 United Arab Emirates Ali Thani Al-Sharjah N/A 93 N/A

Top scorers by season

Season Player Club Goals
1974–75[12] United Arab Emirates Suhail Salim Al-Ahli 14
1975–76[13] Pakistan Ali Nawaz Baloch Al-Wahda 12
1976–77[13] Sudan Al Fadhel Santo Al-Nasr 10
1977–78[13] Tunisia Mohieddine Habita Al-Ain 20
1980–81[14] Ghana Karim Abdul Razak Emirates 14
1981–82[15] United Arab Emirates Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ain 12
1982–83[16] Brazil Carlos Al-Nasr 12
1983–84[17] United Arab Emirates Ahmed Abdullah
United Arab Emirates Fahad Khamees
Al-Ain
Al-Wasl
20
1984–85[18] United Arab Emirates Fahad Khamees
United Arab Emirates Adnan Al Talyani
Al-Wasl
Al-Shaab
14
1985–86[14][18] United Arab Emirates Mohammed Salem Al-Wahda 16
1986–87[14][18] United Arab Emirates Adnan Al Talyani
United Arab Emirates Khalil Ghanim
Al-Shaab
Al-Khaleej
13
1987–88[19] United Arab Emirates Zuhair Bakheet Al-Wasl 25
1988–89[20] United Arab Emirates Fahad Khamees Al-Wasl 14
1989–90[18] United Arab Emirates Hussain Yaslam Baniyas 16
1991–92[21][22] United Arab Emirates Youssouf Atiq Al-Ahli 25
1992–93[14][22] United Arab Emirates Saif Sultan Al-Ain 20
1993–94[14][23] United Arab Emirates Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Sharjah 18
1994–95[14][22] United Arab Emirates Bader Jassim Al-Wahda 10
1995–96[22][24] United Arab Emirates Jassim Al Dokhi Al-Shaab 10
1996–97[14][22] United Arab Emirates Bader Jassim Al-Wahda 11
1997–98[22] United Arab Emirates Ali Thani Al-Sharjah 18
1998–99[25] Senegal Alboury Lah Al-Wahda 29
1999–00[22][26] Senegal Alboury Lah Al-Wahda 18
2000–01[27][28] United Arab EmiratesQatar Mohammed Al Enazi Al-Wahda 22
2001–02[27][29] United Arab EmiratesQatar Mohammed Al Enazi Al-Wahda 22
2002–03[30] Chile Cristián Montecinos Dubai 19
2003–04[31] Iran Ali Karimi Al-Ahli 14
2004–05[16][32] Brazil Valdir
Brazil Anderson Barbosa
Al-Nasr
Al-Sharjah
23
2005–06[33] Brazil Anderson Barbosa Al-Sharjah 19
2006–07[34] Brazil Anderson Barbosa Al-Wasl 19
2007–08[35] United Arab Emirates Faisal Khalil
Brazil Anderson Barbosa
Al-Ahli
Al-Sharjah
16
2008–09[36] Brazil Fernando Baiano Al-Jazira 25
2009–10[37] Argentina José Sand Al-Ain 24
2010–11[38] Senegal André Senghor Baniyas 18
2011–12[39] Ghana Asamoah Gyan Al-Ain 22
2012–13[40] Ghana Asamoah Gyan Al-Ain 31
2013–14[41] Ghana Asamoah Gyan Al-Ain 29
2014–15 Montenegro Mirko Vučinić Al-Jazira 25
2015–16 Argentina Sebastián Tagliabué Al-Wahda 25
2016–17 United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout Al-Jazira 33
2017–18 Sweden Marcus Berg Al Ain 25

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External links

  • Official AGL Site (in English) (in Arabic)
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