First League

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First League
Deiza-liga.png
Country Flag of Shaelia Shaelia
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded tbd, YYYY
Number of teams 20
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Ganiliga
Relegation to Saza Liga
Domestic cup(s) Cup of the Shaels
FOENA Cup
Current Shaelic Cup tbd (xxx title)
(2017)
Most Shaelic Cups tbd (xx titles)
Website www.deizaliga.sh
33px 2015 Diza Liga season

The First League (Shaelic: Diza Liga), known as the Bank of Shaelia First League (Shaelic: Šaegéloda Deiza Liga) for sponsorship reasons, is the second tier football competition in the country. It was founded in 19XX as a 12-club competition for clubs. As of the 2015 season, its twenty member clubs average more than 9,000 spectators per game. At the conclusion of each season one or two clubs are promoted to the Ganiliga, and three clubs are relegated to the Saza Liga and replaced by the top finishing clubs in that league for the following season.

History

Origins

Foundation

The competition

Regular season

The twenty clubs in Diza Liga play a 38-game regular season schedule, for a total of 380 games. The season starts in March and runs through October. Each club plays every other club in the table two times (once at home and once on the road). Clubs earn three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. Clubs are ranked in the league table by total points earned, then goal difference, and then goals scored. If two or more clubs are still tied on points, then head-to-head record is the determining factor.

The club finishing with the most total points after the 38-game regular season schedule is crowned the Diza Liga Champion (Shaelic: Diza Ligada Aviatau, or more commonly by the colloquial form Diliavia.

Club movement

Promotion

Relegation

TBD - The club finishing last in the regular season table is automatically relegated to the Deiza Liga for the next season. The club finishing 17th enters the Promotion Playoffs with clubs finishing in the second, third, and fourth spots of the Deiza Liga regular season table. Match-ups are scheduled as follows:

  • Ganiliga #17 hosts Deiza Liga #4
  • Deiza Liga #2 hosts Deiza Liga #3
  • Winners meet for Ganiliga spot

Financials

Sponsorships

Salary structure

Media coverage

Clubs

Academy system

Rivalries and derbies