Football leagues

Overviews and historical facts about football leagues.

Top European leagues

Collection of articles of the top-flight leagues in Europe. Other leagues follows further down.

Premier League

Premier League logoThe top-level division in England. Founded in 1992 (previously English Football League).

Premier League

Spanish La Liga

La Liga logoThe football league in Spain. Founded in 1929.

La Liga

Italian Serie A

Serie A logoThe top-level division in Italy. Founded in 1929 (with prehistory since 1898).

Serie A

French Ligue 1

Ligue 1 logoThe top-level division in France. Founded in 2002 (previously Division 1).

Ligue 1

Portuguese Primeira Liga

Turkish Süper Lig logoThe top-level division in Portugal. Founded in 1934.

Primeira Liga

Scottish Premiership

Scottish Professional Football League logoThe top-level division in Scotland. Founded in 1890 (a.k.a. Scottish Championship).

Scottish Premiership

Polish Ekstraklasa

Ekstraklasa logoThe top-level division in Poland. Founded in 1927 (previously Polska Liga Piłki Nożnej).


Greek Super League

Greek Super League logoThe top-level division in Greece. Founded in 1959 (previously A National).

Greek Super League

Turkish Süper Lig

Turkish Süper Lig logoThe top-level division in Turkey. Founded in 1959 (previously Milli Lig).

Süper Lig

Russian Premier League (Premjer-Liga)

Russian Premier League logoThe top-level division in Russia. Founded in 1992.

Russian Premier League

Swiss Super League (Raiffeisen Football League)

Swiss Football League logoThe top-level division in Switzerland. Founded in 1898 (previously Swiss Serie A).

Swiss Super League

Ukrainian Premier League

Ukrainian Premier League logoThe top-level division in Ukraine. Founded in 2008 (previously Vyshcha Liha).

Ukrainian Premier League

Croatian Prva Liga

Turkish Süper Lig logoThe top-level division in Croatia. Founded in 1991 after the closure of the Yugoslav First League. Commonly abbreviated Prva HNL.

Prva Liga

Leagues overview

Table 1. Football domestic top leagues
Name Country Founded
La Liga Spain 1929
Bundesliga Germany 1962
Ekstraklasa Poland 1992
Prva hrvatska nogometna liga Croatia 1992
Jupiler League Belgium 1895
Premjer-Liga Russia 1992
Persha Liha Ukraine 1992
Synot liga Czech Republic 1993
Nemzeti Bajnokság Hungary 1901
Premier League England 1992
A Profesionalna Futbolna Grupa Bulgaria 1924
Österreichische Fußball-Bundesliga Austria 1974
Swiss Super League Switzerland 1898
Superleague Greece Greece 1927
Allsvenskan Sweden 1924
Tippeligan Norway 1937
Super League Greece 1927
Superligaen Denmark 1991
Veikkausliiga Finland 1990
Primera División de Argentina Argentina 1891
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Brazil 1959
Liga MX Mexico 1943
Major League Soccer USA 1993

The oldest leagues

The oldest of all league is English Football League. The league still exists, but the top-flight is since 1992 replaced with the Premier League.

Table 2. Football leagues after establishment
Name Country Founded
English Football League England 1888
Scottish Football League Scotland 1890
Primera División de Argentina Argentina 1891
Calcutta Football League India 1898
Nemzeti Bajnokság Hungary 1901
Campeonato Paulista Brazil 1902

Dissolved leagues

Some no longer existing leagues.

Table 3. Dissolved football leagues
Name Country Existence
The Combination England 1888-1911
Football Alliance England 1889-1892
Istanbul Football League1 Turkey 1905-1959
Yugoslav First League Yugoslavia 1923-1992
Soviet Top League Soviet 1936-1991

1. Originally called Istanbul Sunday League. It was later renamed Istanbul Friday League before becoming the Istanbul Football League.