The Iraq FA was formed in 1948 with a central Football Association in Baghdad and branches in the provinces of Kirkuk and Basra and there were leagues in each of these provinces. The winners below are from the Baghdad League (short for its official name, Iraq FA League for the Baghdad region). The league started on November 5, 1948.
In 1956 the format of the Baghdad League was changed to a cup competition. In 1961 it returned to a league format. However, from 1948 to 1973 it was the same competition.
League Format 1948/49 Kuliya Al-Askariya 1949/50 Haris Al-Maliki 1950/51 Haris Al-Maliki 1951/52 Haris Al-Maliki 1952/53 Haris Al-Maliki 1953/54 Haris Al-Maliki 1954/55 Haris Al-Maliki 1955/56 Haris Al-Maliki NB: in 1949 an additional national tournament was held involving the best sides from Baghdad, Kirkuk and Basra, won by Sharakat Nafat Al-Basra. Cup Format (aka Iraqi FA Cup Championship) 1956/57 Al-Maslaha Naqil Al-Rakab 1957/58 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1958/59 Amana Al-Asama 1959/60 Nadi Athori [aka Assyrian SC] 1960/61 Al-Maslaha Naqil Al-Rakab NB: see also FA Cup tournament after 1972. League of the Institutes (Dawr Al-Nadi wa Muassasat) of Baghdad 1961/62 Al-Quwa Al-Jawia 1962/63 Madrasa Al-Shurta 1963/64 Al-Quwa Al-Jawia 1964/65 Al-Maslaha Naqil Al-Rakab 1965/66 Al-Farqa Al-Thalatha 1966/67 abandoned after Six-Day War in June 1967 1967/68 Aliyat Al-Shurta 1968/69 Aliyat Al-Shurta 1969/70 Aliyat Al-Shurta 1970/71 Al-Maslaha Naqil Al-Rakab 1971/72 Aliyat Al-Shurta 1972/73 Al-Tayaran (= Al-Quwa Al-Jawia)
1974/75 Al-Tayaran 1975/76 Al-Zawra 1976/77 Al-Zawra 1977/78 Al-Mina 1978/79 Al-Zawra 1979/80 Al-Shurta 1980/81 Al-Talaba 1981/82 Al-Talaba 1982/83 Salah-Al-Deen 1983/84 Al-Jaish 1984/85 abandoned 1985/86 Al-Talaba 1986/87 Al-Rasheed 1987/88 Al-Rasheed 1988/89 Al-Rasheed 1989/90 Al-Tayaran 1990/91 Al-Zawra 1991/92 Al-Quwa Al-Jawia 1992/93 Al-Talaba 1993/94 Al-Zawra 1994/95 Al-Zawra 1995/96 Al-Zawra 1996/97 Al-Quwa Al-Jawia 1997/98 Al-Shurta 1998/99 Al-Zawra 1999/00 Al-Zawra Premier League (Dawri Al-Nokba) 2000/01 Al-Zawra 2001/02 Al-Talaba 2002/03 abandoned 2003/04 abandoned 2004/05 Al-Quwa Al-Jawia 2005/06 Al-Zawra 2006/07 Arbil 2007/08 Arbil 2008/09 Arbil 2009/10 Duhok 2010/11 Al-Zawra 2011/12 Arbil 2012/13 Al-Shurta 2013/14 abandoned 2014/15 Nafit Al-Wasat 2015/16 Al-Zawra 2016/17 Al-Quwa Al-Jawia 2017/18 Al-Zawra 2018/19 Al-Shurta 2019/20 abandoned 2020 abandoned 2020/21 Al-Quwa Al-Jawia 2021/22 Al-Shurta 2022/23 Al-Shurta Number of Titles (44; since 1974/75) 14 Al-Zawra (Baghdad) 7 Al-Quwa Al-Jawia (Baghdad) [includes Al-Tayaran] 6 Al-Shurta (Baghdad) 5 Al-Talaba (Baghdad) 4 Arbil (Arbil) 3 Al-Rasheed (Baghdad) 1 Duhok (Duhok) Al-Jaish (Baghdad) Al-Mina (Basra) Nafit Al-Wasat (Najaf) Salah-Al-Deen (Tikrit) Some notes on team names: Haris Al-Maliki (Royal Guards) were disbanded in 1956; Kuliya Al-Askariya (Military Academy) had its FA membership withdrawn in 1974 but continued as an army team up until 1991; Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (Air Force) renamed Al-Tayaran (Airlines) in 1968 and reverted to Air Force at the beginning of season 1991-92; Maslaha Naqil Al-Rakab (Passenger Transport Department); Fareeka Al-Thalatha (Third Battalion) renamed Salah-Al-Deen in 1973 and next season merged with Al-Jaish (Army); Al-Jamiaa (University) renamed Al-Talaba (Students) in 1978; Al-Shurta (Police) were named Quwat Al-Emen Al-Dakhili (Internal Security Forces) in 1984; Al-Rasheed renamed Al-Karkh at the beginning of 1991; Baladiyat (Municipalities) renamed Amana in 1977; Iktisad renamed Tijara (Trade) in 1978; Wahid Huzairan (First of June) renamed Kirkuk; The Kurdish name for the city of Arbil is Hawlar. NB: for more details on the name changes and mergers before the 1974/75 season, see the notes in the 1974/75 season file.
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