Summary:

Domestic football in Iraq has been going on for almost a century. The earliest recorded tournament was the Casuals Cup that started in the 1923/24 season;[1] that tournament ran up until the end of the 1935/36 season and for a short period it ran alongside another tournament called the Prince Ghazi Cup that started in the 1931/32 season and ran up until the 1934/35 season.[2] However, it wasn’t until the 1948/49 season that a national league championship was held. Its name was the “Iraq FA Championship”, appropriately named following the foundation of the Iraq FA that same year.[3]

Between 1949 and 1956, there were no official tournaments held in Iraq, so most teams ended up playing friendly matches against teams from other countries. In 1956, the Iraq FA decided to run a national championship again. This time they named it as the “Iraq FA Cup Championship”. Although only Baghdad-based teams were allowed to compete, it was considered to be the national championship by the Iraq FA. The tournament was not played in a normal league format; instead it was played in a cup format with multiple knockout rounds leading to a final match to decide the winner.[4] In the 1961/62 season, the format of the competition changed and for the first time in Iraqi football, a round-robin league was held where each team played each of the other teams in the league once, rather than having knockout rounds or group stages. The 1965/66 season saw another change as the league became a double round-robin competition meaning each team played each other twice instead of once, and in 1973, teams from all around Iraq were allowed to compete, rather than just Baghdad-based teams.[5][6][7]

In 1974, the Iraq FA decided to form a new league, called the Iraqi National League, that was only allowed for football clubs or sports clubs. Prior to 1974, most teams were ‘institutions teams’ rather than actual clubs, so the foundation of this new league led to the formation or reformation of a number of clubs.[8] Meanwhile, the first edition of the Iraqi FA Cup was held in the 1975/76 season.[9] Two other national tournaments have been held since the foundation of the Iraqi Premier League. They are the Iraqi Elite Cup (also known as Umm Al-Ma’arik Cup (meaning Mother Of All Battles Cup) or Baghdad Championship) which was founded in 1991 and dissolved in 2003, and the Iraqi Super Cup which was played between 1997 and 2002 and was resurrected in 2016. In terms of continental titles, only three Iraqi clubs have managed to win a major one. Those are Al-Shorta (one Arab Club Championship), Al-Rasheed (three Arab Club Championships) and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (one AFC Cup). Al-Shorta also reached the final of the 1971 AFC Champions League but refused to play against their Israeli opponents in protest at the occupation of Palestine; with Israel’s subsequent expulsion from AFC, Al-Shorta are often considered to be the winners of that tournament.

Below, we have listed every national league and every national cup winner since the first ever national league championship was held in Iraq in 1948.

Season League Champions Cup Winners Elite Cup Winners Super Cup Winners
1948/49
Sharikat Naft Al-Basra
Not played Not played Not played
1949-56 Not played Not played Not played Not played
1956/57
Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
(now known as Amanat Baghdad)
Not played Not played Not played
1957/58
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Not played Not played Not played
1958/59
Amanat Al-Asima
(now known as Amanat Baghdad)
Not played Not played Not played
1959/60
Al-Athori
Not played Not played Not played
1960/61
Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
(now known as Amanat Baghdad)
Not played Not played Not played
1961/62
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Not played Not played Not played
1962/63
Madrasat Al-Shorta
(now known as Al-Shorta)
Not played Not played Not played
1963/64
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Not played Not played Not played
1964/65
Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
(now known as Amanat Baghdad)
Not played Not played Not played
1965/66
Al-Firqa Al-Thalatha
(now known as Al-Jaish)
Not played Not played Not played
1966/67 Not finished Not played Not played Not played
1967/68
Aliyat Al-Shorta
(now known as Al-Shorta)
Not played Not played Not played
1968/69
Aliyat Al-Shorta
(now known as Al-Shorta)
Not played Not played Not played
1969/70
Aliyat Al-Shorta
(now known as Al-Shorta)
Not played Not played Not played
1970/71
Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukab
(now known as Amanat Baghdad)
Not played Not played Not played
1971/72
Aliyat Al-Shorta
(now known as Al-Shorta)
Not played Not played Not played
1972/73
Al-Tayaran
(now known as Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)
Not played Not played Not played
1973/74
Al-Tayaran
(now known as Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)
Not played Not played Not played
1974/75
Al-Tayaran
(now known as Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)
Not played Not played Not played
1975/76
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played
1976/77
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played Not played
1977/78
Al-Minaa
Al-Tayaran
(now known as Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)
Not played Not played
1978/79
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played
1979/80
Al-Shorta
Al-Jaish
Not played Not played
1980/81
Al-Talaba
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played
1981/82
Al-Talaba
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played
1982/83
Salahaddin
Al-Jaish
Not played Not played
1983/84
Al-Jaish
Al-Sinaa
Not played Not played
1984/85 Not finished Not finished Not played Not played
1985/86
Al-Talaba
Not played Not played Not played
1986/87
Al-Rasheed
Al-Rasheed
Not played Not played
1987/88
Al-Rasheed
Al-Rasheed
Not played Not played
1988/89
Al-Rasheed
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played
1989/90
Al-Tayaran
(now known as Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played
1990/91
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played
1991/92
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Zawraa
Not played
1992/93
Al-Talaba
Al-Zawraa
Al-Talaba
Not played
1993/94
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Al-Talaba
Not played
1994/95
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Not played
1995/96
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Al-Talaba
Not played
1996/97
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
1997/98
Al-Shorta
Al-Zawraa
Al-Najaf
Al-Zawraa
1998/99
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Not played
1999/00
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
Al-Zawraa
2000/01
Al-Zawraa
Not played
Al-Shorta
Al-Zawraa
2001/02
Al-Talaba
Al-Talaba
Al-Shorta
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2002/03
Al-Shorta
Al-Talaba
Al-Shorta
Al-Talaba
2003/04 Not finished Not played
Al-Zawraa
Not played
2004/05
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Not played Not played Not played
2005/06
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played Not played
2006/07
Erbil
Not played Not played Not played
2007/08
Erbil
Not played Not played Not played
2008/09
Erbil
Not played Not played Not played
2009/10
Duhok
Not played Not played Not played
2010/11
Al-Zawraa
Not played Not played Not played
2011/12
Erbil
Not played Not played Not played
2012/13
Al-Shorta
Not finished Not played Not played
2013/14
Al-Shorta
Not played Not played Not played
2014/15
Naft Al-Wasat
Not played Not played Not played
2015/16
Al-Zawraa
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Not played Not played

List of Winners:

Team League Titles Cup Titles Elite Cup Titles Super Cup Titles OVERALL TITLES
Al-Zawraa
13 14 3 3 33
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
10 4 3 2 19
Al-Shorta
10 0 3 0 13
Al-Talaba
5 2 3 1 11
Amanat Baghdad
5 0 0 0 5
Al-Rasheed
3 2 0 0 5
Erbil
4 0 0 0 4
Al-Jaish
2 2 0 0 4
Naft Al-Wasat
1 0 0 0 1
Duhok
1 0 0 0 1
Salahaddin
1 0 0 0 1
Al-Minaa
1 0 0 0 1
Al-Athori
1 0 0 0 1
Sharikat Naft Al-Basra
1 0 0 0 1
Al-Sinaa
0 1 0 0 1
Al-Najaf
0 0 1 0 1

Iraqi Women’s Premier League:

The Iraqi Women’s Premier League was founded in 2015 and its first ever season was the 2015/16 season. It was played in a group stage format culminating in a third place playoff and the final. The third place playoff saw Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Ladies thrash Beladi Ladies 7-0, before Ghaz Al-Shamal Ladies defeated Zeravani Ladies 1-0 in the all-important final to claim the first ever Iraqi women’s title. The foundation of this league has provided a great boost for women’s football in Iraq and has brought the women’s game to another level.

Season Champions Score Runners-up
2015/16
Ghaz Al-Shamal
1-0
Zeravani