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Belgium Football League

Founded 126 years ago in 1895, the Belgium Football League is the top football tournament for association football clubs in Belgium. Currently contested by 18 of the best football clubs in Belgium, the football league works on a promotion and relegation system, making it an exciting football event to bet on.

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About the Belgium Football League

The Belgium Football League, commonly referred to as the Belgian First Division A, is the top division of the Belgium football league system. The competition was created by the Royal Belgian Football Association in 1895 and it works on a relegation and promotion system with the Belgian First Division B.

The Belgian First Division A has seen 74 football clubs competing for the champions title since its creation, but only 16 of them have managed to actually claim it. RSC Anderlecht is the most successful club in the league, with 34 titles to their name. The Anderlecht-based club is followed by Club Brugge and Union Saint-Gilloise, the clubs having 17 and 11 Belgium Football League titles respectively.

Based on the performances in European football tournaments in the past few years, the Belgian First Division A currently holds the 8th position in the UEFA ranking of leagues. The tournament was given the 3rd rank when UEFA first published their rankings in 1979. Their 3rd rank in the late 1970s is also the best ranking that the football league has ever received.

Belgium Football League format

As mentioned earlier, the Belgium Football League works on a relegation and promotion system with the Belgian First Division B. During the regular season, which is conducted between August and April, each of the 18 teams in the league hosts every other team once for a total of 34 matches.

As with some other football tournaments, a win in the Belgium Football League earns 3 points, whereas a draw is given 1 point. If it happens that two teams have the same number of points, they are ranked by total wins, and then by goal difference, number of scored goals, and number of away points.

After the conclusion of the regular season, the playoff phase of the Belgium Football League is conducted in May. Here, the top four teams from the regular season play their opponent twice, and the club with the highest number of points wins the Belgium championship.

A look at the top Belgium Football League clubs

Since its creation in 1895, a number of football clubs have participated in the Belgium Football League. But as with any other sporting event, some teams have been more successful than others. Here’s a look at the top football clubs that compete in the Belgium Football League:

R.S.C Anderlecht

Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, commonly known as Anderlecht, is a professional football club based in Anderlecht. Founded in 1908, the club is renowned for being the most successful Belgian football team in European tournaments. The club has won the Belgium Football League a whopping 34 times, all thanks to the involvement of several popular footballers in its squad. Besides, Anderlecht has won nine Belgian Cups and it also holds the record for winning the most consecutive Belgium Football League titles.

Club Brugge KV

Founded in 1891, Club Brugge KV is another professional football club that competes in the Belgium Football League. A highly popular club in football betting markets, Club Brugge has been crowned as the Belgian league champion 17 times. Also, it has managed to reach two European finals as well as two European semi-finals in its long history. What’s more, Club Brugge is the only Belgian Football team that has played the finals of the European Cup to date.

Standard Liège

This football club was founded in 1898 and is another highly successful football team in Belgium. The club has won the Belgium Football League ten times, with their most recent win coming during the 2008-09 season. Besides, Standard Liège has won 8 Belgian Cups, and it is one of the few Belgian clubs that have reached the final of the European Winners’ Cup.

Belgium Football League past winners

Season Winner Runner-up Third Place
2020–21 Club Brugge Genk Antwerp FC
2019–20 Club Brugge Gent Charleroi
2018–19 Genk Club Brugge Standard Liège
2017–18 Club Brugge Standard Liège Anderlecht
2016–17 Anderlecht Club Brugge Gent
2015–16 Club Brugge Anderlecht Gent
2014–15 Gent Club Brugge Anderlecht
2013–14 Anderlecht Standard Liège Club Brugge
2012–13 Anderlecht SV Zulte Waregem Club Brugge
2011–12 Anderlecht Club Brugge Genk
2010–11 Genk Standard Liège Anderlecht
2009–10 Anderlecht Gent Club Brugge
2008–09 Standard Liège Anderlecht Club Brugge
2007–08 Standard Liège Anderlecht Club Brugge
2006–07 Anderlecht Genk Standard Liège
2005–06 Anderlecht Standard Liège Club Brugge
2004–05 Club Brugge Anderlecht Genk

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