Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 20:10 pm (KSA) 17:10 pm (GMT)

Saudi League first among Arabs in annual ranking

The Saudi Professional League Commission's logo
The Saudi Professional League Commission's logo

Saudi Arabia’s Premier League ranked first among Arab states in the International Federation of Football History and Statistics’ annual ranking of world leagues, coming in 16th overall, the federation said Tuesday.

The Saudi league, comprising 12 teams, jumped 52 places from last year to be named the best Arab league in the IFFHS’ ranking with 288 points, followed by Egypt, which secured the 23rd spot, Libya at 28th, Algeria at 34th and Syria following at 35th.

 Saudis made good use of the extraordinary performances of their clubs which participated in AFC Champions league 
IFFHS member Mansour Abdulla

“Saudis made good use of the extraordinary performances of their clubs which participated in AFC Champions league,” IFFHS member Mansour Abdulla told Al Arabiya.

“We did not change our standards since launching the annual ranking in 1991. However, the Saudi league benefited from a high level of competition between several strong sides that fought hard to win the title.”

 We did not change our standards since launching the annual ranking in 1991. However, the Saudi league benefited from a high level of competition between several strong sides that fought hard to win the title 
Abdulla

Abdulla stressed that Saudis could make it into the top 10 next “should they keep improving and maintain their terrific results on the Asian level.” Three of the four Saudi teams that made it to AFC Champions league did not proceed to the third round.

Rankings are based on the number of points that each team in the continental competitions and local matches, which must FIFA approved, earn. Regional matches garner nine points for a win, while local matches earn the winner two points.

At the international level the English Premier League ranked first with 616 points followed closely by Brazil at 602 points with Argentina coming in a distant third with 515 points.

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