For over a hundred years now, Iraq football has been the passion of Iraqis across the country.
With a strong national team and top local league, Iraqi football has gained local and Arab popularity.
Today, at Iraq Football, we will show you why local football is huge in this country as we review everything related to the national team and the local leagues, as well as key players and the team’s achievements.
Via the Iraq Football website, you will also be able to broadcast the live matches of the Iraq national football team as well as all the local leagues.
It has been governed by the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) since 1948. The “Lions of Mesopotamia” are one of the eight countries currently in the AFC to win the Asian Cup.
|12||Goalkeeper||Jalal Hassan||18 May 1991 (age 31)||63||0|
|1||Goalkeeper||Dolvan Mahdi||27 October 1993 (age 28)||0||0|
|20||Goalkeeper||Hassan Ahmed||4 October 1999 (age 23)||0||0|
|2||Defender||Manaf Younis||16 November 1996 (age 25)||10||0|
|3||Defender||Hamza Adnan||8 February 1996 (age 26)||3||0|
|13||Defender||Ahmed Abdul-Hussein||22 October 1997 (age 24)||3||0|
|22||Defender||Merchas Doski||7 December 1999 (aged 22)||2||0|
|5||Defender||Karrar Amer||16 October 1994 (age 28)||1||0|
|21||Defender||Abbas Mohamad||15 June 1998 (age 24)||1||0|
|4||Defender||Zaid Tahseen||29 January 2001 (age 21)||1||0|
|23||Defender||Alai Ghasem||16 February 2003 (age 19)||1||0|
|14||Midfielder||Amjad Attwan||12 March 1997 (age 25)||64||1|
|8||Midfielder||Hussein Ali||29 November 1996 (age 25)||44||5|
|9||Midfielder||Ibrahim Bayesh||1 May 2000 (age 22)||30||3|
|7||Midfielder||Sherko Karim||25 May 1996 (age 26)||16||1|
|15||Midfielder||Mohammed Ali Abboud||1 October 2000 (age 22)||9||0|
|16||Midfielder||Amir Al-Ammari||27 July 1997 (age 25)||8||1|
|10||Midfielder||Hassan Abdul-Karim||1 January 1999 (age 23)||8||1|
|11||Midfielder||Hiran Ahmed||6 April 2000 (age 22)||2||0|
|17||Midfielder||Shihab Razzaq||7 October 1995 (age 27)||1||0|
|6||Midfielder||Rewan Amin||8 January 1996 (age 26)||1||0|
|18||Forward||Aymen Hussein||22 March 1996 (age 26)||53||11|
|19||Forward||Aso Rostam||1 December 1994 (age 27)||2||0|
|Rank||Name||Caps||First Appearance||Last appearance|
|1||Yunus Mahmoud||148||19 July 2002||29 March 2016|
|2||Hussein Saeed||137||5 September 1976||3 March 1990|
|3||Alla Abdel Zahra||126||8 June 2007||11 November 2021|
|4||Adnan Derjal||121||11 December 1978||3 March 1990|
|4||Ahmad Radi||121||21 February 1982||20 June 1997|
|5||Ahmad Ibrahim||118||11 November 2010||29 March 2022|
|6||Nashat Akram||113||5 October 2001||4 June 2013|
|6||Huwar Mala Mohammad||113||31 August 2001||12 June 2012|
|6||Ali Hussein Rahime||113||8 June 2005||29 March 2016|
|7||Mahdi Kareem||110||12 October 2001||28 February 2018|
|9||Huwar Mala Mohammad||20||113||0.18||2001–2012|
Apart from a strong national team that has achieved many honors, Iraq Football has a strong first division whereby players from all over the world join the top clubs with high achievements, locally and continentally.
First let’s take a look at the Football system in Iraq:
Promotion and relegation rules for All the levels
The Iraqi premier league is governed by The Iraqi Football Assoiation (IFA) since its formation in 1974.
20 clubs contest against each other for the chance of winning the title and qualifying for the AFC champions league or AFC cup.
The main thing to avoid is to finish at the bottom four and get relegated to Iraq Fiest Division.
80 teams have taken part in at least a single round of the Iraqi Premier League since its first season in 1974–75 up until the 2022–23 season (not counting the qualifying rounds of the 2000–01 season). The teams in bold are competing in the Iraqi Premier League in the 2022–23 season. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Shorta are the only teams to have played in every single one of the 49 Iraqi Premier League seasons.
|Rank||Team||Titles||Runner Ups||Winning Seasons|
|1||Al Zawraa||14||7||1975–76، 1976–77، 1978–79، 1990–91، 1993–94، 1994–95، 1995–96، 1998–99، 1999–2000، 2000–01، 2005–06، 2010–11، 2015–16، 2017–18|
|2||Al Kowwa al Jawiyye||7||13||1974–75، 1989–90، 1991–92، 1996–97، 2004–05، 2016–17، 2020–21|
|3||Al Talaba||5||6||1980–81، 1981–82، 1985–86، 1992–93، 2001–02|
|4||Al Shurta||5||2||1979–80، 1997–98، 2012–13، 2018–19، 2021–22|
|5||Erbil||4||2||2006–07، 2007–08، 2008–09، 2011–12|
|6||Al Rashid||3||2||1986–87، 1987–88، 1988–89|
|8||Naft Al Wasat||1||1||2014–15|
|Rank||Player||Goals||First App||Last App|
|7||Yunis Abed Ali||157||1983||2000|
|10||Alaa Abdel Zahra||143||2004||2022|
Some Argue that Oussama Rachid is the best Iraqi Footballer, but surely opinions differ.
Iraq National Football team’s highest FIFA rank is 39th place in 1986 where h#they made their only FIFA world cup appearance.
Football in Iraqw is the most popular sport and hobby among the citizens.
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