PrvaLiga – Slovenia (League Review)

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PrvaLiga is the top division in Slovenia and is known as PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije for sponsoring purposes. It’s a very young league as it was founded in 1991 and is a part of the UEFA confederation.

 

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The season of PrvaLiga starts in beginning of July and ends in late May. There are ten teams competing in the league, each team plays others four times – twice at home and twice away resulting in 36 game weeks. The bottom placed team is automatically relegated to the Second Slovenian Division while second to last plays in the Playoffs against second placed team from 2nd Division. The Champions qualify for UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round and teams placed 2nd-4th qualify for UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round depending on winner/runner-up of Slovenian Cup.


Overview

Country: Slovenia
Confederation: UEFA
Founded: 1991
Number of teams: 10
Level on the pyramid: 1
Domestic cup: Slovenian Cup
International cup: UEFA Champions League (2nd qualifying round)
Current champions: Maribor
Average range of annual salaries: approx. €24,000
Transfer window: 1st January – 31st January and 20th June – 31st August
Season duration: March – November
Number of allowed foreign players per team: 3 foreign players per matchday
Average stadium attendances: 983


Teams

Celje
Domžale
Gorica
Koper
Krka
Maribor
Olimpija
Radomlje
Rudar
Zavrč

Maribor has won the most league titles, 12 and also the most league doubles as they’ve won the league and domestic cup four times in the same season. They are followed by Olimpija and Gorica who have both won it four times.

 

A League made of young local players and foreigners

The average age of players in the top Slovenian division is 24,1 years which is the result of clubs turning to their youth academies for players and therefore developing home-grown first team players. There are currently 96 players from countries other than Slovenia, where the most come from Croatia, 45, which accounts for 47%. Interestingly out of all Croatian players in PrvaLiga 22 play for Zavrč. Nine players come from Italy, where most play for Gorica as they are on loan from neighboring Italian clubs. Eight players come from Bosnia-Herzegovina and seven came from Nigeria. The clubs can name no more than 3 non-EU players on their match squad.

 

Transfers

Clubs are able to sign players in two transfer windows, the summer one lasts from 20th June to 31st August and the winter one last for the whole month of January while it’s extended until 9th February for domestic transfers. The average annual salary is around 24,000€. Most transfers happen between the clubs from PrvaLiga as 31 players exchanged clubs in the top flight followed by Slovenian Second Division from where 19 players joined. Next is Serie A with 16 and First Croatian Division with 11. One also joined from USA, namely the NASL – Ramon Soria Alonso, who recently joined Celje after making contact with an agent through Fieldoo. Ramon already made his debut and was chosen in the PrvaLiga team of the week in his second appereance.

 

 

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