First League of the Republika Srpska

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First League of the Republika Srpska
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Founded1995
First season1995–96
CountryFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Premier League
Relegation to Second League of RS
Domestic cup(s) Bosnian Cup, Republika Srpska Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Europa Conference League
(The winner of the Bosnian Cup earns an automatic spot in the UEFA Europa Conference League)
Current champions Rudar Prijedor (3rd title)
(2020–21)
Most championships Borac Banja Luka (5 titles)
TV partners RTRS
Website First League RS (in Serbian)
Current: 2020–21 First League

The First League of the Republika Srpska (Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian: Prva liga Republike Srpske / Прва лига Републике Српске) is a second level football competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The league champion is promoted to the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Relegated teams, depending on how many get relegated, fall to the Second League of the Republika Srpska.

History

Separate and second tier league

Since there were three different football championships in the country, organized on ethnic principles, the "First League of the Republika Srpska" was the top flight in the Republika Srpska before 2002. However, the champions of this League were not recognized by UEFA. In 2002, the top clubs from the Republika Srpska joined the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the First League was kept as one of two second level divisions. It is still run by the Football Association of Republika Srpska, and has ended its boycott of Bosnian football on a federal level.

New format and expansion

The league changed format in the 2014–15 season and was split into two stages, the regular season and the playoffs. Each of the 12 competitors in the First League hosts every other team once in the regular season, for a total of 22 matches. A playoff phase is then played from April to May. The point system in the championship playoff is the same as during the regular season, except that each team starts with half of the points they won in the regular season, rounded up to the nearest integer. The points gained by rounding are deducted in the case of a tie. Similar systems are also used in the Belgian First Division A and the Polish Ekstraklasa.

The top six teams from the regular season enter the championship playoff, with the first-placed team winning the First League and teams ranked from 7 to 12 after the regular season enter the relegation playoffs. Each team plays their opponents once. The League champion is promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season, and the bottom clubs are relegated to the Second League of the Republika Srpska (third level). The number of relegated teams depends on how many clubs are entering the league. Those are the winners of the two third level league groups, the winner of the relegation play-off, and Republika Srpska clubs relegated from the Premier League. So, sometimes two clubs get relegated, and sometimes three or even four.

On 12 June 2020, it was confirmed that the league will be expanded from 10 to 16 teams in the 2020–21 season. [1]

Member clubs for 2020–21

TeamLast season
Zvijezda 09 Relegated
Rudar Prijedor 2.
Kozara Gradiška 3.
Željezničar Banja Luka 4.
Modriča 5.
Slavija Sarajevo 6.
Tekstilac Derventa 7.
Podrinje Janja 8.
Jedinstvo Brčko 9.
Borac Kozarska Dubica Promoted
Leotar Promoted
Drina Zvornik Invited [2]
Ljubić Prnjavor Invited [3]
Sloboda Novi Grad Invited [4]
Sloga Doboj Invited [5]
Sutjeska Foča Invited [6]

League champions

Previous champions and winners of the league are: [7]

SeasonChampionRunners UpTop GoalscorerClubGoals
1995–96 Boksit Milići Rudar Prijedor Siniša Đurić
Zoran Majstorović
Kozara Gradiška
Boksit Milići
16 Goals
16 Goals
1996–97 Rudar Ugljevik Sloga Trn Mladen Zgonjanin
Marić
Sloga Trn
Glasinac Sokolac
14 Goals
14 Goals
1997–98 Rudar Ugljevik Borac Banja Luka Nikola Bala Rudar Ugljevik 31 Goals
1998–99 Radnik Bijeljina Rudar Ugljevik Mladen Zgonjanin Sloga Trn 23 Goals
1999–2000 Boksit Milići Rudar Ugljevik Nedo Zdjelar Sloboda Novi Grad 29 Goals
2000–01 Borac Banja Luka Sloboda Novi Grad Milanko Đerić Boksit Milići 26 Goals
2001–02 Leotar Kozara Gradiška Pavle Delibašić
Siniša Jovanović
Leotar
Glasinac Sokolac
21 Goals
21 Goals

Since the 2002–03 season, it became a second national level competition. League champion gets direct promotion to the Premier League.

Performance by club

ClubWinnersWinning years
Borac Banja Luka
5
2001, 2006, 2008, 2017, 2019
Radnik Bijeljina
3
1999, 2005, 2012
Rudar Prijedor
3
2009, 2015, 2021
Rudar Ugljevik
2
1997, 1998
Boksit Milići
2
1996, 2000
Drina Zvornik
2
2010, 2014
Krupa
2
2016, 2020
Leotar
1
2002
Alfa Modriča
1
2003
Slavija Sarajevo
1
2004
Laktaši
1
2007
Kozara Gradiška
1
2011
Mladost Velika Obarska
1
2013
Zvijezda 09
1
2018

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