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ADNOC Pro League
Organising body Pro League Committee
Founded1973; 51 years ago (1973)
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Confederation AFC
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to First Division League
Domestic cup(s) UAE President's Cup
UAE Super Cup
League cup(s) UAE League Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League Elite
AFC Champions League Two
Current champions Al Wasl FC (8th title)
( 2023–24)
Most championships Al Ain (14 titles)
TV partners Abu Dhabi Sports
Dubai Sports
Sharjah Sports
Fanseat
Website uaeproleague.ae
Current: 2023–24 season

The UAE Pro League ( Arabic: دوري المحترفين الإماراتي), known for sponsorship reasons as the ADNOC Pro League, [1] is the top professional football league in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first team to win the title was Al Orouba (Sharjah), whilst Al Ain has the record with 14 league titles to their name. Fourteen clubs compete in the League that operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the First Division League.

The League was founded in 1973 as the UAE Football League. The first 1973–74 season was a "trial" championship but was declared official by the UAE FA in 2001. [2] In February 2007, the Pro League Committee was formed, and became the organising body of the League.

Name change

Starting from the 2006–07 season the name was changed from UAE League to Etisalat League. And since the 2013–14 season, the name was changed from Etisalat Pro League to Arabian Gulf League, which was named after the Arabian Gulf as per the chairman of Pro League Committee. [3] However, the name change has been viewed as a revival of the Persian Gulf naming dispute [4] with Iran accusing the United Arab Emirates of bigotry, [5] and the Iranian Football Federation barring the transfer of Javad Nekounam to a UAE club. [6] After about four months of the name change a 70 million AED one-year renewable partnership deal was announced with Arabian Gulf Development to be named Official Title Partner. [7] [8] [9] On 8 August, the Pro League signed a new partnership deal with ADNOC worth 80 million AED, from the start of the 2021–22 season, the league was renamed to the UAE's ADNOC Pro League. [1]

Ranking

As of 26 May 2024 [10]

Ranking Member association
(L: League, C: Cup, LC: League cup)
Club points Total 2025–26 Competition
2023–24 2022
[11]
Mvmt Region 2015
(×0.3)
2016
(×0.4)
2017
(×0.5)
2018
(×0.6)
2019
(×0.7)
2021
(×0.8)
2022
(×0.9)
2023–24
(×1.0)
ACL Elite ACL Two Challenge
1 1 Same position W 1 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia ( L, C) 15.250 9.500 18.600 10.000 26.350 20.950 19.075 27.100 103.148 3+0 1+0 0
2 2 Same position E 1 Japan Japan ( L, C, LC) 15.250 10.500 21.850 13.850 21.800 17.875 20.088 21.350 96.999 3+0 1+0 0
3 3 Same position E 2 South Korea South Korea ( L, C) 16.750 20.750 9.950 18.350 13.600 22.750 15.800 22.350 93.600 2+1 1+0 0
4 6 Rise +2 W 2 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates (L, C) 25.000 18.000 11.350 8.100 7.633 14.400 8.083 24.000 73.373 2+1 1+0 0

Clubs

Member clubs (2023–24)

Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
Club Home city Stadium Capacity
Ajman Ajman Ajman Stadium 5,537
Al Ain Al-Ain Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium 22,965
Al Bataeh Al Bataeh Al Bataeh Stadium 2,000
Al Jazira Abu Dhabi ( Al Nahyan) Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium 42,056
Al Nasr Dubai ( Oud Metha) Al-Maktoum Stadium 15,058
Al Wahda Abu Dhabi ( Al Nahyan) Al Nahyan Stadium 12,201
Al Wasl Dubai ( Zabeel) Zabeel Stadium 8,439
Baniyas Abu Dhabi ( Al Shamkha) Baniyas Stadium 10,000
Emirates Ras Al Khaimah Emirates Club Stadium 5,200
Hatta Hatta Hamdan Bin Rashid Stadium 5,000
Kalba Kalba Ittihad Kalba Stadium 8,500
Khor Fakkan Khor Fakkan Saqr bin Mohammad al Qassimi Stadium 7,500
Shabab Al Ahli Dubai ( Deira) Rashid Stadium 12,052
Sharjah Sharjah Sharjah Stadium 20,000

Prior to UAE League's transition to the professional era in 2008, many clubs have competed in the country's top tier division from 1973–74 to 2007–08. The below list is clubs that have competed in the UAE top-tier league since the Pro League era starting in 2008–09.

Seasons in Pro League

Notes:

  • Italtics indicates that the club no longer exists
  • Bold indicates that the club is still competing in the UAE Pro League as of 2023–24

Managers

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time in charge
Romania Cosmin Olăroiu Sharjah 10 November 2021 894 days
Serbia Marko Nikolić Shabab Al-Ahli 2 June 2023 325 days
Serbia Miloš Milojević Al Wasl
Slovenia Darko Milanič Baniyas 8 June 2023 319 day
Italy Fabio Viviani Hatta 5 September 2023 230 days
Romania Daniel Isăilă Ajman 3 October 2023 202 days
Montenegro Nebojša Jovović Khor Fakkan 28 October 2023 177 days
Argentina Hernán Crespo Al Ain 14 November 2023 160 days
Netherlands Alfred Schreuder Al Nasr 27 November 2023 147 days
Serbia Goran Tufegdžić Al Wahda 3 January 2024 110 days
Romania Mirel Rădoi Al Jazira 5 January 2024 108 days
Italy Walter Zenga Emirates
Croatia Goran Tomić Al Bataeh 7 January 2024 106 days
Iraq Ghazi Fahad Ittihad Kalba 2 March 2024 51 days

List of champions

Source: [12]

No Season Champion Runner up
  1 1973–74 Sharjah Al Ahli
  2 1974–75 Al Ahli Sharjah
  3 1975–76 Al Ain
  4 1976–77 Al Ain Sharjah
  5 1977–78 Al Nasr Al Ain
  6 1978–79 Sharjah
  7 1979–80 Al Ahli Al Shaab
  8 1980–81 Al Ain Al Nasr
  9 1981–82 Al Wasl Al Ain
  10 1982–83 Sharjah
  11 1983–84 Al Ain Al Wasl
  12 1984–85 Al Wasl Al Shaab
  13 1985–86 Al Nasr Al Wasl
  14 1986–87 Sharjah
  15 1987–88 Al Wasl Sjarjah
  16 1988–89 Sharjah Al Wasl
  17 1989–90 Al Shabab
× 1990–91 Cancelled a
  18 1991–92 Al Wasl Sharjah
  19 1992–93 Al Ain Al Wasl
  20 1993–94 Sharjah Al Ain
  21 1994–95 Al Shabab
  22 1995–96 Sharjah Al Wasl
  23 1996–97 Al Wasl Al Nasr
  24 1997–98 Al Ain Sharjah
  25 1998–99 Al Wahda Al Ain
  26 1999–2000 Al Ain Al Nasr
  27 2000–01 Al Wahda Al Ahli
  28 2001–02 Al Ain Al Jazira
  29 2002–03 Al Wahda
  30 2003–04 Al Shabab
  31 2004–05 Al Wahda Al Ain
  32 2005–06 Al Ahli Al Wahda
  33 2006–07 Al Wasl
  34 2007–08 Al Shabab Al Jazira
  35 2008–09 Al Ahli
  36 2009–10 Al Wahda
  37 2010–11 Al Jazira Baniyas
  38 2011–12 Al Ain Al Nasr
  39 2012–13 Al Ahli
  40 2013–14 Al Ahli Al Wahda
  41 2014–15 Al Ain Al Jazira
  42 2015–16 Al Ahli Al Ain
  43 2016–17 Al Jazira Al Wasl
  44 2017–18 Al Ain Al Wahda
  45 2018–19 Sharjah Shabab Al Ahli
× 2019–20 Cancelled b
  46 2020–21 Al Jazira Baniyas
  47 2021–22 Al Ain Sharjah
  48 2022–23 Shabab Al Ahli Al Ain
  49 2023–24 Al Wasl Shabab Al Ahli

Notes
1. ^ Competition cancelled due to Gulf War
2. ^ Competition cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates [13]

Champions

Performance by club

As of 2023 following clubs are officially allowed to wear stars while playing in the League, Each country's usage is unique and in UAE the practice is to award one star for each five titles won. The number in parentheses is for League titles won. [14]

Club Won Runners-up Winning seasons
Al Ain
14
9
1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2021–22
Shabab Al Ahli
8
4
1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2022–23
Al Wasl
7
8
1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2006–07
Sharjah
6
7
1973–74, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1995–96, 2018–19
Al Wahda
4
5
1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2009–10
Al Jazira
3
5
2010–11, 2016–17, 2020–21
Al Nasr
4
1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86
Al Shabab c
3
1
1989–90, 1994–95, 2007–08
Al Shaab d
0
2
Baniyas
0
2

Notes
1. ^ Al Shabab along with Dubai CSC merged into Al-Ahli form Shabab Al Ahli in 2017
2. ^ Al Shaab dissolved in 2017

Performance by city

City / Area Titles Clubs Winning seasons
Dubai
21
Al Ahli (8): 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2022–23
Al Wasl (7): 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2006–07
Al Nasr (3): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86
Al Shabab (3): 1989–90, 1994–95, 2007–08
Al Ain
14
Al Ain (14): 1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2021–22
Abu Dhabi
7
Al Wahda (4): 1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2009–10
Al Jazira (3): 2010–11, 2016–17, 2020–21
Sharjah
6
Sharjah (6): 1973–74, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1995–96, 2018–19

Performance by emirates

Emirates Titles Clubs Winning seasons
Abu Dhabi
21
Al Ain (14): 1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2021–22
Al Wahda (4): 1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2009–10
Al Jazira (3): 2010–11, 2016–17, 2020–21
Dubai Al Ahli (8): 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2022–23
Al Wasl (7): 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2006–07
Al Nasr (3): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86
Al Shabab (3): 1989–90, 1994–95, 2007–08
Sharjah
6
Sharjah (6): 1973–74, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1995–96, 2018–19

Players

All-time top scorers

Source: [15]

Rank Nat Name Club Years Goals Apps
1 United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout Al Jazira 2009– 218 298
2 Argentina United Arab Emirates Sebastián Tagliabúe Al Wahda
Al Nasr
Sharjah
2013– 184 239
3 United Arab Emirates Fahad Khamees Al Wasl 1980–1997 175
4 Brazil United Arab Emirates Fábio Lima Al Wasl 2014– 164 215
5 United Arab Emirates Adnan Al Talyani Al Shaab 1980–1999 133
6 United Arab Emirates Mohammad Omar Al Wasl
Al Ain
Al Jazira
Al Dhafra
Al Nasr
Ajman
1992–2011 132
7 Abdulaziz Mohamed Sharjah 1980–2003 127
8 Ahmed Abdullah Al Ain 1978–1995 122
9 Atiq Hassan Al Ahli 1988–2002 119
10 Faisal Khalil Al Ahli
Al Wasl
Al Shaab
1999–2013 114 302
11 Senegal Makhete Diop Al Dhafra
Shabab Al Ahli
Sharjah
2011–2018, 2021–2023 108 180
12 Ghana Asamoah Gyan Al-Ain
Al Ahli
2011–2017 101 97
13 United Arab Emirates Ismail Matar Al Wahda 2001– 101 418
14 Brazil Anderson Barbosa Sharjah
Al Wasl
2003–2009 99 128
15 Togo Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba Al-Ain 2019– 98 107
16 United Arab Emirates Ahmed Khalil Al Ain
Shabab Al Ahli
Al Bataeh
2007– 94 263
17 United Arab Emirates Ali Thani Sharjah 93

Top scorers by season

Season Player Club Goals
1974–75 [16] United Arab Emirates Suhail Salim Al Ahli 14
1975–76 [17] Pakistan Ali Nawaz Baloch Al Wahda 13
1976–77 [17] Sudan Alfadel Santo Al Nasr 11
1977–78 [17] Tunisia Mohieddine Habita Al Ain 20
1978–79 [17] Morocco Mostafa Mahrous Al Ahli 16
1979–80 [17] United Arab Emirates Alo Ali Mohamed Emirates 14
1980–81 [18] Ghana Karim Abdul Razak
1981–82 [17] United Arab Emirates Ahmed Abdullah Al Ain 13
1982–83 [19] Brazil Luiz Carlos [17] Al Nasr 12
1983–84 [20] United Arab Emirates Ahmed Abdullah
United Arab Emirates Fahad Khamees
Al Ain
Al Wasl
20
1984–85 [21] United Arab Emirates Fahad Khamees
United Arab Emirates Adnan Al Talyani
Al Wasl
Al Shaab
14
1985–86 [18] [21] United Arab Emirates Mohammed Salem Al Wahda 16
1986–87 [18] [21] United Arab Emirates Adnan Al Talyani
United Arab Emirates Khalil Ghanim
Al Shaab
Khor Fakkan
13
1987–88 [17] United Arab Emirates Zuhair Bakheet Al Wasl 24
1988–89 [17] United Arab Emirates Fahad Khamees 13
1989–90 [21] United Arab Emirates Hussain Yaslam Baniyas 16
1990–91 Cancelled a
1991–92 [22] United Arab Emirates Youssouf Atiq Al Ahli 25
1992–93 [17] United Arab Emirates Saif Sultan Al Ain 21
1993–94 [18] [23] United Arab Emirates Abdulaziz Mohamed Sharjah 18
1994–95 [18] [17] United Arab Emirates Bader Jassim Al Wahda 10
1995–96 [17] [24] United Arab Emirates Jassim Al Dokhi Al Shaab
1996–97 [18] [17] United Arab Emirates Bader Jassim Al Wahda 11
1997–98 [17] United Arab Emirates Ali Thani Sharjah 19
1998–99 [25] Senegal Alboury Lah Al Wahda 29
1999–00 [17] [26] 18
2000–01 [27] [28] United Arab Emirates Qatar Mohammed Al Enazi 22
2001–02 [27] [29]
2002–03 [30] Chile Cristián Montecinos Dubai 19
2003–04 [31] Iran Ali Karimi Al Ahli 14
2004–05 [19] [32] Brazil Valdir
Brazil Anderson Barbosa
Al Nasr
Sharjah
23
2005–06 [33] Brazil Anderson Barbosa Sharjah 20
2006–07 [17] Brazil Anderson Barbosa
Iran Ali Samereh
Al Wasl
Al Shaab
18
2007–08 [34] United Arab Emirates Faisal Khalil
Brazil Anderson Barbosa
Al Ahli
Sharjah
16
2008–09 [17] Brazil Fernando Baiano Al Jazira 24
2009–10 [35] Argentina José Sand Al Ain
2010–11 [36] Senegal André Senghor Baniyas 18
2011–12 [37] Ghana Asamoah Gyan Al Ain 22
2012–13 [38] 31
2013–14 [39] 29
2014–15 [40] Montenegro Mirko Vučinić Al Jazira 25
2015–16 [41] Argentina Sebastián Tagliabúe Al Wahda
2016–17 [42] United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout Al Jazira 33
2017–18 [43] Sweden Marcus Berg Al Ain 25
2018–19 [44] Argentina Sebastián Tagliabúe Al Wahda 27
2019–20 [45] Togo Kodjo Laba Al Ain 19
2020–21 [46] United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout Al Jazira 25
2021–22 Togo Kodjo Laba Al Ain 26
2022–23 28
2023–24 Syria Omar Khribin Al Wahda 18

Top scorers by country

Country Players Seasons
 United Arab Emirates 17 22
 Brazil 4 6
 Ghana 2 4
 Argentina 3
 Senegal
 Iran 1
 Togo 1 3
 Pakistan 1
 Sudan
 Tunisia
 Chile
 Montenegro
 Sweden
 Syria

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