**-- ABOUT THE GREEK SUPERLEAGUE --**

**current format**

The Greek SuperLeague is Greece’s highest professional soccer league and runs from August to May. The league consists of 16 teams with each team playing the other twice, home and away, totaling 30 fixtures per team. At the end of the season the team ranked first is the SuperLeague champion, and teams placed 2nd – 5th take part in the Greek SuperLeague Playoffs. The two last placed teams are relegated to the Greek Football League whereas the two best teams from the Football League are promoted to the SuperLeague. Last year's champion of the SuperLeague was Olympiacos CFP.

**superleague playoffs**

The teams ranked 2nd – 5th at the end of the SuperLeague (30 fixtures) enter the SuperLeague Playoffs. These 4 teams consist of a “mini-league” with each team playing the other twice, home and away, totaling 6 matches per team. However, all teams do not begin with the same number of points at the start of the Playoffs. The 5th placed team from the SuperLeague starts off with 0 points. The point difference from the Regular Season of each of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th placed teams from the 5th placed team is then divided by 5 (all values are rounding to a whole number; decimals greater than or equal 0.5 are rounded up). The resulting number for each team is the number of points that team will start with in the Playoffs. At the conclusion of the Playoffs the final standings determine each team’s placement in next year’s UEFA competitions.

**uefa competition placements**

At the end of the 2015-2016 season Greece was ranked 14th in the UEFA Associations’ Club Coefficient Ranking. This ranking means that this year’s Greek SuperLeague (2016-2017) will yield 2 teams to the next year's UEFA Champions League and 2 teams to the UEFA Europa League. The Greek Cup champion will also enter the UEFA Europa League totaling 5 Greek teams in next year's (2017-2018) UEFA Competitions. At the end of the SuperLeague season, including the playoffs, the following teams will qualify for UEFA Competitions for the 2017-2018 season.

**SuperLeague Champion:**Enters the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (Champion’s Route)**SuperLeague Playoffs 1st Place (2nd Overall):**Enters the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (League Route).**SuperLeague Playoffs 2nd Place (3rd Overall):**Enters the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round**SuperLeague Playoffs 3rd Place (4th Overall):**Enters the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round**Greek Cup Champion:**Enters the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round***If the Greek Cup winner has already secured a place in a UEFA Competition, the 4th placed team from the Playoffs (5th overall) will enter the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round.***

**history**

The Greek SuperLeague was formed on 16 July 2006 and replaced the Alpha Ethniki, which was established in 1959. From 1927-1958 the league was called the Hellenic Football Federation Pan-Hellenic Championship. To date only 6 teams have been crowned champions of Greek Soccer since 1927. They include: AE Larissa (1), PAOK (2), Aris (3), AEK (11), Panathinaikos (20), and Olympiacos who has the most titles with 43. Also, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, and PAOK are the only teams that have never been relegated to the Greek 2nd Division. Currently Mimis Domazos (Panathinaikos, AEK) holds the record for the most appearances in the First Division with 538 and the leading goal scorer in Greece’s First Division is Thomas Mavros (Panionios, AEK) with 260 goals.