**-- 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 while the two last placed teams are relegated to the Greek Football League. The two best teams from the Football League are promoted to the SuperLeague. The Superleague League playoffs have been abolished for the 2017/18 season and the season will come to an end after 30 matchdays. Last year's champion of the SuperLeague was Olympiacos CFP.

**uefa competition placements**

At the end of the 2016-2017 season Greece was ranked 14th in the UEFA Associations’ Club Coefficient Ranking. This ranking means that this year’s Greek SuperLeague (2017-2018) 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 (2018-20189 UEFA Competitions. At the end of the SuperLeague season the following teams will qualify for UEFA Competitions for the 2018-2019 season.

**SuperLeague Champion:**Enters the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (Champion’s Route)**SuperLeague Runner-up:**Enters the UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round (League Route).**SuperLeague 3rd Place:**Enters the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round**SuperLeague 4th****Place:**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 5th placed team from the Superleague 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 44. 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.