After the end of the first event in the summer of 1960, the teams did not increase despite HFF’s initial intention, with the number 16 being considered the ideal for a championship in Greece and only 18 in 1967. ) or Super League 1, is the highest professional football league in Greece. The league was formed on 16 July 2006 and replaced Alpha Ethniki at the top of the Greek football league system.
Super League Greece
In 1959 the Alpha Ethniki – the precursor of the current Super League – was set up as a national round-robin tournament. The 1959–60 championship was the first to be held in national form after several months of talks. The creation of Olympiacos a championship in the form of a single permanent national category rather than the way they have been held until then with the participation of the teams selected by the local competitions was a requirement of both the State and UEFA.
It consists of 14 teams and runs from August to May, with teams playing 26 games each. As of September 2019, Super League Greece is ranked 15th in the UEFA ranking of leagues, based on performances in European competitions over the last five years. The winner of each of the eight Gamma Ethniki groups will compete in the promotion playoffs for four spots to next year’s Greek Football League. The eight group winners will be separated into two groups of four, based on geographic location (North and South) and after a total of six group matches (home and away against each team), the top two teams will be promoted to Greece’s second division.
- The first wished to establish a fixed number of matches every Sunday in Greece to stimulate interest in PRO-PO while UEFA wished to nominate national champions with strict criteria and through joint events for all states.
- The 1959–60 championship was the first to be held in national form after several months of talks.
- In 1959 the Alpha Ethniki – the precursor of the current Super League – was set up as a national round-robin tournament.
The first place was taken by Alpha Ethniki, a single category with clubs from all over the Greek territory and a stable participation, with the exception of those who would be relegated at the end of the season. Those would be the qualifier for the upcoming national category and not the participation in the final round of the current championship, so their significance was significantly reduced. According to the general Assembly of HFF in 29 August 1959, it was decided that the newly created Alpha Ethniki would consist of 18 teams, with their determination being made in accordance with the positions in the local EPS competitions in the period 1958–59. The HFF, at its decisive General Assembly on Saturday, October 10, decided to reduce the number of teams to 16 so that the racing program will not be extended in the summer.
The first wished to establish a fixed number of matches every Sunday in Greece to stimulate interest in PRO-PO while UEFA wished to nominate national champions with strict criteria and through joint events for all states. The Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) was obliged to proceed to the abolition of the competitions of the Football Clubs Associations (EPS) of Greece as qualifying stages for the Pan-Hellenic Championship.