Turbulent Times (1960–1974) Al Ahly won the competition every season until the 1959–60 competition. The 1954–55 season was even stopped when Al Ahly conflicted with the federation and refused to play. No title was awarded. In the 1959–60 competition season, Zamalek finally won their first title after consistently being runners-up. Al Ahly's grip on the league loosened; though they did win some titles, in the 1965–66 edition, they finished in 6th out of 12, closer to relegation than to the championship.  The decade had five different champions: Ismaily won their first title during this decade, and El-Olympi and Tersana won the league for the only time. Also, the 1962–63 and 1963–64 seasons featured 24 teams, a higher number than ever before.  The league ceased play in 1967 due to the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel.
This system has been around since 2015; before then, the number of teams and relegation places was variable.  The Egyptian Premier League has been sponsored since 2005. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition: 2005–07: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League 2007–11: Etisalat Egyptian Premier League 2011–14: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League 2014–present: Egyptian Premier League (Sponsored by Presentation Sports) Qualification for African competitions Association ranking for 2022–23 CAF competitions Legend CL: CAF Champions League CC: CAF Confederation Cup Associations ranked 1–12 and eligible to enter two teams in each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup) Rank Association 2018(× 1) 2018-19(× 2) 2019–20(× 3) 2020–21(× 4) 2021–22(× 5) Total 2022 2021 Mvt CL CC — Morocco 5 8 9 194 Egypt 176 +1 Algeria 115 -1 Tunisia 0 113 South Africa 0.
19 1974–75 Al Ahly (12) 20 1975–76 Al Ahly (13) Ghazl El Mahalla 21 1976–77 Al Ahly (14) El Ittihad El Sakndary 22 1977–78 Zamalek (4) 23 1978–79 Al Ahly (15) 24 1979–80 Al Ahly (16) 25 1980–81 Al Ahly (17) 26 1981–82 Al Ahly (18) 27 1982–83 Al Mokawloon (1) 28 1983–84 Zamalek (5) 29 1984–85 Al Ahly (19) 30 1985–86 Al Ahly (20) 31 1986–87 Al Ahly (21) 32 1987–88 Zamalek (6) 33 1988–89 Al Ahly (22) 1989–90 Not finished due to preparation of Egypt for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. 34 1990–91 Ismaily (2) 35 1991–92 Zamalek (7) 36 1992–93 Zamalek (8) 37 1993–94 Al Ahly (23) 38 1994–95 Al Ahly (24) 39 1995–96 Al Ahly (25) 40 1996–97 Al Ahly (26) El Mansoura 41 1997–98 Al Ahly (27) Al Mokawloon 42 1998–99 Al Ahly (28) 43 1999–00 Al Ahly (29) 44 2000–01 Zamalek (9) 45 2001–02 Ismaily (3) 46 2002–03 Zamalek (10) 47 2003–04 Zamalek (11) 48 2004–05 Al Ahly (30) ENPPI Haras El Hodoud 49 2005–06 Al Ahly (31) 50 2006–07 Al Ahly (32) 51 2007–08 Al Ahly (33) 52 2008–09 Al Ahly (34) Petrojet 53 Al Ahly (35) 54 Al Ahly (36) 2011–12 Not finished due to the Port Said Stadium riot.
The EFA felt that a national league, rather than many local leagues, was necessary. The President of the EFA passed the idea on to King Farouk I, who was an avid football fan. The Egyptian Premier League was founded by royal decree, and began play in 1948.  Early Years (1948–60) The Al Ahly squad that won the first Egyptian Premier League season. The first match, played on October 22, was between King Farouk Club (now Zamalek) and Al Masry SC, and finished in a 5–1 victory for Farouk. The match featured the first goal in the Egyptian Premier League, scored by Farouk's Mohamed Amin, and the first hat-trick in the new league, by Suad Rustom.  During this time, Priemer League results in matches between clubs from Cairo were counted as Cairo League results as well. The Cairo League ceased play in 1952.  Al Ahly won the first three competitions, though in 1949–50 they required a playoff against Tersana SC.  The league was not contested during what would have been the 1951–52 season, as Egypt's national team were competing in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Season Champions(number of titles) Runners-up Third place 1948–49 Al Ahly (1) Tersana Ismaily 1949–50 Al Ahly (2) Zamalek 1950–51 Al Ahly (3) Al Masry 1951–52 Not played due to participation in the 1952 Summer Olympics. 1952–53 Al Ahly (4) 1953–54 Al Ahly (5) 1954–55 Not finished due to refusal of Al Ahly to comply with the federation's penalty of playing one match away from home. 1955–56 Al Ahly (6) El Qannah 1956–57 Al Ahly (7) 1957–58 Al Ahly (8) El Olympi 1958–59 Al Ahly (9) 10 1959–60 Zamalek (1) Al Ahly 1960–61 Al Ahly (10) 12 1961–62 Al Ahly (11) 1962–63 Tersana (1) 14 1963–64 Zamalek (2) 15 1964–65 Zamalek (3) 16 1965–66 El Olympi (1) 17 1966–67 Ismaily (1) 1967–71 Not played due to the Six-Day War. 1971–72 Not finished due to violence during Al Ahly vs Zamalek match. 18 1972–73 Ghazl El Mahalla (1) 1973–74 Not finished due to the 6th of October War.
2012–13 Not finished due to the 30th of June revolution 55 Al Ahly (37) Smouha 56 Zamalek (12) 57 Al Ahly (38) 58 Al Ahly (39) Misr Lel Makasa 59 Al Ahly (40) 60 Al Ahly (41) Pyramids 61 Al Ahly (42) 62 Zamalek (13) 63 2021–22 Zamalek (14) Performance Performance by club Club Winners Third places Winning Seasons 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20 Zamelek 1959–60, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15, 2020–21, 2021–22 1966–67, 1990–91, 2001–02 – Performance by city Club(s) Al Ahly (42) and Al Mokawloon (1) Giza Zamalek (14) and Tersana (1) El Mahalla El Kubra Doubles Two teams have won the double of the Egyptian Premier League and the Egypt Cup.
 Partial fans return (2021–Present) At the beginning of the 2021-2022 season, 2000 fans were allowed in every match (1000 per team). The situation was getting better that in May 2022 the number increased to 5000 (2500 per team). The 2021-2022 witnessed an improvement of the Egyptian Premier League, the appearance of teams such as: Cairo’s based Future FC and Alexandria’s based Pharco FC made the league more challenging and entertaining. Zamalek defended their title after they won the 2021-2022 edition of the league, while Al Ahly witnessed a mass deterioration and even finished the league in the 3rd place (behind Pyramids FC and Zamalek) to be out of the top two since 1992 when the club ended the league in the 4th place. Ismaily was on the verge of relegation to the second division but the club eventually managed to improve its results and finished the season in 9th place, while the newly founded Future FC finished in 5th place and managed to qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup, as it was in fourth place in most of the 2021-2022 season but lost the position to Tala’ea El Geish right at the end of the season.
They also continued to dominate the CAF Champions League, becoming the most successful team in the competition. The league was one of the strongest and best-attended in Africa,  ranking near the top of the CAF 5-Year Ranking since its inception. In 2011, another revolution began, part of the Arab Spring, which eventually resulting in the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Football featured heavily in the popular uprising, as ultras from clubs such as Al Ahly took part in the revolution.
Egyptian Premier League current clubs The following 18 clubs are competing in the Egyptian Premier League as of the 2021–22 season. +Promoted teams (from the 2020–21 Second Division season to the Premier League) locations Location of teams in 2022–23 Premier League Current stadiums Stadium City Seating Capacity Aswan Stadium Aswan 11, 000 Borg El Arab Stadium Alexandria 86, 000 Cairo International Stadium Cairo 74, 100 Egyptian Army Stadium Suez 45, 000 Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium 35, 000 Al Salam Stadium 30, 000 Cairo Military Academy Stadium 28, 500 Petrosport Stadium 25, 000 Police Academy Stadium 12, 000 Harras El-Hedoud Stadium 22, 500 30th of June Stadium El Mahalla Stadium Mahalla 29, 000 Ismailia Stadium Ismaïlia 18, 525 Alexandria Stadium 13, 660 List of seasons The following table provides a summary of seasons: No.
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 Post-war Period (1974–2002) The league returned to its 24-team format for the 1975–76 championship, but it quickly reverted to a format featuring between 12 and 16 teams. After the Yom Kippur War, Al Ahly won three championships straight, followed by a single championship for Zamalek. This pattern would continue until 1990: Al Ahly would win many championships, followed by a single win for Zamalek. This was only interrupted by Al Mokawloon winning the 1982–83 edition. This is the latest time a team has won the League for the first time.
 Two clubs have also won the CAF Confederation Cup. The Egyptian Premier League once had among highest average stadium attendance in Africa and the Middle East until the Port Said Stadium riot occurred on 1 February 2012 after a league match involving Al Masry and Al Ahly, where 74 people were killed and more than 500 were injured.
The war ended in a decisive victory for Israel,  and league play was not resumed until 1971. In 1969, Ismaily were allowed to play in the CAF Champions League (then the African Cup of Champion Clubs) as the most recent champions. [note 3] They became the first Egyptian club to win that competition, though both Al Ahly and Zamalek have now won it many more times.  In 1971, the league was restarted, only to be swiftly suspended again due to fighting at a match between Al Ahly and Zamalek. A controversial penalty for Zamalek resulted in a pitch invasion, and the dispute was so intense that the league was not allowed to continue.  Ghazl El Mahalla won the league in the 1972–73 season for the only time in their history, but the league was then suspended again for the 1973–74 season because of the Yom Kippur War.
 Al Ahly and Zamalek also dominated the CAF Champions League, starting with a 1982 triumph for Al Ahly. The Egyptian Priemer League became the most successful league in that tournament when Zamalek won in 1993.  The league was not played in 1990 because of Egypt's qualification for the 1990 World Cup. After this delay, Ismaily won the 1990–91 season, followed by Zamalek winning twice in a row, and after that Al Ahly won every season until the turn of the century. Zamalek and Ismaily briefly rose in power once again between 2000 and 2004, and Ismaily's 2001–02 win is the latest time that a team other than Zamalek and Al Ahly have won.  Normalcy, then Disaster (2002–2013) Between 2004 and 2011, Al Ahly won every edition of the Egyptian Premier League, occasianally being challenged by Zamalek or Ismaily.
The league comprises 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Egyptian Second Division. Seasons mostly run from August to May. Unlike most other leagues, all games are played all over the week. The Egyptian Premier League was founded in 1948, unifying the local leagues that had existed previously. 70 clubs have competed in the league since its founding. Al Ahly have won the title 42 times, more than any other club. Their closest rivals, Zamalek, have won the league 14 times. Only five other clubs have won the league; those clubs are Ghazl El Mahalla, Ismaily, Al Mokawloon Al Arab, Olympic Club, and Tersana. The Egyptian Premier League is one of the top national leagues, ranked second in Africa according to CAF's 5-Year Ranking for the 2022–23 season, based on performances in African competitions over the past five seasons. Egyptian teams have won the CAF Champions League a record 16 times, and Al Ahly was named the African Club of the Century by CAF.
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The Sultan Hussein Cup was founded in 1917, and though it was dominated by English clubs in its first years, Egyptian clubs quickly gained power.  The Egypt Cup, which no British teams competed in, began in 1922.  The first major football league in Egypt also began play in 1922; consisting of clubs from Cairo, it was called the Cairo Zone Competition. Three other leagues, in Alexandria, on the Suez Canal, and an obscure league in 'Bahary'[note 1] began soon afterwards. It was at this time that the clubs Al-Ahly and Zamalek[note 2] began their dominance, with the two clubs regularly winning the Cairo Zone Competition and the Egypt Cup.  In 1938, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) took control of the Cairo Zone Competition, along with the other three leagues. The Cairo Zone Competition was renamed the Cairo League, but otherwise remained mostly unchanged until the mid-1940s.
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