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Season


Regular Season:

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Format:

10 teams, each plays the others three times - of which at least once home and once away - for a total of 27 games each, over 27 game weeks.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2.* total goal difference; 3.* total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. away goals in hth matches (only if exactly two teams are tied); 7. goals scored in hth matches; 8.* draw; 9. play-off.

* - tie-breakers only used for ties that do not involve deciding the champion, UEFA competitions participation or relegation.



Qualification for Championship Round:

1-6 place: enter Championship Round



Qualification for Relegation Round:

7-10 place: enter Relegation Round



Changes from last season:

Pelister and Teteks relegated to Second League

Shkupi and Mladost CD promoted from Second League





Championship Round:

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Format:

6 teams from the Regular Season contest the 2015/2016 First League champion and places in the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League and 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League in a league format.

Each team plays the others once - for a total of 5 games each over 5 game weeks.

Teams keep their entire Regular Season record going into the Championship Round.

The Championship Round winner is the 2015/2016 First League champion.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2.* total goal difference; 3.* total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. away goals in hth matches (only if exactly two teams are tied); 7. goals scored in hth matches; 8.* draw; 9. play-off.

* - tie-breakers only used for ties that do not involve deciding the champion, UEFA competitions participation or relegation.



Qualification for UEFA competitions:

1 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League qualifiers

2-3 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers

4 place: possible 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers (depends on Cup outcome)





Relegation Round:

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Format:

4 teams from the Regular Season contest against relegation in a league format.

Each team plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 6 games each over 6 game weeks.

Teams keep their entire Regular Season record going into the Relegation Round.

The Relegation Round winner is 7th in the Overall season standings, the second placed team - 8th, and so on, with the last placed team in Group 3 being 10th.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2.* total goal difference; 3.* total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. away goals in hth matches (only if exactly two teams are tied); 7. goals scored in hth matches; 8.* draw; 9. play-off.

* - tie-breakers only used for ties that do not involve deciding the champion, UEFA competitions participation or relegation.



Relegation from the league:

8 place: enters Play-offs 1/2 with one Second League team for 1 place in 2016/2017 First League

9-10 place: relegated to 2016/2017 Second League



Promotion to the league:

2 teams from 2015/2016 Second League

1 more team from 2015/2016 Second League possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2


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