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The Saudi Pro League is the top division in the Saudi football league system.

The tournament - initially known as the Saudi Categorization League - was founded in 1974-75, which included all top-performing clubs from their respective regional leagues of the East, West, and Central regions. 

The initial season involved 16 teams which was won by Al-Nassr.

The 1976-77 season witnessed the start of the first-ever top division professional football league in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al-Hilal emerged victorious in the eight-team Saudi league. The number of teams increased to 10 from the following season.

Until the 1989-90 season, the Saudi top division League had been operating in a round-robin format.

Thereafter, the Saudi Federation merged the football League with the King's Cup in one tournament and the addition of the Golden Box. 

The top four teams of the regular league season would compete in an end of season knockout stage named the Golden Box to crown the champions of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi league later became fully professional in 2007.

Owing to Saudi clubs’ successful and consistent performances in the AFC Champions League, the association is also regularly ranked with the highest coefficient in Asia.

Meanwhile, Al-Hilal are the most successful team in the Saudi Pro League with 19 titles. Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr share the second spot with nine titles each.

Al-Hilal are the reigning champions of the Saudi Pro League after winning the 2023-24 season. They pipped Al-Nassr and Al-Ahli Saudi to clinch another league title. Get Saudi Pro League winners list.

Saudi Pro League winners list: Know all the champions from 1975-2024

Season

Winner

Runner-up

1974-75

Al-Nassr

Al-Hilal

1976-77

Al-Hilal

Al-Nassr

1977-78

Al-Ahli

Al-Nassr

1978-79

Al-Hilal

Al-Nassr

1979-80

Al-Nassr

Al-Hilal

1980-81

Al-Nassr

Al-Hilal

1981-82

Al-Ittihad

Al-Shabab

1982-83

Al-Ettifaq

Al-Hilal

1983-84

Al-Ahli

Al-Ittihad

1984-85

Al-Hilal

Al-Shabab

1985-86

Al-Hilal

Al-Ittihad

1986-87

Al-Ettifaq

Al-Ahli

1987-88

Al-Hilal

Al-Ettifaq

1988-89

Al-Nassr

Al-Shabab

1989-90

Al-Hilal

Al-Ahli

1990-91

Al-Shabab

Al-Nassr

1991-92

Al-Shabab

Al-Ettifaq

1992-93

Al-Shabab

Al-Hilal

1993-94

Al-Nassr

Al-Riyadh

1994-95

Al-Nassr

Al-Hilal

1995-96

Al-Hilal

Al-Ahli

1996-97

Al-Ittihad

Al-Hilal

1997-98

Al-Hilal

Al-Shabab

1998-99

Al-Ittihad

Al-Ahli

1999-00

Al-Ittihad

Al-Ahli

2000-01

Al-Ittihad

Al-Nassr

2001-02

Al-Hilal

Al-Ittihad

2002-03

Al-Ittihad

Al-Ahli

2003-04

Al-Shabab

Al-Ittihad

2004-05

Al-Hilal

Al-Shabab

2005-06

Al-Shabab

Al-Hilal

2006-07

Al-Ittihad

Al-Hilal

2007-08

Al-Hilal

Al-Ittihad

2008-09

Al-Ittihad

Al-Hilal

2009-10

Al-Hilal

Al-Ittihad

2010-11

Al-Hilal

Al-Ittihad

2011-12

Al-Shabab

Al-Ahli

2012-13

Al-Fateh

Al-Hilal

2013-14

Al-Nassr

Al-Hilal

2014-15

Al-Nassr

Al-Ahli

2015-16

Al-Ahli

Al-Hilal

2016-17

Al-Hilal

Al-Ahli

2017-18

Al-Hilal

Al-Ahli

2018-19

Al-Nassr

Al-Hilal

2019-20

Al-Hilal

Al-Nassr

2020-21

Al-Hilal

Al-Shabab

2021-22

Al-Hilal

Al-Ittihad

2022-23

Al-Ittihad

Al-Nassr

2023-24

Al-Hilal

Al-Nassr

Most successful teams in Saudi Pro League: Titles won by each team

Team

Titles

Al-Hilal

19

Al-Ittihad

9

Al-Nassr

9

Al-Shabab

6

Al-Ahli

3

Al-Ettifaq

2

Al-Fateh

1

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