IFFHS Rankings: NPFL Named Outside Top 50 Leagues In The World

Oluwole Ola

The Nigeria Professional Football League has been ranked the 57th strongest national league in the world for 2019 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. Compared to its ranking the previous year, the NPFL had made remarkable progress as it occupied the 77th position in 2018.

Eight African Leagues were included in the top 60; namely Tunisia (15), Morocco (17), Egypt (30), Angola (48), South Africa (50), Zambia (55), Nigeria (57) and Algeria (58).

The Nigeria Professional Football League tallied 346.5 points, 316 less than the strongest league in Africa, Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

For the first time since 2009, the Premier League had been recognized as the strongest league in the world, following the performances of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in European competitions. In second place is Brazil’s Serie A, followed by Spain’s La Liga, Italian Serie A and Colombia’s Categoría Primera A.

Winner of the Uefa Champions League and the Club World Cup in 2019, Liverpool finished top of the club rankings with 316 points, ahead of Barcelona and Manchester City.

Copa Libertadores winner Flamengo of Brazil took fourth place and were the only South American club in the top 10.

In Africa, Esperance of Tunisia were in first place, achieving the highest ranking for an African club of 19th place. There are 11 African clubs in the world top 100. Etoile Sahel of Tunisia were second, Wydad Casablanca third and Al Ahly fourth in the continental ranking.

Top Teams In Africa

1.  Esperance Sportive Tunis /Tunisia
2. Etoile Sportive du Sahel/ Tunisia 
3. Wydad Casablanca /Morocco 
4. Al Ahly/Egypt 
5. RSB Berkane/Morocco
6. Zamalek/Egypt 
7. TP Mazembe/Congo DR 
8. Mamelodi Sundowns FC/ South Africa 
9. CS Sfaxien/Tunisia
10. Raja Casablanca/Morocco

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