The league Leumit (National League) is the second division of the Israeli football league and is under the Premier League. There are 16 clubs in the league. At the end of each season, the two lowest ranked teams descend into the Alef league, while the two highest placed teams in the Alef league are promoted in their stead. Leumit league leaders will be promoted to the Israeli Premier League as the two lowest teams in the Israeli Premier League relegate.
The participating clubs initially contested a conventional round-robin schedule for a total of 30 games, with all points collected by the clubs halved.
Subsequently, the eight best teams play first in a promotion playoff. Determination of the promoted teams. and the eight clubs play a single round-robin schedule.
The Israeli national cup winners qualify for the third qualifying round of the Uefa league 2013/14.
In addition, the bottom eight teams play to avoid two relegation places.
Since the 2010/11 season, One Match will be broadcast live on the Sport +5 LIVE channel on Friday or Saturday afternoons. The rest of the games have no TV coverage.
Liga Leumit was formed at the beginning of the 1955/56 season and replaced league Alef as a top league in Israeli football. However, it was usurped as the top flight in the 1999-2000 season when it was replaced by the Premier League. Since then it is the second league in the Israeli football league system.
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