- Enterprise Football League
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Enterprise Football League 2008
Sport Football Founded 1982 No. of teams 4 Country(ies) Republic of China Ceased 2009
The Enterprise Football League (Chinese: 企業足球聯賽), formerly known as National Football League (Chinese: 全國足球聯賽) or National First Division Football League (Chinese: 全國甲組足球聯賽), was the highest-ranked football league in Republic of China (Taiwan). It was governed by the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) and considered semi-professional. It was closed in 2009, following the regulation change of Intercity Football League.
National Football League was founded by Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) in 1982 after the mass interest motivated by 1982 FIFA World Cup. CTFA planned to include it as part of annual football season with the other three cup competitions: Chung Cheng Cup (中正盃), Li Hui-tang Cup (李惠棠盃), and CTFA Cup (足協盃). The first league season featured 7 teams: Flying Camel, Taipei City Bank, Taiwan Power Company, Thunderbird, Lukuang, Taiwan Provincial College of Physical Education, and Taipei Physical Education College.
Since 2006, CTFA changed the league's name to Enterprise Football League and tried to attract more attention and financial support from successful Taiwanese enterprises. Fubon Financial became the major sponsor, and therefore the league is also known as the Fubon Enterprise Football League (Chinese: 富邦企業足球聯賽). The number of teams participating in the league was also reduced from eight to four. By cutting out college and high school teams, this was an attempt to make the league more professional. Nevertheless, currently there are only two semi-professional clubs remaining: Tatung F.C. and Taiwan Power Company F.C..
In November 2007, CTFA announced that they would not hold new Enterprise Football League season since 2009. Intercity Football League replaced the Enterprise Football League to become the top-ranked league in Taiwan.
Team Location Number of appearances Record streak First appearance Most recent appearance Best result (season) Chinese Taipei U-23 *
2008 name: Fubon Financial
Tsoying, Kaohsiung 3 3 2006 2008 3rd (2006, 2007) I-Shou University *
2008 name: E-United Group
Kaohsiung County 1 1 2008 2008 - Ming Chuan University *
2008 name: Bros Sports
Taipei City 5 4 2001-02 2008 3rd (2001–02, 2004) National Sports Training Center * Tsoying District, Kaohsiung 25 25 1983 2008 2nd (1984, 1991, 2007) National Taiwan College of Physical Education *
2008 name: Molten Tso I
Taichung City 23 22 1983 2008 3rd (1997, 2002–03) Taipei Physical Education College *
2008 name: Hun Sing
Songshan District, Taipei 23 22 1983 2008 6th (2005) Taiwan Power Company F.C. Fongshan City, Kaohsiung County 25 25 1983 2008 1st (1987, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004, 2007) Tatung F.C. Taipei City 21 21 1986 2008 1st (2005, 2006)
* Not a club team.
Performance by team
Team Winners Runners-up Winning Years Taipower 14 4 1987, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004, 2007 Flying Camel 5 3 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1993 Taipei City Bank 3 5 1986, 1989, 1991 Tatung 2 9 2005, 2006 NSTC (Lukuang) 0 3
Promotions and relegations
Year Promotions Relegations 1983 Jinwen None 1986 Tatung Jinwen 1987 Kun Shan Taiwan PE College 1988 Jing-feng, Taiwan PE College Taipei PE College, Thunderbird 1989 Taipei PE College, Jinwen Jing-feng, Kun Shan 1990 Jing-feng, Thunderbird Taipei PE College, Jinwen 1991 Maritime College Thunderbird, Taiwan PE College 1993 Thunderbird, Jun Li Construction None 1994 Taiwan PE College, Hai San Jing-feng, Thunderbird 1995 Thunderbird, Ming Chuan Taiwan PE College, Hai San
Notes and references
- ^ There was actually 8 teams in Taiwan's first division football then. Besides 7 participating teams, Loyal Camel was unable to register to the competition due to lack of budget.
- ^ "【城市聯賽】2009城市聯賽 升降級、屬地主義上路" (in Traditional Chinese). Chinese Taipei Football Association. November 25, 2008. http://www.ctfa.com.tw/hot_news_details.php?newsid=424.
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