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 League play would not resume until two weeks later when assurances were made to the arbiters union that referees would receive insurance coverage in the near future and that previous medical expenses would be covered by the responsible clubs.  The 2017-18 Ethiopian Premier League ended in dramatic fashion as debutantes Jimma Aba Jifar F. lifted the trophy for the first time in their history on the last day.
2017-18 Mekelakeya 11 1988-89 Saint George 30 2016-17 Ethio Electric S. C Sidama Coffee 25, 000 Wolaitta Dicha Wolaita Sodo Sodo Stadium 30, 000 Wolkite City Wolkite Wolkite Stadium 1, 500 2021–22 season Champion: Saint George SC Relegated: Sebeta City, Jimma Aba Jifar, Addis Ababa City Promoted: Ethio Electric S. C., Legetafo Legedadi and Ethiopian Insurance F. C. Television Rights In the past matches were rarely if ever broadcast live on television, with those that did airing on the national broadcaster EBC.
 Jimma Aba Jifar and St. George came into the last day tied on points and goal difference, but a 5–0 victory for Jimma Aba Jifar and a 2-0 result for St. meant that the title would go to Jimma thanks to +3 goal difference advantage over St. After the 2017-18 season the EFF and premier league clubs agreed to reduce the number of foreign players allowed on each team to three. Rising wages and the neglect of home grown players were given as some of the reasons why the move was made.
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However, St. George would come back the next season and win the title once again in 2011-12. George's attempt at a repeat would be thwarted though as the next season Dedebit F. would instead be crown champions for the first time in their history. Starting from the 2013-14 season to the 2016-17 season St.
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to fend off the likes of Ethiopian Coffee S. and Trans Ethiopia for the Premier League title.  The following two season were once again dominated by St. as they were able to lift their 5th and 6th Premier League titles (20th and 21st titles overall). The start of the 2006–07 season saw the league expand to 16 clubs. The season ended with Hawassa City winning their second title in as many years preventing a St. three peat.
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For a list of winners of the Ethiopian Premier League since its inception, see List of Ethiopian football champions. Club Position 2019-20 Top Division Location Stadium Capacity Titles Last title Adama City N/A 0 Never Adama Abebe Bikila Stadium 4, 000 Legetafo Legedadi Addis Abeba 35, 000 Arba Minch Arba Minch Stadium 5, 000 Bahir Dar Kenema Bahir Dar Bahir Dar Stadium 60, 000 Dire Dawa City Dire Dawa 18, 000 Ethiopian Coffee 2 2010-11 Fasil Kenema 1 2020-21 Gondar Fasiledes 20, 000 Hadiya Hossana Hossana Abiy Hersamo Stadium Hawassa City 2006-07 Hawassa Hawassa Stadium 15, 000 Ethiopian Insurance F. C.
The league has been an annual competition since the 1997–98 season with Saint George S. emerging as the country's leading club in this era with 15 titles (30 first division titles overall).  History Beginnings The first officially recognized version of an Ethiopian football league was established in 1944. Originally five teams representing the various communities of Addis Ababa and The British Military Mission in Ethiopia (BMME) contested for the title which was won by the BMME.  The Ethiopian Cup was added the following year and has been contested regularly since with the exception of some gap years.  The early years of Ethiopian top division football were dominated for the most part by Mechal (now Defense Force SC). The club won 6 titles throughout the 40s and 50s. St.
However, the next three consecutive seasons would be again dominated by St. George, under the guide of their manager Mencho, St. George would add their 7th, 8th and 9th Premier League titles (22nd, 23rd, & 24th titles overall). George's biggest rivals, Ethiopian Coffee, would put a stop to their tremendous run by winning the 2010-11 title, their first Premier League title (second title overall).
Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Ethiopian Higher League (second tier of Ethiopian football) and the top three teams from the Higher League are promoted in their place. Qualification for African competitions The winner of the Ethiopian Premier League automatically qualifies for the following year's CAF Champions League. The winner of the Ethiopian Cup qualifies for the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup. Clubs 2022-23 season Locations of clubs participating in the 2021-22 Ethiopian Premier League The following 16 clubs will compete in the Ethiopian Premier League during the 2022–23 season.
The following season (2001-02 season) Ethio Electric were picked by many to repeat as champions, but fell short of expectation by finishing behind eventual champions St. George.  The 2002–03 season saw the first real contenders from outside the Addis Ababa push for a Premier League title. The title race came down to the last day with St.