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Professional League
Season2015–2016
Dates19 August 2015 – 14 May 2016
ChampionsAl-Ahli (3rd title)
RelegatedNajran
Hajer
AFC Champions LeagueAl-Ahli
Al-Hilal
Al-Taawoun
Al-Fateh
Arab Club ChampionshipAl-Hilal
Al-Nassr
Matches played182
Goals scored508 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerOmar Al-Somah
(27 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Hilal 7–0 Al-Khaleej
(21 November 2015)
Biggest away winHajer 0–5 Al-Ittihad
(24 April 2016)
Al-Ittihad 0–5 Al-Nassr
(8 May 2016)
Highest scoringAl-Ittihad 6–2 Al-Raed
(4 February 2016)
Longest winning runAl-Ahli (8 games)[1]
Longest unbeaten runAl-Ahli (17 games)[2]
Longest winless runHajer (15 games)[3]
Longest losing runHajer (9 games)[4]
Highest attendance60,051[5]
Al-Ahli 3–2 Al-Fateh
(13 May 2016)
Lowest attendance46[5]
Najran 2–0 Hajer
(20 November 2015)
Average attendance6,906[6]

The 2015–16 Saudi Professional League (known as the Abdul Latif Jameel Professional League for sponsorship reasons) was the 40th season of the Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1976. The season began on 19 August 2015 and ended on 14 May 2016.[7] Al-Nassr were the two time defending champions having won their seventh title last season.[8] The league was contested by the 12 teams from the 2014–15 season as well as Al-Qadisiyah and Al-Wehda, who joined as the promoted clubs from the 2014–15 First Division. They replace Al-Orobah and Al-Shoulla who were relegated to the 2015–16 First Division.

On 24 April, Al-Ahli secured their third league title and first since 1984 with two games to spare after defeating second-placed Al-Hilal 3–1 at home.[9]

Hajer were the first team to be relegated following a 1–0 home defeat to Al-Ahli Al-Orobah on 17 April.[10] Najran became the second and final team to be relegated following a 3–3 draw with Al-Raed on the final matchday.[11]

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Teams

Fourteen teams competed in the league – the twelve teams from the previous season and the two teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Al-Qadisiyah (returning to the top flight after three years) and Al-Wehda (returning to the top flight after two years). They replaced Al-Orobah (ending their two-year top-flight spell) and Al-Shoulla (ending their three-year top-flight spell).

Stadiums and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Al-Ahli Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City 62,345[12]
Al-Faisaly Harmah Prince Salman Sport City Stadium 5,200[13]
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 19,096[14]
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium
Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
62,685[15]
22,500[16]
Al-Ittihad Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City 62,345[12]
Al-Khaleej Saihat Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium (Dammam) 21,701[17]
Al-Nassr Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium
Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
62,685[15]
22,500[16]
Al-Qadisiyah Khobar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 11,000[18]
Al-Raed Buraidah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 23,600[19]
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium
Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
62,685[15]
22,500[16]
Al-Taawoun Buraidah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 23,600[19]
Al-Wehda Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium 33,195[20]
Hajer Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 19,096
Najran Najran King Abdullah Sports City Reserve Stadium (Jeddah)[a] 1,000
  1. ^ Najran played at the King Abdullah Sports City Reserve Stadium due to the ongoing war in Yemen.

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Al-Ahli Switzerland Christian Gross Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim Umbro Qatar Airways, Almosafer1
Al-Faisaly Romania Liviu Ciobotariu Saudi Arabia Omar Abdulaziz Erreà ALDREES, Roco1
Al-Fateh Tunisia Nacif Beyaoui Saudi Arabia Hamdan Al-Hamdan Jako Hyundai, Al Kifah1, AlMoosa Hospital1
Al-Hilal Greece Giorgos Donis Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani Nike Volkswagen, Mobily, Abdul Samad Al Qurashi1, Tasnee1, Bupa2, ExxonMobil2
Al-Ittihad Romania Victor Pițurcă Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor Adidas Bupa2, ExxonMobil2
Al-Khaleej Tunisia Jalel Kadri Saudi Arabia Hussain Al-Turki Erreà Hyundai
Al-Nassr Spain Raúl Caneda Saudi Arabia Hussein Abdulghani Sporta Mobily
Al-Qadisiyah Saudi Arabia Hamad Al-Dossari Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi Lotto eXtra
Al-Raed Serbia Aleksandar Ilić Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Madkhali Hattrick Hana Water
Al-Shabab Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal Saudi Arabia Ahmed Otaif Romai
Al-Taawoun Portugal José Gomes Saudi Arabia Adnan Fallatah Erreà Herfy, Al Qassim Corner1
Al-Wehda Algeria Kheïreddine Madoui Saudi Arabia Majed Al-Hazzani Erreà Nagoor Group
Hajer Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Janoubi Saudi Arabia Mustafa Malayekah Erreà Al-Ajmi Co., Almulhim Auto
Najran Brazil Hélio dos Anjos Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Hamsal Uhlsport Polystar
  • 1 On the back of the strip.
  • 2 On the right sleeve of the strip.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Al-Shabab Egypt Adel Abdel Rahman End of contract 15 May 2015 Pre-season Uruguay Álvaro Gutiérrez 21 May 2015[21]
Al-Raed Tunisia Ammar Souayah 19 May 2015 Algeria Abdelkader Amrani 8 June 2015[22]
Najran Algeria Fouad Bouali 19 May 2015 Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal 27 June 2015[23]
Al-Faisaly Portugal Toni Conceição Sacked 22 May 2015[24] Romania Liviu Ciobotariu 6 June 2015[25]
Al-Ittihad Romania Victor Pițurcă 11 June 2015[26] Romania László Bölöni 22 July 2015[27]
Al-Raed Algeria Abdelkader Amrani 29 August 2015[28] 13th Greece Takis Lemonis 3 September 2015[29]
Al-Nassr Uruguay Jorge da Silva 24 October 2015[30] 7th Colombia René Higuita (caretaker) 24 October 2015
Colombia René Higuita (caretaker) End of caretaker period 28 October 2015 6th Italy Fabio Cannavaro 28 October 2015[31]
Al-Qadisiyah Tunisia Jameel Qassem Sacked 30 October 2015[32] 9th Brazil Alexandre Gallo 30 October 2015[33]
Al-Wehda Uruguay Juan Rodríguez 30 October 2015[34] 13th Egypt Badreldin Hamed (caretaker) 30 October 2015
Hajer Montenegro Nebojša Jovović 30 October 2015[35] 11th Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Janoubi (caretaker) 30 October 2015
Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Janoubi (caretaker) End of caretaker period 5 November 2015 12th Belgium Stéphane Demol 5 November 2015[36]
Al-Wehda Egypt Badreldin Hamed (caretaker) 6 November 2015 10th Algeria Kheïreddine Madoui 6 November 2015[37]
Al-Ittihad Romania László Bölöni Sacked 24 November 2015[38] 3rd Egypt Adel Abdel Rahman (caretaker) 24 November 2015
Egypt Adel Abdel Rahman (caretaker) End of caretaker period 9 December 2015 3rd Romania Victor Pițurcă 9 December 2015[39]
Najran Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal Sacked 17 December 2015[40] 13th Saudi Arabia Al Hasan Al-Yami (caretaker) 17 December 2015
Saudi Arabia Al Hasan Al-Yami (caretaker) End of caretaker period 25 December 2015 13th Brazil Hélio dos Anjos 25 December 2015[41]
Al-Shabab Uruguay Álvaro Gutiérrez Sacked 3 January 2016[42] 6th Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal 3 January 2016[42]
Al-Qadisiyah Brazil Alexandre Gallo Mutual consent 29 January 2016[43] 11th Saudi Arabia Hamad Al-Dossari 30 January 2016[44]
Al-Raed Greece Takis Lemonis Sacked 1 February 2016[45] 12th Morocco Reda Hakam (caretaker) 1 February 2016
Morocco Reda Hakam (caretaker) End of caretaker period 4 February 2016 12th Serbia Aleksandar Ilić 4 February 2016[46]
Al-Nassr Italy Fabio Cannavaro Sacked 12 February 2016[47] 6th Colombia René Higuita (caretaker) 12 February 2016
Colombia René Higuita (caretaker) End of caretaker period 19 February 2016 7th Spain Raúl Caneda 19 February 2016[48]
Hajer Belgium Stéphane Demol Sacked 8 March 2016[49] 14th Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Janoubi 8 March 2016

Foreign players

The number of foreign players is limited to 4 per team, and should not be a goalkeeper.[50]

Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Former Players
Al-Ahli Brazil Marquinho Egypt Mohamed Abdel Shafy Greece Giannis Fetfatzidis Syria Omar Al Somah Sweden Nabil Bahoui
Al-Faisaly Brazil Adriano Pardal Equatorial Guinea Javier Balboa Guinea-Bissau Abel Camará Togo Sadat Ouro-Akoriko Brazil Fernando Gabriel
Cameroon André Ndame Ndame
Jordan Hamza Al-Dardour
Nigeria Ifeanyi Onyilo
Al-Fateh Brazil Élton Iraq Salam Shaker Ivory Coast Patrick Gbala Venezuela Juan Falcón Brazil Josimar
Serbia Marko Stanojević
Al-Hilal Brazil Aílton Brazil Carlos Eduardo Brazil Digão South Korea Kwak Tae-hwi
Al-Ittihad Ghana Sulley Muntari Romania Lucian Sânmărtean Venezuela Gelmin Rivas Australia James Troisi
Al-Khaleej Cameroon Aminou Bouba Guinea Aboubacar Sylla Ivory Coast Abdoulaye Koffi Jordan Ibrahim Al-Zawahreh Iraq Marwan Hussein
Al-Nassr Bahrain Mohamed Husain Brazil Marquinhos Gabriel Mali Modibo Maïga Poland Adrian Mierzejewski Morocco Youness Mokhtar
Uruguay Fabián Estoyanoff
Al-Qadisiyah Brazil Gilberto Macena Brazil Jandson Brazil Vitor Júnior Iraq Saad Abdul-Amir Algeria Farid Mellouli
Brazil Diego Maurício
Brazil Jhon Cley
Brazil Rubinho
Puerto Rico Héctor Ramos
Al-Raed Armenia Marcos Pizzelli Burkina Faso Boubacar Kébé Guinea Ismaël Bangoura Oman Eid Al-Farsi Guinea Kamil Zayatte
Iraq Amjad Radhi
Tunisia Oussama Darragi
Al-Shabab Algeria Mohamed Benyettou Brazil Camilo Brazil Rafinha Uruguay Diego Arismendi Kuwait Saif Al Hashan
Uruguay Mauricio Affonso
Al-Taawoun Brazil Sandro Manoel Cameroon Paul Alo'o Portugal Ricardo Machado Syria Jehad Al-Hussain
Al-Wehda Brazil Anderson Cameroon Ernest Webnje Nfor Syria Jehad Al Baour Uruguay Adolfo Lima Poland Łukasz Gikiewicz
Tunisia Zouheir Dhaouadi
Hajer Brazil Bruno Lopes Cameroon André Ndame Ndame State of Palestine Ashraf Nu'man Senegal Adama François Bolivia Gualberto Mojica
Iraq Saif Salman
Serbia Dragan Ćeran
Serbia Nemanja Tubić
Najran Brazil Adriano Alves Brazil Bismark Brazil Eric Brazil Tozin France Mamadou Wagué
Ghana Winful Cobbinah
Kuwait Faisal Zayid
Mali Aboubacar Tambadou
Senegal Malick Mané
Sierra Leone David Simbo

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League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Ahli (C) 26 19 6 1 55 21 +34 63 Qualification for the AFC Champions League group stage[a]
2 Al-Hilal 26 17 4 5 52 23 +29 55 Qualification for the AFC Champions League group stage and Arab Club Championship group stage[a]
3 Al-Ittihad[b] 26 15 4 7 54 37 +17 49
4 Al-Taawoun 26 13 6 7 54 35 +19 45 Qualification for the AFC Champions League group stage[a]
5 Al-Fateh 26 11 8 7 35 28 +7 41 Qualification for the AFC Champions League play-off round[a]
6 Al-Shabab 26 11 6 9 27 28 −1 39
7 Al-Khaleej 26 8 9 9 27 43 −16 33
8 Al-Nassr 26 7 11 8 39 33 +6 32 Qualification for the Arab Club Championship group stage[c]
9 Al-Wehda 26 8 7 11 30 37 −7 31
10 Al-Faisaly 26 7 8 11 28 37 −9 29
11 Al-Qadisiyah 26 6 10 10 26 32 −6 28
12 Al-Raed (O) 26 6 6 14 30 45 −15 24 Qualification to relegation play-offs
13 Najran (R) 26 5 6 15 36 53 −17 21 Relegation to the First Division
14 Hajer (R) 26 2 3 21 15 56 −41 9
Source: SLstat.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Total goal difference; 5) Total goals scored; 6) Play-off (only for deciding champion, relegation and AFC competitions participation).[52]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d Since the winners of the 2016 King Cup, Al-Ahli, qualified for AFC Champions League group stage based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winner (2017 AFC Champions League group stage) is passed to the third-placed team and the spot for the third-placed team (AFC Champions League play-off round) is passed to the fourth-placed team.
  2. ^ Al-Ittihad did not obtain an AFC license. Therefore, even if they earn the right to play in Asian competitions based on league position, they will not be able to participate.[51]
  3. ^ Al-Nassr earned a place in the Arab Club Championship by virtue of being the 2016 King Cup runners-up.

Positions by round

The following table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve the chronological evolution, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. If a club from the Saudi Professional League wins the King Cup, they will qualify for the AFC Champions League, unless they have already qualified for it through their league position. In this case, an additional AFC Champions League group stage berth will be given to the 3rd placed team, and the AFC Champions League play-off round spot will be given to 4th.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Al-Ahli64221222211112222211111111
Al-Hilal32113111122221111122222222
Al-Ittihad43542345334333333333333333
Al-Taawoun86355553443444444444444444
Al-Fateh27768979897957776897665555
Al-Shabab11434434579565555555556666
Al-Khaleej1314131010867656678889966777777
Al-Nassr78676686765786667789888888
Al-Wehda141112121310111310101010101010101011101010101010109
Al-Faisaly11129977989888999986789999910
Al-Qadisiyah55889111011121111111111111111131213131112121111
Al-Raed1213141412131310111212131212121313121312121311111212
Najran109111314141212131313121313131212101111111213131313
Hajer910101111121414141414141414141414141414141414141414
Leader
2017 AFC Champions League group stage
2017 AFC Champions League play-off round
Qualified for relegation play-off
Relegation to 2016–17 First Division
Source: SLstat.com

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Results

Home \ Away AHL FSY FAT HIL ITT KHJ NSR QAD RAE SHB WHD TWN HJR NAJ
Al-Ahli 1–1 3–2 3–1 4–2 1–1 4–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–2
Al-Faisaly 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–3 1–2 2–2 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 2–2
Al-Fateh 0–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–1
Al-Hilal 1–2 0–0 3–3 0–1 7–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 4–1 2–0
Al-Ittihad 0–3 1–2 0–0 4–3 4–1 0–5 1–1 6–2 2–1 0–2 4–1 5–0 1–0
Al-Khaleej 0–4 2–1 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–4 1–1 0–1 3–1
Al-Nassr 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–0
Al-Qadisiyah 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 4–2
Al-Raed 2–5 5–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–3
Al-Shabab 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 3–2
Al-Wehda 0–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1
Al-Taawoun 0–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–3 3–3 5–1 2–0 4–0 4–2 4–0 4–1
Hajer 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–5 0–5 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–4 1–2
Najran 0–1 0–1 1–3 2–3 1–2 2–3 4–3 1–1 3–3 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 14 May 2016. Source: SLstat.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season progress

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Al-AhliDWWWWDWWDWWWWDDWDLWWWWWWWW
Al-FaisalyLLWDWDLDDLWWLWLLWWDLLLLDDD
Al-FatehWLDDDDWWLWLWLDDLWLDWWWWDWL
Al-HilalWWWWLWWWWWLWWWDWLLDWWDWLWD
Al-IttihadWWLWWDWLDWWLWWWWDWDLLWWWLL
Al-KhaleejLLDWDWWLDWDDDDDLLWWWLLWDLL
Al-NassrDDWLWDLDWDDWLWDLDDDLWLLDWL
Al-QadisiyahWDLLDLLLDLWDDLDLDLDLWWDDWW
Al-RaedLLLDDLWDWDLLLLLLLWLWWLWDLD
Al-ShababWWDWDDLWLLLLWWWWWWLLLDLDDW
Al-WehdaLDLDLWLLLWWLDLDLLDWWLWDDWW
Al-TaawounDWWLDWWDWLWWLDWWWLDWLWLDLW
HajerDLDLLLLLLLLLDLLWWLLLLLLLLL
NajranLDLLLLLWDLLLWLDWLWDLWLLDLD
Source: SLstat.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

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Al-Ittihad Club (Jeddah)

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Saudi El Clasico

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Saudi El Clasico, also called Saudi Derby, It is called El Clasico proportion to the Spanish football rivalry. is a name of football rivalry for any match between Al-Hilal and Al-Ittihad. It is contested twice a year in the Saudi Premier League competition and often meet in other competitions. Both of them hold two Champions League titles. The rivalry comes about as Riyadh and Jeddah are the two largest cities in Saudi Arabia.

Relegation play-offs

Al-Raed who finished 12th faced Al-Batin who finished 3rd in the 2015–16 Saudi First Division for a two-legged play-off. The winner on aggregate score will take part in the 2016–17 Saudi Professional League.[52] Al-Raed won 5–3 on aggregate and secured their place in the next season.[53]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Batin 3–5 Al-Raed 2–1 1–4

First leg

Al-Batin2–1Al-Raed
Al-Yami 15' (o.g.)
Metlaq 58'
Report Bangoura 50'
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoaish

Second leg

Al-Raed4–1Al-Batin
Pizzelli 3' (pen.)
Al-Shehri 30'
Al-Sawadi 81'
Bangoura 90+4' (pen.)
Report Jadoua 84'
Referee: Shukri Al-Hanfoush

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2015–16 Saudi First Division

2015–16 Saudi First Division

2015–16 Saudi First Division was the 39th season of the Saudi First Division since its establishment in 1976. The season started on 21 August 2015 and concluded on 23 April 2016.

UTC+03:00

UTC+03:00

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Sultan Al-Yami

Sultan Al-Yami

Sultan Al-Yami [سلطان اليامي in Arabic] is a Saudi football player who plays for Al-Jubail as a right back.

Sahow Metlaq

Sahow Metlaq

Sahow Metlaq Al-Mutairi is a Saudi professional footballer who plays for as a striker.

Ismaël Bangoura

Ismaël Bangoura

Ismaël Bangoura is a Guinean former footballer who played as a forward. Although his primary position is striker, Bangoura has also played as a winger and attacking midfielder.

Al-Batin Club Stadium

Al-Batin Club Stadium

The Al-Batin Club Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Hafar al-Batin, Saudi Arabia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Al-Batin. The stadium has a capacity of 6,000 seats. It was opened in April 2016.

Hafar al-Batin

Hafar al-Batin

Hafar al-Batin, also frequently spelled Hafr al-Batin, is a Saudi Arabian city in the Eastern Province. It is located 430 km north of Riyadh, 94.2 km from the Kuwait border, and about 74.3 from the Iraq border. The city lies in the dry valley of the Wadi al-Batin, which is part of the longer valley of the river Wadi al-Rummah, which leads inland toward Medina and formerly emptied into the Persian Gulf.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals[54]
1 Syria Omar Al Somah Al-Ahli 27
2 Venezuela Gelmin Rivas Al-Ittihad 19
3 Brazil Carlos Eduardo Al-Hilal 14
4 Saudi Arabia Abdulmajeed Al-Ruwaili Al-Taawoun 13
5 Brazil Élton José Al-Fateh 12
6 Saudi Arabia Ali Awaji Al-Wehda 11
7 Poland Adrian Mierzejewski Al-Nassr 10
Cameroon Paul Alo'o Al-Taawoun
9 Saudi Arabia Hamad Al-Juhaim Al-Fateh 8
Equatorial Guinea Javier Balboa Al-Faisaly

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date Ref
Venezuela Gelmin Rivas Al-Ittihad Al-Qadisiyah 3–1 (A) 17 October 2015 [55]
Syria Omar Al Somah Al-Ahli Al-Nassr 4–2 (H) 18 October 2015 [56]
Venezuela Gelmin Rivas Al-Ittihad Hajer 5–0 (H) 10 December 2015 [57]
Syria Omar Al Somah Al-Ahli Al-Raed 3–1 (H) 14 December 2015 [58]
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani4 Al-Hilal Hajer 4–1 (H) 8 May 2016 [59]
Syria Omar Al Somah Al-Ahli Al-Raed 5–2 (A) 8 May 2016 [60]
Notes

(H) – Home; (A) – Away
4 Player scored 4 goals

Most assists

Rank Player Club Assists[61]
1 Syria Jehad Al-Hussain Al-Taawoun 10
2 Saudi Arabia Salman Al-Moasher Al-Ahli 9
3 Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Muwallad Al-Ittihad 8
4 Brazil Eric Pereira Najran 7
Cameroon Paul Alo'o Al-Taawoun
6 Saudi Arabia Nawaf Al-Abed Al-Hilal 6
Armenia Marcos Pizzelli Al-Raed
Greece Giannis Fetfatzidis Al-Ahli
Poland Adrian Mierzejewski Al-Nassr
Brazil Élton José Al-Fateh
Venezuela Gelmin Rivas Al-Ittihad
Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim Al-Ahli

Clean sheets

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets[62]
1 Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Mosailem Al-Ahli 10
Saudi Arabia Khalid Sharhili Al-Hilal
3 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Owais Al-Shabab 8
4 Saudi Arabia Faisel Masrahi Al-Shabab 7
5 Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Owaishir Al-Fateh 6
6 Saudi Arabia Moslem Al Freej Al-Khaleej 5
Saudi Arabia Mansoor Al-Najai Al-Faisaly
Saudi Arabia Assaf Al-Qarni Al-Ittihad
Saudi Arabia Fayz Al-Sabiay Al-Taawoun
10 Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Shammari Al-Raed 4
Saudi Arabia Mutab Sharahili Al-Nassr

Discipline

Player

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 61[63]
    • Al-Khaleej
  • Most red cards: 7[63]
    • Najran

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Attendances

By round

2015–16 Professional League Attendance
Round Total GP. Avg. Per Game
Round 1 32,122 7 4,589
Round 2 29,840 7 4,263
Round 3 93,882 7 13,412
Round 4 53,701 7 7,672
Round 5 69,084 7 9,869
Round 6 39,156 7 5,594
Round 7 48,285 7 6,898
Round 8 57,644 7 8,235
Round 9 44,462 7 6,352
Round 10 72,727 7 10,390
Round 11 47,422 7 6,775
Round 12 43,783 7 6,255
Round 13 30,295 7 4,328
Round 14 63,279 7 9,040
Round 15 52,709 7 7,530
Round 16 28,518 7 4,074
Round 17 55,137 7 7,877
Round 18 38,551 7 5,507
Round 19 53,191 7 7,599
Round 20 56,595 7 8,085
Round 21 45,342 7 6,477
Round 22 18,184 7 2,598
Round 23 34,391 7 4,913
Round 24 67,870 7 9,696
Round 25 14,018 7 2,003
Round 26 66,622 7 9,517
Total
1,256,810
182 6,906

Source:[64]

By team

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Al-Ahli 360,312 60,051 7,144 27,716 −18.7%
2 Al-Ittihad 295,465 59,037 1,787 22,728 −46.4%
3 Al-Hilal 154,338 26,653 2,371 11,872 −8.7%
4 Al-Nassr 82,193 21,716 1,074 6,323 −60.9%
5 Al-Taawoun 72,910 12,507 1,274 5,608 +108.9%
6 Al-Raed 61,520 12,324 1,474 4,732 +42.9%
7 Al-Shabab 38,201 14,850 392 2,939 −10.7%
8 Al-Wehda 37,990 10,939 310 2,922 n/a

9 Al-Fateh 37,184 11,688 282 2,860 +3.0%
10 Al-Qadisiyah 35,022 12,050 182 2,694 n/a

11 Najran 34,761 18,777 46 2,674 +181.8%
12 Hajer 22,211 6,754 106 1,709 +5.4%
13 Al-Khaleej 18,445 6,714 93 1,419 −47.2%
14 Al-Faisaly 6,258 1,750 63 481 −15.6%
League total 1,256,810 60,051 46 6,906 −24.5%

Updated to games played on 14 May 2016
Source: [65][5][66]
Notes:
Teams played previous season in First Division.

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Source: "2015–16 Saudi Professional League", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, December 13th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015–16_Saudi_Professional_League.

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