KPFA League First Division
|Country||Kagdazka and Pazhujebu|
|Established||5241 (Pazhujebi calendar)|
|Number of teams||16|
|Level(s) on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup||Šenapatiam'ajat Vahavi|
|Current champions||FKM (5255)|
|Most successful team||FKM and Zhevassi (5 titles)|
The KPFA League First Division is the top-level professional football league in Kagdazka and Pazhujebu. It is contested yearly by sixteen club teams from around the Federation, regardless of status as Kagdaz or Pazhujebi. The season begins in early January and concludes in mid-October, after which it is followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final of the Šenapatiam'ajat Vahavi.
The 'Southwest Three'
In terms of finances, the old term 'The Big 5' is often used to describe Angels, FKM, Urajbina, Vulkan, and Zhevassi. These teams have managed to acquire significant financial investment, in some cases domestic, and in other cases foreign. They typically do the most wheeling and dealing in the close-season transfer window, though all have good youth programs. However, over the years, noticeable paradigm shifts have occurred. Though no one argues with the reality that the Big 5 have the most money to spend, they have by no means been the most successful. During the mid-5240s, there were three clear powers in the First Division: Juvapanam, Urajbina, and Zhevassi. The latter and former both achieved title "threepeats" during this time. But as soon as the dominance of the Fajr Island Three came, so has it began to wane, with Juvapanam and Urajbina experiencing troubles in 5249 and Zhevassi losing control of the First Division crown in 5250. That was when a new order rose, with three Kagdaz rather than three Pazhujebi teams dominating proceedings: FKM, Gimnasia, and Vulkan. Currently, these three are referred to as the Southwest Three.
The First Division sends several clubs to UICA competitions every year. At current moment, the champions of the First Division go directly to the Champions' Cup group stage, the runners-up go to the Champions' Cup qualifying round(s), and the third- and fourth-place sides go to the Globe Cup qualifying round(s). (A final spot in the 1st round of Globe Cup qualifying can be awarded to the 5th-place finisher if the victor of the Šenapatiam'ajat Vahavi final has already acquired a UICA place via the league.)
The telecommunications infrastructure in the Federation is highly limited; for more information see here. However, a recent deal has been struck with the Unitopolitan Television Network that will provide television coverage of just under one half of all league matches. The infrastructure of the Federation is sure to improve slightly as a result, but the KPFA's primary motive when signing the deal was growing the profile of the league in other countries.
Teams within each of the Federation's constituent countries (Kagdazka and Pazhujebu) often vehemently hate one another, due simply to geographic proximity and cultural hostility. For quite some time, it was thought that football rivalries, or derbies, would correspondingly only be between teams within these two countries. But as the Federation has gelled as one national unit, due in no small part to the increasingly globalized nature of football, animosity has cropped up between clubs that play thousands of miles away from each other. No trans-Federation derby has achieved more infamy than the Gimnasia/Zhevassi rivalry, since in consecutive years the two sides met in the Vahavi final and in consecutive years violence emerged as a result of the fixtures (two Zhevassi supporters were shot dead by a bitter Gimnasia supporter after the 5250 Vahavi final, which the Galacticos won thanks to a clearly offside goal). That is why the Derby of the Federation is listed first below. The rest appear in no particular order for no particular reason.
It is worth noting here that BFZ have a rivalry with more or less every other team in the league. The Gelendzhik club's outspokenly far-right supporters, who openly advocate racism and sexism, are made villains by everyone else (justifiably, for the most part). That said, the fact that Iguani are often referred to as "the liberal BFZ" because of their leftist attitudes makes the Yayal outfit a perfect nemesis for BFZ, so their "derby" is listed below.
- Gimnasia and Zhevassi (The Derby of the Federation)
- Juvapanam and Urajbina (The Rahish Bay Derby)
- Urajbina and Zhevassi (The Fajr Island Derby)
- Angels and Therakham (The Mahathu Derby)
- Raktaghav Hathi and Urnabhi (The Emuzhezh Derby)
- Gimnasia and Vulkan (The Old Gelendzhik Derby)
- Meteoriti and Vulkan (The New Gelendzhik Derby)
- Angels and FKM (The Great Kagdaz Rivalry)
- BFZ and Iguani
|Angels||Dyurtyuli and Mahathu||Ugo Stowell||The Ice Cube and Praça de Prata||81,000 and 66,000|
|BFZ||Gelendzhik||Syoma Fedyushyn||Nikel Gornyakov Sad||34,000|
|FKM||CMZ||Nemešiabhi Ja||FKM Arena||69,000|
|Gimnasia||Gelendzhik||Zivan Zagorinski||Gelendzhik Stadion||37,000|
|Iguani||Yayal||David Silverman||Terpimost Stadion||13,000|
|Juvapanam||Juvapanam||Macrina Mana||Sampa Gumbada Stidiyama||48,000|
|Kileh Gulabhav||Mahathu||Chaya Vuhumkara||Thuhu Canyon||21,000|
|Meteoriti||Gelendzhik||Boris Timriz||Yellow Goat Vodka Arena||41,000|
|Pkethat Hevnaje||Pkethat Hevnaje||Lukyan Shafranov||Mhudhema Adizha Stidiyama||47,000|
|Raktaghav Hathi||Emuzhezh||Paul Clayton||Emuzhezh Stidiyama||36,000|
|Therakham||Mahathu||Yegor Gaznayev||Therakham Velodrama||52,000|
|Urajbina||Urajbina||Kaikusi Iku'po||Oberlander'ajat Stidiyama||41,000|
|Urnabhi||Emuzhezh||Cjkbavkc Qd||Emuzhezh Stidiyama||36,000|
|Vulkan||Gelendzhik||Šudhan Chahachim||Yuzhniy Veter Stadion||51,000|
|Yastrabi||Dyurtyuli||Dan Medworth||The Ice Cube||81,000|
|Zhevassi||Zhevassi||Nicolaj Koch||Graha’ajat Stidiyama||99,000|
|Season||Champion||Runner-Up||Šenapatiam'ajat Vahavi Winner|
Total Titles Won
|FKM||5||5243, 5251, 5253, 5254, 5255|
|Zhevassi||5||5241, 5242, 5247, 5248, 5249|
|Juvapanam||3||5244, 5245, 5246|