UEFA Country Ranking as of mid-season of 2015–16 season.
On 31 July 2012, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a two-year deal with BH Telecom regarding the sponsorship of the league, effectively renaming the league BH Telecom Premier League. The deal was extended once more before the start of 2014–15 season.
The following table lists the champions by cities; Counting since when the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina is played on the whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, season 2002–03.
The BH Telecom Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian: BH Telecom Premijer liga Bosne i Hercegovine / BH Telecom Премијер лига Босне и Херцеговине) also known as Liga 12 is the top football league in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the country's most prestigious level of football competition currently contested by 12 clubs with last two teams relegated at the end of every season.
In the qualifiers for the UEFA Champions League season 2002–03, Željezničar gained the greatest success in Bosnian post-war club-football so far, going all the way to the last qualifying round for the most important club competition in Europe. After big wins over ÍA Akraness and Lillestrøm, however they were held by Newcastle United. In the first match, held in Sarajevo, Newcastle won 0–1 with English team defeating Željezničar 4–0 in England.
The situation escalated in the 52nd minute when Leon Benko scored for 1:1.
Listing seasons (aside of 1998–99 season) before the creation of Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina where the champion was decided via a play-off played between best placed clubs who played in First League of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and First League of Herzeg-Bosnia (without clubs from First League of the Republika Srpska).
The north stand of Bilino Polje stadium in Zenica hosted visiting fans who threw pyrotechnics on the field, and firecrackers could also be heard.
Counting only since 2002–03 season, the season the league became a unified country-wide league. As of the end of 2015–16 season.
At the end of the season last two teams are relegated, and winners of First League of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and First League of Republika Srpska are promoted to Premier League.
1 Played without clubs from Republika Srpska entity of BiH which only joined the league since 2002.
Champions of First League of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ssn = Number of seasons; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points;HF = Highest finish
The second time a Bosnian club moved into the last qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League was FK Sarajevo in 2007–08, when they lost to Dynamo Kyiv 0–4 on aggregate, after going over Maltese Marsaxlokk and Belgian side Genk.
Match of the 5th round of BH Telecom Premier League between Football Club Celik from Zenica and Football Club Sarajevo was marked by the twenty-minute interruption due to clashes between FC Sarajevo fans and the police.
Listing seasons from when the league was officially named Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1 Željezničar Sarajevo won further 3 titles prior season 2002–03, which was played without clubs from Republika Srpska entity of BiH.
1 In the 2004–05 season, Borac Banja Luka was deducted 1 point (Slavija was awarded 3–0 vs Borac Banja Luka in week 11). 2 In the 2006–07 season, Zrinjski was deducted 1 point (Orašje was awarded 3–0 vs Zrinjski).
Fans clashed with police, referee Dragan Skakic stopped the game, but it continued and ended with 1:1.
The League is, as of season 2012–13, represented by four clubs in European competition. The winner of the Premier League starts from the Champions League second qualifying round. The winner of the Football Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina starts from the second qualifying round of Europa League, while the runner up and the third placed team start their journey from the first qualifying round of Europa League.
Counting since when the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina is played on the whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, season 2002–03.
The league is operated by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1998 and 2000, the champion was decided after a play-off between Bosniak and Bosnian Croat clubs. In 2000, a national league started for the first time, with Serbian clubs refusing to take part in the first two league seasons, eventually joining in 2002.