1998–99 Liga Alef

The 1998–99 Liga Alef season was held between 11 September 1998 and 29 May 1999. It was the last season (until 2009–10) in which Liga Alef was the third tier of Israeli football, as the creation of the Israeli Premier League in the summer of 1999 meant that it became the fourth tier.
Due to the restructuring, two clubs were due to be promoted from each division; Hapoel Ra’anana and Hapoel Nazareth Illit from the north and Hapoel Dimona and Hapoel Ramat Gan from the south.
During the summer of 1999, Maccabi Jaffa were demoted to Liga Alef (from Liga Leumit) after their budget was not approved by the Israel Football Association, which resulted in Maccabi Sha’arayim (the third-placed club with the highest points total) being promoted alongside the top two from the South Division. In addition, Hapoel Ashdod, Hapoel Lod and SK Nes Tziona were all demoted from Liga Artzit after their budgets were not approved by the IFA. This resulted in the third- and fourth-placed clubs from the North Division (Hapoel Iksal and Hapoel Acre) and the fourth-placed club in the South Division (Shimshon Tel Aviv) also being promoted.
North Division[edit]

Pos
Club
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes

1
Hapoel Ra’anana
30
18
8
4
71
35
36
62
Promoted to
Liga Artzit

2
Hapoel Nazareth Illit
30
16
10
4
54
27
27
58

3
Hapoel Iksal
30
14
7
9
38
32
6
49

4
Hapoel Acre
30
12
9
9
47
41
6
45

5
Hapoel Majd al-Krum
30
13
5
12
47
42
5
44

6
Maccabi Shefa-‘Amr
30
13
3
14
40
45
-5
42

7
Maccabi Afula
30
12
6
12
49
57
-8
42

8
Maccabi Isfiya
30
11
7
12
45
42
3
40

9
Hapoel Migdal HaEmek
30
10
10
10
47
45
2
40

10
Hapoel Hadera
30
11
7
12
45
43
2
40

11
Maccabi Tamra
30
11
7
12
44
50
-6
40

12
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
30
10
9
11
47
43
4
39

13
Maccabi Tur’an
30
10
8
12
34
47
-13
38

14
Hapoel Kafr Kanna
30
10
7
13
50
53
-3
37

15
Hapoel Umm al-Fahm
30
9
9
12
48
48
0
331
Relegated to
Liga Bet

16
Hapoel Kafr Qasim
30
1
6
23
12
68
-56
9

1. Three points deducted due to crowd trouble.
South Division[edit]

Pos
Club
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes

1
Hapoel Dimona
30
21
5
4
61
23
38
68
Promoted to
Liga Artzit

2
Hapoel Ramat Gan
30
18
9
3
71
32
39
63

3
Maccabi Sha’arayim
30
18
8
4
55
28
27
62

4
Shimshon Tel Aviv
30
17
7
6
63
30
33
58

5
Maccabi Ashkelon
30
16
6
8
57
32
25
54

6
Hapoel Or Yehuda
30
13
7
10
51
47
4
46

7
Hapoel Nahlat Yehuda
30
14
2
14
46
49
-3
44

8
Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon
30
10
11
9
34
31
3
41

9
Maccabi Ramat Amidar
30
11
7
12
35
41
-6
40

10
Hapoel Mevaseret Zion