1930–31 in Mandatory Palestine football

The 1930–31 season was the 4th season of competitive football in the British Mandate for Palestine under the Eretz Israel Football Association. During the season, the Arab Palestine Sports Federation was established as a rival to the Jewish-controlled EIFA.[1]

IFA Competitions[edit]

1930–31 Palestine League[edit]

Football league season

An attempt was made to organize a Palestine League, with the participation of 11 clubs, both Jewish and British, in the top division and a second division divided into four regional leagues. However, league matches were suspended in November 1930 as British military teams were ordered not to play Jewish teams due to the tensions between the British Mandate government and the Jewish community following the publication of the Passfield white paper.[2] An attempt to revive the league with Jewish clubs only also failed.[3]


Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 1930. Source: Do’ar HaYom
  1. ^ a b A match between Maccabi Petah Tikva and British Police was played and ended with a 5–4 victory to Petah Tikva. However, the result was annulled.

1930–31 Second Division[edit]

Along with the first division, the EIFA planned to operate a Second Division (Mahlaka Bet), which was planned to be divided into four regional divisions,[4][5] with mostly junior and reserve teams. It seems that Maccabi Yona won the Jerusalem division,[6] During the season some of the participating teams withdrew from the competition, which forced the EIFA to operate just one division in the Tel Aviv area.[7]

Notable events[edit]

  • In October 1930 the Hapoel organization held the second Hapoel Games in Tel Aviv. In a single football match during the event a Jerusalem XI team (composed of Maccabi Hasmonean Jerusalem and British Police players) met a Hapoel XI (composed of Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Haifa players). The Hapoel XI won 2–0.[3]
  • In a meeting in held in June 1930 in Jaffa, the Arab Palestine Sports Federation was established, as a governing body for Arab sport activities.[1]
  • The football and tennis teams of the Egyptian University performed a brief tour in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in February 1931. The football team played against Maccabi Tel Aviv, who were beaten 0–4 by the University XI,[8] against The Orthodox Club of Jaffa, who were beaten 2–5, and a combined Maccabi Hashmonai and British Police XI, which had beaten the Egyptians 4–0[9][10]
  • In early March 1931 Hapoel Haifa visited Beirut, losing 1–3 to the American University of Beirut (AUB) XI,[11] and beating Al Nahda SC 8–4.[12] A week later Hapoel Tel Aviv made the same trip, losing 3–4 to the AUB XI,[13] and 0–2 to Nahda.[14]
  • A Mandatory Palestine team, made of Hapoel players, took part in the 1931 Workers’ Summer Olympiad football tournament, losing 1–3 to Hungary in the first round, and losing 0–4 to Norway in the consolation tournament. The single goal for the Hapoel team was scored by Stern.[15]


  1. ^ a b Khalidi, Issam (2014). “Sports and Aspirations: Football in Palestine, 1900-1948” (PDF). Jerusalem Quarterly (58): 74–88. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  2. ^ British Teams in E.I. Left the Football Association Do’ar HaYom, 28 October 1930, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ a b Shohat, Elisha (2006). 100 Years of Football 1906-2006. p. 43.
  4. ^ The New Palestine League The Palestine Bulletin, 1 October 1930
  5. ^ בהתאחדות א”י לכדור רגל Do’ar HaYom, 3 October 1930 (in Hebrew)
  6. ^ מכבי יונה בראש ליגה ב’ Do’ar HaYom, 29 May 1931 (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ בליגות המחוזיות מדרגה ב’ Do’ar HaYom, 30 January 1931 (in Hebrew)
  8. ^ “בספורט” [In Sport]. Do’ar HaYom (in Hebrew). Jerusalem. 15 February 1931. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  9. ^ “נבחרת האוניברסיטה המצרית בירושלים” [The Egyptian University Team in Jerusalem]. Do’ar HaYom (in Hebrew). Jerusalem. 20 February 1931. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  10. ^ “הספורטאים המצרים בא”י” [The Egyptian Sportsmen in Palestine]. Davar (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. 25 February 1931. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  11. ^ “הפועל החיפואי בבירות” [The Haifan Hapoel in Beirut]. Do’ar HaYom (in Hebrew). Jerusalem. 3 March 1931. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  12. ^ “נצחון הפועל בבירות” [The Victory of Hapoel in Beirut]. Do’ar HaYom (in Hebrew). Jerusalem. 5 March 1931. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  13. ^ “הפועל בבירות” [Hapoel in Beirut]. Davar (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. 8 March 1931. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  14. ^ “א”י וסוריה על שדה הספורט” [Palestine and Syria on the Sport Field]. Do’ar HaYom (in Hebrew). Jerusalem. 12 March 1931. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  15. ^ Shohat, Elisha (2006). 100 Years of Football 1906-2006. pp. 44–45.