First Professional Football League
FIFA Region
UEFA
Season
2020-2021
Location
Bulgaria
Abbreviation
BUL1

Summary

The First Professional Football League (BUL1) is the top professional league in the Bulgarian football system. At completion of the 2020-2021 regular season, the top 6 teams participate in the BUL1 Championship Group phase. Championship Group results determine how the teams qualify for the following non-league play:

  • 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 1st place 2020-2021 BUL1 Championship Group team
  • 2021-2022 UEFA Europa Conference League - 2nd Qualifying Round:
    • 2nd place 2020-2021 BUL1 Championship Group teams
    • winner of 2020-2021 BUL1 UEFA Europa Conference League Playoffs

The winner of the 2020-2021 Bulgarian Cup, typically a BUL1 team, also receives a berth in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the 2021-2022 UEFA Europa Conference League.

Leagues Pyramid - Bulgaria

Abbrev League # of Teams
BUL1 efbet League
(First Professional Football League)
14
BUL2 Second Professional Football League 18
BUL3 Third Amatuer Football League 63

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

Regular
7 Aug 2020 - 16 Apr 2021
Champ/Releg Rounds
19 Apr 2021 - 27 May 2021
UEFAECL Playoffs
19 April 2021 - 31 May 2021
14: BUL1 (12 minimum), BUL2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

The 2020-2021 BUL1 consists of a double round robin format where each BUL1 team plays Home-Away matches with the other 13 BUL1 teams, for a total of 26 regular season matches per team. At the end of regular season, the top 6 teams play in the Championship group, teams placed 7th through 10th play in the UEFA Europa Conference League (UEFAECL) group, and teams placed 11th through 14th play in the Relegation group. In the Championship round, each team plays Home/Away matches against the other 5 teams for 10 more matches (36 total per team). In the UEFAECL and Relegation groups, the 4 teams play Home/Away matches against the other 3 teams in their group for 6 more matches (32 total per team). Table ranking ties are broken by (1) head-to-head points, (2) head-to-head goal difference, (3) head-to-head goals scored, (4) head-to-head away goals scored (if only 2 teams), (5) goal difference, (6) total goals scored, (7) Fairplay ranking, then (8) a draw.

Playoffs

To be published.

Relegation

To be published.


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1st Stage

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Ludogorets Razgrad 1612 -3-139-34132187 -1-0221541185 -2-11719910
2PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1610 -3-333-30141685 -3-0181761185 -0-3151385
3CSKA Sofia 169 -6-133-26151186 -2-020125783 -4-11314104
4FK Arda Kardzhali 167 -8-129-2314984 -4-016158783 -4-113862
5PFC Beroe Stara Zagora 168 -4-428-29141584 -2-2141651184 -2-2141394
6CSKA 1948 Sofia 166 -6-424-2417785 -1-2162091181 -5-2848-4
7PFC Cherno More Varna 166 -3-721-2121084 -1-3131311282 -2-48810-2
8FC Tsarsko Selo Sofia 164 -5-717-1318-582 -3-3979-282 -2-4869-3
9PFC Levski Sofia 164 -3-915-1718-183 -1-41088081 -2-55910-1
10POFC Botev Vratsa 164 -3-915-1824-683 -2-311127581 -1-64617-11
11PFC Montana 163 -5-814-1630-1483 -1-4101418-480 -4-44212-10
12PFC Botev Plovdiv 163 -5-814-1532-1783 -4-113108280 -1-71524-19
13PFC Slavia Sofia 163 -3-1012-1026-1682 -3-3937-481 -0-73719-12
14SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo 162 -5-911-1131-2081 -3-46614-881 -2-55517-12
Championship Round
UEFAECL Playoffs
Relegation Round

Fixtures

Fri - 12 Feb 2021
 PFC Slavia Sofia   CSKA SofiaSlavia Stadium
 POFC Botev Vratsa   PFC Beroe Stara ZagoraStadion Hristo Botev (Vratsa)
 PFC Botev Plovdiv   FK Arda KardzhaliSporten kompleks Botev 1912
 CSKA 1948 Sofia   FC Tsarsko Selo SofiaStadion Vasil Levski
 PFC Levski Sofia   PFC MontanaVivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov
Fri - 19 Feb 2021
 PFC Montana   CSKA 1948 SofiaOgosta Stadium
 CSKA Sofia   PFC Cherno More VarnaBalgarska Armia Stadium
 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Ludogorets RazgradStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)
Fri - 26 Feb 2021
 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv   SFC Etar Veliko TarnovoStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)
 Ludogorets Razgrad   CSKA SofiaHuvepharma Arena
 POFC Botev Vratsa   FC Tsarsko Selo SofiaStadion Hristo Botev (Vratsa)
 PFC Botev Plovdiv   PFC MontanaSporten kompleks Botev 1912

Results

Sun - 20 Dec 2020
Sat - 19 Dec 2020
Fri - 18 Dec 2020
 CSKA Sofia 10 PFC Levski SofiaStadion Vasil Levski
Thu - 17 Dec 2020
Wed - 16 Dec 2020
Tue - 15 Dec 2020
Mon - 14 Dec 2020
 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 20 PFC Slavia SofiaStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)
Sun - 13 Dec 2020
 CSKA Sofia 21 POFC Botev VratsaBalgarska Armia Stadium
Sat - 12 Dec 2020
 FC Tsarsko Selo Sofia 22 PFC Levski SofiaTsarsko selo Complex
Fri - 11 Dec 2020
Thu - 10 Dec 2020
 POFC Botev Vratsa 12 PFC Slavia SofiaStadion Hristo Botev (Vratsa)
Wed - 9 Dec 2020
Mon - 7 Dec 2020
Sun - 6 Dec 2020
 PFC Botev Plovdiv 03 CSKA SofiaSporten kompleks Botev 1912
 POFC Botev Vratsa 01 PFC Lokomotiv PlovdivStadion Hristo Botev (Vratsa)
Sat - 5 Dec 2020
 PFC Levski Sofia 12 FK Arda KardzhaliVivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov
 CSKA 1948 Sofia 10 PFC Beroe Stara ZagoraStadion Vasil Levski