First Professional Football League
FIFA Region
UEFA
Season
2022-2023
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 2022-2023 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:

  • 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 1st place 2022-2023 BUL1 Championship Group team
  • 2023-2024 UEFA Europa Conference League - 2nd Qualifying Round:
    • 2nd and 3rd place 2022-2023 BUL1 Championship Group teams
    • winner of 2022-2023 BUL1 UEFA Europa Conference League Playoffs

The winner of the 2022-2023 Bulgarian Cup, typically a BUL1 team, also receives a berth in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the 2023-2024 UEFA Europa Conference League.

Leagues Pyramid - Bulgaria

Abbrev League # of Teams
BUL1 efbet League
(First Professional Football League)
16
BUL2 Second Professional Football League 20
BUL3 Third Amatuer Football League 71

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

Regular
8 Jul 2022 - 11 Apr 2023
Champ/Releg Rounds
15 Apr 2023 - 22 May 2023
UEFAECL Playoffs
22 May 2023 - 30 May 2022
14: BUL1 (12 minimum), BUL2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

The 2022-2023 BUL1 consists of a double round robin format where each BUL1 team plays Home-Away matches with the other 15 BUL1 teams, for a total of 30 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 place teams play in the UEFA Europa Conference League (UEFAECL) group, and teams placed 11th through 16th place play in the Relegation group. In the Championship and Relegation rounds, each team plays Home/Away matches against the other 5 teams for 10 more matches (40 total per team). In the UEFAECL group, the 4 teams play Home/Away matches against the other 3 teams in their group for 6 more matches (36 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 drawing.

Playoffs

Upon completion of the 2022-2023 BUL1 Championship and UEFAECL Playoffs rounds, the 3rd place Championship team enters into Home/Away highest aggregate goals wins matches against the 1st place UEFAECL Playoffs team.

Relegation

At the end of the 2022-2023 BUL1 Relegation Round, the 6th place team is relegated to BUL2, and the 5th place team enters into a Promotion/Relegation with a BUL2 team.


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1st Stage

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1CSKA Sofia 1814 -2-244-3492598 -1-0252031796 -1-2191468
2Ludogorets Razgrad 1612 -3-139-44113386 -2-0202141786 -1-11923716
3CSKA 1948 Sofia 1810 -6-236-28131597 -2-0231951493 -4-213981
4PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1810 -3-533-2215796 -0-318159694 -3-215761
5PFC Slavia Sofia 1710 -2-532-2116586 -2-020136794 -0-512810-2
6PFC Levski Sofia 178 -5-429-25111496 -2-1201731482 -3-39880
7PFC Cherno More Varna 188 -5-529-1716195 -2-217108293 -3-31278-1
8FC Lokomotiv 1929 Sofia 187 -5-626-2320395 -2-217128492 -3-491112-1
9FK Arda Kardzhali 187 -5-626-1820-295 -2-217119292 -3-49711-4
10PFC Botev Plovdiv 186 -1-1119-2625195 -0-4151810891 -1-74815-7
11PFC Beroe Stara Zagora 185 -4-919-1630-1494 -2-3141111091 -2-65519-14
12PFC Septemvri Sofia 183 -6-915-1725-891 -5-38611-592 -1-671114-3
13POFC Botev Vratsa 184 -3-1115-1534-1993 -2-411613-791 -1-74921-12
14OFK Pirin Blagoevgrad 182 -6-1012-1326-1392 -3-49814-690 -3-63512-7
15FK Hebar 1918 Pazardzhik 183 -3-1212-1235-2391 -2-65716-992 -1-67519-14
16FK Spartak 1918 Varna 181 -5-128-1439-2591 -3-56714-790 -2-72725-18
Championship Round
UEFAECL Playoffs
Relegation Round

Fixtures

Fri - 10 Feb 2023
 CSKA Sofia   PFC Botev PlovdivBalgarska Armia Stadium
 FC Lokomotiv 1929 Sofia   PFC Septemvri SofiaStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)
 POFC Botev Vratsa   CSKA 1948 SofiaStadion Hristo Botev (Plovdiv)
 FK Hebar 1918 Pazardzhik   FK Spartak 1918 VarnaStadion Hristo Botev (Plovdiv)
 OFK Pirin Blagoevgrad   PFC Levski SofiaStadion Hristo Botev (Plovdiv)
Fri - 17 Feb 2023
 OFK Pirin Blagoevgrad   PFC Cherno More VarnaStadion Hristo Botev (Plovdiv)
 PFC Levski Sofia   Ludogorets RazgradVivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov
 PFC Slavia Sofia   FK Hebar 1918 PazardzhikStadion Aleksandar Shalamanov
 FK Spartak 1918 Varna   POFC Botev VratsaStadion Spartak (Varna)
 CSKA 1948 Sofia   FK Arda KardzhaliStadion Vitosha (Bistritsa)
 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv   FC Lokomotiv 1929 SofiaStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)
 PFC Septemvri Sofia   CSKA SofiaStadion Vasil Levski
 PFC Botev Plovdiv   PFC Beroe Stara ZagoraSporten kompleks Botev 1912
Fri - 24 Feb 2023
 CSKA Sofia   PFC Lokomotiv PlovdivBalgarska Armia Stadium
 FC Lokomotiv 1929 Sofia   CSKA 1948 SofiaStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)

Results

Sat - 19 Nov 2022
 FK Spartak 1918 Varna PSPD Ludogorets RazgradStadion Spartak (Varna)
 PFC Botev Plovdiv PSPD FC Lokomotiv 1929 SofiaSporten kompleks Botev 1912
 CSKA 1948 Sofia PSPD FK Hebar 1918 PazardzhikStadion Vitosha (Bistritsa)
 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv PSPD POFC Botev VratsaStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)
 PFC Levski Sofia PSPD PFC Cherno More VarnaVivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov
 PFC Slavia Sofia PSPD OFK Pirin BlagoevgradStadion Aleksandar Shalamanov
Mon - 14 Nov 2022
 POFC Botev Vratsa 00 PFC Septemvri SofiaStadion Hristo Botev (Plovdiv)
Sun - 13 Nov 2022
 FC Lokomotiv 1929 Sofia 12 PFC Beroe Stara ZagoraStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)
Sat - 12 Nov 2022
 PFC Levski Sofia 12 PFC Slavia SofiaVivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov
Fri - 11 Nov 2022
 OFK Pirin Blagoevgrad 31 FK Spartak 1918 VarnaStadion Hristo Botev (Plovdiv)
Tue - 8 Nov 2022
 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 23 Ludogorets RazgradStadion Lokomotiv (Plovdiv)
Sun - 6 Nov 2022
 CSKA Sofia 00 FC Lokomotiv 1929 SofiaBalgarska Armia Stadium
 FK Spartak 1918 Varna 22 PFC Levski SofiaStadion Spartak (Varna)
 PFC Slavia Sofia 10 PFC Cherno More VarnaStadion Aleksandar Shalamanov