The Ghana Premier League (GHPL) is the top level football division of the Ghanaian football pyramid. The GHPL was created in 1956, after the Gold Coast Club Competition’s final season ended 1954.
The GHPL is organized by the Ghana Football Association. The Ghanaian football league is competitive and ranks moderately high compared to many other African football leagues. The GHPL was ranked as the 11th best in Africa by the IFFHS from 2001-2010 and 65th in the IFFHS’ Best Leagues of the World ranking.
The GHPL trophy has been dominated by two main clubs – Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko. However both clubs have struggled in recent years that have seen Obuasi Ashantigold SC (2015) and Wa All Stars (2016) crowned champions.
Current GHPL clubs
The Ghana Premier League consists of 16 clubs that play each other at home and away in 30 rounds of matches to determine their position in the league table. The current clubs in Ghana’s top flight football league are as follows:
|Aduana Stars||Agyeman Badu Stadium||Dormaa Ahenkro||5,000|
|All Stars||Wa Sports Stadium||Wa||5,000|
|Asante Kotoko||Baba Yara Stadium||Kumasi||40,528|
|AshantiGold||Len Clay Stadium||Obuasi||20,000|
|Bechem United||Nana Gyeabour’s Park||Bechem||5,000|
|Berekum Chelsea||Berekum Sports Stadium||Berekum||10,000|
|Dreams||Dawu Sports Stadium||Accra||10,000|
|Ebusua Dwarfs||Cape Coast Sports Stadium||Cape Coast||15,000|
|Hearts of Oak||Accra Sports Stadium||Accra||40,000|
|Inter Allies||Tema Sports Stadium||Tema||10,000|
|Liberty Professionals||Dansoman Park||Dansoman||2,000|
|New Edubiase United||Len Clay Stadium||Obuasi||20,000|
|Sekondi Hasaacas||Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium||Sekondi-Takoradi||20,000|
|Techiman City||Ohene Ameyaw Park||Techiman||2,000|
|WAFA||Sogakope Stadium||Goma Fetteh||1,000|
The Ghana Premier clubs each have their own stadiums. Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko have the largest stadiums – Accra Sports Stadium and Baba Yara Stadium – both with about 40,000 seats on game day.
WAFA Academy have the smallest stadium in the GHPL. Sogakope Stadium is an intimate venue with 1,000 seats.
Ghana Premier League (GHPL) Champions
Eleven clubs have won the prestigious Ghana Premier League title at least once. Kotoko and Hearts have won it 43 times between them. The third spot is occupied by Ashanti Gold who have won it only 4 times. The statistics show that Hearts and Kotoko have dominated the league since its birth and are therefore the two largest football clubs in Ghana.
|Club||City / Region||Titles||Last Title|
|Asante Kotoko||Kumasi, Ashanti||23||2013/14|
|Hearts of Oak||Accra, Greater Accra||20||2008/09|
|Ashanti Gold (Goldfields)||Obuasi, Ashanti||4||2015|
|Great Olympics||Accra, Greater Accra||2||1974|
|Eleven Wise||Sekondi, Western||1||1960|
|Real Republicans||Accra, Greater Accra||1||1962/63|
|Mysterious Dwarves||Cape Coast, Central||1||1966|
|Sekondi Hasaacas||Sekondi, Western||1||1977|
|Aduana Stars||Dormaa Ahenkro, Brong-Ahafo||1||2009/10|
|Berekum Chelsea||Berekum, Brong-Ahafo||1||2010/11|
|Wa All Stars||Wa, Upper West||1||2016|
Contributors: Kwame Osei