|Number of teams||16|
|Relegation to||I Liga|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)|| Polish Cup|
|UEFA cup(s)|| Champions League|
|Current champions|| Legia Warszawa (11th title)|
|Most successful club|| Górnik Zabrze|
Wisła Krakow (14)
|TV|| Canal+ Sport|
The Ekstraklasa (since July 2016 currently named Lotto Ekstraklasa due to sponsorship reasons) is the top Polish professional league for men's association football clubs (it is the country's primary football competition). Contested by 16 clubs, operating a system of promotion and relegation with the I liga. Seasons starts in July, and ends in May or June the following year. Teams play a total of 37 games each, totalling 296 matches in the season. Games are played on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. The winner of the Ekstraklasa qualifies for the Polish SuperCup. The Ekstraklasa is now operated by the Ekstraklasa SA (English: Ekstraklasa Joint-stock company).
The Ekstraklasa (former I liga) was officially formed as Liga Polska on 4-5 December 1926 in Warsaw, since 1 March 1927 as Liga Piłki Nożnej, but the Polish Football Association (Polish: Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN) had been in existence since 20 December 1919, a year after the independence of Poland in 1918. The first games of the freshly created league took place on 3 April 1927, while first national non-league football championship took place in 1920.
A total of 80 clubs have played in the top division of Polish football since the founding of the league, of which 16 clubs have won the title. The current champions are Legia Warsaw, who won their eleventh title in 2015–16.
2016-17 Ekstraklasa Clubs
|Club||Position in 2015–16||Top division|
|Last top division title|
|Arka Gdynia||1st in I liga||0||n/a|
|Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza||13th||0||n/a|
|Wisła Płock||2nd in I liga||0||n/a|
a: Founding member of Ekstraklasa
A total of 80 clubs have played in the top division of Polish football since the founding of the league, of which 16 clubs have won the title.
|Górnik Zabrze||1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988|
|Wisła Kraków||1927, 1928, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1978, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011|
|Ruch Chorzów||1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1989|
|Legia Warsaw||1955, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2016|
|Lech Poznań||1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2010, 2015|
|Cracovia||1930, 1932, 1937, 1948|
|Widzew Łódź||1981, 1982, 1996, 1997|
|Polonia Bytom||1954, 1962|
|Stal Mielec||1973, 1976|
|ŁKS Łódź||1958, 1998|
|Zagłębie Lubin||1991, 2007|
|Śląsk Wrocław||1977, 2012|
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Arka Gdynia · Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza · Cracovia · Górnik Łęczna · Jagiellonia Białystok · Korona Kielce · Lech Poznań · Lechia Gdańsk · Legia Warsaw · Piast Gliwice · Pogoń Szczecin · Ruch Chorzów · Śląsk Wrocław · Wisła Kraków · Wisła Płock · Zagłębie Lubin
|Football in Poland|