The Qatar Professional Football League Development Committee was set up in December 2006 by the Qatar Football Association to lead the enhancement of professional football in Qatar. This new body was a permanent committee within the QFA and was eventually turned into what is now known as the Qatar Stars League (QSL) in 2008.
The ambition was to develop professional football within Qatar whilst fulfilling the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) requirements as a professional league.
The QSL is responsible for managing all commercial, broadcast, marketing, ticketing and administrational matters relating to the league and its 14 member clubs.
The league's most recent championship winner was Lekhwiya Sports Club. The most historically successful team in the league is Al Sadd Sports Club with 13 QSL shields to its name.
The league currently features 14 clubs, with two teams being relegated come the end of the season. The two clubs who finish first and second respectively in the Qatar Gas League (the official Second Division) automatically gain promotion to the Qatar Stars League.
Along with the domestic league competition, the QSL also runs the Qatar Cup tournament which is played by the top four first division teams at the end of the season.
The teams also participate in the QFA organized tournaments of the Sheikh Jassim Cup, a prelude to the first division regular season, and the Emir Cup, a tournament played every season by 18 first and second division teams.
The league title has been won by 12 different clubs since its inception.
The League’s mission is to continuously improve the 14 QSL member clubs whilst at the same time increasing and diversifying the fan base within the country. In addition, the League attempts to provide first class entertainment in order to create a truly unique footballing experience for all and a high quality of media exposure and coverage.