The Serbian Football Championship was established in 1992-1993 under the name Serbia and Montenegro, but has been in existence since independence in 2006. A behemoth of the Balkans, the championship is known for its history during the Yugoslav period and for its two Belgrade giants, Red Star Belgrade and FK Partizan Belgrade.
The championship is contested in two phases. The sixteen best Serbian teams meet twice in the first phase. At the end of this phase, the sixteen teams are divided into two groups. The first eight play for the title and the last eight for the relegation group. The teams meet once again and the points from both phases are added together. In addition, the team with the most points at the end of the two phases is crowned champion and qualifies for the Champions League. Finally, the 2nd, 3rd and winner of the Cup of Serbia go to the Europa League. The last two are relegated to the second division. The 14th plays a play-off match to try to stay in the elite.