The Last League
2 seasons, 10 Episodes X 40 min
KAN Israeli Public Broadcasting Corp
Director: Robi Elmaliach
The Last League is a documentary series that closely follows team owners, coaches, players and fans in four different teams competing for the last league of Israeli Soccer.
Bnei Mamba, which brings together players from four Druze villages in the Golan Heights. Most of them are Syrian citizens; Bnei Musherife, based on the villagers, Arab Muslims; Ironi Ashdod, whose fans are fed up with local politics and decide to set up a soccer team of their own; Maccabi Sderot, whose residents are trying to maintain a routine through Kassam rockets fired by Hamas organization from Gaza.
All of them share the desire to rise from the last League to the upper leagues but this is not a series about soccer, it’s a series about the mosaic that makes up Israel’s periphery, a reflection of the Israeli society.
In 2023, the first ever Modi Bar-On Award for outstanding journalism in the field of sports was given to Robbie Elmaleh, the creator of the The Last League series. The award committee noted specifically the 2nd season as an accurate lens to the mosaic of humanity in the complex Israeli reality.