Hapoel Acre

Founded In
'Akko (Accre), Israel

Hapoel Acre

About Hapoel Acre

Hapoel Ironi Acre Football Club, previously known as Hapoel Acre Association Football Club, was first established in 1946. Based in the city of Acre, over the years the team have spent most of their time in the lower divisions of Israel's league system, but have made occasional appearances in the top flight.

During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the club dwelled in Israel's lower leagues, failing to make a significant impact. The 1973-74 season saw Hapoel Acre reach the second tier's promotion playoff, although they failed to achieve promotion to the top division on that occasion. However, at the conclusion of the 1975-76 campaign, the team were runners up and gained promotion to the top league for the first time in history.

After surviving in their first year, Hapoel Acre were relegated back to the second tier after the 1977-78 campaign. By the end of the 1990s, the club were competing in the country's third tier, and remained there going into the new millennium. However, they soon began a swift ascent through the divisions, starting with promotion to the second tier in 2004. The 2005-06 season was hugely significant for the side, as they won the second division's Toto Cup, beating Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the final, and lifting their first piece of domestic silverware in the process. Then, at the end of the 2008-09 season, Hapoel Acre achieved promotion to the Israeli Premier League.

The club's home matches are played at Acre Municipal Stadium, which opened in September 2011. The venue is sometimes known as Toto Acre Stadium and is able to hold up to 5,000 supporters. Previously, Hapoel Ironi Acre had played at the Napoleon Stadium, which was partially demolished after the turn of the new millennium to make way for a railway project. As a result, Israel Railways contributed to the cost of building Acre Municipal Stadium.