The premier league, also known as Vodacom Premier League VPL has a very long history. The brief history of this competition comes to light on the year 2003 when it was re-formally formulated, today the premier league has 14 teams where the champion and the first runner represent the country in the Champions League and the confederation cup while three bottom teams are relegated to the first division.
VPL is a top flight league named after the sponsor’s name – Mobile phone service provider, Vodacom Tanzania Limited. The current contract of agreement was signed in September 2012 just a month before the start of 2012/2013 season.
The league comprises of 14 teams namely Young Africans, Coastal Union, Simba SC, Mtibwa Sugar, Kagera Sugar, African Lyon FC, JKT Ruvu, Ruvu Shooting Stars, Toto African, Police Morogoro, Azam FC, Mgambo Shooting, Prison FC and JKT Oljoro.
The national top flight league was established in 1965 under the name of national league and was later on renamed First Division Soccer League. The title was changed to Premier League in 1997 when the first league sponsorship was secured from Tanzania Breweries LTD (TBL), through their brand, Safari Larger.
The contract with Safari Larger was terminated in 2001 after misunderstandings occurred between the soccer governing body, by then namely (FAT) and TBL. Then in 2002 Vodacom came on board
Young Africans have claimed the title 22 times followed by their archrivals, Simba Sports Club having walked away with it 16 times .
Other Clubs managed to climb to the championship are Cosmopolitan (1967), Mseto SC, (1975) Pan African (1982), Mtibwa Sugar (1999 & 2000) Tukuyu Stars (1986) and Coastal Union (1988) are other clubs with their names on the title.