NIFL Championship

NIFL Championship
Country Northern Ireland
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to NIFL Premiership
Relegation to NIFL Premier Intermediate League
Domestic cup(s) Irish Cup
IFA Intermediate Cup
League cup(s) Northern Ireland League Cup
Current champions Ards (2015–16)
2016–17 NIFL Championship

The NIFL Championship is the second division of the Northern Ireland Football League, the national football league in Northern Ireland.

It was founded in 2008 as the Premier Intermediate League for members of the previous IFA Intermediate League that met the new stricter membership criteria,[1] though was marketed as the IFA Championship.[2] In 2009, it was extended to two divisions: Championship 1 and Championship 2 with promotion and relegation between the two.[3] In 2013, the Championship and IFA Premiership were replaced by a single Northern Ireland Football League, independent of the Irish Football Association (IFA).

2016 restructuring

Under reforms agreed by the NIFL clubs in 2014, from 2016, Championship 1 acquires senior status, continuing as the NIFL Championship, while Championship 2 continued as the Premier Intermediate League, retaining its intermediate status.[4]

Current NIFL Championship clubs (2016–17)

See also


  1. "Premier Intermediate League (PIL)". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. "IFA Championship". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. Championship 2009/10
  4. Northern Ireland Football League (2014). NI Football League Restructure Proposal.


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