Swiss Challenge League

Swiss Challenge League
Country Switzerland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1897
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Super League
Relegation to 1. Liga Promotion
Domestic cup(s) Swiss Cup
Current champions FC Lausanne-Sport
Website Official Site
2016–17 Season

The Swiss Challenge League or Challenge League is the second highest tier of the Swiss football league system. Ten teams play in the Challenge League. The winners of the league are promoted to the Super League, the bottom team is relegated to the 1. Liga Promotion.

From 2003 to 2012, the second placed team entered a two-legged playoff against the 9th placed team in the Super League, with the winner playing in the higher division next season.

The league was named Nationalliga B until 2003 when it was changed to the "Challenge League."

During 2001–2008 and again from 2009–2013 Liechtenstein's FC Vaduz also played in the Challenge League as Liechtenstein does not have a league of its own.

Participating clubs 2016–17

Team Venue Capacity
FC Aarau Stadion Brügglifeld 8,000
FC Chiasso Stadio Comunale 11,160
FC Le Mont Stade Sous-Ville 2,500
Neuchâtel Xamax Stade de la Maladière 12,000
FC Schaffhausen Stadion Breite 7,300
Servette FC Stade de Genève 30,000
FC Wil Stadion Bergholz 6,958
FC Winterthur Schützenwiese 8,550
FC Wohlen Stadion Niedermatten 5,000
FC Zürich Letzigrund 26,100

Promotion/Relegation from 2015–16 season


Nationalliga B Era

Season League Winner Promoted from playoffs/Promoted as runners up Teams Relegated
1960-61FC LuganoFC SchaffhausenNeuchâtel Xamax
Nordstern Basel
1961-62FC ChiassoFC SionFC Martigny-Sports
FC Yverdon-Sports
1962-63FC SchaffhausenNeuchâtel XamaxFC Bodio
FC Fribourg
1963-64FC LuganoAC BellinzonaEtoile Carouge FC
FC Vevey-Sports 05
1964-65Urania Genève SportYoung Fellows ZürichFC Bern
FC Schaffhausen
1965-66FC WinterthurFC MoutierFC Porrentruy
Neuchâtel Xamax
1966-67FC LuzernAC BellinzonaLe Locle-Sports
Blue Stars Zürich
1967-68FC WinterthurFC St.GallenFC Moutier
FC Bern
1968-69FC WettingenFC FribourgFC Baden
FC Solothurn
1969-70FC SionFC LuzernFC Thun
FC Langenthal
1970-71FC St.GallenFC GrenchenYoung Fellows Zürich
Urania Genève Sport
1971-72FC ChiassoFC FribourgFC Monthey
US Gambarogno
1972-73Neuchâtel XamaxCS ChênoisSC Brühl
SC Buochs
1973-74FC LuzernFC Vevey-Sports 05Young Fellows Zürich
FC Tössfeld
1974-75FC Biel-BienneFC La Chaux-de-FondsFC Giubiasco
1975-76AC Bellinzona-FC Martigny-Sports
FC Wettingen
1976-77Étoile Carouge FCYoung Fellows ZürichMendrisiostar
FC Raron
1977-78Nordstern BaselFC ChiassoFC Gossau
FC Bulle
1978-79FC La Chaux-de-FondsFC Luzern
FC Lugano
Étoile Carouge FC
Young Fellows Zürich
1979-80AC BellinzonaNordstern BaselFC Raron
FC Baden
1980-81FC Vevey-Sports 05FC Aarau
FC Bulle
SC Kriens
1981-82FC WinterthurFC WettingenAurore Bienne
FC Altstätten
FC Frauenfeld
1982-83FC La Chaux-de-FondsFC ChiassoFC Bern
FC Ibach
FC Rüti ZH
1983-84SC ZugFC WinterthurFC Fribourg
FC Nordstern Basel
FC Red Star Zürich
1984-85FC GrenchenFC BadenMendrisiostar
FC Yverdon-Sports
FC Monthey
1985-86FC LocarnoAC BellinzonaFC Zug
FC Laufen
Le Locle Sports
1986-87FC GrenchenNoneSC Kriens
1987-88Étoile Carouge FC (West)
FC Lugano (East)
FC Wettingen
FC Lugano
FC Solothurn
FC Vevey-Sports 05
FC Wangen bei Olten
1988-89FC Yverdon-Sports (West)
FC Basel (East)
FC ZürichFC Biel-Bienne
Renens FC
1989-90FC Fribourg (West)
FC Baden (East)
FC ZürichFC Brüttisellen
FC Martigny-Sports
FC Zug
1990-91FC Yverdon-Sports (West)
FC Locarno (South & East)
NoneCS Chênois
SC Burgdorf
FC Montreux-Sports
1991-92FC Basel (West)
FC Schaffhausen (South & East)
FC ChiassoES Malley
SC Zug
FC Glarus
1992-93FC Yverdon-Sports (West)
FC Luzern (East)
FC Luzern
SC Kriens
FC Yverdon-Sports
FC Wettingen
FC Châtel-St-Denis
FC Brüttisellen
SC Bümpliz
FC Emmenbrücke
FC Chur
FC La Chaux-de-Fonds
1993-94Étoile Carouge FC (West)
FC Schaffhausen (East)
FC Basel
FC St. Gallen
BSC Old Boys
FC Bulle
Urania Genève Sport
FC Chiasso
FC Monthey
FC Sursee
FC Fribourg
1994-95FC Yverdon-Sports (West)
SC Kriens (East)
NoneAC Bellinzona
FC Grenchen
1995-96SC KriensNoneFC Chiasso
FC Naters
1996-97Étoile Carouge FCÉtoile Carouge FC
SC Kriens
FC Gossau
FC Meyrin
1997-98BSC Young BoysFC Lugano
BSC Young Boys
FC Winterthur
SV Schaffhausen
1998-99FC WilSR Delémont
FC Yverdon-Sports
FC Locarno
FC Chiasso
1999-00AC BellinzonaFC SionStade Nyonnais
FC Schaffhausen
2000-01BSC Young BoysBSC Young BoysFC Wangen bei Olten
FC Solothurn
2001-02FC Wil 1900FC Wil 1900
FC Thun
FC Locarno
Étoile Carouge FC
2002-03FC VaduzNoneFC Lugano1
FC Lausanne-Sport1
FC Sion1

1 FC Lugano and FC Lausanne-Sport went bankrupt which meant that no team was relegated due to their league position. FC Sion were not awarded a license for the 2003-04 season resulted in an extra team being promoted.

Challenge League Era

The league statistics of the Challenge League area:[1][2]

Year 1st Position 2nd Position Playoff result Relegated Relegated
2003–04 Schaffhausen Vaduz Neuchâtel Xamax 2:0 Vaduz

Vaduz 2:1 Neuchâtel Xamax

Neuchâtel Xamax won 3:2 on aggregate

2004–05 Yverdon-Sport Vaduz Schaffhausen 1:1 Vaduz

Vaduz 0:1 Schaffhausen

Schaffhausen won 2:1 on aggregate

Baden2 Bulle
2005–06 Luzern Sion Sion 0:0 Neuchâtel Xamax

Neuchâtel Xamax 0:3 Sion

Sion won 3:0 on aggregate

Baden Meyrin
2006–07 Neuchâtel Xamax Bellinzona Bellinzona 1:2 Aarau

Aarau 3:1 Bellinzona

Aarau won 5:2 on aggregate

Baulmes YF Juventus
2007–08 Vaduz Bellinzona Bellinzona 3:2 St. Gallen

St. Gallen 0:2 Bellinzona

Bellinzona won 5:2 on aggregate

2008–09 St. Gallen Lugano Lugano 1:0 Luzern

Luzern 5:0 Lugano

Luzern won 5:1 on aggregate

Locarno4 Gossau4
2009–10 Thun Lugano Bellinzona 2:1 Lugano

Lugano 0:0 Bellinzona

Bellinzona won 2:1 on aggregate

Le Mont Gossau
2010–11 Lausanne Servette Bellinzona 1:0 Servette

Servette 3:1 Bellinzona

Servette won 3:2 on aggregate

Schaffhausen Yverdon
2011–12 St. Gallen Aarau Sion 3:0 Aarau

Aarau 1:0 Sion

Sion won 3:1 on aggregate

2012–13 Aarau Bellinzona Locarno5
2013–14 Vaduz Lugano Locarno
2014–15 Lugano Servette Biel/Bienne6
2015–16 Lausanne Wil Biel/Bienne
1Sion were admitted to the league on October 29, 2003, after the season had already begun which brought the number of teams in the division to 17.
Only one club was relegated and two were promoted to extend the league to 18 clubs for the 2004–05 season.

2Baden were not relegated due to Servette being demoted to 1. Liga because of financial difficulties.
3Delémont and Kriens were also relegated to due the league being downsized to 16 teams for the 2008–09 season.
4Locarno and Gossau were not relegated due to Concordia and La Chaux-de-Fonds being denied professional licenses.
5Locarno were not relegated due to Bellinzona being denied professional licenses.
5Biel/Bienne were not relegated due to Servette being denied professional licenses.

See also


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