Swiss Challenge League
|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Super League|
|Relegation to||1. Liga Promotion|
|Domestic cup(s)||Swiss Cup|
FC Lausanne-Sport |
The Swiss Challenge League or Brack.ch 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
|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 Wohlen||Stadion Niedermatten||5,000|
Promotion/Relegation from 2015–16 season
- FC Zürich was relegated from the Swiss Super League.
- FC Lausanne-Sport finished first in the Challenge League and was promoted to the Swiss Super League.
- FC Biel-Bienne was relegated from the Challenge League by finishing 10th
- Servette FC finished first in the 1. Liga Promotion and was promoted to the Challenge League.
Nationalliga B Era
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
| 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.
- "Schweiz » Challenge League » Siegerliste" [Switzerland: Challenge League » List of champions] (in German). Weltfussball.de. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- "Schweiz » Challenge League 2015/2016 » 36. Spieltag" [Switzerland: Challenge League »2015–16] (in German). Weltfussball.de. Retrieved 26 May 2016.