|Founded||1898 as Swiss Serie B |
1933 as Nationalliga B
|Other club(s) from||Liechtenstein|
|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Super League|
|Relegation to||Promotion League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Swiss Cup|
|Current champions|| Lausanne |
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, while the bottom team is relegated to the Promotion League.
As of 2020, Liechtenstein's FC Vaduz plays in the Challenge League, as Liechtenstein clubs play in the Swiss league structure.
The Challenge League is fully professional.
|FC Aarau||26/05/1902||Stadion Brügglifeld||8.000|
|FC Chiasso||16/10/1905||Riva IV||5.000|
|FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy||2001||Centre Sportif de Vidy||4.200|
|Neuchâtel Xamax FCS||1912||Stade de la Maladière||12.000|
|FC Schaffhausen||01/07/1896||LIPO Park Schaffhausen||8.085|
|FC Thun||04/05/1898||Stockhorn Arena||10.000|
|FC Wil 1900||1900||IGP Arena||6.010|
The league was named Nationalliga B until 2003 when it was restructured and changed to the "Challenge League."
During the Nationalliga B era, the top clubs were "promoted" into a round robin playoff with the lowest teams in the Nationalliga A to determine promotion and relegation. 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. In 2012, with the creation of the 1. Liga Promotion (later renamed Promotion League), the league was reduced to 10 teams in a 1-up 1-down promotion/relegation format, scrapping the playoff. The playoff was reintroduced in 2019.
|Season||League Winner||Promoted from playoffs/Promoted as runners up||Teams Relegated|
|1960–61||FC Lugano||FC Schaffhausen|| Neuchâtel Xamax |
|1961–62||FC Chiasso||FC Sion|| FC Martigny-Sports |
|1962–63||FC Schaffhausen||Neuchâtel Xamax|| FC Bodio |
|1963–64||FC Lugano||AC Bellinzona|| Etoile Carouge FC |
FC Vevey-Sports 05
|1964–65||Urania Genève Sport||Young Fellows Zürich|| FC Bern |
|1965–66||FC Winterthur||FC Moutier|| FC Porrentruy |
|1966–67||FC Luzern||AC Bellinzona|| Le Locle-Sports |
Blue Stars Zürich
|1967–68||FC Winterthur||FC St.Gallen|| FC Moutier |
|1968–69||FC Wettingen||FC Fribourg|| FC Baden |
|1969–70||FC Sion||FC Luzern|| FC Thun |
|1970–71||FC St.Gallen||FC Grenchen|| Young Fellows Zürich |
Urania Genève Sport
|1971–72||FC Chiasso||FC Fribourg|| FC Monthey |
|1972–73||Neuchâtel Xamax||CS Chênois|| SC Brühl |
|1973–74||FC Luzern||FC Vevey-Sports 05|| Young Fellows Zürich |
|1974–75||FC Biel-Bienne||FC La Chaux-de-Fonds|| FC Giubiasco |
|1975–76||AC Bellinzona||-|| FC Martigny-Sports |
|1976–77||Étoile Carouge FC||Young Fellows Zürich|| Mendrisiostar |
|1977–78||Nordstern Basel||FC Chiasso|| FC Gossau |
|1978–79||FC La Chaux-de-Fonds|| FC Luzern |
| Étoile Carouge FC |
Young Fellows Zürich
|1979–80||AC Bellinzona||Nordstern Basel|| FC Raron |
|1980–81||FC Vevey-Sports 05|| FC Aarau |
|1981–82||FC Winterthur||FC Wettingen|| Aurore Bienne |
|1982–83||FC La Chaux-de-Fonds||FC Chiasso|| FC Bern |
FC Rüti ZH
|1983–84||SC Zug||FC Winterthur|| FC Fribourg |
FC Nordstern Basel
FC Red Star Zürich
|1984-85||FC Grenchen||FC Baden|| Mendrisiostar |
|1985–86||FC Locarno||AC Bellinzona|| FC Zug |
Le Locle Sports
|1986–87||FC Grenchen||None||SC Kriens|
|1987–88|| Étoile Carouge FC (West)|
FC Lugano (East)
| FC Wettingen |
| FC Solothurn |
FC Vevey-Sports 05
FC Wangen bei Olten
|1988–89|| FC Yverdon-Sports (West)|
FC Basel (East)
|FC Zürich|| FC Biel-Bienne |
|1989–90|| FC Fribourg (West)|
FC Baden (East)
|FC Zürich|| FC Brüttisellen |
|1990–91|| FC Yverdon-Sports (West)|
FC Locarno (South & East)
|None|| CS Chênois |
|1991–92|| FC Basel (West)|
FC Schaffhausen (South & East)
|FC Chiasso|| ES Malley |
|1992–93|| FC Yverdon-Sports (West)|
FC Luzern (East)
| FC Luzern |
| FC Wettingen |
FC La Chaux-de-Fonds
|1993–94|| Étoile Carouge FC (West)|
FC Schaffhausen (East)
| FC Basel |
FC St. Gallen
| BSC Old Boys |
Urania Genève Sport
|1994-95|| FC Yverdon-Sports (West)|
SC Kriens (East)
|None|| AC Bellinzona |
|1995–96||SC Kriens||None|| FC Chiasso |
|1996–97||Étoile Carouge FC|| Étoile Carouge FC |
| FC Gossau |
|1997–98||BSC Young Boys|| FC Lugano |
BSC Young Boys
| FC Winterthur |
|1998–99||FC Wil|| SR Delémont |
| FC Locarno |
|1999–2000||AC Bellinzona||FC Sion|| Stade Nyonnais |
|2000–01||BSC Young Boys||BSC Young Boys|| FC Wangen bei Olten |
|2001–02||FC Wil 1900|| FC Wil 1900 |
| FC Locarno |
Étoile Carouge FC
|2002–03||FC Vaduz||None|| FC Lugano 1|
FC Lausanne-Sport 1
FC Sion 1
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.
The league statistics of the Challenge League area:
|Year||1st Position||2nd Position||Playoff result||Relegated||Relegated|
|2003–04||Schaffhausen||Vaduz|| Neuchâtel Xamax 2:0 Vaduz |
Neuchâtel Xamax won 3:2 on aggregate
|2004–05||Yverdon-Sport||Vaduz|| Schaffhausen 1:1 Vaduz |
Schaffhausen won 2:1 on aggregate
|2005–06||Luzern||Sion|| Sion 0:0 Neuchâtel Xamax |
Sion won 3:0 on aggregate
|2006–07||Neuchâtel Xamax||Bellinzona|| Bellinzona 1:2 Aarau |
Aarau won 5:2 on aggregate
|2007–08||Vaduz||Bellinzona|| Bellinzona 3:2 St. Gallen |
Bellinzona won 5:2 on aggregate
| Delémont 3|
| Chiasso |
|2008–09||St. Gallen||Lugano|| Lugano 1:0 Luzern |
Luzern won 5:1 on aggregate
|Locarno 4||Gossau 4|
|2009–10||Thun||Lugano|| Bellinzona 2:1 Lugano |
Bellinzona won 2:1 on aggregate
|2010–11||Lausanne||Servette|| Bellinzona 1:0 Servette |
Servette won 3:2 on aggregate
|2011–12||St. Gallen||Aarau|| Sion 3:0 Aarau |
Sion won 3:1 on aggregate
| Nyon |
| Kriens |
|2016–17||Zürich||Neuchâtel Xamax||Wil 8|
|2018–19||Servette||Aarau|| Neuchâtel Xamax 0:4 Aarau |
Xamax won after 4:4 on aggregate and 5:4 in penalty shootout.
|2019–20||Lausanne||Vaduz|| Vaduz 2:0 Thun |
Vaduz won after 5:4 on aggregate.
|1 Sion 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.
2 Baden were not relegated due to Servette being demoted to 1. Liga because of financial difficulties.
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