Swiss Promotion League

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Promotion League
Promotion League Logo.png
Founded2012
Country Switzerland
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid3
Promotion to Challenge League
Relegation to 1st League Classic
Domestic cup(s) Swiss Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Europa League (via Swiss Cup)
Current champions AC Bellinzona
(2021–22)
Website matchcenter.el-pl.ch
Current: 2022-23 Swiss Promotion League

The Promotion League, named the YAPEAL Promotion League for sponsorship reasons, is the third tier of the Swiss football league system. Eighteen clubs compete in the league, playing each other twice over the course of the season. The champions are promoted to the second tier, the Challenge League, while the bottom two teams are relegated to the 1. Liga.

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The league forms the semi-professional bridge to amateur football. [1]

Overview

Eighteen teams play each other twice, once home and once away, for a total of 34 games. The season begins in August and ends in May, interrupted through a winter break from late November to early March. The team finishing in first place—subject to license requirements of professional football—will be promoted to the division above, in turn the last-placed team of the second division will be relegated for the following season. Similarly, the bottom two teams are relegated to the fourth tier and replaced respectively. [2]

It is the highest league in Switzerland that permits participation of reserve teams.

History

The league was introduced as the 1. Liga Promotion beginning with the 2012–13 season as part of a restructuring that saw the Challenge League reduced from 16 to 10 teams. This was done to decrease the competitive gap between it and the Super League by converting it to a purely professional league. The Promotion League would therefore serve as the semi-professional link to amateur football. [3] The 1. Liga was consequently renamed to 1. Liga Classic, before reverting again in 2013 when the former adopted its current name. For its maiden season, six teams were relegated from the Challenge League, while the rest joined from the division below. [4] [5] In March 2020, the ongoing season was canceled after 17 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020–21 season suspended until further notice. [6] [7]

The league is expanded to 18 teams from the 2022–23 season and the number of allowed U21 teams is unrestricted. [8]

Participating clubs

Current clubs 2022–23

League champions

The following teams have won the league: [9]

SeasonClub
2012–13 FC Schaffhausen
2013–14 FC Le Mont
2014–15 Neuchâtel Xamax
2015–16 Servette Genève
2016–17 FC Rapperswil-Jona
2017–18 SC Kriens
2018–19 FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy
2019–20 None [lower-alpha 1]
2020–21 Yverdon-Sport FC
2021–22 AC Bellinzona [lower-alpha 2]
2022–23 TBD
  1. The 2019–20 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Breitenrain was refused a license and withdrew its appeal alongside the license application. License holder and second-placed AC Bellinzona was promoted instead, but FC Breitenrain Bern was runner-up and AC Bellinzona crowned champions.

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