|Number of teams||6|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||IFA Women's Challenge Cup|
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League|
|Current champions|| Linfield Ladies (4th title) |
(2019 Women's Premiership)
|Most championships||Glentoran (7 Titles)|
|Current: 2020 Women's Premiership|
The Women's Premiership (Irish: Príomhroinn na mBan; Ulster Scots: Wummin's Premyershup) is the top level women's football league of Northern Ireland. The league was called the NIWFA Division League 1 until 2003 and Premier League until 2015. In 2016, it was rebranded the Women's Premiership and is run by the NI Football League since.
Eight teams play a double round robin to crown the champion, which qualifies for a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League. The eighth place gets relegated to the Women's Championship 1, the seventh place plays a two-legged relegation playoff against the runner up of the Women's Championship.
In women's football the first league season was played out in 1977.Organised by the Northern Ireland Women's Football Association (NIWFA) the league was simply called the NIWFA Division League 1.
In 2004 the Division 1 was replaced by the Women's Premier League.
In 2016, after 40 years of administering and developing women's football locally, the league was rebranded the Women's Premiership and is run now by the Northern Ireland Football League.The main sponsor and name giver is Danske Bank.
The following teams make up the 2020 season.
|Crusaders Newtownabbey Strikers||Belfast||Seaview|
|Linfield||Belfast||New Midgely Park|
|Derry City||Drumahoe||Riverside Stadium|
|Sion Swifts||Strabane||3G Melvin Complex|
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List does only include known titles (misses 1977-1998).
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