Women's Premiership (Northern Ireland)

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Women's Premiership
Founded2004
CountryUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Confederation UEFA
Divisions1
Number of teams6
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Championship
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)
Website Website
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. [1]

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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.

History

In women's football the first league season was played out in 1977. [2] 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. [3] The main sponsor and name giver is Danske Bank.

2020 Teams

The following teams make up the 2020 season.

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Location of teams in the 2020 season
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Crusaders Newtownabbey Strikers Belfast Seaview
Glentoran Belfast The Oval
Linfield Belfast New Midgely Park
Derry City Drumahoe Riverside Stadium
Sion Swifts Strabane 3G Melvin Complex
Cliftonville Belfast Solitude

List of champions

Before 2004 the winner of the Division 1 league was national champion. The first season was played out in 1977. [4] [5]

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