NIFL Charity Shield

The Northern Ireland Football League Charity Shield is the national association football super cup in Northern Ireland. It has been held on an occasional basis since its inauguration in 1992. Similar to the English FA Community Shield, it pits together the previous campaign's Irish League champions and Irish Cup winners, providing the opening match of the Irish League season. The 2014 edition, the first since 2000, saw 2013–14 NIFL Premiership champions Cliftonville face 2013–14 Irish Cup runners-up Ballymena United. Cup winners Glenavon were unable to take part due to a pre-arranged fixture.[1] Cliftonville defeated Ballymena United 4–2 on penalties following a 0–0 draw after 90 minutes, lifting the Shield for the second time.[2]

NIFL Charity Shield
Founded1992
RegionNorthern Ireland
Number of teams2
Current championsLinfield (2017)
Most successful club(s)Linfield – 4 titles
(3 outright titles + 1 shared)
WebsiteNI Football League

Linfield are the current holders, after they defeated Coleraine 3–1 in the 2017 edition to win the competition for a record fourth time overall, and the first time since winning the final edition of the Shield held before its hiatus in 2000.[3] The match was again forgone in 2018, with the teams involved in European competition.[4]


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