NIFL Premiership

The NIFL Premiership, known as the Danske Bank Premiership for sponsorship purposes,[4] and colloquially as the Irish League or Irish Premiership , is a professional association football league which operates as the highest division of the Northern Ireland Football League – the national league in Northern Ireland. The Premiership was established as the IFA Premiership in 2008 under the auspices of the Irish Football Association, before the Northern Ireland Football League was created for the start of the 2013–14 season. At the end of the season, the champion club is presented with the Gibson Cup.

NIFL Premiership
Founded2008 (as IFA Premiership)
CountryNorthern Ireland
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toNIFL Championship
Domestic cup(s)Irish Cup
NIFL Charity Shield
League cup(s)NI Football League Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsLinfield
(7th Premiership title; 55th Irish title overall)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsLinfield
(7 Premiership titles; 55 Irish titles overall)
TV partnersBBC NI (12 live games per season and 50 live games plus highlights via BBC iPlayer)[1]
Eleven Sports (Outside Northern Ireland and UK)
Bwin.Party[2]
Sky Sports (5 Premiership games per season and the League Cup final) [3]
WebsiteNI Football League official site
Current: 2021–22 NIFL Premiership

Linfield are the current champions, having lifted their third consecutive title and 55th league championship overall, after a 1–1 draw with Coleraine on 25 May 2021. This meant Linfield equalled the world record for the most top division league titles won by any club, a record shared with Scottish club Rangers.


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