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League of Ireland Premier League
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Country Flag of Republic Ireland Republic of Ireland
Flag of Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Founded 1985
Number of teams 12
Relegation to League of Ireland First Division
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) FAI Cup, League of Ireland Cup
UEFA (Europe) cup(s) UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League
Current champions Dundalk (2016)
Most successful club Dundalk F.C. (6)
Shelbourne (6)
TV RTÉ2
Eir Sport
Premier Sports
Website Official website
Football current event 2017

The League of Ireland Premier Division is the top level division in the Republic of Ireland football league system. Contested by 12 clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the League of Ireland First Division. Seasons run from March to October, with teams playing 33 matches. Most games are played on Fridays, with a few games held on Saturdays and Sundays. Since 2010 the league is sponsored by SSE Airtricity and therefore officially known as the Airtricity League.

The division was formed as the League of Ireland Premier Division in 1985 as a result of the decision to split the League of Ireland into two divisions, which also created the League of Ireland First Division. The league is ranked 36th in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Lithuania's A Lyga and behind Moldova's National Division. In 2009, the FAI rejected proposals from clubs to remove the first division and restore the League of Ireland to its original structure.

Since 1921, a total of 19 clubs have been crowned champions of the Irish football league system. The current champions are Dundalk F.C., who won the title in the 2015 League of Ireland season.

Clubs 2017

Team Home city/suburb Stadium Capacity
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park 8,000
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds 7,000
Cork City Cork Turners Cross 7,500
Derry City Derry Brandywell Stadium 7,700
Drogheda United Drogheda United Park 2,000
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park 4,500
Finn Harps Ballybofey Finn Park 6,000
Galway United Galway Eamonn Deacy Park 5,000
Limerick Limerick Markets Field 5,000
Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Tallaght Stadium 6,000
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds 4,500
St Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Richmond Park 5,350

Sponsorship

The Premier Division has been sponsored since the early 1990s. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. There have been three sponsors since the league's formation.

  • 1990's: Bord Gáis (Bord Gáis League Premier Division)
  • 2000–2008: Eircom (Eircom League Premier Division)
  • 2010–present: SSE Airtricity (Airtricity League Premier Division)

The league had no title sponsor in 2009, but had a number of secondary sponsors including Newstalk and Electronic Arts. As well as sponsorship for the league itself, the Premier Division has a number of official partners and suppliers. The official ball supplier for the league is Umbro. The official drink for the league is Lucozade. The official radio and newspaper partners are Newstalk and Irish Daily Star.

External links

League of Ireland Premier Division 2017

Bohemians · Bray Wanderers · Cork City · Derry City · Drogheda United · Dundalk · Finn Harps · Galway United · Limerick · Shamrock Rovers · Sligo Rovers · St Patrick's Athletic

League of Ireland Premier Division seasons

2000-01 · 2001-02 · 2002-03 · 2003-04 · 2004-05 · 2005-06 · 2006-07 · 2007-08 · 2008-09 · 2009-10 · 2010-11 · 2011-12 · 2012-13 · 2013-14 · 2014-15 ·

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