SSE Airtricity League
FIFA Region
UEFA
Season
2020
Location
Republic of Ireland
Abbreviation
IRL1

Summary

The League of Ireland Premier Division (IRL1) (SSE Airtricity League) is the top football league in the Republic of Ireland's football system. At the end of the 2020 IRL1 season, the IRL1 teams listed below qualify for the following non-league play:

  • 2021 - 2022 UEFA Champions League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 1st place 2020 IRL1 team
  • 2021 - 2022 UEFA Europa League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 2nd and 3rd place 2020 IRL1 teams

The winner of the 2020 FAI Ford Cup, typically an IRL1 team, also receives a berth in the 1st Qualifying Round of the 2021 - 2022 UEFA Europa League.

Leagues Pyramid - Republic of Ireland

Abbrev League # of Teams
IRL1 League of Ireland Premier Division 10
IRL2 League of Ireland First Division 10

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

14 Feb 2020 - 9 Nov 2020  10: IRL1 (8 minimum), IRL2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

The IRL1 season consists of a double round robin format where each IRL1 team plays Home-Away matches with the other 9 IRL1 teams twice, for a total of 36 league matches. Table ranking ties are broken by (1) goal difference, then (2) goals scored.

Playoffs

Not applicable.

Relegation

At the end of the 2020 IRL1 season, the 10th place IRL1 team is relegated to the IRL2, and the 9th place IRL1 team enters into a Home-Away highest aggregate score playoff with the 2nd/3rd place team that won the IRL2 Promotion playoff. The winner of this playoff and the 1st place IRL2 team play in the 2021 IRL1.


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Relegation Playoffs

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Sun - 15 Nov 2020
 Shelbourne FC 01 Longford Town FCRichmond Park (Dublin)
 Longford Town FC is promoted to IRL1 

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Shamrock Rovers 1815 -3-048-4473797 -2-0232542198 -1-02519316
2Bohemians FC 1812 -1-537-23121196 -0-318137696 -1-2191055
3Dundalk FC 187 -5-626-2523293 -4-2131011-194 -1-41315123
4Sligo Rovers FC 188 -1-925-1923-496 -0-3181511492 -1-67412-8
5Waterford FC 187 -3-824-1722-594 -1-41399093 -2-411813-5
6St Patrick's Athletic FC 185 -6-721-1417-393 -3-31276192 -3-49711-4
7Derry City FC 185 -5-820-1818094 -2-314128491 -3-56610-4
8Finn Harps FC 185 -5-820-1524-993 -2-411611-592 -3-49913-4
9Shelbourne FC 185 -4-919-1322-992 -3-49711-493 -1-510611-5
10Cork City FC 182 -5-1111-1030-2092 -2-58610-490 -3-63420-16
UEFACL
UEFAECL
Relegation Playoffs
Relegation

Results

Sun - 7 Nov 2021
 Shamrock Rovers    Derry City FCTallaght Stadium
Mon - 9 Nov 2020
 St Patrick's Athletic FC 12 Bohemians FCRichmond Park (Dublin)
 Cork City FC 11 Derry City FCTurner's Cross
Wed - 4 Nov 2020
Sun - 1 Nov 2020
 St Patrick's Athletic FC 11 Dundalk FCRichmond Park (Dublin)
Wed - 28 Oct 2020
Sun - 25 Oct 2020
 Waterford FC 10 Dundalk FCWaterford Regional Sports Centre
Sat - 24 Oct 2020
 Sligo Rovers FC 21 Cork City FCThe Showgrounds (Sligo)
 Bohemians FC 02 Finn Harps FCDalymont Park
Fri - 23 Oct 2020
 Derry City FC 20 Shelbourne FCBrandywell Stadium
Mon - 19 Oct 2020
 Derry City FC 12 Dundalk FCBrandywell Stadium
Sun - 18 Oct 2020
Sat - 17 Oct 2020
 Cork City FC 00 Waterford FCTurner's Cross
Fri - 16 Oct 2020
 Dundalk FC 00 Bohemians FCOriel Park
Tue - 13 Oct 2020
 Cork City FC 02 Dundalk FCTurner's Cross
Sat - 10 Oct 2020
 Sligo Rovers FC 10 Derry City FCThe Showgrounds (Sligo)