Danske Bank Premiership
FIFA Region
UEFA
Season
2021-2022
Location
Northern Ireland
Abbreviation
NIR1

Summary

The NIFL Premiership (NIR1), or Dankse Bank Premiership, is the top division in Northern Ireland's football system. At the end of the 2021-2022 NIR1 season, the NIR1 teams listed below qualify for the following non-league play:

  • 2022-2023 UEFA Champions League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 1st place 2021-2022 NIR1 team
  • 2022-2023 UEFA Europa Conference League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 2nd place 2021-2022 NIR1 team
    • 2021-2022 NIR1 UEFA Europa Conference League Playoffs winner

The winner of the 2021-2022 Irish Football Association Challenge Cup (Irish Cup), typically a NIR1 team, also receives a berth in the 1st Qualifying Round of the 2022-2023 UEFA Europa Conference League.

Leagues Pyramid - Northern Ireland

Abbrev League # of Teams
NIR1 Dankse Bank Premiership 12
NIR2 NIFL Championship 12
NIR3 NIFL Premier Intermediate League 11

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

Regular
27 Aug 2021 - 5 Apr 2022
Champ/Releg Rounds
8 Apr 2022 - 31 May 2022
UEFAECL Playoffs
3 Jun 2022 - 15 Jun 2022
12: NIR1 (10 minimum), NIR2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

The 2021-2022 NIR1 season consists of 2 stages. In the first stage, each NIR1 team plays the other 11 NIR1 teams 3 times for a total of 33 league matches. In each 3 match series one team hosts 2 home matches and the other team hosts 1 home match. In the second stage, the top six teams play each other a 4th time (5 more matches) to determine final rankings for UEFA Champions League and Europa League placements, and the bottom six teams play each other a 4th time (5 more matches) to determine the relegation placements. Total points are for all 38 matches. Table ranking ties are broken by (1) goal difference, (2) goals scored, (3) head-to-head points, (4) head-to-head goal difference, then (5) a drawing.

Playoffs

Not applicable.

Relegation

At the end of the 2021-2022 NIR1 season, the 12th place NIR1 team is relegated to the NIR2, and the 11th place NIR1 team enters into a Home-Away highest aggregate score playoff with the 2nd place NIR2 team. The playoff winner and the 1st place NIR2 team play in the 2022-2023 NIR1, and the playoff loser plays in the 2022-2023 NIR2.


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UEFAECL Playoffs - Finals

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Fri - 13 May 2022
 Glentoran FC 24 Larne FCBetMcLean Oval

UEFAECL Playoffs - Semifinals

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Tue - 10 May 2022
 Larne FC 20 Coleraine FCInver Park
 Glentoran FC 20 Glenavon FCBetMcLean Oval

Relegation Playoffs

DateHome Status RoadVenue
AggregateAnnagh United FC (NIR2) 24 Portadown FC (NIR1) 
03.05.22Annagh United FC 23 Portadown FCBMG Arena
06.05.22Portadown FC 10 Annagh United FCShamrock Park
 Portadown FC remains in NIR1 

2nd Stage

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
Championship
1Linfield FC 3824 -11-383-6724431913 -6-045348261911 -5-338331617
2Cliftonville 3824 -10-482-6129321813 -3-2422911182011 -7-240321814
3Glentoran FC 3821 -8-971-6844241910 -3-633352691911 -5-338331815
4Crusaders FC 3821 -5-1268-603624199 -4-631271891912 -1-637331815
5Larne FC 3817 -11-1062-613922188 -5-529291712209 -6-533322210
6Coleraine FC 3814 -9-1551-5545102010 -5-535321913184 -4-10162326-3
Relegation
1Glenavon FC 3815 -9-1454-54504198 -2-9262427-3197 -7-52830237
2Ballymena United FC 3816 -5-1753-4652-61910 -4-53429218196 -1-12191731-14
3Dungannon Swifts FC 3811 -2-2535-4686-40206 -1-13192846-18185 -1-12161840-22
4Carrick Rangers FC 389 -7-2234-4167-26195 -4-10191929-10194 -3-12152238-16
5Portadown FC 385 -10-2325-2972-43203 -8-9171628-12182 -2-1481344-31
6Warrenpoint Town FC 386 -3-2921-3579-44182 -0-1662150-29204 -3-13151429-15
2022-2023 UEFACL
UEFAECL Playoffs
2022-2023 UEFAECL
Relegation Playoffs
Relegation to NIR2

1st Stage

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Linfield FC 3322 -8-374-6222401612 -4-040317241710 -4-334311516
2Cliftonville 3322 -7-473-5424301613 -1-240291118179 -6-233251312
3Glentoran FC 3321 -6-669-6434301610 -2-4323420141711 -4-237301416
4Crusaders FC 3319 -4-1061-472819169 -3-4302211111710 -1-63125178
5Larne FC 3315 -8-1053-563818177 -5-52626179168 -3-52730219
6Coleraine FC 3313 -9-1148-503218179 -5-332271116164 -4-81623212
7Glenavon FC 3312 -9-1245-46442166 -2-8201924-5176 -7-42527207
8Ballymena United FC 3313 -5-1544-3846-8168 -4-42824195175 -1-11161427-13
9Dungannon Swifts FC 339 -1-2328-4081-41174 -1-12132242-20165 -0-11151839-21
10Carrick Rangers FC 336 -7-2025-3362-29174 -4-9161828-10162 -3-1191534-19
11Portadown FC 335 -9-1924-2863-35173 -7-7161622-6162 -2-1281241-29
12Warrenpoint Town FC 333 -3-2712-3074-44172 -0-1562048-28161 -3-1261026-16
Championship Group
Relegation Group

Results

Sat - 30 Apr 2022
 Linfield FC 20 Coleraine FCWindsor Park (Belfast)
 Glentoran FC 12 CliftonvilleBetMcLean Oval
 Crusaders FC 12 Larne FCSeaview (Belfast)
Sat - 23 Apr 2022
 Linfield FC 00 Larne FCWindsor Park (Belfast)
 Crusaders FC 33 CliftonvilleSeaview (Belfast)
 Glenavon FC 10 Portadown FCMourneview Park
 Ballymena United FC 30 Carrick Rangers FCThe Showgrounds (Ballymena)
 Coleraine FC 32 Glentoran FCThe Showgrounds (Coleraine)
Tue - 19 Apr 2022
 Carrick Rangers FC 01 Glenavon FCLoughview Leisure Arena
 Ballymena United FC 01 Warrenpoint Town FCThe Showgrounds (Ballymena)
 Glentoran FC 00 Larne FCBetMcLean Oval
 Crusaders FC 12 Linfield FCSeaview (Belfast)
 Coleraine FC 12 CliftonvilleThe Showgrounds (Coleraine)
Sat - 16 Apr 2022
 Warrenpoint Town FC 12 Carrick Rangers FCMilltown Playing Fields