Danske Bank Premiership
FIFA Region
UEFA
Season
2022-2023
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 2022-2023 NIR1 season, the NIR1 teams listed below qualify for the following non-league play:

  • 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 1st place 2022-2023 NIR1 Championhsip Group team
  • 2023-2024 UEFA Europa Conference League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 2nd place 2022-2023 NIR1 team
    • 2022-2023 NIR1 UEFA Europa Conference League Playoffs winner

The winner of the 2022-2023 Irish Football Association Challenge Cup (Irish Cup), typically a NIR1 team, also receives a berth in the 1st Qualifying Round of the 2023-2024 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
13 Aug 2022 - 25 Mar 2023
Champ/Releg Rounds
8 Apr 2022 - 29 Apr 2023
UEFAECL Playoffs
2 May 2023 - 15 Jun 2023
12: NIR1 (10 minimum), NIR2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

The 2022-2023 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 (Championship Group) 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 (Relegation Group) 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

At the end of the 2022-2023 NIR1 season, the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place NIR1 Championship Group teams and the 1st place NIR1 Relegation Group team enter into the UEFAECL playoffs (knockout format). The winner of this playoff receives a berth in the 2023-2024 UEFA Europa Conference League - 1st Qualifying Round.

Relegation

At the end of the 2022-2023 NIR1 season, the 6th place NIR1 Relegation Group team will be relegated to the NIR2, and the 5th place NIR1 Relegation Group 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 2023-2024 NIR1, and the playoff loser plays in the 2023-2024 NIR2.


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1st Stage

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Larne FC 1813 -2-341-36132386 -1-11919415107 -1-2221798
2Crusaders FC 1811 -3-436-382216108 -1-1252791883 -2-3111113-2
3Linfield FC 1811 -3-436-32161695 -2-2171511496 -1-21917512
4Cliftonville 1711 -3-336-3021975 -2-01716610106 -1-3191415-1
5Glentoran FC 1611 -2-335-3282476 -0-1181931695 -2-2171358
6Coleraine FC 189 -3-630-30171394 -2-3141510595 -1-3161578
7Ballymena United FC 177 -2-823-2426-294 -1-4131413183 -1-4101013-3
8Carrick Rangers FC 187 -1-1022-2635-9106 -0-4181713481 -1-64922-13
9Glenavon FC 185 -5-820-31310104 -2-4141816281 -3-461315-2
10Newry City AFC 185 -0-1315-2038-1893 -0-691116-592 -0-76922-13
11Dungannon Swifts FC 182 -1-157-943-3492 -1-67414-1090 -0-90529-24
12Portadown FC 181 -1-164-745-3890 -1-81322-1991 -0-83423-19
Championship Group
Relegation Group

Fixtures

Sat - 10 Dec 2022
 Cliftonville   Linfield FCSolitude (Belfast)
 Coleraine FC   Crusaders FCThe Showgrounds (Coleraine)
 Glentoran FC   Glenavon FCBetMcLean Oval
 Larne FC   Newry City AFCInver Park
Sat - 17 Dec 2022
 Ballymena United FC   Larne FCThe Showgrounds (Ballymena)
 Carrick Rangers FC   Glentoran FCLoughview Leisure Arena
 Cliftonville   Portadown FCSolitude (Belfast)
 Glenavon FC   Crusaders FCMourneview Park
 Linfield FC   Dungannon Swifts FCWindsor Park (Belfast)
 Newry City AFC   Coleraine FCThe Showgrounds (Newry)
Mon - 26 Dec 2022
 Coleraine FC   Ballymena United FCThe Showgrounds (Coleraine)
 Crusaders FC   CliftonvilleSeaview (Belfast)
 Glenavon FC   Portadown FCMourneview Park
 Glentoran FC   Linfield FCBetMcLean Oval
Mon - 2 Jan 2023
 Ballymena United FC   Glentoran FCThe Showgrounds (Ballymena)
 Carrick Rangers FC   Crusaders FCLoughview Leisure Arena

Results

Sun - 4 Dec 2022
 Newry City AFC 13 Portadown FCThe Showgrounds (Newry)
Sat - 3 Dec 2022
 Linfield FC 31 Carrick Rangers FCWindsor Park (Belfast)
 Glenavon FC 01 Larne FCMourneview Park
 Crusaders FC 32 Glentoran FCSeaview (Belfast)
 Coleraine FC 20 Dungannon Swifts FCThe Showgrounds (Coleraine)
 Ballymena United FC 41 CliftonvilleThe Showgrounds (Ballymena)
Sat - 26 Nov 2022
 Portadown FC 02 Glentoran FCShamrock Park
 Linfield FC 00 Crusaders FCWindsor Park (Belfast)
 Larne FC 02 Coleraine FCInver Park
 Cliftonville 20 Newry City AFCSolitude (Belfast)
 Carrick Rangers FC 02 Ballymena United FCLoughview Leisure Arena
Tue - 22 Nov 2022
 Linfield FC 10 Larne FCWindsor Park (Belfast)
Sun - 20 Nov 2022
 Glentoran FC 01 CliftonvilleBetMcLean Oval
Sat - 19 Nov 2022
 Glenavon FC 00 Coleraine FCMourneview Park
 Crusaders FC 40 Newry City AFCSeaview (Belfast)
 Carrick Rangers FC 20 Portadown FCLoughview Leisure Arena
Fri - 18 Nov 2022
 Ballymena United FC 02 Linfield FCThe Showgrounds (Ballymena)
Mon - 14 Nov 2022
 Crusaders FC 01 Ballymena United FCSeaview (Belfast)