SSE Airtricity League
FIFA Region
UEFA
Season
2021
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 2021 IRL1 season, the IRL1 teams listed below qualify for the following non-league play:

  • 2022 - 2023 UEFA Champions League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 1st place 2021 IRL1 team
  • 2022 - 2023 UEFA Europa Conference League - 1st Qualifying Round:
    • 2nd and 3rd place 2021 IRL1 teams

The winner of the 2021 FAI Ford Cup, typically an IRL1 team, also receives a berth in the 1st Qualifying Round of the 2022 - 2023 UEFA Europa Conference 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

19 Mar 2021 - 19 Nov 2021  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 2021 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 2022 IRL1.


More Info...


 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Shamrock Rovers 97 -2-023-1651154 -1-013104643 -1-010615
2St Patrick's Athletic FC 96 -3-021-1441044 -0-01281752 -3-09633
3Sligo Rovers FC 94 -4-116-117451 -3-1644043 -1-010734
4Finn Harps FC 94 -2-314-89-142 -0-2635-252 -2-18541
5Dundalk FC 93 -3-312-1311241 -1-2445-152 -2-18963
6Drogheda United FC 92 -4-310-119251 -3-1644041 -1-24752
7Bohemians FC 92 -2-58-812-440 -1-3148-452 -1-27440
8Derry City FC 92 -2-58-713-650 -2-3248-442 -0-2635-2
9Waterford FC 92 -0-76-514-941 -0-3326-451 -0-4338-5
10Longford Town FC 91 -2-65-716-951 -1-3448-440 -1-3138-5
UEFACL
UEFAECL
Relegation Playoffs
Relegation

Fixtures

Fri - 7 May 2021
Sat - 8 May 2021
 Waterford FC   Drogheda United FCWaterford Regional Sports Centre
 Bohemians FC   Finn Harps FCDalymont Park
 St Patrick's Athletic FC   Shamrock RoversRichmond Park (Dublin)
Fri - 14 May 2021
Sat - 15 May 2021
 Shamrock Rovers   Derry City FCTallaght Stadium
 Longford Town FC   Bohemians FCBishopsgate Stadium
 Sligo Rovers FC   Waterford FCThe Showgrounds (Sligo)
Fri - 21 May 2021
 Waterford FC   Derry City FCWaterford Regional Sports Centre
 St Patrick's Athletic FC   Bohemians FCRichmond Park (Dublin)
 Sligo Rovers FC   Longford Town FCThe Showgrounds (Sligo)
Mon - 24 May 2021
 Waterford FC   Finn Harps FCWaterford Regional Sports Centre
 Bohemians FC   Dundalk FCDalymont Park
 Derry City FC   St Patrick's Athletic FCThe Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium
 Drogheda United FC   Longford Town FCHead in the Game Park
 Shamrock Rovers   Sligo Rovers FCTallaght Stadium

Results

Mon - 3 May 2021
 Derry City FC 12 Finn Harps FCThe Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium
 Sligo Rovers FC 11 St Patrick's Athletic FCThe Showgrounds (Sligo)
 Longford Town FC 23 Dundalk FCBishopsgate Stadium
 Shamrock Rovers 30 Waterford FCTallaght Stadium
 Drogheda United FC 11 Bohemians FCHead in the Game Park
Fri - 30 Apr 2021
 Waterford FC 03 Dundalk FCWaterford Regional Sports Centre
 Bohemians FC 12 Derry City FCDalymont Park
 Drogheda United FC 11 Sligo Rovers FCHead in the Game Park
 St Patrick's Athletic FC 30 Longford Town FCRichmond Park (Dublin)
Sat - 24 Apr 2021
 Sligo Rovers FC 01 Derry City FCThe Showgrounds (Sligo)
 Waterford FC 10 Longford Town FCWaterford Regional Sports Centre
Fri - 23 Apr 2021
 Shamrock Rovers 21 Bohemians FCTallaght Stadium
Tue - 20 Apr 2021
 Derry City FC 11 Dundalk FCThe Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium
 Longford Town FC 00 Finn Harps FCBishopsgate Stadium
 St Patrick's Athletic FC 10 Waterford FCRichmond Park (Dublin)
 Drogheda United FC 01 Shamrock RoversHead in the Game Park