NIFL Championship 1 in Northern Ireland is the second-tier football league in the country. It is one of the most exciting and competitive leagues in the country, with a rich history and passionate fanbase. In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 facts about the NIFL Championship 1 that every football fan should know.

  1. The NIFL Championship 1 consists of 12 teams that play each other twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 22 games. At the end of the season, the top team is promoted to the NIFL Premiership, while the bottom team is relegated to the NIFL Championship 2.
  2. The NIFL Championship 1 was formed in 2008, replacing the Irish Football League. Since then, it has grown in popularity and is now a highly respected league in Northern Ireland.
  3. The current champions of the NIFL Championship 1 are Larne, who won the title in the 2019/2020 season. Unfortunately, the 2020/2021 season was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of the league.
  4. Some of the most famous teams in the NIFL Championship 1 include Ballyclare Comrades, Dergview, Dundela, and Portadown. These teams have a rich history and are widely regarded as some of the best teams in the league.
  5. The top scorer in the history of the NIFL Championship 1 is Michael McCrudden, who scored 91 goals for Institute FC. He is closely followed by Andrew Mitchell, who scored 74 goals for Dungannon Swifts.
  6. The biggest victory in the history of the NIFL Championship 1 was when Loughgall beat Armagh City 11-0 in the 2011/2012 season. This remains a record to this day.
  7. The most successful team in the history of the NIFL Championship 1 is Ards, who have won the league three times. They are closely followed by Institute FC and Warrenpoint Town, who have both won the league twice.
  8. The team that finishes in second place in the NIFL Championship 1 has the opportunity to compete in a promotion playoff against the team that finishes second bottom in the NIFL Premiership. This is a two-legged tie, with the winner earning a place in the Premiership.
  9. The fan culture in the NIFL Championship 1 is passionate and vibrant. Many of the teams have dedicated groups of supporters who attend every game and create an electric atmosphere in the stadiums.
  10. The NIFL Championship 1 is broadcast live on BBC Sport Northern Ireland, with highlights shown on the BBC’s ‘Irish League Show’. This has helped to increase the league’s exposure and popularity in recent years.
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