NIFL Premiership Development League

  (Redirected from IFA Reserve League)

The NIFL Development League (prior to 2016, the NIFL Reserve League) is an intermediate Association football league in Northern Ireland consisting of the reserve teams of the twelve NIFL Premiership clubs.

NIFL Premiership Development League
Founded2016
2013–2016 (as NIFL Reserve League)
2003–2013 (as IFA Reserve League)
1999–2003 (as Irish League Reserve League)
1977–1999 (as Irish League B Division Section 2)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Divisions1
Number of teams12
Domestic cup(s)IFA Intermediate Cup
George Wilson Cup
Current championsCliftonville Olympic (2019–20)
Most championshipsLinfield Swifts (17)

Current members (2021–22)Edit

HistoryEdit

The NIFL Development League is the successor to the NIFL Reserve League, which in turn was the successor to the Irish League B Division Section 2 which was formed in 1977, when the B Division split into two sections: Section 1 for intermediate clubs and the other for the reserve teams of senior clubs. Since the foundation of the B Division in 1951, these two categories of teams had competed together. In 1999, Section 1 of the B Division was renamed the Irish League Second Division and Section 2 became the Irish League Reserve League. In 2003, on the formation of the Irish Premier League, the IFA took direct control and the league was renamed the IFA Reserve League. In 2013, the Northern Ireland Football League took over, and the league was again renamed, to the NIFL Reserve League.[1] In 2016, it became the NIFL Development League, with an age restriction imposed on players.

List of championsEdit

Irish League B Division Section 2Edit

Season Champions
1977–78 Linfield Swifts
1978–79 Linfield Swifts
1979–80 Linfield Swifts
1980–81 Cliftonville Olympic
1981–82 Larne Olympic
1982–83 Linfield Swifts
1983–84 Linfield Swifts
1984–85 Linfield Swifts
1985–86 Glentoran II
1986–87 Glentoran II
1987–88 Linfield Swifts
1988–89 Linfield Swifts
1989–90 Glentoran II
1990–91 Linfield Swifts
1991–92 Linfield Swifts
1992–93 Glentoran II
1993–94 Bangor Reserves
1994–95 Bangor Reserves
1995–96 Glentoran II
1996–97 Crusaders Reserves
1997–98 Glentoran II
1998–99 Linfield Swifts

Irish League Reserve LeagueEdit

Season Champions
1999–00 Linfield Swifts
2000–01 Cliftonville Olympic
2001–02 Glentoran II
2002–03 Glentoran II

IFA Reserve LeagueEdit

Season Champions
2003–04 Linfield Swifts
2004–05 Linfield Swifts
2005–06 Dungannon Swifts Reserves
2006–07 Ballymena United Reserves
2007–08 Donegal Celtic Reserves
2008–09 Linfield Swifts
2009–10 Linfield Swifts
2010–11 Linfield Swifts
2011–12 Cliftonville Olympic[2]
2012–13 Ballinamallard United II

NIFL Reserve LeagueEdit

Season Champions
2013–14 Cliftonville Olympic[3]
2014–15 Linfield Swifts[4]
2015–16 Cliftonville Olympic[5]

NIFL Premiership Development LeagueEdit

Season Champions
2016–17 Linfield Swifts[6]
2017–18 Linfield Swifts[7]
2018–19 Linfield Swifts[8]
2019–20 Cliftonville Olympic[9]

Summary of championsEdit

Team Wins Winning years
Linfield Swifts 21 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19
Glentoran II 8 1985–86, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03
Cliftonville Olympic 6 1980–81, 2000–01, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2019-20
Bangor Reserves 2 1993–94, 1994–95
Ballinamallard United II 1 2012–13
Ballymena United Reserves 1 2006–07
Crusaders Reserves 1 1996–97
Donegal Celtic Reserves 1 2007–08
Dungannon Swifts Reserves 1 2005–06
Larne Olympic 1 1981–82

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NORTHERN IRELAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE". NIFL Premiership.
  2. ^ CLIFTONVILLE OLYMPIC SECURE IFA RESERVE LEAGUE TITLE
  3. ^ CLIFTONVILLE OLYMPIC - RESERVE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2013/14
  4. ^ Reserve League table
  5. ^ Olympic's Silver Lining
  6. ^ Linfield Swifts receive League Champions trophy at Windsor Park
  7. ^ NI Football League
  8. ^ NI Football League
  9. ^ NI Football League