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The National Premier League, also known for sponsorship purposes as the Red Stripe Premier League,[1] is the top division for men's association football in Jamaica. Contested between 12 clubs, the two lowest placed teams are relegated to their corresponding local second division league.[2]

National Premier League
Red Stripe Premier League Logo.png
Founded 1973
Country Jamaica
Confederation CONCACAF
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to KSAFA Super League
Western Confederation Super League
Eastern Confederation Super League
South Central Confederation Super League
Domestic cup(s) JFF Champions Cup (Obsolete)
International cup(s) CFU Club Championship
CONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF League
Current champions Portmore United
(2017–18)
Most championships Portmore United (6th title)
TV partners Television Jamaica, Sportsmax, KLAS ESPN 89fm(Radio) (live matches)
Website PremierLeagueJamaica.com
2017–18 National Premier League

Contents

HistoryEdit

The National Premier League was formed in 1973 to serve as the top tier of Jamaican professional club football. To date, the league has produced three Caribbean champions, Portmore United (2005) and Harbour View (2004 & 2007).[citation needed]

Competition formatEdit

The competition is divided into three stages, with clubs playing each other once during each stage. Following the third stage (33 matches), the teams are divided into two groups based on point totals and enter the fourth round of league play. The top six clubs contend for the championship, with the bottom six teams fighting to avoid relegation. The bottom two finishers are replaced the next season by the top two finishers of the second division regional playoffs.

The top two finishers in a given season qualify for the CFU Club Championship, a regional club tournament held each spring. A top-four finish in the CFU Club Championship is the only route for Jamaican teams to enter the CONCACAF Champions League and the CONCACAF League.

ClubsEdit

A total of 12 teams contest the league in the current season, including 10 sides from the 2017–18 season and two promoted from the 2017–18 National Play-off.



Club City Stadium
Arnett Gardens Kingston Tony Spaulding Sports Complex
Boys' Town Kingston Collie Smith Drive Sporting Complex
Harbour View Kingston Harbour View Stadium
Humble Lions May Pen Effortville Community Centre
Sandals South Coast Westmoreland Frome Sports Club
Cavalier FC Kingston Stadium East Field
Montego Bay United Montego Bay Montego Bay Sports Complex, WesPow Park
Portmore United Portmore Ferdie Neita Sports Complex, Juici Patty Field
Reno Savanna-la-Mar Frome Sports Club
Tivoli Gardens Kingston Railway Oval
UWI Kingston UWI Bowl
Waterhouse Kingston Waterhouse Stadium

ChampionsEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-Up Championship Seasons

Portmore United

6
5
1992–93, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2017–18

Arnett Gardens

5
4
1977–78, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2014–15, 2016–17

Tivoli Gardens

5
4
1982–83, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11

Santos

5
1
1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80

Harbour View

4
5
1999–00, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2012–13

Montego Bay United

4
5
1986–87, 1996–97, 2013–14, 2015–16

Boys' Town

3
5
1983–84, 1985–86, 1988–89

Reno

3
3
1989–90, 1990–91, 1994–95

Waterhouse

2
4
1997–98, 2005–06

Violet Kickers

2
0
1993–94, 1995–96

Wadadah

2
0
1987–88, 1991–92

Cavalier

1
3
1980–81

Jamaica Defence Force

1
0
1984–87

Note: No championship was awarded for the 1978–79 and 1981–82 seasons.

Source: RSSSF

Top scorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit