The Northern Ireland Football League Championship (known as the Bluefin Sport Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the second level of the Northern Ireland Football League, the national football league in Northern Ireland. Clubs in the Championship can be promoted to the highest national division - the NIFL Premiership, and relegated to the third level - the NIFL Premier Intermediate League.
|Founded||2008 (as IFA Championship)|
|Number of teams||12|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||NIFL Premiership|
|Relegation to||NIFL Premier Intermediate League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Irish Cup|
|League cup(s)||Northern Ireland Football League Cup|
|Current champions||Portadown (2nd title) |
|Current: 2021-22 Season|
It was founded in 2008 as the Premier Intermediate League for members of the previous IFA Intermediate League that met the new stricter membership criteria, though was marketed as the IFA Championship. In 2009, it was extended to two divisions: Championship 1 and Championship 2 with promotion and relegation between the two. In 2013, the Championship and Premiership became part of the Northern Ireland Football League, independent of the Irish Football Association (IFA).
Under reforms agreed by the Irish League clubs in 2014, Championship 1 acquired senior status from the 2016–17 season onwards, continuing as the NIFL Championship. Championship 2 became the NIFL Premier Intermediate League, retaining its intermediate status.
Current NIFL Championship clubs (2021–22)Edit
|Annagh United||Tandragee Road||Portadown||1,250 (100 seated)|
|Ards||Bangor Fuels Arena||Bangor||1,895 (500 seated)|
|Ballinamallard United||Ferney Park||Ballinamallard||2,000 (250 seated)|
|Ballyclare Comrades||Dixon Park||Ballyclare||5,333|
|Harland & Wolff Welders||Tillysburn Park||Belfast||3,000|
|Institute||Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium||Derry||8,200|
|Newry City||The Showgrounds||Newry||2,275 (1,080 seated)|
|Queen's University||Upper Malone||Belfast||1,000 (330 seated)|
- NIFL Premiership
- NIFL Premier Intermediate League
- IFA Interim Intermediate League
- IFA Reserve League
- IFA Intermediate Cup
- George Wilson Cup
- Irish Cup
- Irish League Cup
- County Antrim Shield
- Steel & Sons Cup
- Mid-Ulster Cup
- Bob Radcliffe Cup
- North West Senior Cup
- Craig Memorial Cup
- Northern Ireland football league system
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- "Championship 2019/2020 - Venues". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
- Malcolm Brodie (ed.), Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook (various editions)