National Premier League

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National Premier League
Red Stripe Premier League Logo.png
Country Jamaica Jamaica
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1973
Number of teams 12
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to KSAFA Super League
South Central Confederation Super League
Eastern Confederation Super League
Western Confederation Super League
Domestic cup(s) JFF Champions Cup
International cup(s) CFU Club Championship
CONCACAF Champions League
Current champions Montego Bay United
Most championships Portmore United
Tivoli Gardens
(5 titles each)
Current season

The National Premier League, also known as the Jamaican National Premier League and, for sponsorship purposes, the Red Stripe Premier League[1] or previously the Digicel Premier League or Wray and Nephew National Premier League, is the first division football league in the nation of Jamaica. Twelve teams currently compete in the league.[2]


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

Competition format[edit]

The competition is divided in three stages in which every team plays another once; after the third stage (i.e. after 33 games) the top six teams will be placed in one group and the bottom six in another. The top six teams will play against each other in the fourth round, with the top team being crowned champions. The bottom six teams will also only play against each other with no chance of winning the title. The bottom 2 are then relegated and 2 teams from a play-off of the 4 regional league winners are promoted.

The top two teams from the league qualify for the CFU Club Championship, and the bottom two are relegated at the end of the season. NPL teams are also eligible to compete in the regional championship, the CONCACAF Champions League, by earning a top 3 finish in the CFU Club Championship.

Teams 2014/15[edit]

A total of 12 teams contest the league in its current season, including 10 sides from the 2013–14 season and two promoted from the 2013–14 National Play Off.

Clubs Founded Joined League
Arnett Gardens 1977 1977
Barbican (Promoted) 2000 2014
Boys' Town
Cavalier 1962 2012
Harbour View 1974 1974
Humble Lions
Montego Bay United (Defending Champions)
Reno (Promoted)
Rivoli United
Sporting Central Academy
Tivoli Gardens


Source: RSSSF

Top scorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
2002–03 Jamaica Roen Nelson Hazard United 19
2003–04 Jamaica Fabian Taylor Harbour View 19
2004–05 Jamaica Christopher Nicholas Tivoli Gardens 25
2005–06 Jamaica Kevin Lamey Waterhouse 22
2006–07 Jamaica Irvino English Waterhouse 18
2007–08 Jamaica Roen Nelson Portmore United 16
2008–09 Jamaica Devon Hodges Rivoli United 24
2009–10 Jamaica Devon Hodges Rivoli United 18
2010–11 Jamaica Kirk Ramsey Arnett Gardens 17
2011–12 Jamaica Jermaine Anderson Waterhouse 14
2012–13 Jamaica Jermaine Anderson Waterhouse 21

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