Nigeria National League

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Nigeria National League
Country Nigeria
Confederation CAF
Founded 1979 (reorganized 1991)
Number of teams 32
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Nigeria Premier League
Relegation to Nigeria Nationwide League
Domestic cup(s) Nigerian FA Cup
Current champions Giwa FC
Most championships Dolphins/Eagle Cement (3)

The Nigeria National League (formerly National Division 1) is the second tier of club football in Nigeria.


From 1997-2011, the league has been split into 1A for Northern teams and 1B for southern teams. The top two from each division are promoted to the Nigerian Premier League the next season. The exceptions were the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons where there were four divisions of eight teams each, with each division winner winning promotion. Up to four teams in each division are relegated each season to the Amateur First Division. The league was renamed June 19, 2008. In 2012 the league expanded from 32 to 36 teams with 2 more teams promoted. The league used the 2006 format, with four divisions of nine teams each, with division winners receiving automatic promotion. In 2012-13, it went back to two divisions of sixteen.

2014 season[edit]

The new season will start on February 15.[1]

2012-13 season[edit]

Season began December 22

Changes from 2013[edit]

Changes from 2012[edit]

Past Winners[edit]

Between 1998-2011 winners of the North and South divisions played a one-game playoff to determine the overall Division champion. Since 2011 the champion has been determined by a Super Four mini-league between the four promoted teams.

Season Winner
1991 El-Kanemi Warriors
1992 Concord FC, Abeokuta
1993 Enyimba
1994 Eagle Cement
1995 Kano Pillars
1996 Niger Tornadoes
1997 Kwara United
1998 Kwara Stars
1999 Udoji United
2000 El-Kanemi Warriors
2001 Kano Pillars
2002 Dolphins
2003 Mighty Jets
2004 Nasarawa United
2006 Zamfara United
2007 Sunshine Stars
2008 Warri Wolves F.C.
2008/09 Dolphins F.C.
2009/10 Crown F.C.
2010/11 Wikki Tourists
2012 Nembe City F.C.
2013 Giwa F.C.

See also[edit]

List of Nigerian Clubs


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External links[edit]