Nigeria Premier League
|Number of teams||20|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Nigeria National League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Nigerian FA Cup
Nigerian Super Cup
|International cup(s)||Champions League
|Current champions||Kano Pillars F.C. (2014)|
|Most championships||Enugu Rangers/Enyimba F.C. (6)|
|2015 Nigeria Professional Football League|
On May, 2013 Lagosian telecommunications company Globacom signed a three-year contract with the league to become its title sponsor. Thus the league is now officially known as the Glo Premier League. In 2012 the NPL was ranked as the best in Africa and 24th best in the world by the IFFHS, the rating puts it a spot above the Scottish Premier League for the year.
The league was founded in 1972 with six teams. On Saturday 12 May 1990 at the Onikan Stadium Lagos, the league was rechristened the "Professional League" with a goal to modernize the game and make clubs self-sufficient. Decrees 10 and 11 which codified the introduction of professional football in Nigeria stipulated that professional clubs should be run as limited liability companies each governed by a regularly constituted board of directors and required to hold annual general meetings, present independently audited accounts, cultivate youth/feeder teams and own their own stadium within five years of registration with the Pro League Department. To assist Pro League clubs in the timely achievement of these stated goals, all 56 professional club-sides that constituted the inaugural Pro League First and Second Division were granted a five-year tax moratorium on all income starting from 1990.
The premier league era in Nigeria began in 2003 when the Nigeria Football Association then chaired by Ibrahim Galadima inaugurated an interim committee to run the league.
From 1999–2007, there was an end of season Championship called the "Super Four". The top four teams would play a round-robin mini-league at a neutral site to determine the league champion. The Super Four is now a pre-season tournament featuring the top four teams of the prior year.
After the 2006 competition, the league changed its calendar to more closely match the common European regular season structure (starting around August and ending around May).
The League Management Company
The League Management Company was formed in 2012 following the collapse of the Nigeria Premier League organized by the Nigeria Football League (NFL) which arose from intractable legal, contractual, administrative and financial impediments. The NIgerian Football Association, owner of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) issued the League Management Company the license to organize and regulate the top tier league to meet global technical and commercial standards. Hon. Nduka Irabor is the Chairman of the League Management Company.
The League Management Company on inception of duty brought in a number of innovations which includes improved and better managed match indemnities for match officials, sanctions on clubs who fail to pay salaries and allowances to their players. They helped get sponsorship deals from corporations such as Telecom giants Globacom as well as TV Rights from Supersports. They set up a live scores platform where fans can follow scores update using their Twitter and Facebook accounts. For the clubs, the LMC also increased the Merit bonuses. In the 2013-14 Season for instance, League Winners Kano Pillars were awarded Fifteen Million Naira while second placed Enyimba FC got Eleven Million, two hundred and fifty thousand Naira. This means that every club got 50% more than what their league position earned in the 2012-13 Season.
The 2013/14 Season started in March 2014 and ended in November 2014. Kano Pillars retained their trophy while Enyimba finished in second place. Warri Wolves got a draw on the last day to pip Nasarawa United to the third spot and CAF Confederations Cup spot. Newcomers Nembe City were relegated together with Kaduna United, Crown and Gombe United.
|Enyimba (Aba)||6||2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010|
|Rangers International (Enugu)||6||1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984|
|Shooting Stars (Ibadan)||5||1976, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998|
|Iwuanyanwu Nationale/Heartland (Owerri)||5||1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993|
|Kano Pillars (Kano)||4||2008, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Dolphins (Port Harcourt)||3||1997, 2004, 2011|
|Julius Berger/Bridge Boys (Lagos)||2||1991, 2000|
|Bendel Insurance (Benin City)||2||1973, 1979|
|Bayelsa United (Yenegoa)||1||2009|
|Ocean Boys (Brass)||1||2006|
|Lobi Stars (Makurdi)||1||1999|
|Udoji United (Awka)||1||1996|
|BCC Lions (Gboko)||1||1994|
|Stationery Stores (Lagos)||1||1992|
|Leventis United (Ibadan)||1||1986|
|New Nigeria Bank (Benin City)||1||1985|
|Racca Rovers (Kano)||1||1978|
|Mighty Jets (Jos)||1||1972|
|2002||Joetex Frimpong||El-Kanemi Warriors||16|
|2003|| Chibuzor Ozurumba
|2004||Kabiru Alausa||Julius Berger||13|
|2005|| Timothy Anjembe
|2006||Ikechukwu Ibenegbu||El-Kanemi Warriors||10|
|2007||Aruwa Ameh||Kaduna United||10|
|2007–08||Abubakar Babale||Wikki Tourists/Sunshine Stars||14|
|2008–09||Orok Akarandut||Akwa United||17|
|2009–10||Ahmed Musa||Kano Pillars||18|
|2010–11||Jude Aneke||Kaduna United||20|
|2012||Sibi Gwar||Niger Tornadoes||17|
|2013||Victor Namo||Nasarawa United||18|
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