Swiss Challenge League
|Other club(s) from||Liechtenstein|
|Number of teams||10|
|Levels on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Super League|
|Relegation to||1. Liga Promotion|
|Domestic cup(s)||Swiss Cup|
The Swiss Challenge League (until August 2008 known simply as the Challenge League) is the second highest tier of the Swiss Football League. Ten teams play in the Challenge League. The winners of the league are promoted to the Super League, and bottom team is relegated to the 1. Liga Promotion. The second placed team enters a two-legged playoff against the 9th placed team in the Super League, the winner playing in the higher division next season.
The league was named Nationalliga B until 2003 when it was changed to the "Challenge League."
Liechtenstein's FC Vaduz also play in the Challenge League as Liechtenstein does not have a league of its own.
Participating clubs 2013–14
|FC Biel-Bienne||Gurzelen Stadion||15,000|
|FC Chiasso||Stadio Comunale||11,160|
|FC Locarno||Stadio Comunale Lido||11,000|
|FC Lugano||Stadio Cornaredo||15,000|
|FC Schaffhausen||Stadion Breite||7,300|
|Servette FC||Stade de Genève||30,084|
|FC Vaduz||Rheinpark Stadion||7,838|
|FC Wil||Stadion Bergholz||6,958|
|FC Wohlen||Stadion Niedermatten||5,000|
Nationalliga B Era
1FC Luganoand FC Lausanne-Sportwent bankrupt which meant that no team was relegated due to their league position. FC Sionwere not awarded a license for the 2003-04 season resulted in an extra team being promoted.
Challenge League Era
|Year||1st Position||2nd Position||Playoff result||Relegated||Relegated|
|2003–04||Schaffhausen||Vaduz||Neuchâtel Xamax 2:0 Vaduz
Neuchâtel Xamax won 3:2 on aggregate
|2004–05||Yverdon-Sport||Vaduz||Schaffhausen 1:1 Vaduz
Schaffhausen won 2:1 on aggregate
|2005–06||Luzern||Sion||Sion 0:0 Neuchâtel Xamax
Sion won 3:0 on aggregate
|2006–07||Neuchâtel Xamax||Bellinzona||Bellinzona 1:2 Aarau
Aarau won 5:2 on aggregate
|2007–08||Vaduz||Bellinzona||Bellinzona 3:2 St. Gallen
Bellinzona won 5:2 on aggregate
|2008–09||St. Gallen||Lugano||Lugano 1:0 Luzern
Luzern won 5:1 on aggregate
|2009–10||Thun||Lugano||Bellinzona 2:1 Lugano
Bellinzona won 2:1 on aggregate
|2010–11||Lausanne||Servette||Bellinzona 1:0 Servette
Servette won 3:2 on aggregate
|2011–12||St. Gallen||Aarau||Sion 3:0 Aarau
Sion won 3:1 on aggregate
|1Sion were admitted to the league on October 29, 2003, after the season had already begun which brought the number of teams in the division to 17.
Only one club was relegated and two were promoted to extend the league to 18 clubs for the 2004–05 season.
2Baden were not relegated due to Servette being demoted to 1. Liga because of financial difficulties.
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