2017 League of Ireland Premier Division
|Dates||24 February – 27 October 2017|
|Champions League||Cork City|
|Goals scored||549 (2.77 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Sean Maguire , Cork City 20|
|Biggest home win||Dundalk 6–0 St Patrick's Athletic|
|Biggest away win||Drogheda United 0–6 Dundalk|
|Highest scoring||Bray Wanderers 5–3 Finn Harps Limerick 5-3 Bray Wanderers|
|Longest winning run||Cork City 12|
|Longest unbeaten run||Cork City 22|
|Longest winless run||Drogheda United 21|
|Longest losing run||Drogheda United 9|
|Highest attendance||6,983 Cork City 1–1 Dundalk F.C.|
2018 →All statistics correct as of 4 November 2017.
The 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 33rd season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The league began on Friday 24 February 2017 and concluded on 27 October 2017. Fixtures were announced on 9 December 2016.
The Premier Division consists of 12 teams. Each team plays each other three times for a total of 33 matches in the season.
Limerick, the 2016 First Division champion and Drogheda United, winners of the promotion/relegation playoffs, were promoted to the league, both bouncing straight back after having been relegated the previous season.
On 22 December 2016, the Football Association of Ireland announced that the league would be restructured into two 10-team divisions from the 2018 season onwards, one of the recommendations made in the 2015 Conroy Report. This meant the cancellation of the promotion/relegation playoff and relegation at the end of the 2017 season of 3 teams, with only the champions of the First Division promoted in return.
Stadia and locations
Personnel and kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Bohemians||Keith Long||Derek Pender||Hummel||Mr Green|
|Bray Wanderers||Harry Kenny||Conor Kenna||Nike||Sonas Bathrooms|
|Cork City||John Caulfield||John Dunleavy||Nike||University College Cork|
|Derry City||Kenny Shiels||Gerard Doherty||Hummel||Diamond Corrugated|
|Drogheda United||Pete Mahon||Sean Thornton||CX+ Sport||Scotch Hall Shopping Center|
|Dundalk||Stephen Kenny||Stephen O'Donnell||CX+ Sport||Fyffes|
|Finn Harps||Ollie Horgan||Ciaran Coll||Joma||McGettigan Group|
|Galway United||Shane Keegan||Colm Horgan||Uhlsport||Comer Property Management|
|Limerick||Neil McDonald||Shane Duggan||Hummel|
|Shamrock Rovers||Stephen Bradley||Ronan Finn||New Balance||Pepper Asset Servicing|
|Sligo Rovers||Gerard Lyttle||Craig Roddan||Joma||Volkswagen|
|St Patrick's Athletic||Liam Buckley||Ian Bermingham||Umbro||Pieta House|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of
|Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of|
|Limerick||Martin Russell||Mutual consent||3 April 2017||8th||Neil McDonald||18 May 2017|
|Sligo Rovers||Dave Robertson||5 April 2017||11th||Gerard Lyttle||21 April 2017|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Cork City (C)||33||24||4||5||67||23||+44||76||Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round|
|2||Dundalk||33||22||3||8||72||24||+48||69||Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round|
|8||St Patrick's Athletic||33||9||12||12||45||52||−7||39|
|10||Galway United (R)||33||7||14||12||45||50||−5||35||Relegation to League of Ireland First Division|
|11||Finn Harps (R)||33||9||3||21||35||67||−32||30|
|12||Drogheda United (R)||33||5||7||21||22||65||−43||22|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Teams played each other twice (once at home, once away).
Teams played each other once.
|1||Sean Maguire||Cork City||20|
|Gary McCabe||Bray Wanderers||15|
|5||Rodrigo Tosi||Limerick City||14|
|6||Ronan Murray||Galway United||13|
|7||Aaron Greene||Bray Wanderers||12|
|8||Gary Shaw||Shamrock Rovers||11|
|Barry McNamee||Derry City||10|
- 2017 League of Ireland First Division
- 2017 FAI Cup
- 2017 League of Ireland Cup
- 2017 St Patrick's Athletic F.C. season
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