Nigeria National League

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Coordinates: 9°1′47.8″N 7°26′51.4″E / 9.029944°N 7.447611°E / 9.029944; 7.447611

Nigeria National League
Country Nigeria
Confederation CAF
Founded 1979 (reorganized 1991)
Number of teams 32
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Nigeria Premier League
Relegation to Nigeria Nationwide League
Domestic cup(s) Nigerian FA Cup
Current champions Katsina United[1]
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. For the 2015 season, it use four divisions of eight teams.

2017 season[edit]

2016 season[edit]

Season began May 7 and ended in October[2] Teams in bold won promotion to 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League

  • Group A1: Sokoto united, Kaduna United, Kogi United, Shekarau Babes(Kano), Katsina United, Yarmalight, Mighty Jets, Jigawa Golden Stars
  • Group A2: Adamawa United, Kwara United, FC Taraba, Wikki Feeders, Supreme Court FC, Dreams FC (Makurdi), Gombe United, FC Zamfara
  • Group B1: Remo Stars, COD United, Delta Force F.C., Prime, Go Round, UNICEM Rovers, Akwa Starlets, Abia Comets
  • Group B2: ABS FC, Crown, Cofine FC, J. Atete, Bayelsa United, First Bank, Gateway, Bendel Insurance

Past winners[edit]

The league was a single table until 1998. 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.

See also[edit]

List of Nigerian Clubs


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  3. ^ "Niger Tornadoes FC beat Plateau United to win NNL Super-4 tournament". Vanguard News. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
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