Swiss Challenge League

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Swiss Challenge League
Erste Liga logo 2012.png
Country Switzerland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1897
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Super League
Relegation to 1. Liga Promotion
Domestic cup(s) Swiss Cup
Current champions FC Lausanne-Sport
Website Official Site
2016–17 Season

The Swiss Challenge League or Challenge League is the second highest tier of the Swiss football league system. Ten teams play in the Challenge League. The winners of the league are promoted to the Super League, the bottom team is relegated to the 1. Liga Promotion.

From 2003 to 2012, the second placed team entered a two-legged playoff against the 9th placed team in the Super League, with 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."

During 2001–2008 and again from 2009–2013 Liechtenstein's FC Vaduz also played in the Challenge League as Liechtenstein does not have a league of its own.

Participating clubs 2016–17[edit]

Team Venue Capacity
FC Aarau Stadion Brügglifeld 8,000
FC Chiasso Stadio Comunale 11,160
FC Le Mont Stade Sous-Ville 2,500
Neuchâtel Xamax Stade de la Maladière 12,000
FC Schaffhausen Stadion Breite 7,300
Servette FC Stade de Genève 30,000
FC Wil Stadion Bergholz 6,958
FC Winterthur Schützenwiese 8,550
FC Wohlen Stadion Niedermatten 5,000
FC Zürich Letzigrund 26,100

Promotion/Relegation from 2015–16 season[edit]


Nationalliga B Era[edit]

Season League Winner Promoted from playoffs/Promoted as runners up Teams Relegated
1960-61 FC Lugano FC Schaffhausen Neuchâtel Xamax
Nordstern Basel
1961-62 FC Chiasso FC Sion FC Martigny-Sports
FC Yverdon-Sports
1962-63 FC Schaffhausen Neuchâtel Xamax FC Bodio
FC Fribourg
1963-64 FC Lugano AC Bellinzona Etoile Carouge FC
FC Vevey-Sports 05
1964-65 Urania Genève Sport Young Fellows Zürich FC Bern
FC Schaffhausen
1965-66 FC Winterthur FC Moutier FC Porrentruy
Neuchâtel Xamax
1966-67 FC Luzern AC Bellinzona Le Locle-Sports
Blue Stars Zürich
1967-68 FC Winterthur FC St.Gallen FC Moutier
FC Bern
1968-69 FC Wettingen FC Fribourg FC Baden
FC Solothurn
1969-70 FC Sion FC Luzern FC Thun
FC Langenthal
1970-71 FC St.Gallen FC Grenchen Young Fellows Zürich
Urania Genève Sport
1971-72 FC Chiasso FC Fribourg FC Monthey
US Gambarogno
1972-73 Neuchâtel Xamax CS Chênois SC Brühl
SC Buochs
1973-74 FC Luzern FC Vevey-Sports 05 Young Fellows Zürich
FC Tössfeld
1974-75 FC Biel-Bienne FC La Chaux-de-Fonds FC Giubiasco
1975-76 AC Bellinzona - FC Martigny-Sports
FC Wettingen
1976-77 Étoile Carouge FC Young Fellows Zürich Mendrisiostar
FC Raron
1977-78 Nordstern Basel FC Chiasso FC Gossau
FC Bulle
1978-79 FC La Chaux-de-Fonds FC Luzern
FC Lugano
Étoile Carouge FC
Young Fellows Zürich
1979-80 AC Bellinzona Nordstern Basel FC Raron
FC Baden
1980-81 FC Vevey-Sports 05 FC Aarau
FC Bulle
SC Kriens
1981-82 FC Winterthur FC Wettingen Aurore Bienne
FC Altstätten
FC Frauenfeld
1982-83 FC La Chaux-de-Fonds FC Chiasso FC Bern
FC Ibach
FC Rüti ZH
1983-84 SC Zug FC Winterthur FC Fribourg
FC Nordstern Basel
FC Red Star Zürich
1984-85 FC Grenchen FC Baden Mendrisiostar
FC Yverdon-Sports
FC Monthey
1985-86 FC Locarno AC Bellinzona FC Zug
FC Laufen
Le Locle Sports
1986-87 FC Grenchen None SC Kriens
1987-88 Étoile Carouge FC (West)
FC Lugano (East)
FC Wettingen
FC Lugano
FC Solothurn
FC Vevey-Sports 05
FC Wangen bei Olten
1988-89 FC Yverdon-Sports (West)
FC Basel (East)
FC Zürich FC Biel-Bienne
Renens FC
1989-90 FC Fribourg (West)
FC Baden (East)
FC Zürich FC Brüttisellen
FC Martigny-Sports
FC Zug
1990-91 FC Yverdon-Sports (West)
FC Locarno (South & East)
None CS Chênois
SC Burgdorf
FC Montreux-Sports
1991-92 FC Basel (West)
FC Schaffhausen (South & East)
FC Chiasso ES Malley
SC Zug
FC Glarus
1992-93 FC Yverdon-Sports (West)
FC Luzern (East)
FC Luzern
SC Kriens
FC Yverdon-Sports
FC Wettingen
FC Châtel-St-Denis
FC Brüttisellen
SC Bümpliz
FC Emmenbrücke
FC Chur
FC La Chaux-de-Fonds
1993-94 Étoile Carouge FC (West)
FC Schaffhausen (East)
FC Basel
FC St. Gallen
BSC Old Boys
FC Bulle
Urania Genève Sport
FC Chiasso
FC Monthey
FC Sursee
FC Fribourg
1994-95 FC Yverdon-Sports (West)
SC Kriens (East)
None AC Bellinzona
FC Grenchen
1995-96 SC Kriens None FC Chiasso
FC Naters
1996-97 Étoile Carouge FC Étoile Carouge FC
SC Kriens
FC Gossau
FC Meyrin
1997-98 BSC Young Boys FC Lugano
BSC Young Boys
FC Winterthur
SV Schaffhausen
1998-99 FC Wil SR Delémont
FC Yverdon-Sports
FC Locarno
FC Chiasso
1999-00 AC Bellinzona FC Sion Stade Nyonnais
FC Schaffhausen
2000-01 BSC Young Boys BSC Young Boys FC Wangen bei Olten
FC Solothurn
2001-02 FC Wil 1900 FC Wil 1900
FC Thun
FC Locarno
Étoile Carouge FC
2002-03 FC Vaduz None FC Lugano1
FC Lausanne-Sport1
FC Sion1

1 FC Lugano and FC Lausanne-Sport went bankrupt which meant that no team was relegated due to their league position. FC Sion were not awarded a license for the 2003-04 season resulted in an extra team being promoted.

Challenge League Era[edit]

The league statistics of the Challenge League area:[1][2]

Year 1st Position 2nd Position Playoff result Relegated Relegated
2003–04 Schaffhausen Vaduz Neuchâtel Xamax 2:0 Vaduz

Vaduz 2:1 Neuchâtel Xamax

Neuchâtel Xamax won 3:2 on aggregate

2004–05 Yverdon-Sport Vaduz Schaffhausen 1:1 Vaduz

Vaduz 0:1 Schaffhausen

Schaffhausen won 2:1 on aggregate

Baden2 Bulle
2005–06 Luzern Sion Sion 0:0 Neuchâtel Xamax

Neuchâtel Xamax 0:3 Sion

Sion won 3:0 on aggregate

Baden Meyrin
2006–07 Neuchâtel Xamax Bellinzona Bellinzona 1:2 Aarau

Aarau 3:1 Bellinzona

Aarau won 5:2 on aggregate

Baulmes YF Juventus
2007–08 Vaduz Bellinzona Bellinzona 3:2 St. Gallen

St. Gallen 0:2 Bellinzona

Bellinzona won 5:2 on aggregate

2008–09 St. Gallen Lugano Lugano 1:0 Luzern

Luzern 5:0 Lugano

Luzern won 5:1 on aggregate

Locarno4 Gossau4
2009–10 Thun Lugano Bellinzona 2:1 Lugano

Lugano 0:0 Bellinzona

Bellinzona won 2:1 on aggregate

Le Mont Gossau
2010–11 Lausanne Servette Bellinzona 1:0 Servette

Servette 3:1 Bellinzona

Servette won 3:2 on aggregate

Schaffhausen Yverdon
2011–12 St. Gallen Aarau Sion 3:0 Aarau

Aarau 1:0 Sion

Sion won 3:1 on aggregate

2012–13 Aarau Bellinzona Locarno5
2013–14 Vaduz Lugano Locarno
2014–15 Lugano Servette Biel/Bienne6
2015–16 Lausanne Wil Biel/Bienne
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.
3Delémont and Kriens were also relegated to due the league being downsized to 16 teams for the 2008–09 season.
4Locarno and Gossau were not relegated due to Concordia and La Chaux-de-Fonds being denied professional licenses.
5Locarno were not relegated due to Bellinzona being denied professional licenses.
5Biel/Bienne were not relegated due to Servette being denied professional licenses.

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