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Season

Regular Season:
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Format:
12 teams, each plays the other three times - of which at least once home and once away - for a total of 33 games each, over 33 game weeks.

Scoring points:
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.

Table order:
1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. play-off (only by decision of the IFA).

Qualification for Championship Round:
1-6 place: enter Championship Round

Qualification for Relegation Round:
7-12 place: enter Relegation Round


Championship Round:
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Format:
6 teams from the Regular Season contest the champion and places in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in a league format.
Each team plays the others once - for a total of 5 games each over 5 game weeks.
Teams keep their entire Regular Season record going into the Championship Round.
The Championship Round winner is the Premiership champion.

Scoring points:
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.

Table order:
1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. play-off (only by decision of the IFA).

Qualification for UEFA competitions:
1 place: UEFA Champions League qualifiers
2 place: UEFA Europa League qualifiers

Qualification for UEFA Europa League Play-off:
3-6 place: enter UEFA Europa League Play-off
* - if any of the teams, placed 3-7th, qualifies for the UEFA Europa League through the Irish Cup, then it doesn't participate in the UEFA Europa League Play-off, and only 4 teams enter the play-off.
* - of the 2nd placed team qualifies for the UEFA Europa League through the Irish Cup, then the 3rd placed team also qualifies for the UEFA Europa League and the four teams, placed 4th-7th enter the play-off.


Relegation Round:
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Format:
6 teams from the Regular Season contest against relegation.
Each team plays the others once - for a total of 5 games each over 5 game weeks.
Teams keep their entire Regular Season record going into the Relegation Round.
The winner of the Relegation Round finishes 7th in the Overall season standings, the second placed team - 8th, and so on, with the last placed team in the Relegation Round being 12th.

Scoring points:
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.

Table order:
1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. play-off (only by decision of the IFA).

Qualification for UEFA Europa League Play-off:
7 place: enters UEFA Europa League Play-off
* - if any of the teams, placed 3-7th, qualifies for the UEFA Europa League through the Irish Cup, then it doesn't participate in the UEFA Europa League Play-off, and only 4 teams enter the play-off.

Relegation from the league:
11 place: enters Play-offs 1/2 with one Championship 1 team for 1 place in Premiership
12 place: relegated to Championship 1

Promotion to the league:
1 team from Championship 1
1 more team from Championship 1 possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2


UEFA Europa League Play-off:
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Format:
5 teams contest a place in the UEFA Europa League in a knockout format.
Teams are ranked 1st to 5th, based on their Overall season standings ranking order.
The teams ranked 1st-3rd enter the competition directly at the Semi-finals.

Quarter-final:
Teams are paired according to their ranking:
4th vs 5th.
Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.
The 4th ranked team is host.
If there are only 4 teams participating in the play-off, then no quarter-final is played.

Semi-finals:
Teams are paired according to their ranking:
1st vs winner of the Quarter-final;
2nd vs 3rd.
Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.
The higher ranked teams are hosts.

Final:
The two Semi-finals winners meet each other.
Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.
The higher ranked team is host.

Qualification for UEFA competitions:
winner: UEFA Europa League qualifiers