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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. play-off (only for deciding next stage group allocation).



Qualification for Championship Round:

1-6 place: enter Championship Round



Qualification for Relegation Round:

7-12 place: enter Relegation Round



Changes from last season:

St. Mirren relegated to Championship

Heart of Midlothian promoted from Championship





Championship Round:

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Format:

6 teams from the Regular Season contest the champion and places in the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League and 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League in 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 2014/2015 Premier League 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. play-off (only for deciding champion and UEFA competitions qualification).



Qualification for UEFA competitions:

1 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League qualifiers

2-3 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers

4 place: possible 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers (depends on Scottish Cup outcome)





Relegation Round:

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Format:

6 teams from the Regular Season contest again relegation 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 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. play-off (only for deciding relegation).



Relegation from the league:

11 place: enter Play-offs 1/2 with 3 Championship teams for 1 place in 2016/2017 Premiership

12 place: relegated to 2016/2017 Championship



Promotion to the league:

1 team from 2015/2016 Championship

1 more team from 2015/2016 Championship possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2