Season


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.



Qualification for UEFA competitions:

1 place: 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League qualifiers

2-3 place: 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League qualifiers

4 place: possible 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League qualifiers (depends on FAI Cup outcome)



Relegation from the league:

11 place: enters Play-offs 1/2 with one First Division team for 1 place in 2017 Premier League

12 place: relegated to 2017 First Division



Promotion to the league:

1 team from 2016 First Division

1 more team from 2016 First Division possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2



Changes from last season:

Limerick and Drogheda United relegated to First Division

Wexford Youths and Finn Harps promoted from First Division