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