Swiss Challenge League
Swiss Challenge League
Country Switzerland Switzerland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1897
Number of teams 10
Promotion to Swiss Super League
Relegation to 1. Liga Promotion
Levels on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) Swiss Cup
Current champions Neuchâtel Xamax FCS (2017–18)
Website Official website
Football current event 2018–19

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 2018/2019

Team Foundation Hometown Venue Capacity
FC Aarau 26/05/1902 Switzerland Aarau Stadion Brügglifeld 8.000
FC Chiasso 16/10/1905 Switzerland Chiasso Riva IV 5.000
SC Kriens 01/07/1944 Switzerland Kriens Kleinfeld 5.360
FC Lausanne-Sport 1896 Switzerland Lausanne Pontaise 15.850
FC Rapperswil-Jona 19/08/1928 Switzerland Rapperswil-Jona Gründfeld 2.700
FC Schaffhausen 01/07/1896 Switzerland Schaffhausen LIPO Park Schaffhausen 8.085
Servette FC 20/03/1890 Switzerland Geneva Stade de Genève 28.833
FC Vaduz 14/02/1932 Liechtenstein Vaduz Rheinpark Stadion 7.564
FC Wil 1900 1900 Switzerland Wil IGP Arena 6.010
FC Winterthur 01/07/1896 Switzerland Winterthur Schützenwiese 9.450

External links

Swiss Challenge League 2018-19

Aarau · Chiasso · Rapperswil-Jona · Kriens · Servette · Schaffhausen · Wil · Winterthur · Lausanne · Vaduz

Swiss Challenge League seasons
1. Liga era, 1931–1944
Nationalliga B era, 1944–2003
Challenge League era, 2003–present

2014–15 · 2015–16 · 2016–17 · 2017–18 · 2018–19 · 2019–20 ·  ·

Football in Switzerland
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1. Liga Classic (U-17 · U-16) Uhrencup
2. Liga Interregional List of stadiums Cup of the Alps
2. Liga List of leagues Uhrencup
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