R Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Linfield FC 31 22 3 6 0 69
2 Coleraine 31 19 8 4 0 65
3 Crusaders 31 17 8 6 0 59
4 Cliftonville 31 18 5 8 0 59
5 Glentoran FC 31 17 7 7 0 58
6 Larne FC 31 16 8 7 0 56
7 Glenavon Lurgan 31 10 5 16 0 35
8 Carrick Rangers 31 10 2 19 0 32
9 Dungannon Swifts 31 8 6 17 0 30
10 Ballymena United 31 7 6 18 0 27
11 Warrenpoint Town 31 5 3 23 0 18
12 Institute FC 31 2 9 20 0 15
Title Play-offs Relegation Play-offs

Northern Ireland Premier League

Each team plays a total of 38 fixtures during the season. Each team initially plays every other team three times (either twice at home and once away, or once at home and twice away) for a total of 33 fixtures per team. The league then "splits" into Section A and Section B, the top six teams in Section A playing each other for a fourth and final time to settle championship and European qualification issues, and the bottom six teams in Section B playing each other to settle relegation issues. The post-split fixtures are usually arranged in such a way as to result in the teams in each half playing each other twice at home and twice away. After the split, teams in the top six cannot finish lower than 6th place, and teams in the bottom six cannot finish higher than 7th place, regardless of the results in the final 5 games.
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