R Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Cliftonville 16 12 1 3 0 37
2 Coleraine 16 10 5 1 0 35
3 Crusaders 16 9 5 2 0 32
4 Linfield FC 13 10 0 3 0 30
5 Glentoran FC 15 8 3 4 0 27
6 Larne FC 15 6 5 4 0 23
7 Ballymena United 15 4 4 7 0 16
8 Carrick Rangers 15 5 0 10 0 15
9 Dungannon Swifts 15 4 2 9 0 14
10 Glenavon Lurgan 13 3 2 8 0 11
11 Institute FC 15 1 5 9 0 8
12 Warrenpoint Town 16 2 0 14 0 6
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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