IFA Championship

The IFA Championship is a football league in Northern Ireland. It is one level below the IFA Premiership, which is Northern Ireland's national league. Clubs in the Championship have intermediate status.

It was founded in 2008 to succeed the IFA Intermediate League which folded as part of the reorganisation of top-level football in Northern Ireland that saw the creation of stricter entry criteria in respect of the newly-established Premiership and Championship. In 2009, it was extended to two divisions: Championship 1 and Championship 2 with promotion and relegation between the two. The Championship is sponsored by the Belfast Telegraph and is marketed as the Belfast Telegraph Championship. 'IFA' refers to the Irish Football Association.

Results from Championship 1 are featured on the Press Association vidiprinter service. However, they are rarely seen by television viewers as the Saturday results often do not appear until after 5.15pm and therefore are not featured during the reading of the classified results. The results from Championship 2 are not carried on the Press Association vidiprinter service.

Read more about IFA Championship:  History, Current Championship Clubs (2012–13), List of Champions, Summary of Champions, Knock-out Competitions

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