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Swiss Challenge League

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Level on pyramid  2
Domestic cup(s)  Swiss Cup
Number of teams  10
Date founded  1897
Promotion to  Swiss Super League
Relegation to  1. Liga Promotion
Website  Official Site
Current champion  FC Lausanne-Sport
Country  Switzerland
Confederation  UEFA
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Current champions  FC Lausanne-Sport(2015–16)
Teams  FC Zürich, Servette FC, Neuchâtel Xamax, FC Wil, FC Aarau

The Swiss Challenge League or Challenge League is a professional league and 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.

Promotion/Relegation from 2015–16 season

  • FC Zürich was relegated from the Swiss Super League.
  • FC Lausanne-Sport finished first in the Challenge League and was promoted to the Swiss Super League.
  • FC Biel-Bienne was relegated from the Challenge League by finishing 10th
  • Servette FC finished first in the 1. Liga Promotion and was promoted to the Challenge League.
  • Nationalliga B Era

    1 FC Lugano and FC Lausanne-Sport went bankrupt which meant that no team was relegated due to their league position. FC Sion were not awarded a license for the 2003-04 season resulted in an extra team being promoted.

    Challenge League Era

    The league statistics of the Challenge League area:


    Swiss Challenge League Wikipedia