Niger Super League


Wikipedia - Super Ligue (Niger)

The Super Ligue, formerly known as Ligue 1, is the top division of football in Niger. There are 14 teams competing in the league, which operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Ligue Nationale.

The league began in 1966, with Secteur 6 winning the first five championships. It was known as the Ligue 1 between 2010 and 2018, when it changed its name to Super Ligue.


Although the championship has been contested since 1966, the structure has changed over time, and a number of years the competition has been canceled or shortened. In 2002, the league was completely cancelled.

Several major clubs dropped out in 2004 and 2005 for financial reasons and because of the 2005 famine afflicting the south center of the nation. In 2004, for instance, three clubs in the first round were disqualified, and more than two dozen matches were annulled or awarded after the fact for a variety of offences.

Since the 1990s, the clubs compete in a group stage, the winners of which advance to the "Super League" which contests the second half of the season, with the losers contesting a league to determine what clubs will be relegated to the Regional leagues. The Leagues in each of the Nigerien regions (called the Nigerien D2 Championships) then send champions to a play-off to determine which two clubs will be promoted.

Historically, Niamey has had the most accomplished regional league, and has provided most clubs in the national championship. Only two clubs from outside Niamey have ever won the championship. The Ligue de Niamey has been powerful enough that, after disputes over relegation on 2000, five Niamey clubs formed their own rival competition (the "Coupe des Sponsors"), and played only the Ligue de Niamey championship in the 2002 season, when the Nigerien Football Federation cancelled the season due to funding shortfalls.

The Niger Super League is a highly anticipated and prestigious soccer tournament held annually in Niger. It is the premier professional football league in the country, showcasing the best talent and teams from across the nation.

The tournament features a thrilling competition between the top clubs in Niger, who battle it out on the field to claim the coveted title of champions. The league consists of a round-robin format, where each team competes against every other team twice, once at home and once away.

The Niger Super League attracts a large and passionate fan base, with supporters from all corners of the country coming together to cheer for their favorite teams. The matches are known for their electrifying atmosphere, with fans creating a vibrant and energetic ambiance in the stadiums.

The tournament not only provides entertainment and excitement for soccer enthusiasts but also serves as a platform for young and talented players to showcase their skills and catch the attention of national and international scouts. Many players who have participated in the Niger Super League have gone on to represent the national team and even secure contracts with professional clubs abroad.

The Niger Super League is not just about the competition on the field; it also plays a significant role in promoting unity and national pride. The tournament brings together people from diverse backgrounds, fostering a sense of camaraderie and solidarity among the fans and players alike.

With its rich history and tradition, the Niger Super League has become an integral part of the country's sporting culture. It symbolizes the passion, dedication, and talent that Nigerien soccer has to offer, making it a must-watch event for soccer enthusiasts and a source of immense pride for the nation.