Challenge League


The Challenge League, also known as the Challenge League due to sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest professional football league in Switzerland. Established in 1897, it is organized and managed by the Swiss Football Association (SFA), the governing body for football in Switzerland. The league is one step below the top-tier Swiss Super League and serves as a stepping stone for clubs aiming to compete at the highest level of Swiss football.

The Challenge League comprises ten teams that compete in a season running from July to May. The teams play each other four times in a double round-robin format, totaling 36 matches each. At the end of the season, the league champion is promoted to the Swiss Super League, while the bottom-placed team is relegated to the Promotion League, the third tier of Swiss football. The second-placed team gets a chance to compete in a two-legged playoff against the ninth-placed team from the Super League for a spot in the top tier.

The Challenge League has been a breeding ground for many talented players who have gone on to make their mark in the Swiss Super League and beyond. It has also been home to several clubs that have a rich history in Swiss football, such as Servette FC, FC Lausanne-Sport, and FC Lugano, all of which have had successful stints in the top tier.

Over the years, the Challenge League has undergone several changes in its format and structure, reflecting the evolving nature of Swiss football. Despite being a second-tier league, it has managed to maintain a competitive standard of football, attracting fans and players alike. The league's matches are broadcasted on various platforms, both domestically and internationally, enhancing its visibility and popularity.

The Challenge League is not just about football; it's also about community engagement and development. The clubs participate in various community initiatives and youth development programs, contributing to the growth of football at the grassroots level in Switzerland.

In conclusion, the Challenge League is a vital part of Swiss football, providing a platform for clubs and players to showcase their talent and ambition. While it may not have the glamour and glitz of the Swiss Super League, its competitive nature, coupled with its commitment to community and player development, makes it a league of significant importance in Swiss football.

Challenge League Upcoming Games

Challenge League Top Scorers

The current top scorer list for Challenge League in 2023

Player Team Goals
fc-aarau 10
fc-vaduz 10
baden 9
fc-wil-1900 9
fc-thun 8
fc-sion 8
fc-thun 8
neuchatel-xamax-fc 7
neuchatel-xamax-fc 7
fc-sion 7

Challenge League standings

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 FC Sion players, news and schedule FC Sion 27 17 8 2 54 18 36 59
2 FC Thun players, news and schedule FC Thun 27 16 6 5 50 31 19 54
3 FC Aarau players, news and schedule FC Aarau 27 10 7 10 40 40 0 37
4 Neuchatel Xamax FC players, news and schedule Neuchatel Xamax FC 27 8 11 8 39 32 7 35
5 Stade Nyonnais players, news and schedule Stade Nyonnais 27 9 7 11 38 44 -6 34
6 FC WIL 1900 players, news and schedule FC WIL 1900 27 8 9 10 34 37 -3 33
7 FC Vaduz players, news and schedule FC Vaduz 27 8 7 12 45 42 3 31
8 Bellinzona players, news and schedule Bellinzona 27 8 7 12 25 37 -12 31
9 FC Schaffhausen players, news and schedule FC Schaffhausen 27 6 10 11 28 42 -14 28
10 Baden players, news and schedule Baden 27 6 6 15 25 55 -30 24

Prediction Stats

Correct Strike rate
Winner 82/117 70%
Over/Under 9/16 56%
League Correct %
Pro League logo Pro League 44/53 83%
Cup logo Cup 9/11 82%
Primera División - Apertura logo Primera División - Apertura 28/34 82%
Premier League logo Premier League 50/62 81%
World Cup - Qualification Asia logo World Cup - Qualification Asia 28/35 80%
First League logo First League 118/150 79%
Liga 1 logo Liga 1 65/83 78%
Super League 1 logo Super League 1 113/144 78%
Primera División Femenina logo Primera División Femenina 103/136 76%
Liga Pro logo Liga Pro 130/170 76%