|Number of teams||20|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Nigeria National League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Nigerian FA Cup |
Nigerian Super Cup
Super 4 (Nigeria)
|International cup(s)||Champions League |
|Current champions||Enyimba F.C. (2019) |
|Most championships||Enyimba F.C. (8)|
|2020 Nigeria Professional Football League|
The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) is the highest level of the Nigerian football league system, for the Nigerian Club-football Championships. The Nigerian top-division has experienced dwindling fortunes since the late 2000s.  It is fed into by the Nigeria National League (NNL). It is organized by the League Management Company (LMC).
It was formerly known as the Nigerian Premier League for the second time, as of the 2012/2013 Season from the 2003/2004 Season; "Nigerian Premiership" (2000–2003); "Nigerian Premier League", first time (1993–2000); "Nigerian Professional League" (1990–1993); Nigerian National League - First Division (1979–1990) and "the (Nigerian) National League" or "Nigerian Football League" (1972–1979), 
The League Management Company
This is the legal League board or body that was incorporated in November, 2012, by the Nigeria Football Federation to take over the nearly-collapsed NPL. The first step the LMC took was to rebrand the League name, from the Nigerian Premier League to the Nigerian Professional Football League, (NPFL) or simply the Professional 'Football' League) (P'F'L) i.e. just "Professional League" or "Football League" inside Nigeria.
In 2015, the League Management Company solicited financial support from the Government in order to "upgrade of existing grounds and provision of required broadcast equipment and facilities in the stadiums”.
On 27, April 2016, The Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) organizers of the La Liga sealed a five-year memorandum of understanding deal with the NPFL on capacity building and idea exchange signed by the League Management Company chairman, Shehu Dikko and the La Liga President Javier Tebas. The NPFL and La Liga partnership has already started bearing fruit as during the January transfer window, Super Eagles fringe player Ezekiel Bassey was signed on loan from Enyimba to Barcelona B on a six-month deal with an option of 3-years come end of the season based on performance. The NPFL AllStars (made up of the league's best players) have also been playing Pre-Season as well as Winter break friendlies with top flight Spanish sides like Atlético Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Villareal etc. In an effort to expose and test Local players against top players and sides.
In Thursday, May 25, 2017, The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) alongside the League Management Company (LMC), also consummated a multi-faceted strategic agreement in general football development with the Football Federation and Premier League body of the Kingdom of Morocco, NFF President Amaju Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President/ LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko put pen to paper on a memorandum of understanding with their Moroccan counterparts, the result of detailed discussions, deliberations and considerations over time. The two FA Presidents signed their own sides in the Office of the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football in Rabat, while the LMC 's Chairman, Shehu Dikko and Chairman of the Ligue Nationale de Football Professionnel, (which organises the Botola, Said Naciri signed at the LNFP office, watched by the two FA bosses.
Enugu Rangers emerged champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after defeating El-Kanemi Warriors 4-0 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday.
Chisom Egbuchulam scored a hat-trick and Osas Okoro got among the goals but their celebration was dampened by Ifeanyi Egwim's horrific injury at the death.
Three minutes into the game, Egbuchulam scored from the spot after Bobby Clement's shot at goal was blocked a hand in the El-Kanemi box.
That early goal set the tone for the rout as Osas Okoro netted the second on the stroke of half time to give Rangers a two-goal lead.
Egbuchulam then scored his 14th and 16th goals of the season in the second half to wrap up the game.
As for Egwim, he had came off the bench and copped a terrible injury in what appeared to be a slip though El-Kanemi goalkeeper Kazeem Yekeen was sent off and the hosts were awarded a spot kick which Egbuchulam dispatched.
The Flying Antelopes finished the season with 63 points to claim a seventh title but their first in 32 years since winning the Old First Division in 1984.
Rivers United and Wikki Tourists finished in second and third respectively after wins over Akwa United and Sunshine Stars.
Plateau United won a historic maiden league title on the final day of the Nigeria Professional Football League in Jos, while Shooting Stars and ABS FC were relegated.
Plateau United were decisive in their final league game of the season, earning a vital home win over Enugu Rangers, a victory which crowned the Jos-based club as league champions.
Emeka Umeh (25th minute) and Benjamin Turba (88th minute) were the goal scorers for the champions, who secured only their second win in their last six outings against Enugu Rangers, who finished the season in 13th-place.
In July 2018 the league was postponed indefinitely following crisis in the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). Lobi Stars was declared winner of the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
This decision was reached following an emergency meeting in Abuja, in order to meet up with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) October 15 deadline, for registration of clubs for the Champions League and Confederation Cup.
The NPFL went on break before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but the resumption date was postponed due to the leadership crisis which rocked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), which has now been resolved.
Lobi Stars occupy top spot in the table with 43 points from 24 matches.
The LMC originally structured the NPFL Calendar for 2018, to commence in January 2018 and end on September 2018, with a break for the 2018 World Cup provided between June 4 to July 18, 2018.
Enyimba FC of Aba defeated Akwa United FC 3-0 yesterday to claim a record 8th Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title at the Super Six Championship Playoff at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
The league consisted of 24 teams. Four were promoted from the Nigeria National League. Twenty teams remained from the previous season which was not completed. They were divided into two groups of 12 teams. The top three teams in each group contested for The tittle in the NPFL Super six championship playoff in Lagos. The People's Elephant finished at the top of the log with 12 points from five games.
Reuben Bala scored the opening goal for Enyimba two minutes before the break. Joseph Osadiaye dribbled his way into the Akwa United box and squared the ball to Bala who tapped it into the net effortlessly. It was Bala's third goal of the Championship play-offs.
Stanley Dimgba added the second goal for Enyimba on the hour mark. He nodded home a superb cross from Stanley Okorom.
Abdulrahmam Bashir made the scoreline more emphatic when he scored Enyimba's third goal with a stunning effort from outside the box a minute before time.
Best Global Reputation
List of past champions
Champions by season
- 1972: Mighty Jets (Jos)
- 1973: Bendel Insurance (Benin City)
- 1974: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1975: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1976: IICC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1977: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1978: Racca Rovers (Kano)
- 1979: Bendel Insurance (Benin City)
- 1980: IICC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1981: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1982: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1983: IICC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1984: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1985: New Nigeria Bank (Benin City)
- 1986: Leventis United (Ibadan)
- 1987: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1988: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1989: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1990: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1991: Julius Berger (Lagos)
- 1992: Stationery Stores (Lagos)
- 1993: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1994: BCC Lions (Gboko)
- 1995: 3SC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1996: Udoji United (Awka)
- 1997: Eagle Cement (Port Harcourt)
- 1998: 3SC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1999: Lobi Stars (Makurdi)
- 2000: Julius Berger (Lagos)
- 2001: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2002: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2003: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2004: Dolphin (Port Harcourt)
- 2005: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2006: Ocean Boys (Brass)
- 2007: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2008: Kano Pillars (Kano)
- 2009: Bayelsa United (Yenegoa)
- 2010: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2011: Dolphin (Port Harcourt)
- 2012: Kano Pillars (Kano)
- 2013: Kano Pillars (Kano)
- 2014: Kano Pillars (Kano)
- 2015: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2016: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 2017: Plateau United (Jos)
- 2018: Lobi Stars (Makurdi) suspended after 24 rounds
- 2019: Enyimba (Aba)
Most titles won
|Enyimba (Aba)||8||2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2019|
|Rangers International (Enugu)||7||1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984, 2016|
|Shooting Stars (Ibadan)||5||1976, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998|
|Heartland F.C. (Owerri)||5||1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993|
|Kano Pillars (Kano)||4||2008, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Dolphin (Port Harcourt) (Includes Eagle Cement)||3||1997, 2004, 2011|
|Bendel Insurance (Benin City)||2||1973, 1979|
|Julius Berger (Lagos)||2||1991, 2000|
|Lobi Stars (Makurdi)||2||1999, 2018|
|BCC Lions (Gboko)||1||1994|
|Stationery Stores (Lagos)||1||1992|
|Leventis United (Ibadan)||1||1986|
|Plateau United (Jos)||1||2017|
|Bayelsa United (Yenegoa)||1||2009|
|Ocean Boys (Brass)||1||2006|
|Udoji United (Awka)||1||1996|
|New Nigeria Bank (Benin City)||1||1985|
|Racca Rovers (Kano)||1||1978|
|Mighty Jets (Jos)||1||1972|
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