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Swiss Challenge League
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Countries Switzerland and
Liechtenstein (past)
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1897
Number of teams 16
Promotion to Super League
Relegation to 1. Liga
Levels on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) Schweizer Cup
Current champions FC St. Gallen (2008–09)
Website Official site
Soccerball current event.svg Swiss Challenge League 2009–10

The Dosenbach Challenge League (until August 2008 known as Challenge League) is the second highest tier of the Swiss Football League. 16 teams play in the Challenge League. The winners of the league are promoted to the Super League, and the bottom two teams are relegated to the 1. Liga. The second placed team enters a two-legged playoff against the 9th placed team in the Super League, the winner playing in the higher division next season.

The league was named Nationalliga B until summer 2003.

In the past Liechtenstein's FC Vaduz played in the Challenge League. They were promoted to the Super League following the 2007-08 season.

History

Year 1st Position 2nd Position Playoff result Relegated Relegated
2004 FC Schaffhausen Liechtenstein FC Vaduz Neuchâtel Xamax 2:0 FC Vaduz

FC Vaduz 2:1 Neuchâtel Xamax

Neuchâtel Xamax won 3:2 on aggregate

SR Delémont1
2005 Yverdon-Sport FC Liechtenstein FC Vaduz FC Schaffhausen 1:1 FC Vaduz

FC Vaduz 0:1 FC Schaffhausen

FC Schaffhausen won 2:1 on aggregate

FC Baden2 FC Bulle
2006 FC Luzern FC Sion FC Sion 0:0 Neuchâtel Xamax

Neuchâtel Xamax 0:3 FC Sion

FC Sion won 3:0 on aggregate

FC Baden FC Meyrin
2007 Neuchâtel Xamax AC Bellinzona AC Bellinzona 1:2 FC Aarau

FC Aarau 3:1 AC Bellinzona

FC Aarau won 5:2 on aggregate

FC Baulmes SC Young Fellows Juventus
2008 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz AC Bellinzona AC Bellinzona 3:2 FC St. Gallen

FC St. Gallen 0:2 AC Bellinzona

AC Bellinzona won 5:2 on aggregate

FC Chiasso SC Cham SR Delémont SC Kriens
2009 FC St. Gallen FC Lugano FC Lugano 1:0 FC Lucerne

FC Lucerne 5:0 FC Lugano

FC Lucerne won 5:1 on aggregate

FC Locarno3 FC Gossau3
1FC Sion were admitted to the league on October 29th,2003. Only one club to be relegated and two promoted to extend the league to 18 clubs in 2004/05.

2FC Baden were not relegated due to Servette FC being demoted to 1. Liga because of financial difficulties.
3FC Locarno and FC Gossau were not relegated due to FC Concordia Basel and FC La Chaux-de-Fonds being denied professional licenses.

Participating Clubs 2009-10

See also

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