The NI Football League wish to inform all interested parties seeking promotion into the NIFL Premier Intermediate League that applications are now open for the 2022/2023 season.
Applicant clubs should note the following information.
(a) Promotion to the NIFL Premier Intermediate League shall be determined by means of a play off between clubs that have applied for membership by 31st December, whose ground meets NIFL approved criteria by 30th April in the year seeking promotion and that have won their respective intermediate leagues highest division (Northern Amateur Football League, Northern Ireland Intermediate League, Ballymena & Provincial League or the Mid Ulster Football League) in the year seeking promotion. The format of the play off between applicant clubs shall be decided by the IFA Football Committee.
(b) Where any club believes that it will be in a position to qualify for promotion from either the Northern Amateur Football League, Northern Ireland Intermediate League, Ballymena & Provincial League or the Mid Ulster Football League to the NIFL Premier Intermediate League at the end of the current season they must apply to the NIFL Chief Operating Officer on the prescribed application form which will be available for download on the NIFL website (or on request) by 31st December along with advance payment of their league fee and meet the facilities criteria by 30th April.
(c) The NIFL Board shall be entitled to take into consideration if an applicant club has procedures in place which are compliant with NIFL regulations in regard to payments to players.
(d) Where there is only one such eligible applicant club, that club shall be promoted to the NIFL Premier Intermediate League.
(e) Ground sharing is permitted, but not in order to gain promotion or to avoid relegation. A ground sharing agreement in respect of the club seeking promotion must have been in place, and must be their registered ground, for at least one full season prior to making application for membership of the NIFL Premier Intermediate League and must be for a minimum of one year from the date of membership.
(f) The NIFL Premier Intermediate League Management Committee must approve any existing groundshare agreement.
(g) Where there is a ground share primacy of fixtures must be defined in the ground share agreement.
(h) Notwithstanding the above criteria in respect of promotion the NIFL Board shall have full power to maintain a full membership of 12 teams in each Season, which may in exceptional circumstances require an alternative process.