Last updated : Monday, 04 December 2023
The National Amateur League Ni (NAL) is an amateur football league in Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1923 and is currently composed of three divisions: Premier Division, First Division, and Second Division. The NAL season runs from August to May.
The NAL is the largest amateur football league in Northern Ireland, with over 100 clubs competing in its various divisions. The Premier Division is the most competitive division and is home to some of the best amateur football teams in Northern Ireland.
The NAL is affiliated to the Irish Football Association (IFA). The IFA is the governing body of football in Northern Ireland.
The NAL was founded in 1923 when 16 clubs from the Greater Belfast area obtained permission from the IFA to form a league solely for amateur players. Initially membership was confined to teams from Public Bodies, Private Associations, Schools and Firms.
The NAL has grown steadily over the years and now has over 100 clubs competing in its various divisions. The Premier Division was introduced in 1995.
The NAL has produced a number of players who have gone on to play professional football, including David Healy, Steven Davis, and Jonny Evans.
The current NAL season is the 2022-2023 season. The Premier Division is currently being led by Cliftonville Reserves, with Ballymena United Reserves in second place.
The First Division is currently being led by Rosario Y.C., with Dromara Village in second place.
The Second Division is currently being led by Drumaness Mills, with Ards Rangers in second place.