The 2022-23 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will be the 52nd season of the top-flight league in the Nigeria football league system and the 33rd since its rebranding.
The Nigeria Professional Football League is the first tier of the Nigerian Club-football Championships maintaining a league system.
The 2022 season will feature 20 teams- top 16 teams from the current season and 4 promoted teams from abridge Nigeria National League, first place from the four conferences i.e A1, A2, B1,B2 championship.
Rivers United were crowned champions of the NPFL for the first time since the merger of Sharks FC and Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt in 2016 to form the now Rivers United. The NPFL season ended with the quartet of Kano Pillars, Heartland FC, Katsina United and MFM FC getting relegated to the NNL ahead of the 2022/23 season.
They are replaced by the newly promoted quartet of Bendel Insurance, Doma United, Bayelsa United and El-Kanemi, each team were promoted coming out as champions of their respective groups in the second division.
El-Kanemi Warriors after also enduring a long term absence are back in the league seven years, same with Bayelsa United. Doma United are the new boys on block and hopefully they’ll be able to secure the topflight spot at the end.
Kano Pillars have been relegated from the NPFL for the first time since 1993 after what can be described as a disastrous outing for the Sai Maisugida boys who had spent 23 years in the countries topflight and winning the league title on occasions.
NPFL Team, Stadium location, and their Region
Abia Warriors (Umuahia Township Stadium, Umuahia)
Enyimba International (Enyimba International Stadium, Aba)
Rangers International (Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu)
South – South
Akwa United (Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo)
Bayelsa United (Yenagoa Township Stadium; Yenagoa)
Bendel Insurance (Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium
Dakkada FC (Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo)
Rivers United (Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port-Harcourt)
South – West
Remo Stars SC (Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne)
Shooting Stars SC (Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan)
Sunshine Stars (Akure Township Stadium, Akure)
North – East
Doma United (Gombe)
El-Kanemi Warriors (El-Kanemi Stadium, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria)
Gombe United (Pantami Stadium, Gombe)
Wikki Tourists (Abubarkar Tarawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi)
North – Central
Kwara United (Kwara Sports Stadium, Ilorin)
Lobi Stars (Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi)
Nasarawa United (Lafia Township Stadium)
Niger Tornadoes (Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna)
Plateau United (New Jos Stadium, Jos)
North – West
This is first time in 22 years that no club in North West Region will play Nigeria Professional Football (NPFL) with Kano Pillars FC and Katsina United FC relegated to NNL.