The new season of the Danske Bank Premiership has been officially launched at a media event at Windsor Park, Belfast.

It is the fourth season of local football being under the NI Football League structure, with a few changes from last season. The number of teams across the NIFL has reduced from 42 to 36, with three top leagues - Premiership, Championship, Premier Intermediate - of 12 teams each.

Crusaders will start the campaign as champions and favourites to make it three league titles in a row, although Linfield have strengthened heavily over the summer and look set to launch a strong title challenge, while Glenavon and Cliftonville will both believe they can better their respective 3rd and 4th placed finishes of last season.