BeNe League

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BeNe League
BeNeLeague logo.jpg
Country Belgium
Netherlands
Confederation KBVB/URBSFA
KNVB
Founded 2012
Folded 2015
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) KNVB Women's Cup
Belgian Women's Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Women's Champions League
Last champions FC Twente
(2013–14)
Most championships FC Twente (2)
Website beneleague.com
2014–15

The BeNe League is the highest women's football league in Belgium and the Netherlands. To increase competitiveness in their national leagues, the BeNe League is a joint cooperation between the Royal Belgian Football Association and the Royal Dutch Football Association.[1][2] Its first season was played in 2012–13 following the successful cooperation with the one match BeNe Super Cup, that paired both countries national champions. The competition will qualify the highest placed Belgian and Dutch team to the UEFA Women's Champions League.[3]

History[edit]

First talks of the league began in 2011.[4] As a try-out of cooperation in 2011 the BeNe Super Cup was established. The KBVB/URBSFA approved the league on 10 December 2011.[5] The KNVB approved the league on 13 February 2012.[6]

The UEFA then eventually gave the green light for the 2012–13 season on 23 March 2012 after its meeting of its Executive Committee in Istanbul.[7]

Champions[edit]

Twente won both seasons. Due to the different stages in the first season there was no official top scorer award given.

Year Winner Runner Up Third Topscorer Notes
2012–13 FC Twente Standard Fémina PSV FC Eindhoven (not awarded) [8]
2013–14 FC Twente Standard Fémina Ajax Vivianne Miedema (Heerenveen), 39 goals [9][10]

Format[edit]

Season 2012-13[edit]

The League is divided in two stages. In the first stage eight Dutch and eight Belgian teams will play a national League qualifying for the second stage. The second stage is divided in the Women's BeNe League A & B.

BeNe League Orange & Red[edit]

The eight Dutch and eight Belgian teams will play a national double round-robin, thus each team playing 14 matches. The number 1 until 4 qualify for the BeNe League A, the numbers 5 until 8 qualify for the BeNe League B.

BeNe League A & B[edit]

The league consists of two Leagues (A & B) in which 16 teams take part. The top four teams of each country will advance to the BeNe League A, with the bottom four teams playing the BeNe League B. Both groups then will play another double round-robin for 14 additional matches. After that the winning team in League A is the BeNe League champion. The highest placed Belgian and Dutch team will qualify to the UEFA Women's Champions League. The lowest Belgium team will relegate to the Second Division. [11]

Season 2013-14[edit]

Originally, the eight Dutch and eight Belgian teams were to play in a single division in which they would play each other twice, resulting in each team playing 30 matches. [12] However, Belgian side K. St-Truidense VV withdrew from the league before the start of the season, which meant that the season would start with 15 teams. Dutch side FC Utrecht went bankrupt on 21 January 2014 and played their final match three days later; the league soon decreed that all matches played by Utrecht would be deleted from the season table. Since the home-and-away schedule was retained, all 14 remaining teams eventually played 26 matches that counted toward the league standings.

In addition to the above clubs, Royal Antwerp announced it would leave the league for financial reasons upon the completion of the 2013–14 season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bondsbestuur stemt in met uitwerking women’s BeNe league" (in Dutch). KNVB.nl. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Akkoord rond Women's BeNe League" (in Dutch). belgiumsoccer.be. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "UEFA akkoord met BeNe League voor vrouwen" (in Dutch). AD. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "BeNe League; New league for the highest Belgian and Dutch teams.". womenssoccerunited.com. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "KBVB positive about BeNe League" (in Dutch). knvb.nl. 2 December 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Federal administration agrees to BeNe Women's League" (in Dutch). knvb.nl. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "UEFA gives green light for BeNe league" (in Dutch). knvb.nl. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "FC Twente kampioen BeNe League" (in Dutch). NOS.nl. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "BeNe League". women.soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Wiep Wierda (7 June 2014). "Vivianne Miedema onbetwiste topscorer" (in Dutch). Beneleague. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Competitie Reglement Women’s BeNe League" (in Dutch). VrouwenvoetbalNederland.nl. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Opzet BeNe League aangepast" (in Dutch). NOS.nl. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 

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