Bundesliga (women)

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Bundesliga (women)
Frauen bundesliga.svg
Country  Germany
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1990
Number of teams 12
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to 2. Bundesliga
Domestic cup(s) Frauen DFB Pokal
International cup(s) Champions League
Current champions VfL Wolfsburg
(2013–14)
Most championships 1. FFC Frankfurt (7)
Website Official website
2014–15 Bundesliga (women)

The Frauen-Bundesliga (English: Women Bundesliga) is the main league competition for women's football (soccer) in Germany. In 1990 the German Football Association (DFB) created the German Women's Bundesliga, based on the model of the men's Bundesliga. It was first played with north and south divisions, but in 1997 the groups were merged to form a uniform league. The league currently consists of twelve teams and the seasons usually last from late summer to the end of spring with a break in the winter.

In the UEFA Women's Champions League, the Frauen-Bundesliga is the most successful league with a total of 7 titles from 4 clubs, with 1. FFC Frankfurt winning the most titles of any club.

Format[edit]

In the Bundesliga are twelve teams. At the end of a season the clubs finishing 11th and 12th are replaced with the winners of the two 2. Bundesliga divisions. A Bundesliga season consists of two rounds with 22 games combined. In a round every club plays against each other, having a home game against a specific club in one round and an away game in the other. The seasons typically start in August or September, with the first round finishing in December. The second round typically starts in February and ends in May or June, though sometimes the first games of the second round are held in December. Also due to the interference of World Cups the league might in certain years be suspended for a month.

The team in the 1st spot after the 22nd (last) day of play is the champion, gaining the title of Deutscher Meister. The champion as well as the second place finisher qualifies for the UEFA Women's Champions League. As the winner of the UEFA Women's Champions League is automatically qualified for the UEFA Women's Champions League in the next year, in 2009–10 the Bundesliga had three teams in the Champions League.

The Bundesliga ranking is determined by points a club has gained during a season. A win is worth 3 points, a draw 1, and a loss 0. The tiebreakers are in descending order goal difference, goals for, and head-to-head results. If the tie cannot be broken a tiebreaking game is held.

2014–15 teams[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2014–15 Fußball-Bundesliga
Team Home city Home ground
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Leverkusen Kurt-Rieß-Anlage
SC Sand Willstätt Kühnmatt-Stadion
FC Bayern Munich Munich Sportpark Aschheim
FCR 2001 Duisburg Duisburg PCC-Stadion
SGS Essen Essen Stadion für Essen
1. FFC Frankfurt Frankfurt Stadion am Brentanobad
SC Freiburg Freiburg Möslestadion
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Hoffenheim Rhein-Neckar-Arena
FF USV Jena Jena Sportzentrum Oberaue
Herforder SV Herford Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Stadion
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam Potsdam Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg VfL-Stadium

Past winners[edit]

For German football champions prior to the Bundesliga see the List of German women's football champions.

Season Champions Runners-up
1990–91 TSV Siegen FSV Frankfurt
1991–92 TSV Siegen Grün-Weiß Brauweiler
1992–93 TuS Niederkirchen TSV Siegen
1993–94 TSV Siegen Grün-Weiß Brauweiler
1994–95 FSV Frankfurt Grün-Weiß Brauweiler
1995–96 TSV Siegen SG Praunheim
1996–97 Grün-Weiß Brauweiler FC Rumeln-Kaldenhausen
1997–98 FSV Frankfurt SG Praunheim
1998–99 1. FFC Frankfurt FCR Duisburg
1999–00 FCR Duisburg 1. FFC Frankfurt
2000–01 1. FFC Frankfurt 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2001–02 1. FFC Frankfurt 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2002–03 1. FFC Frankfurt 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2003–04 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 1. FFC Frankfurt
2004–05 1. FFC Frankfurt FCR Duisburg
2005–06 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam FCR Duisburg
2006–07 1. FFC Frankfurt FCR Duisburg
2007–08 1. FFC Frankfurt FCR Duisburg
2008–09 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam FC Bayern Munich
2009–10 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam FCR Duisburg
2010–11 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 1. FFC Frankfurt
2011–12 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam VfL Wolfsburg
2012–13 VfL Wolfsburg 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2013–14 VfL Wolfsburg 1. FFC Frankfurt

Winners by team[edit]

Club Titles Runner-up
1. FFC Frankfurt 7 5
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 6 4
TSV Siegen 4 1
FSV Frankfurt 2 1
VfL Wolfsburg 2 1
FCR Duisburg 1 7
Grün-Weiß Brauweiler 1 3
TuS Niederkirchen 1 0

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