Ligat Nashim

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Ligat Nashim
Country Israel
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1999; 15 years ago (1999)
Divisions 2
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 1+2
Domestic cup(s) Israeli Women's Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions ASA Tel Aviv University
(2013–14)
Most championships Maccabi Holon (6)
Website Official
2014–15 Ligat Nashim

Ligat Nashim (Hebrew: ליגת נשים‎, lit. Women's League) is the Israeli women's football league. It is run by the Israel Football Association since 1999.

Format[edit]

The league is divided into two divisions, with the top division (Ligat Nashim Rishona, lit. "First Women's League") comprising 8 teams, and the second division (Ligat Nashim Shniya, lit. "Second Women's League") comprising a changing number of teams, depending on registration.

Between 2007–08 and 2010–11 the league was made of one division of 12 and was played teams, with as a Round-robin tournament, with the top club winning the championship, with a deciding play-off match to decide the winner if the two teams are tied, as was the case in 2009–10. In 2010–11 the IFA re-introduced a second division, previously been played in 2006–07.

Since 2011, The participating clubs first play a conventional round-robin schedule for a total of 14 matches. Following this, the top four teams play in a championship playoff, where they meet each other twice. Upon its conclusion, the first place team wins the Israeli championship and qualifies to participate in the UEFA Women's Champions League. The bottom four teams play each other twice to avoid relegation, with the bottom club dropping to the second division. The second division is played as a conventional round-robin schedule, with the top club promoting to the top division.

Champions[edit]

Two championships were held before the creation of the league. The 1998 edition was won by Maccabi Haifa and the 1998/99 edition by Tel-Aviv University.[1] The league for 2003–04 was abandoned in mid-season and was never completed.[2][3]

Season First Division Second Division
1999–2000 ASA Tel Aviv University
2000–01 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2001–02 Maccabi Haifa
2002–03 Maccabi Holon
2003–04 League abandoned
2004–05 Maccabi Holon
2005–06 Maccabi Holon
2006–07 Maccabi Holon Ironi Bat Yam
2007–08 Maccabi Holon
2008–09 Maccabi Holon
2009–10 ASA Tel Aviv University
2010–11 ASA Tel Aviv University Hapoel Be'er Sheva
2011–12 ASA Tel Aviv University[4] F.C. Ramat HaSharon
2012–13 ASA Tel Aviv University F.C. Kiryat Gat
2013–14 ASA Tel Aviv University Maccabi Tzur Shalom Bialik

Total championships[edit]

Club Titles
Maccabi Holon 6
ASA Tel Aviv University 6
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1
Maccabi Haifa 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Israel - List of Women Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Iche Menache At the End of Ligat Nashim: It's a Year We'd Rather Forget Lior Weitz, 1 June 20014, walla.co.il (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Women: If There's No League, At Least There's the Cup Lior Weitz, 17 May 2004, walla.co.il (Hebrew)
  4. ^ "ASA Tel Aviv won the League of Women" (in Hebrew). football.org.il. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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