Ligat Nashim Rishona

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Ligat Nashim Rishona
Country Israel
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1999; 15 years ago (1999)
Divisions 1
Number of teams 8
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Ligat Nashim Shniya
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions ASA Tel Aviv University
(2012–13)
Most championships Maccabi Holon (6)
Website Official

Ligat Nashim Rishona (Hebrew: ליגת נשים ראשונה‎, lit. Women's First League) is the top division of the Israeli women's football pyramid. It is run by the Israel Football Association since 1999.

Format[edit]

The league is placed as a double round robin with the champion qualifying for the UEFA Women's Champions League.

The only tiebreakers are:

  1. Points
  2. Number of wins

If two teams are still tied after that, a playoff match is held. That was the case in 2010, when ASA Tel Aviv and Maccabi Kishronot Hadera were tied for 1st place with 61 points and 20 wins. Goal difference 166–3 (ASA) vs 130–11 and direct matches 3–0 and 0–1 for ASA were not taken into account. ASA won the title with a 6–0 playoff win.

In 2010–11 a championship and relegation round was put in place with the top four teams advancing after the regular season, a double round-robin. The championship group adds to the points of the regular season. Teams play each other twice again in that group. The same system is played by the teams finishing 5th to 8th. After the relegation round, the bottom placed team gets relegated.

Champions[edit]

Before the creation of the league two championships of Israel were held. The 1998 edition was won by Maccabi Haifa and the 1998/99 edition by Tel-Aviv University.[1] There was no championship held in 2004[citation needed]

Season Champions
1999–2000 ASA Tel Aviv University
2000–01 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2001–02 Maccabi Haifa
2002–03 Maccabi Holon
2003–04 None
2004–05 Maccabi Holon
2005–06 Maccabi Holon
2006–07 Maccabi Holon
2007–08 Maccabi Holon
2008–09 Maccabi Holon
2009–10 ASA Tel Aviv University
2010–11 ASA Tel Aviv University
2011–12 ASA Tel Aviv University[2]
2012–13 ASA Tel Aviv University
2013–14 ASA Tel Aviv University

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. ^ "ASA Tel Aviv won the League of Women" (in Hebrew). football.org.il. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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