Primera División (women)

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Primera División
Liga futbol femenino.png
Country Spain
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1988
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Segunda División
Domestic cup(s) Copa de la Reina
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions Barcelona (3rd title)
(2013–14)
Most championships Levante UD
Athletic Club (4 each)
TV partners GolT
Esport3
ETB 1
Website Website
2014–15 season

The Primera División de la Liga de Fútbol Femenino, formerly Superliga Femenina, is the highest level of league competition for Spanish women's football. It is the female equivalent of the men's Primera División and is run by the Real Federación Española de Fútbol.

History[edit]

The league was founded in 1988 as Liga Nacional , formed by Olímpico Fortuna, Puente Castro, Parque Alcobendas, Santa María Atlético, Vallés Occcidental, RCD Español, FC Barcelona, CE Sabadell y Peña Barcelonista. From the season 1996-97 the league was divided in 4 groups. In that time, all group winners played a semi-final and a final to decide the champion.

For the 2001-02 season the league was renamed to Superliga and the competition system was changed to from the groups format to a double rounnd-robin, thus each team playing the other teams twice, one time away, one time at home. The league consisted of 14 teams in those years. The 2008–09 season kept the double round-robin format but the league was increased from 14 to 16 teams.

In the 2009–10 season the Superliga was increased from 16 to 24 teams, which caused criticism by teams and players, fearing a decline in competivity. The Superliga again is divided in 3 groups of 7 to 8 teams each.[1] Those groups are divided based on local aspects. In the first stage of the season, in all groups each team plays each other twice. After that, the second stage starts. The best two of each group as well as the two best third place finishers go into group A, the other teams are divided into group B and C based oin a predefined key. Again a double round-robin is played in the groups. All Group A teams and the three best finishers of Group B and C qualify for the Copa de la Reina, and the two best teams in Group A play each other in a two legged final for the season's championship. Rayo Vallecano won the 2009-10 and 2010-11 finals, both times against RCD Espanyol. In the 2009–10 season, two teams had to withdraw from the league for financial reasons.

For the 2011–12 season the group based system was abolished and 18 teams played double round-robin to decide the champion. In the 2012–13 season it was again shortened to 16 teams.

Teams for season 2014-15[edit]

The 16 teams for this season are:

List of champions[edit]

The following is a list of all champions of Spain.[2] Before creation of the league, from 1983 to 1988 the Copa de la Reina de Fútbol winners were the Spanish Champions.

Season Champion Runner-up
División de Honor
1988–89 Peña Barcilona FFP Alcobendas
1989–90 Atlético Villa de Madrid Peña Barcilona
1990–91 Oiartzun KE Atlético Villa de Madrid
1991–92 Añorga KKE FC Barcelona
1992–93 Oroquieta Villaverde Añorga KKE
1993–94 Oroquieta Villaverde Añorga KKE
1994–95 Añorga KKE Oroquieta Villaverde
1995–96 Añorga KKE Oroquieta Villaverde
1996–97 Sant Vicent CFF CE Sabadell
1997–98 Atlético Málaga Sant Vicent CFF
1998–99 Oroquieta Villaverde CF Irex Puebla
1999–00 CF Irex Puebla AD Torrejón
2000–01 Levante UD Eibartarrak
Season Teams Rounds Champion Points Runner-up Points Third place Points
Superliga
2001/02 11 20 Levante UD 57 CF Puebla 51 RCD Espanyol 37
2002/03 12 22 Athletic Bilbao 55 Levante UD 55 CF Puebla 46
2003/04 14 26 Athletic Bilbao 60 CE Sabadell 58 Levante UD 58
2004/05 14 26 Athletic Bilbao 66 Levante UD 63 RCD Espanyol 57
2005/06 13 24 RCD Espanyol 60 Sevilla FC 60 Levante UD 55
2006/07 14 26 Athletic Bilbao 64 RCD Espanyol 63 Levante UD 55
2007/08 14 26 Levante UD 71 Rayo Vallecano 71 Athletic Bilbao 53
2008/09 16 30 Rayo Vallecano 81 Levante UD 76 Athletic Bilbao 65
2009/10 22 - Rayo Vallecano - RCD Espanyol - Athletic Bilbao -
2010/11 23 - Rayo Vallecano - RCD Espanyol - Athletic Bilbao -
Primera División
2011/12 18 34 FC Barcelona 94 Athletic Bilbao 91 RCD Espanyol 76
2012/13 16 30 FC Barcelona 76 Athletic Bilbao 74 Atlético Madrid 68
2013/14 16 30 FC Barcelona 79 Athletic Bilbao 69 Atlético Madrid 54
2014/15 16 30 FC Barcelona 77 Atlético Madrid 69 Athletic Bilbao 65

Performance by club[edit]

Teams Winners Runners-Up Winning years
Valencian Community Levante UD 4 4 19971, 2001, 2002, 2008
Basque Country (autonomous community) Athletic Bilbao 4 3 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Catalonia FC Barcelona 4 1 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Basque Country (autonomous community) Añorga KKE 3 2 1992, 1995, 1996
Community of Madrid CD Oroquieta Villaverde 3 2 1993, 1994, 1999
Community of Madrid Rayo Vallecano 3 1 2009, 2010, 2011
Catalonia RCD Espanyol 1 3 2006
Extremadura CF Irex Puebla 1 2 2000
Catalonia Peña Barcilona 1 1 1989
Community of Madrid Atlético Madrid 1 2 1990
Basque Country (autonomous community) Oiartzun KE 1 0 1991
Andalusia Atlético Málaga 1 0 1998
Catalonia CE Sabadell 0 2
Community of Madrid FFP Alcobendas 0 1
Community of Madrid AD Torrejón CF 0 1
Basque Country (autonomous community) SD Eibar 0 1
Andalusia Sevilla FC 0 1

1Title won as San Vicent Valencia CFF.

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