UEFA Women's Champions League

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UEFA Women's Champions League
UEFA Women's Champions League Logo.png
Founded 2001
Region UEFA (Europe)
Number of teams 54
Current champions Germany Wolfsburg
(2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Germany Frankfurt
(3 titles)
Website Official website
2014–15 season

The UEFA Women's Champions League is an international women's association football club competition for teams that play in UEFA nations. The competition was first played in 2001–02 under the name UEFA Women's Cup, and has been re-branded since the 2009–10 edition as the UEFA Women's Champions League. The most significant change was including national runner-ups from the top eight ranked nations and playing the final as a one-off final in the same city as UEFA Champions League final, as opposed to the two-legged ties in previous years.

1. FFC Frankfurt are the most successful club in the competitions history, winning the title 3 times. The reigning champions of the competition are VfL Wolfsburg, after beating Tyresö FF 4–3 in the 2014 final.

Finals[edit]

The UEFA Women's Cup was an association football competition for European clubs. The competition was started in the 2001–02 season in response to the increased interest in women's football. It is sometimes called the Women's European Cup, given its status as the only UEFA club competition for women. Teams qualify by virtue of winning their top national competition, be it a league or cup, if there is no national league.

UEFA Women's Cup Finals[edit]

Season Winner Aggr. Runners-up Leg results
2001–02 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 2–0 Sweden Umeå IK 2–0, one legged tie played at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany
2002–03 Sweden Umeå IK 7–1 Denmark Fortuna Hjørring 4–1, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden
3–0, Hjørring Stadium, Hjørring, Denmark
2003–04 Sweden Umeå IK 8–0 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 3–0, Råsunda Stadium,Solna, Sweden
5–0, Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion, Frankfurt, Germany
2004–05 Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 5–1 Sweden Djurgården/Älvsjö 2–0, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm, Sweden
3–1, Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion, Potsdam, Germany
2005–06 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 7–2 Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 4–0, Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion, Potsdam, Germany
3–2, Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion, Frankfurt, Germany
2006–07 England Arsenal L.F.C. 1–0 Sweden Umeå IK 1–0, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden
0–0, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, England
2007–08 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 4–3 Sweden Umeå IK 1–1, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden
3–2, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
2008–09 Germany FCR 2001 Duisburg 7–1 Russia Zvezda 2005 Perm 6–0, Central Stadium, Kazan, Russia
1–1, MSV Arena, Duisburg, Germany
Former logo

UEFA Women's Champions League Finals[edit]

Season Winner Final result Runners-up Venue
2009–10 Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 0–0 (pen. 7–6) France Olympique Lyon Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe
2010–11 France Olympique Lyon 2–0 Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam Craven Cottage, London
2011–12 France Olympique Lyon 2–0 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt Olympiastadion, Munich
2012–13 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1–0 France Olympique Lyon Stamford Bridge, London
2013–14 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 4–3 Sweden Tyresö FF Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon

Performance by nation[edit]

Nation Winners Runners-up Semifinalists Winner Runners-up Semifinalists
 Germany 8 4 5
 Sweden 2 5 4
 France 2 2 5
 England 1 0 6
 Denmark 0 1 2
 Russia 0 1 0
 Norway 0 0 2
 Finland 0 0 1
 Italy 0 0 1

Performance by team[edit]

New trophy (since 2009)
Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Germany Frankfurt 3 2 2002, 2006, 2008 2004, 2012
Sweden Umeå 2 3 2003, 2004 2002, 2007, 2008
France Lyon 2 2 2011, 2012 2010, 2013
Germany Turbine Potsdam 2 2 2005, 2010 2006, 2011
Germany Wolfsburg 2 0 2013, 2014
England Arsenal 1 0 2007
Germany Duisburg 1 0 2009
Sweden Djurgården/Älvsjö 0 1 2005
Denmark Fortuna Hjørring 0 1 2003
Russia Zvezda Perm 0 1 2009
Sweden Tyresö FF 0 1 2014

Additionally several German players have won the Champions League more than two times. Viola Odebrecht and Conny Pohlers both won it four times, Josephine Henning, Alexandra Popp and Nadine Keßler have won it three times. Pohlers is the only won to win it with three different clubs (Potsdam 2005, Frankfurt 2008 and Wolfsburg 2013, 2014).

Format[edit]

UEFA Women's Cup[edit]

A preliminary round was played to reduce teams to 32, in the first season only two teams played a two-legged match, the following seasons were played as four team mini-tournaments which had the winner advance to the group stage. Teams were then divided into eight groups of four. The groups were played again as mini-tournaments at a single location over the course of five days. The group winners then advanced to the quarter-finals. The knock-out rounds were played as two-legged. That included the final which was only played as a single leg in 2002.

For the 2004–05 season the group stage was played in four groups with the top two teams advancing to the quarter-finals. That resulted in more qualifying groups.

Champions League[edit]

The top eight nations based on results of the last five years in the competition currently get two entry spots for the Champions League.[1]

On 11 December 2008, UEFA announced that the competition would be reformatted and renamed to the UEFA Women's Champions League.[2] As in the men's game, the new tournament aims to include runner-ups of the top women's football leagues in Europe,[3] and the final is to be played in a single match.

On 31 March 2008 UEFA confirmed that the eight top countries according to the UEFA league coefficient between 2003–04 and 2007–08 would be awarded two places in the new Women's Champions League.[3] These leagues were:

While seven of the above associations have held a top eight spot until today several associations have entered the top eight. Due to coefficient changes ahead of 2010–11, Iceland gained a place in the top eight, at the expense of Norway. In 2012–13, Norway regained its top-eight place at Iceland's expense. Then, for 2013–14, Austria replaced Norway in the top eight. The Czech Republic replaced Austria in the top eight for 2014–15.

Also in 2012–13, the berth for England's champion passed from the Women's Premier League to the country's new top level, the WSL. The following year, after the merger of the Belgium and Netherlands top divisions into a single binational league. The berths for those countries passed to the top team from each country in the new league.

The title holder has the right to enter if they do not qualify through their domestic competition, and will start in the round of 32.

The competition is open to the champions of all 54 UEFA associations. However not all associations have or have had a women's league. For instance Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino and Gibraltar have never participated.

Due to the varying participation, the number of teams playing the qualifying round and teams entering in the round of 32 change from year to year.

Below is shown the amount of teams starting in each round, given between 51 and 57 participants. The principles are inferred from the access list:[4] Numbers are based on three principles:

  • Groups of 4 teams shall contest the qualifying rounds.
  • The group winners shall qualify for the main round.
  • The smallest possible number of qualifying group runner-ups shall qualify for the main round.
Teams Round of 32 Qualifying Groups Adv. Runner-ups
51 23 28 7 2
52 24 28 7 1
53 25 28 7 0
54 22 32 8 2
55 23 32 8 1
56 24 32 8 0
57 21 36 9 2

2013–14 national league coefficients[edit]

All associations that have participated at least once in the last five years get ranked. The remaining UEFA members are unranked and also start in the qualifying round.

Rank League Round of 32 Qualifying Stage
1 Germany CH RU
2 France CH RU
3 Sweden CH RU
4 Russia CH RU
5 England CH RU
6 Italy CH RU
7 Denmark CH RU
8 Austria CH RU
9 Spain CH
10 Czech Republic CH
11 Norway CH
12 Belgium CH
13 Iceland CH
14 Kazakhstan CH
15 Belarus CH
16 Scotland CH
17 Poland CH
18 Switzerland CH
19 Netherlands CH
20 Ukraine CH
21 Finland CH
22 Greece CH
23 Hungary CH
24 Romania CH
25 Serbia CH
26 Cyprus CH
27 Portugal CH
28 Israel CH
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina CH
30 Bulgaria CH
31 Republic of Ireland CH
32 Slovenia CH
33 Slovakia CH
34 Lithuania CH
35 Croatia CH
36 Faroe Islands CH
37 Wales CH
38 FYR Macedonia CH
39 Estonia CH
40 Turkey CH
41 Moldova CH
42 Northern Ireland CH
43 Azerbaijan CH
44 Luxembourg CH
45 Georgia CH
46 Latvia CH
47 Malta CH
48 Albania CH

CH = Domestic champion; RU = Domestic league runner-up

Prize money[edit]

Prize-money was awarded for a first time in 2010 when both finalists received money. In 2011 the payments were extended to losing semi- and quarter-finalists.[5] The current prize-money structure is

  • €250,000 winning team
  • €200,000 losing finalist
  • €50,000 losing semi-finalists
  • €25,000 losing quarter-finalists

In the Champions League teams also receive 20,000 Euro for playing each round or the qualifying. There have been several complaints about the sum, which doesn't cover costs for some longer trips which includes flights.[6]

Gallery[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

The top-scorer award is given to the player who scores the most goals in the entire competition, thus it includes the qualifying rounds. Iceland's Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir has won the award three times. She together with Pohlers holds the record for most goals in a season as well.[7]

Season Topscorer (Club) Goals
2013/14 Milena Nikolić (ŽFK Spartak) 11
2012/13 Laura Rus (Apollon Limassol) 11
2011/12 Camille Abily
Eugénie Le Sommer (both Olympique Lyonnais)
9
2010/11 Inka Grings (FCR 2001 Duisburg) 13
2009/10 Vanessa Bürki (FC Bayern München) 11
2008/09 Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Valur Reykjavík) 14
2007/08 Vira Dyatel (Zhilstroy-1 Karkhiv)
Patrizia Panico (ASD CF Bardolino Verona)
Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Valur Reykjavík)
9
2006/07 Julie Fleeting (Arsenal LFC) 9
2005/06 Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Valur Reykjavík) 11
2004/05 Conny Pohlers (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam) 14
2003/04 Maria Gstöttner (SV Neulengbach) 11
2002/03 Hanna Ljungberg (Umeå IK) 10
2001/02 Gabriela Enache (FC Codru Anenii Noi) 12

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