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 VfL Wolfsburg (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt (3 titles)
Website Official website
2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League

The UEFA Women's Champions League is the first international women's association football club competition for teams that play in UEFA nations. Initially known as the UEFA Women's Cup, the competition has been re-branded since the 2009-2010 edition as the UEFA Women's Champions League. Since then, the winner has been decided in a new 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 is the most successful club in the competitions history, winning the title 3 times. The reigning champions of the competition are VfL Wolfsburg, after beating Olympique Lyon 1-0 in the 2013 Final. Germany is the only country, which has clubs who have won two UEFA Champions Leagues for men and women in the same year.

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 Overall Runners-up 1st leg, venue 2nd leg, venue
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 on agg. Denmark Fortuna Hjørring 4–1, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden 3–0, Hjørring Stadium, Hjørring, Denmark
2003–04 Sweden Umeå IK 8–0 on agg. 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 on agg. Sweden Djurgården/Älvsjö 2–0, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm, Sweden 3–1, Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion, Potsdam, Germany
2005–06 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 7–2 on agg. 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 on agg. Sweden Umeå IK 1–0, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden 0–0, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, England
2007–08 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 4–3 on agg. Sweden Umeå IK 1–1, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden 3–2, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
2008–09 Germany FCR 2001 Duisburg 7–1 on agg. 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

Performance by nation[edit]

Nation Winners Runners-up Semifinalists Winner Runners-up Semifinalists
 Germany 7 4 4
 Sweden 2 4 4
 France 2 2 5
 England 1 0 5
 Denmark 0 1 2
 Russia 0 1 0
Norway Norway 0 0 2
Finland Finland 0 0 1
 Italy 0 0 1

Performance by team[edit]

New trophy (since 2009)
Team Winners Runners-Up Semifinalists
Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 3 (2002, 2006, 2008) 2 (2004, 2012) 1 (2003)
Sweden Umeå IK 2 (2003, 2004) 3 (2002, 2007, 2008) 2 (2009, 2010)
France Olympique Lyonnais 2 (2011, 2012) 2 (2010, 2013) 2 (2008, 2009)
Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 2 (2005, 2010) 2 (2006, 2011) 1 (2012)
England Arsenal L.F.C. 1 (2007) 5 (2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Germany FCR 2001 Duisburg 1 (2009) 2 (2010, 2011)
Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1 (2013)
Sweden Djurgården/Älvsjö 1 (2005) 1 (2006)
Denmark Fortuna Hjørring 1 (2003)
Russia Zvezda 2005 Perm 1 (2009)
Denmark Brøndby 2 (2004, 2007)
France FCF Juvisy 1 (2013)
seven teams 1 (pre-2010)

Format[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.

2012–13 national league coefficients
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 Denmark CH RU
7 Italy CH RU
8 Norway CH RU
9 Iceland CH
10 Austria CH
11 Spain CH
12 Belgium CH
13 Czech Republic CH
14 Netherlands CH
15 Belarus CH
16 Kazakhstan CH
17 Poland CH
18 Ukraine CH
19 Hungary CH
20 Finland CH
21 Greece CH
22 Switzerland CH
23 Serbia CH
24 Scotland CH
25 Bulgaria CH
26 Romania CH
27 Portugal CH
28 Slovenia CH
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina CH
30 Israel CH
31 Lithuania CH
32 Cyprus CH
33 Slovakia CH
34 Wales CH
35 Republic of Ireland CH
36 Faroe Islands CH
37 Moldova CH
38 Croatia CH
39 Turkey CH
40 Northern Ireland CH
41 Estonia CH
42 FYR Macedonia CH
43 Malta CH
44 Albania CH
45 Latvia CH
46 Montenegro CH

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

On December 11, 2008, UEFA announced that the competition would be reformatted and renamed to the UEFA Women's Champions League.[1] As in the men's game, the new tournament aims to include runner-ups of the top women's football leagues in Europe,[2] and the final is to be played in a single match.

On March 31, 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.[2] These leagues were:

Due to coefficient changes ahead of 2010–11, Iceland gained a place in the top eight, at the expense of Norway. In each season since 2012–13, a new nation has claimed a top-eight spot. First, in 2012–13, Norway regained its top-eight place at Iceland's expense. Then, for 2013–14, Austria replaced Norway in the top eight. It has already been confirmed that the Czech Republic will replace 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 teams 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 in theory open to the champions of all 53 UEFA associations. However, during the past eleven years of the Women's Cup, the following associations have never participated:

Due to the varying participation, the number of teams in each round will change from year to year.

A number of 4-team mini-tournaments, involving the runners-up of the top eight leagues and the champions from the lowest ranked associations, reduces the field to 32 teams before the knock-out stages of home and away games.

Below is shown the amount of teams starting in each round, given between 47 and 62 (the maximum possible) participants. The principles are inferred from the access list:[3]

  • 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 MR1 QR2 Groups RU3
47 27 20 5 0
48 24 24 6 2
49 25 24 6 1
50 26 24 6 0
51 23 28 7 2
52 24 28 7 1
53 25 28 7 0
54 22 32 8 2
Teams MR1 QR2 Groups RU3
55 23 32 8 1
56 24 32 8 0
57 21 36 9 2
58 22 36 9 1
59 23 36 9 0
60 20 40 10 2
61 21 40 10 1
62 22 40 10 0
  • 1 Main round
  • 2 Qualifying round
  • 3 Qualifying runners-up in the main round

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.[4] The current prize-money structure is

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

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.[5]

Season Topscorer (Club) Goals
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Champions League launches in 2009". 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Women's Champions League details confirmed". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  3. ^ Access List for the UEFA Women's Champions League 2009/10, UEFA, retrieved on 2009-05-11.
  4. ^ "UEFA Women's Champions League factsheet". UEFA. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rus tops scorers' table". UEFA. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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