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.
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.
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. As in the men's game, the new tournament aims to include runner-ups of the top women's football leagues in Europe, 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. 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:
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.
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.
Laura Rus (Apollon Limassol)
Camille Abily, Eugénie Le Sommer (both Olympique Lyonnais)