Women's National League (Ireland)
|Number of teams||8|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||FAI Women's Cup|
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League|
|Current champions||Raheny United
The Women's National League (known as the Bus Éireann Women's National League for sponsorship reasons) is the national women's football league in the Republic of Ireland. It was announced in August 2011 and started in November 2011. The winner will qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League.
At one of its 2010 Meetings, UEFA decided to support each nation with 100,000€ per its Women's Football Development Programme. Ireland as one of four nations received an additional 50,000€ to create a national football league. Until 2011 there had been no national league in Ireland. On 28 September 2011 Bus Éireann were unveiled as the league's title sponsor.
Founding teams in 2011
Originally seven clubs were invited to the league. The option for more clubs to enter was given however. Shortly before the start of the league Bray Wanderers/St. Joseph's pulled out due to lack of competitive players. Thus the following six teams will play the inaugural season. DLR Waves joined the League in the second season. Galway WFC joined the league in the third season.
|Castlebar Celtic||Castlebar||Celtic Park|
|Cork Women's F.C.||Cork||CIT|
|DLR Waves||Kilternan||Jackson Park|
|Raheny United||Dublin||Morton Stadium|
|Shamrock Rovers||Dublin||Tallaght Stadium|
|Wexford Youths Women's A.F.C.||Wexford||Ferrycarrig Park|
|Galway WFC||Galway||Eamon Deacy Park|
The teams play each other three times for a total of 21 matches per team. A draw decides whether a team plays another twice at home or twice away. The first tie-breaker is goal-difference. Should two teams be tied on points after the season though, a play-off match for the title is held.
|Year||Winner||Runners-up||Third place||Top scorer||Goals|
|2011–12||Peamount United||Raheny United||Cork Women's F.C.||Stephanie Roche (Peamount)||24|
|2012–13||Raheny United||Peamount United||Wexford Youths Women's AFC||Sara Lawlor (Peamount)||28|
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