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 (Irish: Sraith Náisiúnta na mBan) (known as the Continental Tyres 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 qualifies 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.
From the start to end of the 2013–14 season the league was sponsored by Bus Éireann. On 20 August 2014, at the Aviva Stadium, Continental Tyres was unveiled as the new title sponsor of the Women's National League. Sponsorship of the Women's National League is the company's first involvement with soccer in Ireland.
Originally seven clubs were invited to the league. The option for more clubs to enter was given though. 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 played the inaugural season: Peamount United, Castlebar Celtic FC, Cork Women's FC, Raheny United, Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths Women's AFC. DLR Waves joined the League in the second season. Galway WFC joined the league in the third season.
For the 2014/15 season Cork Women's FC joined with Cork City FC to form Cork City Women's FC. Also DLR Waves joined the University team and now plays as UCD Waves. Shamrock Rovers left the league, so that seven teams play each other.
|Castlebar Celtic||Castlebar||Celtic Park|
|Cork City W.F.C.||Cork||CIT|
|Galway WFC||Galway||Eamon Deacy Park|
|Raheny United||Dublin||Morton Stadium|
|UCD Waves||Kilternan||Jackson Park|
|Wexford Youths Women's A.F.C.||Wexford||Ferrycarrig 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 for first place 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|
|2013–14||Raheny United||Peamount United||Wexford Youths Women's AFC||Aine O'Gorman (Peamount)||23|
A League cup is also played yearly. In 2012 Peamount won the final 1–0 against Shamrock Rovers. They defended that title the next year with a 6–3 win over Castlebar Celtic. Wexford Youths Women's won in 2014 3–0 over Castlebar Celtic.
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