Albanian Women's National Championship

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Albanian Women's National Championship
Country  Albania
Confederation UEFA
Founded 2009
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Albanian Women's Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Current champions Vllaznia Shkodër (3rd title)
(2015–16)
Most championships Vllaznia Shkodër
KF Ada Velipojë (3 titles)
Website Official website
2016–17 Albanian Women's National Championship

The Albanian National Football Championship for Women (Albanian: Kampionati Kombëtar i Futbollit për Femra), primarily referred to as the Albanian Women's National Championship, is the highest division of women's football in Albania. The league is the female equivalent to the men's Albanian Superliga and is contested by 12 clubs. The Albanian Women's National Championship is one of the least developed women's domestic leagues in Europe, and is currently ranked 42nd out of 48 domestic leagues.[1]

History[edit]

Although football is the most popular sport in Albania, women's football has historically been non evident in the country until 2007, when the first ever national tournament was held in Sarandë between the 15th and 18th of August as a promotional event for women's football. The teams who participated were amateur sides made up of a selection of players from Tirana, Shkodra, Korça, and Rubik.[2] Six more friendly tournaments were held in the following two years in order to raise the profile of the sport and in order to receive the backing of the Albanian Football Association to start an official competition.[3]

Two years after the first unofficial tournament in Albania, the first official competition was held in the form of a knockout tournament played between the 23rd and 28th of January 2009 at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in Tiranë and the Albanian Football Association Sports Centre in Kamëz. The tournament featured eight teams which were Tirana AS, FC Tropoja, Juban Danja, Olimpik Tirana, Tirana, KF Rubiku, KF Memaliaj and KF The Door Shkodra. The quarter finals were held on 23 January and the semi finals were held on 28 January with the final being held three days later on 28 January at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium. The final was contested between Tirana AS, coached by Altin Rraklli and Juban Danja and ended in a 4–0 win for Tirana AS following goals from Aurora Seranaj, Ana Baro and two goals from Brisida Zaimaj to crown the club the inaugural champions of Albania.[4]

2015–16 teams[edit]

Locations of the 2014–15 Albanian Women's National Championship teams
Club Location
Albanian Ajax School Shkodër
KF Apolonia Fier Fier
FC Dajti Tirana
Juban Danja Shkodër
FC Kinostudio Tirana
The Door Albania Shkodër
Teuta Durrës Durrës
Tirana AS Tirana
Skënderbeu Korçë Korçë
Vllaznia Shkodër Shkodër

Previous winners[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up
2009 Tirana AS Juban Danja
2010–11 KF Ada Velipojë -
2011–12 KF Ada Velipojë Tirana AS
2012–13 KF Ada Velipojë Juban Danja
2013–14 KF Vllaznia Shkodër * FC Kinostudio[5]
2014–15[6] KF Vllaznia Shkodër FK Kukësi
2015–16[7] KF Vllaznia Shkodër Tirana AS
  • By end of 2013 KS Ada of Velipojë reorganized and merged with players from Shkodër to play from that moment on in the name of KF Vllaznia. Since Velipojë and Shkodër are two different cities, KS Ada retains the 3 previously won titles.

By titles[edit]

Team Home city Championships
Ada Velipojë Velipojë 3
KF Vllaznia Shkodër 3
Tirana AS Tiranë 1

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