Athletic Club Femenino
|Full name||Athletic Club Femenino|
Instalaciones de Lezama,|
|2017–18||Primera División, 3rd|
Athletic Club Femenino is the women's football (soccer) section of Athletic Bilbao, competing in the Spanish First Division. Athletic is one of the most successful women's teams in Spain, with five championships. Just as with the men's team, their official policy is to sign players native to or trained in football in the greater Basque Country. The teams play at the club's facilities in Lezama on the outskirts of Bilbao.
The team was founded in 2000 as Leioa EFT after CD Sondika disbanded its women's team, which had played in the defunct División de Honor in the 1990s. After Leoia gained promotion to the new Superliga Femenina in just two years, it was absorbed by Athletic Bilbao. At that time a reserve team, Athletic B, was also introduced – they currently compete in Group 2 of the Segunda División, the regionalised second tier.
In their debut season Athletic won the championship, and successfully defended the title in the next two seasons, becoming the first team to be awarded the trophy to keep permanently. After a disappointing 2006 season, Athletic won its fourth title in 2007. As a result of their title wins they made four appearances in the UEFA Women's Cup, being knocked out in the group stages by 1. FFC Frankfurt in 2004, Djurgårdens IF in 2005, SV Saestum in 2006 and ASDCF Bardolino in 2008.
Athletic finished third in the next four championships between 2008 and 2011. In 2012 they were runners-up, and reached the Copa de la Reina final for the first time, losing to RCD Espanyol after extra time. On 5 January 2013 the team celebrated its tenth anniversary, beating Arsenal LFC in a friendly match. They were cup runners-up again in 2014, this time losing on penalties to FC Barcelona, having finished second behind the same club in the league.
On 5 June 2016, Athletic won its fifth league title, nine years after its last success. They competed in the UEFA Women's Champions League the following season, where they were eliminated by Danish champions Fortuna Hjorring in the Round of 32.
In June 2017, the club announced they would introduce a second reserve team for the coming season, made up of girls aged 13 to 15.
Season to season
|Season||Division||Place||Copa de la Reina|
- As Leioa EFT
- As Athletic Club (2002–03 onwards)
- Spanish League (5)
- 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2016
- Euskal Herria Cup (7)
- 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
UEFA competition record
Iturregi 2, Angulo, Ferreira, Ibarra
| Newtownabbey Strikers
|Sánchez 2, Fernández, Ferreira, Iturregi, Onaindia, Orueta, Vázquez, Zabala + 1 o.g.|
Fernández 2, Vázquez 2, Orueta
Vázquez, Fernández, Ibarra, Murua
| Glasgow City
|Vázquez 3, Fernández, Gurrutxaga, Juaristi|
Fernández, Juaristi, Orueta
| Krka Novo Mesto
|Díez, Ferreira, Murua, Vázquez|
Vázquez 7, Juaristi 3, Olabarrieta 2, Díez, Iturregi, Murua, Sánchez
||Women's Champions League
||Round of 32
|Fortuna Hjørring||Corres, Oroz|
For details of current and former players, see Category:Athletic Bilbao (women) players.
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- A historic triple. El Mundo Deportivo, 18 April 2005
- Mari Paz dresses as a queen to give Espanyol its sixth Cup. Marca, 10 June 2012
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- "Third ladies' team for Athletic". official website. Athletic Bilbao. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- "Ladies - Cup 2016-17 (other seasons can be selected)". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
- "Territorial Vizcaína Femenina 2000–01" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
- "Primera Nacional Femenina (Grupo 1) 2001–02" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
- "Fase de ascenso a Superliga (Grupo 2) 2001–02" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
- "Athletic Club Ladies". Athletic Club. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
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