Indian Women's League

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Indian Women's League
Indian Women's League Logo.png
Founded2016
CountryIndia
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Number of teams24
Level on pyramid1
Current championsGokulam Kerala
Most championshipsEastern Sporting Union
Rising Student's Club
Sethu FC
Gokulam Kerala
(1 time each)
2019–20 IWL season

The Indian Women's League is the top division women's professional football league in India with the first season kicking off in Cuttack in October 2016.[1] The league is ran by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

History[edit]

Since 1991, the top women's football tournament in India has been the Indian Women's Football Championship. The tournament served as a female equivalent of the Santosh Trophy, with states competing against each other.[2] There had never been an organized national football league for women; however, leagues were started by state associations for women. The first women's state football league was set up in 1976 in Manipur. The Indian Football Association of West Bengal founded the Calcutta Women's League in 1993. Leagues were also started in Mumbai and Goa in 1998 and 1999 respectively.[2]

In 2014, after the success of the India women's team, mainly in the SAFF Women's Championship, a push to start a women's football league, mainly along the lines of the recently started and successful Indian Super League, started.[3] Clubs such as Pune and Bengaluru FC had expressed interest in the joining a women's league.[3] It was around this time that the All India Football Federation started plans to create the ISL-style league for women.[4]

On 21 April 2016, over a year after the AIFF started plans for a women's football league, the AIFF President, Praful Patel, said that a women's football league would kick off in October 2016[needs update] with six teams to be decided, with the goal to expand to eight teams by 2017.[1] Just over two months later, on 5 July 2016, the AIFF organized a workshop to discuss the India women's national team and discuss the proposed women's football league. Five Indian Super League sides (Delhi Dynamos, Chennaiyin FC, Kerala Blasters, FC Pune City, Atletico de Kolkata) and three I-League teams (Bengaluru FC, Aizawl FC, Mumbai FC) attended the workshop. It was announced that the league would feature the eight teams in the league and two other spots would be determined through a pre-qualification round.[5]

On 14 October, the AIFF announced that the preliminary rounds for the Women's League would begin on 17 October 2016 in which ten teams are split into two groups of five teams each, with the winner from each group qualifying for the national finals.[6]

Seasons[edit]

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

On 24 January 2017, AIFF launched the first ever women's professional league with six teams. The participating teams – FC Alakhpura (Haryana), Jeppiaar Institute of Technology FC (Puducherry), Aizawl FC (Women) (Mizoram), FC Pune City (women) (Maharashtra), Rising Student's Club (Odisha) and Eastern Sporting Union (Manipur) play each other in a round-robin format with the top four teams advancing to the semifinals. All matches of the two-week Indian Women's League (IWL) were played at Delhi's Ambedkar Stadium with the first match scheduled for Saturday, January 28.

Season 2 (2017–18)[edit]

The final round of the season was played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong. Rising Student's Club from Odisha were crowned champions after beating Eastern Sporting Union.

Season 3 (2018–19)[edit]

Indian Women's League season 3 main round started on 5 May 2019. All matches to be played in Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, Punjab.[7] The 2018–19 IWL will have 12 teams, divided into two groups. The teams will play each other once and the top two teams will compete in the semi-final.

Season 4 (2019–20)[edit]

Indian Women's League season 4 main round started on 24 January 2020. All matches were played in Bangalore Football Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka.[8] The 2019–20 IWL will have 12 teams, divided into two groups. The teams will play each other once and the top two teams will compete in the semi-final. Gokulam Kerala were crowned champions after beating KRYPHSA F.C. 3-2 in the final.[9]

All 12 Teams are as follows :
Group A Group B
Baroda Football Academy Bangalore United FC
BBK Dav FC Bidesh XI FC
FC Kolhapur City Odisha Police FC
Kickstart FC Kenkre FC
KRYPHSA Sreebhumi FC
Sethu Gokulam Kerala

Results[edit]

Season Winner Result Runner Up Ref.
2016–17 Eastern Sporting Union 3–0 Rising Student's Club [10][11]
2017–18 Rising Student's Club 1–1
(a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
Eastern Sporting Union
2018–19 Sethu 3–1 Manipur Police SC
2019–20 Gokulam Kerala 3-2 KRYPHSA [12]

Winning head coaches[edit]

As of 22 May 2019
Head Coach Club Wins Winning season
India Eastern Sporting Union 1 2016−17
India Sukla Dutta Rising Student's Club 1 2017−18
India Amrutha Aravind Sethu FC 1 2018−19
India Priya PV Gokulam Kerala 1 2019–20

Prizes[edit]

Prize money[edit]

As updated on 14 February 2020. [13]

Position Purse
Champions 10 Lakhs
1st Runners-up 5 Lakhs
Most Valueable Player 1.25 Lakhs
Top Goalscorer 1 Lakh
Best Goalkeeper 1 Lakh
Emerging Player 75 Thousand

Stats and Players[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 14 February 2020
Rank Player Seasons Goals
1 India Ngangom Bala Devi 2 38
2 Nepal Sabitra Bhandari 2 31
3 India Nongmaithem Ratanbala Devi 3 25
India Sandhiya Ranganathan 4
5 India Yumnam Kamala Devi 3 22
6 India Dangmei Grace 4 15
India Anju Tamang 4
8 India Karishma Shirvoikar 2 11
9 India Manisha Kalyan 3 9
India Irom Prameshwori Devi 4
India Kashmina M. S. 3
12 India Sanju Yadav 3 8
13 India Sasmita Malik 1 7
India Pyari Xaxa 3
India Soumya Guguloth 1
16 Bangladesh Sabina Khatun 1 6
India Jabamani Tudu 3
18 Uganda Fazila Ikwaput 1 5
India Heigrujam Daya Devi 1
India Indumathi Kathiresan 3
India Pradeepa Sekar 3
India Sumithra Kamaraj 2

Top scorer by season[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
2016−17 India Yumnam Kamala Devi Eastern Sporting Union 12
2017−18 India Ngangom Bala Devi Kryphsa F.C. 12
2018−19 India Ngangom Bala Devi Manipur Police SC 26
2019–20 Nepal Sabitra Bhandari Gokulam Kerala 16

Hat-trick scorer[edit]

As of 14 February 2020
Multiple hat-tricks scorer
Rank Player Hat-tricks Last hat-trick
1 India Ngangom Bala Devi 7 20 May 2019
2 Nepal Sabitra Bhandari 5 1 February 2020
3 India Sandhiya Ranganathan 4 6 February 2020
4 India Nongmaithem Ratanbala Devi 3 12 May 2019
India Yumnam Kamala Devi 4 February 2020

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "India – List of Women's Champions". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b Das, Suprita (26 January 2015). "Now A Women's Football League?". NDTV Sports. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. ^ "AIFF Plans to Start Indian Super League-Style Women's Football". NDTV Sports. 17 December 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  5. ^ "AIFF conducts workshop for National Women's League". Times of India. 5 July 2016. Archived from the original on 9 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  6. ^ "INDIAN WOMEN'S LEAGUE PRELIMS TO KICK-OFF ON OCT 17". The All India Football Federation. 14 October 2016. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Indian Women's League 2018–19 to kick off on May 5 in Ludhiana | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Hero Indian Women's League returns, scheduled to kick-off from January 24". AIFF. 9 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Gokulam Kerala crowned new Hero IWL champions after thrilling finale". AIFF. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Eastern Sporting Union crowned inaugural Indian Women's League champions". hindustantimes.com. 14 February 2017. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Eastern Sporting Union win inaugural Indian Women's League". espnfc.com. 14 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
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  13. ^ "Gokulam Kerala crowned new Hero IWL champions after thrilling finale". AIFF. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.