Montenegrin Women's League

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Montenegrin Women's League
Country  Montenegro
Confederation UEFA
Founded 2008 (as FSCG Trophy); 2011 (as 1. ŽFL)
Divisions 1
Number of teams 5
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Montenegrin Cup (women)
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions Breznica (1st title)
(2015–16)
Most championships Ekonomist (5 titles)
Website Federation

The Montenegrin women's football league (1. ŽFL) is the top level women's football league of Montenegro. It is organized by the Football Association of Montenegro.

The winning team of the league is eligible for a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

First national women's football competition was held on season 2008-09, but the league played its inaugural season in 2011-12.[1]

History[edit]

Women's football history in Montenegro started in the period after the Montenegrin independence referendum. Beside the fact that the first women's club was founded in 2005, competitions started years after that. In 2008, Football Association of Montenegro founded national women's team and first women's competition - a yearly tournament called FSCG Trophy.[2] With its first season 2008-09, FSCG trophy matches lasted 60 minutes, with seven substitutes allowed. From season 2011-12, Montenegrin Women's First League is founded (commonly known as 1. ŽFL), with participation of the champion in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

FSCG Trophy (2008-2011)[edit]

Inaugural competition for women, Trophy of Montenegrin FA (Trofej FSCG) lasted three seasons. With matches' duration of 60 minutes, competition was preparation for founding of First Montenegrin Women's Football League.
First two editions of FSCG Trophy (2008–09, 2009–10) won ŽFK Palma from Podgorica[3][4] (from season 2016-17 under the name ŽFK Budućnost Podgorica[5]). On season 2010-11, winner was ŽFK Ekonomist from Nikšić.[6] In the first season of FSCG trophy participated only four clubs, but until the season 2010-11 there was six members of the competition.

First Women's League (2011-)[edit]

First matches of Montenegrin Women's League (1. ŽFL) were played in autumn 2011. In its first season, new competition with conventional rules (90 minutes games, 3 substitutes) had participants from all three regions of Montenegro (northern, central and southern).
Most successfull club in 1. ŽFL is ŽFK Ekonomist, who won champion title on seasons 2011-12, 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014-15.[7][8] Domination of ŽFK Ekonomist finished on the season 2015-16, whose winner was ŽFK Breznica from Pljevlja.[9] Since foundation, 1. ŽFL had different number of participants: 2011/12 - 7 clubs; 2012-13 - 6 clubs; 2013/14 - 7 clubs; 2014/15 - 8 clubs; 2015/16 - 8 clubs; 2016/17 - 5 clubs.

Champions[edit]

Titles by seasons[edit]

Season Competition Champion Runner-up Third
2008-09 FSCG Trophy Budućnost Podgorica Ekonomist Nikšić Pristan Bar
2009-10 FSCG Trophy Budućnost Podgorica Ekonomist Nikšić Pristan Bar
2010-11 FSCG Trophy Ekonomist Nikšić Sport Uno Bijelo Polje Pristan Bar
2011-12 1. ŽFL Ekonomist Nikšić Budućnost Podgorica Pristan Bar
2012-13 1. ŽFL Ekonomist Nikšić Podgorica Sport Uno Bijelo Polje
2013-14 1. ŽFL Ekonomist Nikšić Breznica Pljevlja Podgorica
2014-15 1. ŽFL Ekonomist Nikšić Breznica Pljevlja Podgorica
2015-16 1. ŽFL Breznica Pljevlja Ekonomist Nikšić Obilić Herceg Novi

Titles by team[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
ŽFK Ekonomist Nikšić
5
3
2010–11, 2011-12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
ŽFK Budućnost Podgorica
2
1
2008-09, 2009-10
ŽFK Breznica Pljevlja
1
2
2015-16
ŽFK Sport Uno Bijelo Polje
-
1
ŽFK Podgorica
-
1

Participants and records[edit]

All-time participants (2008-)[edit]

Since foundation, in Montenegrin Women's League participated 16 different clubs. Below is a list of participants with number of seasons in the First League.

Club Town Ssn First Last
Ekonomist Nikšić
8
2008-09
2015-16
Pristan Bar
7
2009-10
2015-16
Sport Uno Bijelo Polje
5
2008-09
2012-13
Budućnost Podgorica
4
2008-09
2011-12
Durmitor Žabljak
4
2008-09
2012-13
Podgorica Podgorica
3
2012-13
2014-15
Breznica Pljevlja
3
2013-14
2015-16
Cvetex Berane
3
2013-14
2015-16
Sjeverna Zvijezda Bijelo Polje
3
2013-14
2015-16
Berane Berane
2
2009-10
2010-11
Ribnica Podgorica
2
2010-11
2011-12
Ulcinj Ulcinj
2
2012-13
2013-14
Obilić Herceg Novi
2
2014-15
2015-16
Brskovo Mojkovac
1
2014-15
2014-15
Lovćen Cetinje
1
2015-16
2015-16
Mladost Podgorica
1
2015-16
2015-16

Records[edit]

  • Biggest league victory/defeat: 27–0, Ekonomist vs. Cvetex, 29.04.2014 (season 2013-14)
  • Longest unbeaten run: 91 matches, Ekonomist, 20.05.2010 - 09.11.2015
  • Longest winning streak: 88 matches, Ekonomist, 20.05.2010 - 24.09.2015
  • Most points by season: 54, Ekonomist, season 2013-14
  • Least points by season: 0, Ribnica, season 2010-11; Durmitor, season 2012-13
  • Highest number of scored goals by season: 252, Ekonomist, season 2013-14
  • Highest number of conceded goals by season: 131, Cvetex, season 2015-16

Sources:[10][11][12][13][14]

Current clubs (2016-17)[edit]

The 2016–17 Montenegrin Women's First League is the ninth season of top-tier football in Montenegro. ŽFK Breznica Pljevlja are defending champions title.
The following 5 clubs complete in First League 2016-17.

Club
City Finishing
in 2015-16
First season in
top division
Stadium Official website
ŽFK Breznica Pljevlja 1st 2013-14 Stadion pod Golubinjom (5,140) http://fkbreznica.me
ŽFK Budućnost Podgorica - 2008-09 Stadion pod Goricom (15,230)
ŽFK Ekonomist Nikšić 2nd 2008-09 Stadion kraj Bistrice (5,214)
ŽFK Lovćen Cetinje 5th 2015-16 Stadion Obilića Poljana (2,000) http://www.fklovcen.me
ŽFK Mladost Podgorica 4th 2015-16 FK Mladost (2,000) http://fkmladost.me/

Sources:[15][16]

Montenegrin clubs in European competitions[edit]

Since the season 2012-13, champion of Montenegrin Women's League is playing in the UEFA Women's Champions League. In the period 2012-2015, the only Montenegrin representative was ŽFK Ekonomist. On season 2016-17, for the first time, Montenegro was represented in UEFA Champions League by ŽFK Breznica.
Below is a table with Montenegrin clubs' scores in UEFA competitions.

Team Seasons G W D L GD
ŽFK Ekonomist
4
12
0
2
10
8:45
ŽFK Breznica Pljevlja
1
3
0
1
2
2:21
OVERALL
15
0
3
12
10:66

As of the end of UEFA competitions 2016–17 season.

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