Nigerian Women Football League
|Number of teams||12|
|Domestic cup(s)||Nigerian Women's Cup|
|Most championships||Pelican Stars FC (7 titles)|
|2016 Nigeria Women Premier League|
The Nigeria Women Premier League is the top flight of women's association football in Nigeria. It is the women's equivalent of the men's top-flight league, the Nigeria Premier League. It is regarded by the BBC as a pacesetter league for the African continent, with players earning as much as $300 monthly allowance and signup fees up to $2500. It also act as a hub for professional players from other West-African countries. The Nigeria Women Football League organizes the Nigeria Women Premier League and the Nigeria Women Amateur League.
Female football in Nigeria started in 1978 with the foundation of the NIFFOA (Nigeria Female Football Organising Association), renamed NIFFPA (Nigeria Female Football Proprietors Associations) in 1979, and joined by clubs like Jegede Babes, Ufuoma Babes, Larry Angels, Kakanfo Babes and others. The first championship was organised by the NFA in 1990.
For 2013/14 the league was restructured and renamed to the Premier League. Twelve teams will play in a single division.
The 2015 season saw the reintroduction of the group system for the league. A super six tournament was played at the end of the season to determine the overall winner. Rivers Angels topped group A in the regular season and went on to win the elite league of six teams.
The female top division league in Nigeria always follow groups pattern and a super 6 tournament at the end of the season. Group A and B normally consist of 10 teams each (20 in total). The top 3 teams of each group will form the super 6 league at the end of the regular season to determine the overall winner of league.
For the 2013/2014 season the NWPL department of the Nigeria Football Federation abolished the group format of the league and introduced an elite league formed from the top 6 teams in each group during the 2012/2013 season. The new elite league is to be called Nigeria Women Premier League while the remaining teams (10 clubs) will join other clubs to form a lower division league to allow promotion and relegation format.
- Nasarawa Amazons of Nasarawa State
- Delta Queens of Delta State
- FC Edo Queens of Edo State
- Adamawa Queens of Adamawa State
- Osun Babes of Osun State
- FC Taraba Queens of Taraba State
- Rivers Angels of Rivers State
- Bayelsa Queens of Bayelsa State
- Pelican Stars of Calabar
- Ibom Angels of Akwa Ibom State
- Sunshine Queens of Ondo State
- Kogi Confluence Queens of Kogi State
- Lower Division
- FC Robo (Lagos)
- Police Machines (Lagos)
- Tokas Queens (Lagos)
- COD Queens (Lagos)
- Yaba Queens (Lagos)
- Tewo Babes (Ibadan)
- Matins White doves FC (Benin)
- State House Queens (Abuja)
- Abia Queens (Abia)
- Capital City doves (Abuja)
- Oguche Babes (Lokoja)
- Beautiful tour Angels (Abuja)
- Group A
- Delta Queens
- Adamawa Queens
- Nasarawa Amazon
- Martins White
- Standard Babes
- Inneh Queens
- FC Robo
- Taraba Queens
- Kogi Confluence Queens
- Osun Babes of Osogbo
- Group B
- Rivers Angels
- Bayelsa Queens
- Pelican Stars
- CI. Angels of Asaba
- Tewo Babes
- Police Machine
- FCT Queens
- Tokas Queens
- Sunshine Queens
- Ibom Angels
Statistics for 2012/2013 Season
- Team with the highest cautions and expulsions: Sunshine Queens FC of Akure
- Team with the least cautions and expulsions: Taraba Queens of Jalingo
- Highest goal scorers: Asisat Oshoala (Rivers Angels)- 6 goals
- Joy Bokiri (Bayelsa Queens) – 5 goals
- Kalu Uche (Pelican Stars) – 4 goals
- Total number of matches played 180x 2 = 360
- Total number of matches won 155
- Total number of matches lost 155
- Total number of matches drawn 50
- Total number of goals scored 464
- Total number of home victories 133
- Total number of away victories 22
|1994||Rivers Angels SC||Jedege Babes|
|1995||Ufuoma Babes||Pelican Stars FC|
|1997||Pelican Stars FC|
|1998||Pelican Stars FC|
|1999||Pelican Stars FC||FCT Queens|
|2000||Pelican Stars FC||FCT Queens|
|2001||Pelican Stars FC||FCT Queens|
|2002||Pelican Stars FC||FCT Queens|
|2003||Delta Queens FC||FCT Queens|
|2004||Bayelsa Queens||Pelican Stars FC|
|2005||Pelican Stars FC||Bayelsa Queens|
|2006||Bayelsa Queens||Nasarawa Amazons|
|2007||Bayelsa Queens||Nasarawa Amazons|
|2008||Delta Queens FC||Bayelsa Queens|
|2009||Delta Queens FC||Rivers Angels|
|2010||Rivers Angels  [A]|
|2011||Delta Queens FC||River Angels SC|
|2012||Delta Queens FC||River Angels SC|
|2013||Nassarawa Amazons||Rivers Angels|
|2014||Rivers Angels||Pelican Stars FC|
|2015||Rivers Angels||Bayelsa Queens|
|2016||Rivers Angels ||Nasarawa Amazons |
Most successful clubs
|Club||Champions||Runners-Up||Winning Seasons||Runners-Up Seasons|
|Pelican Stars FC (Calabar)||
||1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005|
|Rivers Angels SC (Port Harcourt)||
||1994, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Ufuoma Babes (Warri)||
||1992, 1993, 1995, 1996|
|Delta Queens FC (Asaba)||
||2003, 2008, 2009, 2011|
|Bayelsa Queens (Yenagoa)||
||2004, 2006, 2007|
|Jedege Babes (Lagos)||
|Nasarawa Amazons (Nasarawa)||
- There was no Super 6 tournament this season but NFF gave the league to Rivers Angels after they finish top of group A in the regular season with Delta Queens finishing second
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