Primera División (women)

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Primera División
Liga futbol femenino.png
Country  Spain
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1988
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Segunda División
Domestic cup(s) Copa de la Reina
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions Athletic Bilbao (5th title)
(2015–16)
Most championships Athletic Bilbao (5 titles)
TV partners BeIN Sports (Spain)
Esport3
ETB 1
Website Website
2016–17 season

The Primera División de la Liga de Fútbol Femenino, formerly Superliga Femenina, is the highest level of league competition for Spanish women's football. It is the female equivalent of the men's Primera División and is run by the Real Federación Española de Fútbol.

History[edit]

The league was founded in 1988 as Liga Nacional , formed by Olímpico Fortuna, Puente Castro, Parque Alcobendas, Santa María Atlético, Vallès Occcidental, RCD Español, FC Barcelona, CE Sabadell y Peña Barcelonista. From the season 1996-97 the league was divided in 4 groups. In that time, all group winners played a semi-final and a final to decide the champion.

For the 2001-02 season the league was renamed to Superliga and the competition system was changed to from the groups format to a double rounnd-robin, thus each team playing the other teams twice, one time away, one time at home. The league consisted of 14 teams in those years. The 2008–09 season kept the double round-robin format but the league was increased from 14 to 16 teams.

In the 2009–10 season the Superliga was increased from 16 to 24 teams, which caused criticism by teams and players, fearing a decline in competivity. The Superliga again is divided in 3 groups of 7 to 8 teams each.[1] Those groups are divided based on local aspects. In the first stage of the season, in all groups each team plays each other twice. After that, the second stage starts. The best two of each group as well as the two best third-place finishers go into group A, the other teams are divided into group B and C based oin a predefined key. Again a double round-robin is played in the groups. All Group A teams and the three best finishers of Group B and C qualify for the Copa de la Reina, and the two best teams in Group A play each other in a two legged final for the season's championship. Rayo Vallecano won the 2009-10 and 2010-11 finals, both times against RCD Espanyol. In the 2009–10 season, two teams had to withdraw from the league for financial reasons.

For the 2011–12 season the group based system was abolished and 18 teams played double round-robin to decide the champion. In the 2012–13 season it was again shortened to 16 teams.

Teams[edit]

Canary Islands location of the 2015–16 Primera División teams

A total of 16 teams contest the league in the current season, including 14 sides from the 2014–15 season and three promoted from the 2014–15 Segunda División.

Team Home city Stadium
Athletic Club Basque Country (autonomous community) Bilbao Lezama
Atlético de Madrid Community of Madrid Madrid Estadio Cerro del Espino
FC Barcelona Catalonia Barcelona Mini Estadi
UD Collerense Balearic Islands Palma de Mallorca Estadi Municipal Coll d’en Rebassa
RCD Espanyol Catalonia Cornellà de Llobregat Ciutat Esportiva Dani Jarque
Fundación Albacete Castilla-La Mancha Albacete Ciudad Deportiva Andrés Iniesta
UD Granadilla Tenerife Sur Canary Islands Granadilla de Abona Estadio Municipal Francisco Suárez
Levante UD Valencian Community Valencia El Terrer
Oiartzun KE Basque Country (autonomous community) Oiartzun Karla Lekuona
Oviedo Moderno CF Asturias Oviedo Estadio Manuel Díaz Vega
Rayo Vallecano Community of Madrid Madrid Ciudad Deportiva Rayo Vallecano
Real Sociedad Basque Country (autonomous community) San Sebastián Zubieta
Santa Teresa CD Extremadura Badajoz Campos Federativos de La Granadilla
Sporting de Huelva Andalusia Huelva Ciudad Deportiva El Conquero
CD Transportes Alcaine Aragon Zaragoza Estadio Pedro Sancho
Valencia CF Valencian Community Valencia Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna

List of champions[edit]

The following list shows all champions of the Spanish women's football league.[2] Before creation of the league, from 1983 to 1988 the Copa de la Reina de Fútbol winners were the Spanish Champions.

Season Teams Champion Points Runner-up Points Third place Points
División de Honor
1988–89 9 Peña Barcilona 24 Parque Alcobendas 21 Español 20
1989–90 12 Atlético Villa de Madrid 43 Peña Barcilona 39 Español 30
1990–91 8 Oiartzun 20 Atlético Villa de Madrid 20 Añorga 20
1991–92 8 Añorga FC Barcelona Oiartzun
1992–93 7 Oroquieta Villaverde 24 Añorga 21 FC Barcelona 20
1993–94 10 Oroquieta Villaverde 49 Añorga 42 FC Barcelona 40
1994–95 10 Añorga 48 Oroquieta Villaverde 40 Espanyol 34
1995–96 9 Añorga 36 Oroquieta Villaverde 31 Espanyol 30
1996–97 42 Sant Vicent [N 1] Sabadell - -
1997–98 42 Atlético Málaga [N 2] Sant Vicent - -
1998–99 43 Oroquieta Villaverde [N 3] Irex Puebla - -
1999–00 50 Irex Puebla [N 4] Torrejón - -
2000–01 54 Levante [N 5] Eibartarrak - -
Superliga
2001–02 11 Levante 57 Irex Puebla 51 Espanyol 37
2002–03 12 Athletic Bilbao 55 Levante 55 Irex Puebla 46
2003–04 14 Athletic Bilbao 60 Sabadell 58 Levante 58
2004–05 14 Athletic Bilbao 66 Levante 63 Espanyol 57
2005–06 13 Espanyol 60 Sevilla 60 Levante 55
2006–07 14 Athletic Bilbao 64 Espanyol 63 Levante 55
2007–08 14 Levante 71 Rayo Vallecano 71 Athletic Bilbao 53
2008–09 16 Rayo Vallecano 81 Levante 76 Athletic Bilbao 65
2009–10 22 Rayo Vallecano [N 6] Espanyol - Athletic Bilbao -
2010–11 23 Rayo Vallecano [N 7] Espanyol - Athletic Bilbao -
Primera División
2011–12 18 FC Barcelona 94 Athletic Bilbao 91 Espanyol 76
2012–13 16 FC Barcelona 76 Athletic Bilbao 74 Atlético Madrid 68
2013–14 16 FC Barcelona 79 Athletic Bilbao 69 Atlético Madrid 54
2014–15 16 FC Barcelona 77 Atlético Madrid 69 Athletic Bilbao 65
2015–16 16 Athletic Bilbao 78 FC Barcelona 77 Atlético Madrid 69

Performance by club[edit]

Athletic Bilbao celebrating its fourth title, won in 2007
Teams Winners Runners-Up Winning years
Basque Country (autonomous community) Athletic Bilbao 5 3 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2016
Valencian Community Levante UD 4 4 19971, 2001, 2002, 2008
Catalonia FC Barcelona 4 2 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Basque Country (autonomous community) Añorga KKE 3 2 1992, 1995, 1996
Community of Madrid Oroquieta Villaverde 3 2 1993, 1994, 1999
Community of Madrid Rayo Vallecano 3 1 2009, 2010, 2011
Catalonia RCD Espanyol 1 3 2006
Extremadura Irex Puebla 1 2 2000
Catalonia Peña Barcilona 1 1 1989
Community of Madrid Atlético Madrid 1 2 1990
Basque Country (autonomous community) Oiartzun KE 1 0 1991
Andalusia Atlético Málaga 1 0 1998
Catalonia CE Sabadell 0 2
Community of Madrid FFP Alcobendas 0 1
Community of Madrid AD Torrejón CF 0 1
Basque Country (autonomous community) SD Eibar 0 1
Andalusia Sevilla FC 0 1

1Title won as San Vicent Valencia CFF.

See also[edit]

Copa de la Reina de Fútbol

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a final game where Sant Vicent defeated Sabadell
  2. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a single-game final where Atlético Málaga beat Sant Vicent by 2–0.
  3. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a single-game final where Oroquieta Villaverde beat Irex Puebla.
  4. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a single-game final where Irex Puebla beat Torrejón in the penalty shootout after a draw by 0–0.
  5. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a single-game final where Levante beat Eibartarrak by 4–0.
  6. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a double-legged final where Rayo Vallecano won 1–0 and 1–1.
  7. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a double-legged final where Rayo Vallecano won 2–2 and 1–2.

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