Russian Women's Football Championship

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Country  Russia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Number of teams 7
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Women’s 1.Division
Domestic cup(s) Russian Women's Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Women's Champions League
Current champions Zvezda 2005 Perm (5th title)
Most championships Energiya Voronezh,
Zvezda Perm (5 titles)

The Russian Women's Football Championship (Russian: ЧЕМПИОНАТ РОССИИ ПО ЖЕНСКОМУ ФУТБОЛУ), also known as the Top Division, is the highest professional [1] women's football league in Russia.

The Top Division was founded in 1992.[2] Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, there had been a women's league, but it only played two seasons, 1990 and 1991.


For the 2010 season the seven teams play each other four times, two times away and two games at home. In previous years the team played each other only twice. As Russia is in the top 8 leagues of Europe by UEFA Coefficient[3] the top two teams qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League and the last team gets relegated to the Women’s 1.Division. The 2011–12 season was the first to last over the winter month. Eight teams contest the season and play each other four times for a total of 28 matches.[4] The tie-breaking rules after the season are in descending order: points, number of wins, then in matches between tied teams: points, wins, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, after that in all matches: goal difference, goals scored, away goal scored,better fair-play record and finally the tie is broken by drawing of a lot. One exception is, if there is a tie of points involving the first place, thus the tie-breaking would determine the champion. In this case, there is an additional match, or in case of at least a three way tie a tournament to be played.[5]

In the 2012–13 season a championship and relegation round was played after the regular season. After 14 matches each, the top four and bottom four teams played each other twice more. The winner of the championship round is the champion.

In 2013 the league returned to the spring-autumn format.[6] No championship group was played then. In 2014 a championship group followed the regular season. Points of both stages are added together.[7]

Champions and top scorers[edit]

The champions so far are:[8][9]

Year Champion Runner-up Third place Top scorer
1992 Interros Moskva CSK VVS Samara SKIF Malakhovka Russia Larisa Savina (CSK VVS Samara, 23 goals)
1993 CSK VVS Samara Rus Moscow SKIF Malakhovka Russia Larisa Savina (CSK VVS Samara, 19 goals)
1994 CSK VVS Samara Energiya Voronezh Kaluzhanka Russia Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 31 goals)
1995 Energiya Voronezh CSK VVS Samara Sibiryachka Krasnoyarsk Russia Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 37 goals)
1996 CSK VVS Samara Energiya Voronezh Lada Togliatti Russia Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 39 goals)
1997 Energiya Voronezh CSK VVS Samara Ryazan Russia Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 21 goals)
1998 Energiya Voronezh CSK VVS Samara Ryazan Russia Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 19 goals)
1999 Ryazan Energiya Voronezh CSK VVS Samara
2000 Ryazan Energiya Voronezh CSK VVS Samara Russia Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 30 goals)
Russia Olga Letyushova (Ryazan, 30 goals)
2001 CSK VVS Samara Energiya Voronezh Ryazan Russia Olga Letyushova (Ryazan, 31 goals)
2002 Energiya Voronezh Lada Togliatti Ryazan Russia Natalia Barbashina (Lada Togliatti, 29 goals)
2003 Energiya Voronezh Lada Togliatti CSK VVS Samara Russia Natalia Barbashina (Lada Togliatti, 21 goals)
2004 Lada Togliatti Rossiyanka Energiya Voronezh Russia Olga Letyushova (Rossiyanka, 18 goals)
2005 Rossiyanka Lada Togliatti Nadezhda Noginsk Russia Olga Letyushova (Rossiyanka, 27 goals)
2006 Rossiyanka Spartak Moscow Nadezhda Noginsk Russia Olga Letyushova (Rossiyanka, 34 goals)
2007 Zvezda Perm Rossiyanka Nadezhda Noginsk Russia Olga Letyushova (Zvezda Perm, 19 goals)
2008 Zvezda Perm Rossiyanka SKA Rostov Nigeria Emueje Ogbiagbevha (Rossiyanka, 16 goals)
2009 Zvezda Perm Rossiyanka Energiya Voronezh Ukraine Daryna Apanaschenko (Zvezda Perm, 12 goals)
Russia Olesya Kurochkina (Zvezda Perm, 12 goals)
2010 Rossiyanka Energiya Voronezh Zvezda Perm Nigeria Emueje Ogbiagbevha (Rossiyanka, 23 goals)
2011–12 Rossiyanka Zorky Krasnogorsk Energiya Voronezh Nigeria Emueje Ogbiagbevha (Energiya Voronezh, 15 goals)
2012–13 Zorky Krasnogorsk Rossiyanka Ryazan Russia Olesya Kurochkina (Izmailovo Moscow, 16 goals)
2013 Ryazan Zvezda Perm Zorky Krasnogorsk Russia Elena Danilova (Ryazan, 17 goals)
2014 Zvezda Perm Zorky Krasnogorsk Ryazan Ukraine Daryna Apanaschenko (Zvezda Perm, 8 goals)
2015 Zvezda Perm Rossiyanka Zorky Krasnogorsk
2016 Rossiyanka Zvezda Perm Ryazan

Teams in the 2015 season[edit]

Russian Women's Football Championship is located in European Russia
Moscow (3 teams)
Moscow (3 teams)
Locations of the 2014 teams
Team Location Ground
FK Chertanovo Moscow
Kubanochka Krasnodar Krasnodar Stadion Trud
Rossiyanka Moscow Stadion Rossijanka
Ryazan VDV Ryazan Central'nyj Sportivn'yj Kompleks
Zorkiy Krasnogorsk Krasnogorsk, Moscow Stadion Zorkij
Zvezda 2005 Perm Perm Stadion Zvezda


  1. ^ "Russian Women's Championship". RFS (in Russian). Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  2. ^ "XVIII ЧЕМПИОНАТ РОССИИ ПО ФУТБОЛУ" (in Russian). Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
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  4. ^ "2011/12 regulations" (.doc) (in Russian). Chapter 4: pp. 6–7. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "2010/11 regulations" (.doc) (in Russian). Chapter 10: pp. 14–15. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "2013 season review" (in Russian). 2 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
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  8. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (2009-04-23). "Russia - List of Women Champions". RSSSF. 
  9. ^ "???????" (in Russian). Retrieved 2009-12-02. 

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