Super League Vrouwenvoetbal

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Super League Vrouwenvoetbal
Founded 2015
Country  Belgium
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 6
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Belgian Women's First Division
Domestic cup(s) Belgian Women's Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Women's Champions League
Current champions RSC Anderlecht
(2017-18)

The Super League Vrouwenvoetbal (English: Belgian Women's Super League) is the highest women's football league of Belgium. It was created in 2015 after the collaboration of a joined top level league with Netherlands, the BeNe League, ended in the 2014–15 season.[1]

Format[edit]

In the season 2015–16, eight teams participate. They play a double round-robin in the first stage. After that points were halved and the top four placed and bottom placed teams played another double round-robin for a total of 20 games. The winner of the championship group qualifies for the Champions League. The last placed team of the relegation group gets relegated.

With only seven teams in 2016–17 the format was changed, and the second stage was dropped. Teams play each other four times for a total of 24 matches per team. The tie-breakers for teams on equal points follow the men's Belgian First Division A, that is first number of wins, then goal difference.[2]

In 2017–18 only six teams played in the league and again a championship group was played.[3]

Teams[edit]

Location of the 2017–18 Belgian Super League teams

Club Brugge was the only team not returning from the BeNe League for the Super League's first season, after they shut down their first team.[4] The remaining five sides and the three highest placed teams from the first division got a place in the inaugural season,[5] although DVL Zonhoven moved to Genk and was rebranded as Ladies Genk.[6] In June the final line-up was published.[7]

2015 and 2016 cup winners Lierse did not return for the 2016–17 season,[8] leaving the league with just seven teams as none of the teams from the first division accepted the final eighth place.[9]

Team Home city Home ground 2017–18 finish
RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht RSCA Football Academy 1st
Ladies Genk Genk Pleinen Turkse Rangers 3rd
AA Gent Ladies Ghent PGB-Stadion 2nd
KSK Heist Heist-op-den-Berg Gemeentelijke Sportcentrum 6th
Oud-Heverlee Leuven Heverlee Gemeentelijk Stadion 5th
Standard Fémina de Liège Liège Complexe Standard de Liège 4th

Champions[edit]

The winners of the league will the crowned Belgian champion.

Year Winner Runners-up Third Topscorer Goals
2015–16 Standard Liège WD Lierse SK RSC Anderlecht Jana Coryn (Lierse) 19[10]
2016–17 Standard Liège RSC Anderlecht AA Gent Ladies Sanne Schoenmakers (Standard) 26[11]
2017–18 RSC Anderlecht AA Gent Ladies KRC Genk Ladies Ella Van Kerkhoven (Anderlecht) 27[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Super League Vrouwenvoetbal vanaf volgend seizoen - Koninklijke Belgische voetbalbond". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Super League Vrouwenvoetbal vanaf volgend seizoen | Koninklijke Belgische voetbalbond". www.belgianfootball.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. ^ "Waarom een terugkeer van de BeNe League nog niet voor meteen is". Vrouwenvoetbalkrant.be (in Dutch). 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  4. ^ "Club Brugge duwt verschillende internationals naar de exit". 5 February 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  6. ^ "Ladies Genk aan top van vrouwenvoetbal - HLN Genk". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  7. ^ "KSK Heist maakt Belgische Super League compleet - Vrouwenvoetbalnieuws". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Lierse stopt, wat nu met de Super League?". 15 June 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Diverse clubs haken af voor Super League". 6 May 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  10. ^ 1 July 2016. "Top-scorers from the Super League". vrouwenvoetbalkrant.be. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Dit is ons team van het seizoen in de Super League (Team of the season)" (in Dutch). vrouwenvoetbalkrant.be. Retrieved 31 May 2017. ...Sanne Schoenmakers van Standard. Zij maakte er 26...
  12. ^ https://www.vrouwenvoetbalkrant.be/wedstrijden/2018-05-01/anderlecht-vrouwen/krc-genk-ladies-vrouwen/verslag

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