Primera División (women)

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Primera División
Liga Iberdrola.png
Founded1988
CountrySpain
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toPrimera División B
Domestic cup(s)Copa de la Reina
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
Current championsAtlético Madrid (3rd title)
(2017–18)
Most championshipsAthletic Bilbao (5 titles)
TV partnersBeIN Sports (Spain)
Esport3
ETB 1
Gol T
WebsiteWebsite
2018–19 season

The Primera División de la Liga de Fútbol Femenino, formerly Superliga Femenina, and known for reasons of sponsorship as Liga Femenina Iberdrola is the highest level of league competition for Spanish women's football. It is the women's equivalent of the men's Primera División and is run by the Real Federación Española de Fútbol. It was founded in 1988 and since then it has been celebrated without interruptions although it has undergone several changes of format and denomination.

It is considered one of the most important leagues at European level according to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the top soccer manager at continental level, being the sixth competition with the best coefficient.

Throughout its history 12 clubs have been champions; Athletic Bilbao have won the most championships, with five.

History[edit]

Liga Nacional[edit]

The league was founded in 1988 as Liga Nacional , formed by Olímpico Fortuna, Puente Castro, Parque Alcobendas, Santa María Atlético, Vallès Occidental, RCD Español, FC Barcelona, CE Sabadell and Peña Barcelonista Barcilona.

División de Honor[edit]

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.

Superliga[edit]

Old logo of the league.

For the 2001–02 season the league was renamed to Superliga and the competition system was changed from the groups format to a double round-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 the quality of competition. 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 on 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.

Primera División[edit]

For the 2011–12 season, in addition to the rename of the league to Primera División, the group based system was eliminated and 18 teams played double round-robin to decide the champion. In the 2012–13 season it was again shortened to 16 teams. Before the 2016–17, the Royal Spanish Football Federation agreed a sponsorship with Iberdrola, renaming the league as Liga Iberdrola for commercial issues.[2]

Teams[edit]

Canary Islands location of the 2017–18 Primera División teams

A total of 16 teams will contest the league in its upcoming 2018–19 season, including 14 sides from the 2017–18 season and two promoted from the 2017–18 Segunda División.

Team Home city Stadium
Athletic Club Basque Country (autonomous community) Bilbao Lezama
Atlético de Madrid Community of Madrid Madrid Cerro del Espino
FC Barcelona Catalonia Barcelona Joan Gamper
Real Betis Andalusia Seville Luis del Sol
RCD Espanyol Catalonia Barcelona Dani Jarque
Fundación Albacete Castilla–La Mancha Albacete Andrés Iniesta
UD Granadilla Tenerife Canary Islands Granadilla de Abona La Hoya del Pozo
Levante UD Valencian Community Valencia El Terrer
EDF Logroño La Rioja (Spain) Logroño Las Gaunas
Madrid CFF Community of Madrid San Sebastián de los Reyes Nuevo Matapiñonera
Málaga Andalusia Málaga José Gallardo
Rayo Vallecano Community of Madrid Madrid Ciudad Deportiva
Real Sociedad Basque Country (autonomous community) San Sebastián Zubieta
Sevilla FC Andalusia Seville Viejo Nervión
Sporting de Huelva Andalusia Huelva La Orden
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.[3] 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
Liga Nacional
1988–89 9 Peña Barcilona 24 Parque Alcobendas 21 RCD Español 20
1989–90 12 Atlético Villa de Madrid 43 Peña Barcilona 39 RCD Español 30
1990–91 8 Oiartzun KE 20 Atlético Villa de Madrid 20 Añorga KKE 20
1991–92 8 Añorga KKE 27 FC Barcelona 19 Oiartzun KE 17
1992–93 7 CD Oroquieta Villaverde 24 Añorga KKE 21 FC Barcelona 20
1993–94 10 CD Oroquieta Villaverde 49 Añorga KKE 42 FC Barcelona 40
1994–95 10 Añorga KKE 48 CD Oroquieta Villaverde 40 RCD Espanyol 34
1995–96 9 Añorga KKE 36 CD Oroquieta Villaverde 31 RCD Espanyol 30
División de Honor
1996–97 42 Sant Vicent València CFF [N 1] CE Sabadell - -
1997–98 42 Atlético Málaga [N 2] Sant Vicent València CFF - -
1998–99 43 CD Oroquieta Villaverde [N 3] Irex Puebla - -
1999–2000 50 Irex Puebla [N 4] AD Torrejón CF - -
2000–01 54 Levante UD [N 5] Eibartarrak - -
Superliga
2001–02 11 Levante UD 57 Irex Puebla 51 RCD Espanyol 37
2002–03 12 Athletic Club 55 Levante UD 55 Irex Puebla 46
2003–04 14 Athletic Club 60 CE Sabadell 58 Levante UD 58
2004–05 14 Athletic Club 66[N 6] Levante UD 63 RCD Espanyol 57
2005–06 13 RCD Espanyol 60 CD Híspalis[N 7] 60 Levante UD 55
2006–07 14 Athletic Club 64 RCD Espanyol 63 Levante UD 55
2007–08 14 Levante UD 71 Rayo Vallecano 71 Athletic Club 53
2008–09 16 Rayo Vallecano 81 Levante UD 76 Athletic Club 65
2009–10 22 Rayo Vallecano [N 8] RCD Espanyol - Athletic Club -
2010–11 23 Rayo Vallecano [N 9] RCD Espanyol - Athletic Club -
Primera División
2011–12 18 FC Barcelona 94 Athletic Club 91 RCD Espanyol 76
2012–13 16 FC Barcelona 76 Athletic Club 74 Atlético Madrid 68
2013–14 16 FC Barcelona 79 Athletic Club 69 Atlético Madrid 54
2014–15 16 FC Barcelona 77 Atlético Madrid 69 Athletic Club 65
2015–16 16 Athletic Club 78 FC Barcelona 77 Atlético Madrid 69
2016–17 16 Atlético Madrid 78[N 10] FC Barcelona 75 Valencia CF 68
2017–18 16 Atlético Madrid 77 FC Barcelona 76 Athletic Club 56

Performance by club[edit]

Athletic Bilbao celebrating its fourth title, won in 2007
Teams Winners Runners-Up Winning years
Basque Country (autonomous community) Athletic Club 5 3 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2016
Valencian Community Levante UD 4 4 1997, [a] 2001, 2002, 2008
Catalonia FC Barcelona 4 4 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Basque Country (autonomous community) Añorga KKE 3 2 1992, 1995, 1996
Community of Madrid Atlético Madrid 3 2 1990, 2017, 2018
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[b] 1 2 2000
Catalonia Peña Barcilona 1 1 1989
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 CD Híspalis 0 1
  1. ^ Title won as Sant Vicent València CFF.
  2. ^ Currently Extremadura UD.

All-time Primera División table[edit]

This table includes all games played since the 2001–02 season, when the Superliga recovered its format of a single group after several years with four groups and the group winners playing a Final Four. For a timeline of each team's league record, see List of women's football clubs in Spain.

Pos S Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 2018–19 league
1 16 Athletic Club 450 318 60 72 1261 461 +800 1014 Primera División
2 17 Levante UD 466 294 78 94 1107 434 +673 960
3 17 RCD Espanyol 472 251 78 143 1100 663 +437 831
4 15 Rayo Vallecano 428 242 64 122 988 594 +394 790
5 13 FC Barcelona 374 239 52 83 929 344 +585 769
6 12 Atlético Madrid 348 205 68 75 747 559 +188 683
7 12 Real Sociedad 352 130 77 145 485 492 −7 467
8 11 Valencia CF[a] 322 138 49 135 546 507 +39 463
9 12 Sporting de Huelva 346 129 70 147 523 568 −45 457
10 13 Zaragoza CFF 376 126 66 184 544 736 −192 444 Segunda División
11 10 AD Torrejón CF 250 120 39 91 505 429 +76 399 Regional leagues
12 8 CFF Puebla 170 92 22 56 385 269 +116 298 Segunda División
13 12 Oviedo Moderno CF[b] 314 73 62 179 363 697 −334 281
14 9 SD Lagunak 248 75 38 135 295 519 −224 263 Regional leagues
15 7 CD Híspalis[c] 170 64 20 86 327 439 −112 212 Segunda División
16 7 UD Collerense 204 55 36 113 295 466 −171 201
17 6 Sevilla FC[c] 168 48 28 92 204 335 −131 172 Primera División
18 5 UE L'Estartit 140 51 18 71 229 274 −45 171 Regional leagues
19 5 CE Sant Gabriel 152 49 24 79 213 307 −94 171 Segunda División
20 5 CFF Estudiantes de Huelva 118 50 19 49 284 241 +43 166[d] Dissolved
21 4 CE Sabadell FC 94 50 15 29 292 175 +117 165 Regional leagues
22 3 UD Granadilla Tenerife 90 43 18 29 150 118 +32 147 Primera División
23 4 Santa Teresa CD 120 32 25 63 124 229 −105 121 Segunda División
24 4 Fundación Albacete 120 25 25 70 164 290 −126 100 Primera División
25 4 Málaga CF[e] 114 26 17 71 118 315 −197 95
26 5 CF Pozuelo de Alarcón 124 24 14 86 173 390 −217 86 Segunda División
27 2 Real Betis 60 24 8 28 76 88 −12 80 Primera División
28 4 CD Nuestra Señora de Belén 94 22 7 65 109 357 −248 73 Segunda División
29 3 CFF Badajoz Olivenza[f] 94 19 14 61 97 203 −106 71
30 2 FC Levante Las Planas 60 15 9 36 61 120 −59 54 Regional leagues
31 2 UD Las Palmas 50 14 6 30 80 114 −34 48 Dissolved
32 2 SD Reocín 62 11 10 41 72 188 −116 43 Regional leagues
33 2 Oiartzun KE 60 10 12 38 47 141 −94 42 Segunda División
34 1 Madrid CFF 30 10 6 14 34 56 −22 36 Primera División
35 1 Granada CF 30 5 7 18 41 81 −40 22 Segunda División
36 2 SD Eibar 54 4 8 42 49 175 −126 20
37 2 Real Valladolid 52 4 8 40 40 167 −127 20 Dissolved
38 3 ADP Nuestra Señora de la Antigua 68 5 5 58 50 280 −230 20
39 1 FVPR El Olivo 34 5 4 25 43 112 −69 19 Regional leagues
40 1 UD Tacuense 30 3 6 21 22 85 −63 15 Segunda División
41 1 FCF Atlético Jiennense[g] 24 3 2 19 23 81 −58 11 Regional leagues
42 2 Gimnàstic de Tarragona 52 3 1 48 25 224 −199 10 Dissolved
43 1 Gijón FF 24 0 1 23 19 96 −77 1 Segunda División
44 0 EDF Logroño 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Primera División
Updated to match(es) played on the end of the 2017–18 season. Source: FutFem.com
Notes:
  1. ^ Games played as Colegio Alemán included.
  2. ^ Currently named Real Oviedo.
  3. ^ a b Games between 2001 and 2007 are included in CD Híspalis, while games since 2009 are included in Sevilla FC.
  4. ^ 3 points docked.
  5. ^ Previously named Atlético Málaga.
  6. ^ Currently named CD Badajoz.
  7. ^ Current name, played in Primera División as Real Jaén.

List of top goalscorer by season[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
2001–02
2002–03
2003–04
2004–05
2005–06 Auxiliadora Jiménez Sevilla FC 29
2006–07
2007–08 Natalia Pablos Rayo Vallecano 24
2008–09 Erika Vázquez Athletic Club 32
2009–10
2010–11
2011–12 Sonia Bermúdez FC Barcelona 38
2012–13 Sonia Bermúdez FC Barcelona 27
Natalia Pablos Rayo Vallecano
2013–14 Sonia Bermúdez FC Barcelona 28
2014–15 Sonia Bermúdez FC Barcelona 22
Adriana Martín Levante UD
2015–16 Jennifer Hermoso FC Barcelona 24
2016–17 Jennifer Hermoso FC Barcelona 35
2017–18 Charlyn Corral Levante UD 24

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 Vicènt 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. ^ Unbeaten season (26 matches)
  7. ^ Sevilla FC participated as sponsor of CD Híspalis, before creating its own team in 2008.
  8. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a double-legged final where Rayo Vallecano won 1–0 and 1–1.
  9. ^ Played with teams divided into groups, the title was decided in a double-legged final where Rayo Vallecano won 2–2 and 1–2.
  10. ^ Unbeaten season (30 matches)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reunión Comisión Mixta de seguimiento de la Superliga Archived 11 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Iberdrola patrocinará la Primera División Femenina" (in Spanish). La Liga. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Spain - List of Women's Champions". RSSSF. 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011.

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