Colombian Women's Football League

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Liga Águila Femenina
LigaAguilaFemLogo.png
Founded 2017
Country Colombia
Confederation CONMEBOL
Number of teams 23
Level on pyramid 1
International cup(s) Copa Libertadores Femenina
Current champions Atlético Huila (1st title)
(2018)
Most championships Santa Fe
Atlético Huila
(1 title each)
TV partners Win Sports
Website Official Site
2018 season

The Liga Femenina Profesional de Fútbol Colombiano (Colombian Professional Women's Football League) or Liga Águila Femenina (sponsored name) is the top level women's football league in Colombia. The first season was held in 2017, with 18 teams taking part. The champion qualifies to the Copa Libertadores Femenina.[1]

History

Colombia women's football had only regional leagues until 2016. The entrant to the Copa Libertadores Femenina was decided in a tournament called Copa Pre-Libertadores, in which non-professional clubs took part. The winning team in all editions was Formas Íntimas. In 2016 a tournament called Campeonato Nacional Interclubes was held, organized by the División Aficionada del Fútbol Colombiano (Difútbol). About 40 teams played in four stages for the championship. Generaciones Palmiranas won the final 6–5 on aggregate over Molino Viejo and qualified to the 2016 Copa Libertadores Femenina.[2]

With the approval of Dimayor, the first professional women's football league was organized and played starting from 2017, with 18 out of Dimayor's 36 affiliate clubs, which were split into 3 groups of 6. It was planned to create a second level league to which new clubs would have entered starting from 2018, but this did not happen. A national women's league is a requirement to host the FIFA Women's World Cup, in which Colombia has shown interest for the 2023 edition.[3]

2018 teams

Notably absent from the list of clubs is Formas Íntimas, who joined an alliance with Envigado since participation in the league is restricted to professional clubs (Dimayor affiliates) only.[4] Starting from the 2018 season, 5 new clubs joined the league, for a total of 23 clubs.[5]

Format

The 23 teams are divided into three groups of six and one group of five. After playing each other twice, the top two in each group move on to the quarter-finals.

List of finals

Season Winner Score Runner up
2017[6] Santa Fe 2–1, 1–0 Atlético Huila
2018[7] Atlético Huila 0–1, 2–1 (3–0 pen) Atlético Nacional

See also

References

  1. ^ http://hsbnoticias.com/noticias/deportes/f%C3%BAtbol/asi-se-jugara-la-liga-femenina-aguila-2017-246003
  2. ^ "Generaciones Palmiranas se quedó con el título del Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol Femenino" (in Spanish). elpais.com.co. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.eltiempo.com/deportes/futbol-colombiano/presentacion-de-la-liga-femenina-profesional-de-futbol/16731242
  4. ^ http://www.eltiempo.com/deportes/futbol-colombiano/la-liga-femenina-de-futbol-sera-presentada-en-cartagena/16729487
  5. ^ http://dimayor.com.co/definido-el-sistema-de-juego-de-la-liga-femenina-aguila-2018/
  6. ^ "¡Santa Fe, primer campeón de la Liga femenina!" (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Atlético Huila, el nuevo campeón de la Liga Femenina" (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 31 May 2018. 

External links

  • DIMAYOR
  • Colombian Football Federation
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