Albanian Women's National Championship

The Albanian National Football Championship for Women (Albanian: Kampionati Kombëtar i Futbollit për Femra), primarily referred to as the Albanian Women's National Championship, is the highest division of women's football in Albania. The league is the female equivalent to the men's Kategoria Superiore and is contested by 12 clubs.

Albanian Women's National Championship
Kategoria Femra.svg
Founded2009
Country Albania
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Albanian Women's Cup
International cup(s)Champions League
Current championsVllaznia (7th title)
(2019–20)
Most championshipsVllaznia (7 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website
Current: 2020–21

HistoryEdit

Although football is considered as one of most popular sports in Albania, women's football has historically been non evident in the country until 2007, when the first ever national tournament was held in Sarandë between the 15th and 18 August as a promotional event for women's football. The teams who participated were amateur sides made up of a selection of players from Tirana, Shkodra, Korça, and Rubik.[1] Six more friendly tournaments were held in the following two years in order to raise the profile of the sport and in order to receive the backing of the Albanian Football Association to start an official competition.[2]

Two years after the first unofficial tournament in Albania, the first official competition was held in the form of a knockout tournament played between the 23rd and 28 January 2009 at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in Tiranë and the Albanian Football Association Sports Centre in Kamëz. The tournament featured eight teams which were Tirana AS, FC Tropoja, Juban Danja, Olimpik Tirana, Tirana, KF Rubiku, KF Memaliaj and KF The Door Shkodra. The quarter finals were held on 23 January and the semi finals were held on 28 January with the final being held three days later on 28 January at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium. The final was contested between Tirana AS, coached by Altin Rraklli and Juban Danja and ended in a 4–0 win for Tirana AS following goals from Aurora Seranaj, Ana Baro and two goals from Brisida Zaimaj to crown the club the inaugural champions of Albania.[3]

Clubs (2020–21)Edit

Locations of the 2020–21 Albanian Women's National Championship teams
# Club Location
1. AAS Shkodër
2. Apolonia Fier
3. Bilisht Sport Bilisht
4. Juban Danja Shkodër
5. Kinostudio Tirana
6. Lushnja Lushnjë
7. Partizani Tirana
8. Skënderbeu Korçë
9. Teuta Durrës
10. Tirana Tirana
11. Tirana AS Tirana
12. Vllaznia Shkodër

Previous winnersEdit

Season Winner Runner-up
2009 Tirana AS Juban Danja
2010–11 Ada -
2011–12 Ada Tirana AS
2012–13 Ada Juban Danja
2013–14 KF Vllaznia * FC Kinostudio[4]
2014–15[5] KF Vllaznia FK Kukësi
2015–16[6] KF Vllaznia Tirana AS
2016–17[7] KF Vllaznia Apolonia
2017–18 KF Vllaznia Tirana AS
2018–19 KF Vllaznia Tirana AS
2019–20 KF Vllaznia KF Apolonia
  • By end of 2013 KS Ada of Velipojë reorganized and merged with players from Shkodër to play from that moment on under the name of KF Vllaznia. Since Velipojë and Shkodër are two different cities, KS Ada retains the 3 previously won titles.

By titlesEdit

Team Home city Championships
KF Vllaznia Shkodër 7
Ada Velipojë 3
Tirana AS Tirana 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Albania 2007
  2. ^ Hapa seriozë të futbollit të femrave Shqiptare
  3. ^ Albania 2009
  4. ^ "Vllaznia (new name for Ada) wins the 1st title". sport ekspres.com. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  5. ^ "VLLAZNIA PER FEMRA, SHPALLET KAMPIONE E VENDIT" (in Albanian). rozafa.tv. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Vllaznia privatizon titullin për femra (Vllaznia wins title)" (in Albanian). supersport.al. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

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