Colombian Women's Football League

The Liga Femenina Profesional de Fútbol Colombiano (Colombian Professional Women's Football League) or Liga Femenina BetPlay DIMAYOR (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]

Liga Betplay Dimayor Femenina
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Founded2017
CountryColombia
ConfederationCONMEBOL
Number of teams17
Level on pyramid1
International cup(s)Copa Libertadores Femenina
Current championsAmérica de Cali (2nd title)
(2022)
Most championshipsAmérica de Cali
Santa Fe
(2 titles each)
TV partnersWin Sports
WebsiteOfficial Site
Current: 2022 season

HistoryEdit

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]

In spite of being a league in consolidation, the tournament is of a short type that takes place over a period of four or five months, however it has the largest number of teams in competition if you consider the existing professional leagues such as; Liga MX Femenil (18 teams), Primera División (women) (16 teams), D1F (12 teams), Frauen-Bundesliga (12 teams), Damallsvenskan (12 teams), FA WSL (11 teams), Nadeshiko League (12 teams), NWSL (9 teams), CWSL (8 teams), Nationalliga A (women's football) (8 teams). In addition, in the league of 2018, 487 players participated in the 23 teams, of which 81 were foreigners from 12 nationalities, where the largest group was the Venezuelan with 52 players.[citation needed]

FormatEdit

In 2017 the 18 teams were divided into three groups of six. After playing each other twice, the top two in each group and the best two third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals, with the winners going on to play the semi-finals and finals. All matches in the knockout stages were played as double-legged series. The tournament lasted five months between February and June.

In 2018 the 23 teams were divided into three groups of six and one group of five. After playing each other twice, the top two in each group advanced to the quarter-finals, with the winners going on to play the semi-finals and finals. All matches in the knockout stages were played as double-legged series. The tournament lasted four months between February and May.

2022 teamsEdit

Notably absent from the list of clubs is Formas Íntimas, who joined an alliance with Envigado from 2017 to 2018, and with Independiente Medellín starting from 2019 since participation in the league is restricted to professional clubs (DIMAYOR affiliates) only.[4] In the 2022 season, the league has 17 clubs participating:[5]

List of finalsEdit

Season Winner Scores Runner-up
2017[6] Santa Fe (1) 2–1, 1–0 Atlético Huila
2018[7] Atlético Huila (1) 0–1, 2–1 (3–0 p) Atlético Nacional
2019 América de Cali (1) 2–0, 1–2 Independiente Medellín
2020 Santa Fe (2) 2–1, 2–0 América de Cali
2021 Deportivo Cali (1) 4–1, 2–2 Santa Fe
2022 América de Cali (2) 1–2, 3–1 Deportivo Cali

Titles by clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
Santa Fe 2 1 2017, 2020 2021
América de Cali 2 1 2019, 2022 2020
Atlético Huila 1 1 2018 2017
Deportivo Cali 1 1 2021 2022
Atlético Nacional 0 1 2018
Independiente Medellín 0 1 2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Así se jugará la Liga Femenina Águila 2017 | HSB Noticias". hsbnoticias.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-21.
  2. ^ "Generaciones Palmiranas se quedó con el título del Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol Femenino" (in Spanish). elpais.com.co. 23 November 2016. Archived from the original on 24 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Colombia tendrá liga femenina de fútbol". 20 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Junior, Medellín, Nacional y Millonarios no jugarán la Liga Femenina". 18 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Así se jugará la Liga Femenina BetPlay 2022" [This is how the 2022 Liga Femenina BetPlay will be played] (in Spanish). AS Colombia. 13 January 2022. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  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.

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