División de Honor Femenina de Balonmano

División de Honor Femenina de Balonmano or Liga Guerreras Iberdrola after sponsorship of Iberdrola, is the premier women's professional handball league in Spain.

Liga Guerreras Iberdrola
Current season, competition or edition:
2019–20 season
CountriesSpain
ConfederationEHF
Founded1953
Number of teams14
Relegation toDivisión de Plata
Level on pyramidLevel 1
Domestic cup(s)Copa de la Reina
International cup(s)Champions League
EHF Cup
Challenge Cup
Current championsSuper Amara Bera Bera (2019–20)
Most championshipsParc Sagunto (27 titles)
TV partnersTeledeporte
Websitehttps://www.rfebm.com/

HistoryEdit

The championship was founded in 1953, though it was cancelled in 1955 before it was resumed in 1961. Balonmano Sagunto, formerly known as Medina/Íber/Mar Valencia is the championship's most successful club with 27 titles, having dominated the competition throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s, while SD Itxako has become its major team in recent years, ending the hegemony of Valencian clubs for the past three decades.[1]

The Spanish leading teams have been fairly successful in international competitions since the 1990s. Mar Valencia won the 1997 Champions League and the 2000 Cup Winners' Cup, while CB Amadeo Tortajada and SD Itxako have won the EHF Cup. In 2011 Itxako and CB Mar Alicante reached the final of the Champions League and the Cup Winners' Cup respectively.[2]

It changed its official name before 2011–12 season to División de Honor Femenina de Balonmano.[3] It was called Liga ABF between 2003 and 2011.

Championship rulesEdit

Each team of every division has to play with all the other teams of its division twice, once at home and the other at the opponent's stadium. This means that as its counterparts of Liga ASOBAL, each División de Honor season ends after every team plays 26 matches.

Like many other leagues in continental Europe, the División de Honor takes a winter break once each team has played half its schedule. One unusual feature of the league is that the two halves of the season are played in the same order—that is, the order of each team's first-half fixtures is repeated in the second half of the season, with the only difference being the stadiums used.

Each victory adds 2 points to the team in the league ranking. Each drawn adds 1 point.head-to-head. At the end of the league, the winner is:

  1. The team that has most points in the ranking.
  2. If two or more teams are level on points, the winner is the team that has the best results
  3. If there is no winner after applying the second rule, then the team with the best overall goal difference wins.

2019–20 season teamsEdit

 
 
Bera Bera
 
Atl. Guardés
 
Gijón
 
Valladolid
 
Málaga
 
Zuazo
 
Granollers
 
Porriño
 
Elche Mustang
 
Alcobendas
2019–20 División de Honor teams
 
 
Rocasa G.C. ACE
 
Salud Tenerife
Canary Islands
Team City Stadium Capacity
Super Amara Bera Bera San Sebastián Bidebieta 2,800
Mecalia Atl. Guardés A Guarda A Sangriña 1,500
Rocasa G.C. ACE Telde Antonio Moreno 800
BMC Liberbank Gijón Gijón La Arena 800
Aula Alimentos de Valladolid Valladolid Huerta del Rey 3,500
Rincón Fertilidad Málaga Málaga Carranque 1,500
Hotel Gran Bilbao-Prosetecnisa Zuazo Barakaldo Lasesarre 2,576
KH-7 Granollers Granollers Palau d'Esports 5,685
Godoy Maceira Porriño O Porriño Pavillón Municipal 2,000
Elche Mustang Elche Poliesportiu de Carrús 800
Helvetia Alcobendas Alcobendas Los Sueños 1,000
Salud Tenerife Santa Cruz de Tenerife Pabellon De La Salud ???


List of championsEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Club Titles Seasons
Sagunto
27
1967–68, 1968–69, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87,
1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999–00,
2000–01, 2001–02, 2004–05
Bera Bera
6
2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2019–20
Picadero
5
1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1969–70
Atlético Madrid
5
1970–71, 1971–72, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78
Elda
4
1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2007–08
Itxako
4
2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
S.F. de Madrid
3
1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55
S.F./Medina Barcelona
2
1960–61, 1962–63
Medina Guipúzcoa
2
1972–73, 1974–75
Amadeo Tortajada
2
2005–06, 2006–07
Rocasa Gran Canaria
1
2018–19
Mecalia Atl. Guardés
1
2016–17
Hípica A Coruña
1
1961–62

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