Independiente Santa Fe (women)

Club Independiente Santa Fe Femenino, commonly known as Independiente Santa Fe or simply Santa Fe, is a professional women's football club based in Bogotá, Colombia. They are the women's football section of Independiente Santa Fe and they currently play in the Colombian Women's Football League, the top level women's football league in Colombia. The club is the most successful team in the Colombian Women's Football League with two titles.[2]

Santa Fe
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Full nameClub Independiente Santa Fe Femenino
Nickname(s)Las Leonas (The Lionesses)
Founded2016; 6 years ago (2016)
GroundEstadio El Campín
Bogotá, Colombia
Capacity36,343[1]
ChairmanEduardo Méndez
ManagerAlbeiro Erazo
LeagueColombian Women's Football League
2021Runners-up
WebsiteClub website

Like the institution's male counterpart, who were the first Colombian professional football champion in the 1948 season, the women's team obtained the honor of being the first team to win the Colombian Women's Football League, with their title in the first edition of the competition in 2017.[2]

In 2016, for the foundation of the women's team, Independiente Santa Fe formed an alliance with the amateur team Future Soccer, thus establishing the team.[3]

HistoryEdit

In 2000, a football school named Club Los Amigos was established in the south of Bogotá, which also attracts women. In 2005, the club was renamed Club Future Soccer. In 2006, the club took part in its first women's tournament and made a name for itself in the country with its young teams. In 2013, players from Future Soccer were called up to the national under-17 team.

In 2016, the creation of a Colombian Women's Football Championship was announced. Future Soccer had sought an alliance with a big club from Bogotá to register in this new championship. The collaboration started with Independiente Santa Fe, which entered the team in the amateur championship where the team was unbeaten all the first phase and lost in the final on penalties against Club Molino Viejo.

In 2017, the first women's championship was launched, Santa Fe strengthened its team with international players and won its first match on February 19 three to zero against La Equidad at home. The Lionesses won all their matches of the first phase, they went into the final where they defeated Atlético Huila (2–1 and 1–0), in the return match at Estadio El Campín where the club set an attendance record for a women's football match with 33,327 spectators. Like the men's section in 1948, Santa Fe Femenino won the first national women's football championship.[4]

In 2018, Santa Fe were first in its group but were eliminated in the semi-finals. The following season, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. In 2020, Santa Fe won their second title by defeating América de Cali in the final,[5] while in 2021 they also made it to the final, in which they lost to Deportivo Cali.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Winners (2): 2017, 2020
Runners-up (1): 2021

InternationalEdit

Runners-up (1): 2021

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIFA Web
  2. ^ a b "Santa Fe: ejemplo del futbol colombiano". El Espectador. 13 March 2021.
  3. ^ Libro Leones Rojos, 75 años, 75 ídolos.Págs.251-252.Novoa y Chacón, M. "Leones Rojos, 75 años, 75 ídolos", Cangrejo Editores, septiembre del 2016 en Bogotá
  4. ^ "¡Santa Fe, primer campeón de la Liga femenina!" (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ Así quedó el palmarés de la Liga Femenina BetPlay tras el segundo título de Santa Fe