Odisha Women's League

The Odisha Women's League, previously known as FAO Women's League, is the women's top division football league of Odisha. The league is the among the existing top tier women's football leagues in India. The league is organised every year by the apex football governing body of Odisha, i.e., the Football Association of Odisha (FAO), in association with the Department of Sports and Youth Services (DSYS) of the Government of Odisha. It is currently contested by 6 clubs across the state.[1][2]

Odisha Women's League
Founded15 August 2011; 9 years ago (2011-08-15)
CountryIndia
ConfederationAIFF (India)
AFC (Asia)
Number of teams6
Level on pyramid1
Promotion toIndian Women's League
Current championsRising Students Club
(3rd title)
Most championshipsEast Coast Railway
Rising Students Club
(3 titles)
Current: 2020–21 Odisha Women's League

Since the inception of the Odisha Women's League, a total of four clubs have been crowned champions. East Coast Railway and Rising Students Club have won the most titles in league history, being crowned champions thrice. Chand Club and SAI-STC has won it once.

HistoryEdit

Odisha Women's League was brought up as AT Group Women's Football League in the year 2011 as Odisha's premier level women's football league. The Football Association of Odisha (FAO) introduced the league system to provide a platform for women to showcase their footballing abilities. The league system eventually continued to be a hit among the footballing enthusiasts of Odisha. Footballing talents from the FAO Women's League are recruited in the Odisha women's football team, and eventually in India women's national football team.[3]

On 27 February 2021, during the press meet and jersey launch ceremony for the 2020-21 season, the league was rechristened as Odisha Women's League. The ceremony took place in the presence of Principal Secretary of Department of Sports and Youth Services, Vishal Kumar Dev, and Honorary Secretary of Football Association of Odisha (FAO) at the Kalinga Stadium.[4]

ClubsEdit

Club Joined Current Best Performance
Bidanasi Club 2018–19 DNP League Stage
Chand Club 2011 DNP Champions (2011)
Chauliaganj Club 2011 DNP League Stage
East Coast Railway 2012 League Stage Champions (2012, 2015, 2019–20)
Mangala Club 2011 DNP Runners-Up (2013)
Morning Club 2011 DNP League Stage
Odisha Government Press 2020–21 League Stage League Stage
Odisha Police 2011 League Stage Runners-Up (2018–19, 2019–20)
Odisha Sports Hostel 2013 League Stage Runners-Up (2015, 2017)
Radha Gobinda Club 2011 DNP League Stage
Radha Raman Club 2011 DNP Runners-Up (2011)
Rising Students Club 2011 League Stage Champions (2013, 2017, 2020–21)
SAI-STC Cuttack 2017 League Stage Champions (2018–19)
Sunrise Club 2011 DNP League Stage
Sunshine Club 2011 DNP League Stage

VenuesEdit

Venues for FAO Leagues in Odisha

BhubaneswarEdit

CuttackEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Season Champion Runners-Up
2011 Chand Club Radha Raman Club
2012 East Coast Railway Chand Club
2013 Rising Students Club Mangala Club
2015 East Coast Railway Sports Hostel (Odisha)
2017 Rising Students Club Sports Hostel (Odisha)
2018–19 SAI-STC Odisha Police
2019–20 East Coast Railway Odisha Police
2020–21 Rising Students Club East Coast Railway

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FAO Women's Football League". Orisports. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Odisha Women League 2020-21". Orisports. 28 February 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  3. ^ "All you need to know about the football league structure in Odisha". Goal. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ @sports_odisha (27 February 2021). "Odisha Sports" (Tweet) – via Twitter.