Super League Vrouwenvoetbal

The Super League Vrouwenvoetbal (English: Belgian Women's Super League) is the highest women's football league in Belgium. It was created in 2015 after the BeNe League, a joint league for Belgium and The Netherlands, folded after the 2014–15 season.[1]

Super League Vrouwenvoetbal
Founded2015
Country Belgium
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams6
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toBelgian Women's First Division
Domestic cup(s)Belgian Women's Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Women's Champions League
Current championsRSC Anderlecht
(2019-2020)
2019–20 season

FormatEdit

In season 2015–16, eight teams participated. They played a double round-robin in the first stage. After that, points were halved and the top four placed and bottom placed teams each played another double round-robin for a total of 20 games. The winner of the championship group qualified for the Champions League. The last placed team of the relegation group was relegated.

With only seven teams in 2016–17, the format was changed and the second stage was dropped. Teams played each other four times for a total of 24 matches per team. The tie-breakers for teams on equal points follow the men's Belgian First Division A, that is first number of wins, then goal difference.[2]

In 2017–18, only six teams played in the league and again a championship group was played.[3]

TeamsEdit

Location of the 2019–20 Belgian Super League teams

Club Brugge was the only team not returning from the BeNe League for the Super League's first season, after they shut down their first team.[4] The remaining five sides and the three highest placed teams from the first division got a place in the inaugural season,[5] although DVL Zonhoven moved to Genk and was rebranded as Ladies Genk.[6] In June the final line-up was published.[7]

2015 and 2016 cup winners Lierse did not return for the 2016–17 season,[8] leaving the league with just seven teams as none of the teams from the first division accepted the final eighth place.[9]

Team Home city Home ground 2019–20 finish
RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht RSCA Football Academy 1st
Ladies Genk Genk Pleinen Turkse Rangers 4th
AA Gent Ladies Ghent PGB-Stadion 3rd
Club Brugge Brugge Jan Breydel Stadion 5th
Oud-Heverlee Leuven Heverlee Gemeentelijk Stadion 6th
Standard Fémina de Liège Liège Complexe Standard de Liège 2nd

ChampionsEdit

The winners of the league are crowned Belgian champions.

Year Winner Runners-up Third Topscorer Goals
2015–16 Standard Liège WD Lierse SK RSC Anderlecht Jana Coryn (Lierse) 19[10]
2016–17 Standard Liège RSC Anderlecht AA Gent Ladies Sanne Schoenmakers (Standard) 26[11]
2017–18 RSC Anderlecht AA Gent Ladies KRC Genk Ladies Ella Van Kerkhoven (Anderlecht) 27[12]
2018-19 RSC Anderlecht Standard Liege KRC Genk Ladies
2019-20 RSC Anderlecht Standard Liege AA Gent Ladies [13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Super League Vrouwenvoetbal vanaf volgend seizoen – Koninklijke Belgische voetbalbond". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Super League Vrouwenvoetbal vanaf volgend seizoen | Koninklijke Belgische voetbalbond". www.belgianfootball.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. ^ "Waarom een terugkeer van de BeNe League nog niet voor meteen is". Vrouwenvoetbalkrant.be (in Dutch). 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  4. ^ "Club Brugge duwt verschillende internationals naar de exit". 5 February 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Ladies Genk aan top van vrouwenvoetbal – HLN Genk". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  7. ^ "KSK Heist maakt Belgische Super League compleet – Vrouwenvoetbalnieuws". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Lierse stopt, wat nu met de Super League?". 15 June 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Diverse clubs haken af voor Super League". 6 May 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  10. ^ Van Lindt, Aernout (1 July 2016). "Top-scorers from the Super League". vrouwenvoetbalkrant.be. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Dit is ons team van het seizoen in de Super League (Team of the season)" (in Dutch). vrouwenvoetbalkrant.be. Retrieved 31 May 2017. ...Sanne Schoenmakers van Standard. Zij maakte er 26...
  12. ^ https://www.vrouwenvoetbalkrant.be/wedstrijden/2018-05-01/anderlecht-vrouwen/krc-genk-ladies-vrouwen/verslag
  13. ^ https://www.belgiumsoccer.be/nieuws/lees/2020-03-27/officieel-anderlecht-is-kampioen--bij-de-vrouwen

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