Frauen-Bundesliga

The Frauen-Bundesliga (English: Women's Federal League), currently known as the FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga due to sponsorship by FLYERALARM, is the top level of league competition for women's association football in Germany. In 1990 the German Football Association (DFB) created the German Women's Bundesliga, based on the model of the men's Bundesliga. It was first played with north and south divisions, but in 1997 the groups were merged to form a uniform league. The league currently consists of twelve teams and the seasons usually last from late summer to the end of spring with a break in the winter.

Frauen-Bundesliga
Founded1990
CountryGermany
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to2. Bundesliga
Domestic cup(s)DFB-Pokal
International cup(s)Champions League
Current championsVfL Wolfsburg (5th title)
(2018–19)
Most championships1. FFC Frankfurt (7 titles)
TV partnersEurosport
DAZN
WebsiteOfficial website
2019–20 Frauen-Bundesliga

In the UEFA Women's Champions League, the Frauen-Bundesliga is the most successful league with a total of nine titles from four clubs, with 1. FFC Frankfurt winning the most titles of any club.

Format

The Bundesliga consists of twelve teams. At the end of a season, the clubs finishing 11th and 12th are replaced with the respective top-placed teams of the two 2. Frauen-Bundesliga divisions. A Bundesliga season consists of two rounds, with 22 games combined. In a round every club plays against each other, having a home game against a specific club in one round and an away game in the other. The seasons typically start in August or September, with the first round finishing in December. The second round typically starts in February and ends in May or June, though sometimes the first games of the second round are held in December. In World Cup years, the league might alter its schedule to accommodate the tournament.

The Bundesliga ranking is determined by points a club has gained during a season. A win is worth 3 points, a draw 1, and a loss 0. The tiebreakers are in descending order goal difference, goals for, and head-to-head results. If the tie in the league table cannot be broken, a tie-breaking game is held.

The team in the top spot after the 22nd (last) day of play is the champion, gaining the title of Deutscher Meister. The champion as well as the second-place finisher qualifies for the UEFA Women's Champions League. As the winner of the UEFA Women's Champions League is automatically qualified for the UEFA Women's Champions League in the next year, in 2009–10 the Bundesliga had three teams in the Champions League.

2019–20 teams

Team Home city Home ground
Bayer 04 LeverkusenLeverkusenJugendleistungszentrum Kurtekotten
FC Bayern MunichMunichGrunwalder Stadion
MSV DuisburgDuisburgPCC-Stadion
1. FFC FrankfurtFrankfurtStadion am Brentanobad
SC FreiburgFreiburgMöslestadion
TSG 1899 HoffenheimHoffenheimDietmar-Hopp-Stadion
KölnCologneSudstadion
SC SandWillstättKühnmatt Stadion
SGS EssenEssenStadion Essen
1. FFC Turbine PotsdamPotsdamKarl LieberKnecht Stadion
FF USV JenaJenaErnst Abbe Sportfeld
VfL WolfsburgWolfsburgAOK Stadium

Past winners

For German football champions prior to the Bundesliga see the List of German women's football champions.

Season Champions Runners-up
1990–91 TSV Siegen FSV Frankfurt
1991–92 TSV Siegen Grün-Weiß Brauweiler
1992–93 TuS Niederkirchen TSV Siegen
1993–94 TSV Siegen Grün-Weiß Brauweiler
1994–95 FSV Frankfurt Grün-Weiß Brauweiler
1995–96 TSV Siegen SG Praunheim
1996–97 Grün-Weiß Brauweiler FC Rumeln-Kaldenhausen
1997–98 FSV Frankfurt SG Praunheim
1998–99 1. FFC Frankfurt FCR Duisburg
1999–00 FCR Duisburg 1. FFC Frankfurt
2000–01 1. FFC Frankfurt 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2001–02 1. FFC Frankfurt 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2002–03 1. FFC Frankfurt 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2003–04 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 1. FFC Frankfurt
2004–05 1. FFC Frankfurt FCR Duisburg
2005–06 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam FCR Duisburg
2006–07 1. FFC Frankfurt FCR Duisburg
2007–08 1. FFC Frankfurt FCR Duisburg
2008–09 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam FC Bayern Munich
2009–10 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam FCR Duisburg
2010–11 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 1. FFC Frankfurt
2011–12 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam VfL Wolfsburg
2012–13 VfL Wolfsburg 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2013–14 VfL Wolfsburg 1. FFC Frankfurt
2014–15 FC Bayern Munich VfL Wolfsburg
2015–16 FC Bayern Munich VfL Wolfsburg
2016–17 VfL Wolfsburg FC Bayern Munich
2017–18 VfL Wolfsburg FC Bayern Munich
2018–19 VfL Wolfsburg FC Bayern Munich

Winners by team

After 2018–19:

Club Titles Runner-up
1. FFC Frankfurt 176
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam64
VfL Wolfsburg53
TSV Siegen41
FC Bayern Munich24
FSV Frankfurt21
FCR Duisburg 217
Grün-Weiß Brauweiler13
TuS Niederkirchen10

1 Two runners-up finishes as SG Praunheim. 2 One runners-up finishes as FC Rumeln-Kaldenhausen.

See also

References

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