Nigeria Women Premier League
The Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) is the top level league for women's association football in Nigeria. It is the women's equivalent of the men's league, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) organizes the Nigeria Women Premier League and the Nigeria Women Pro-league. In November 2017, Aisha Falode was elected chairperson of the league board, and was officially designated in January 2017.
|Domestic cup(s)||Nigerian Women's Cup |
|Most championships||Pelican Stars (7 titles)|
Women's football in Nigeria started in 1978 with the foundation of the NIFFOA (Nigeria Female Football Organising Association), renamed NIFFPA (Nigeria Female Football Proprietors Associations) in 1979, and joined by clubs like Jegede Babes, Ufuoma Babes, Larry Angels, Kakanfo Babes and others. The first championship was organised by the NFA in 1990. Ufuoma Babes were dominant in the 1990s, before succumbing to Pelican stars, who won the league between 1997-02. By the 2010s, Rivers Angels became more frequent in the super tournaments, a mini tournament held annually among the top placed teams, to determine the overall winner for the league. Despite the high frequency of the abridged format over the years, the 2014 league season saw a straight round robin season in determining the league winners, however by 2015, there was a reintroduction of the group system.
The women's top division league in Nigeria usually follow an abridged format with a super tournament at the end of the season. The top teams in each group (sometimes 1, 2 or 3) will form the super tournament at the end of the regular season to determine the overall winner of league. The last placed teams are normally relegated to the second division, while promoted teams from the lower division are also admitted into the league. Despite the high frequency of the abridged format over the years, the 2014 league season saw a straight round robin season in determining the league winners, however by 2015, there was a reintroduction of the group system.
|1994||Rivers Angels SC||Jedege Babes|
|1995||Ufuoma Babes||Pelican Stars FC|
|1997||Pelican Stars FC|
|1998||Pelican Stars FC|
|1999||Pelican Stars FC||FCT Queens|
|2000||Pelican Stars FC||FCT Queens|
|2001||Pelican Stars FC||FCT Queens|
|2002||Pelican Stars FC||FCT Queens|
|2003||Delta Queens FC||FCT Queens|
|2004||Bayelsa Queens||Pelican Stars FC|
|2005||Pelican Stars FC||Bayelsa Queens|
|2006||Bayelsa Queens||Nasarawa Amazons|
|2007||Bayelsa Queens||Nasarawa Amazons|
|2008||Delta Queens FC||Bayelsa Queens|
|2009||Delta Queens FC||Rivers Angels|
|2010||Rivers Angels/Pelican Stars|
|2011||Delta Queens FC||River Angels SC|
|2012||Delta Queens FC||River Angels SC|
|2013||Nasarawa Amazons||Rivers Angels|
|2014||Rivers Angels||Pelican Stars FC|
|2015||Rivers Angels||Bayelsa Queens|
|2016||Rivers Angels||Nasarawa Amazons|
|2017||Nasarawa Amazons||Delta Queens|
|2018||Bayelsa Queens||Nasarawa Amazons|
Most successful clubs
|Club||Champions||Runners-Up||Winning Seasons||Runners-Up Seasons|
|Pelican Stars FC (Calabar)||1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005|
|Rivers Angels SC (Port Harcourt)||1994, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Ufuoma Babes (Warri)||1992, 1993, 1995, 1996|
|Delta Queens FC (Asaba)||2003, 2008, 2009, 2011|
|Bayelsa Queens (Yenagoa)||2004, 2006, 2007, 2018|
|Nasarawa Amazons (Nasarawa)||2013, 2017|
|Jedege Babes (Lagos)||1990|
|2013||Asisat Oshoala||Rivers Angels||6 goals|
|2014||Amarachi Orjinma||Pelican Stars||17 goals|
|2015||Rofiat Sule||Bayelsa Queens||11 goals|
|2016||Rofiat Sule||Bayelsa Queens||9 goals|
|2018||Anam Imo||Nasarawa Amazons||8 goals|
- There was no Super tournament this season but Pelican Stars topped group A, while Rivers Angels topped group B in the regular season
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