Russian Women's Football Championship

The Russian Women's Football Championship (Russian: Чемпионат России по футболу среди женщин), also known as the Top Division, is the highest professional [1] women's football league in Russia.

Founded1992
Country Russia
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toWomen’s 1.Division
Domestic cup(s)Russian Women's Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Women's Champions League
Current championsCSKA Moscow (1st title)
(2019)
Most championshipsZvezda-2005 Perm (6 titles)
Websiterfs.ru
2019

The Top Division was founded in 1992.[2] Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, there had been a women's league, but it only played two seasons, 1990 and 1991.

Format

For the 2010 season the seven teams play each other four times, two times away and two games at home. In previous years the team played each other only twice. As Russia is in the top 8 leagues of Europe by UEFA Coefficient[3] the top two teams qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League and the last team gets relegated to the Women’s 1.Division. The 2011–12 season was the first to last over the winter month. Eight teams contest the season and play each other four times for a total of 28 matches.[4] The tie-breaking rules after the season are in descending order: points, number of wins, then in matches between tied teams: points, wins, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, after that in all matches: goal difference, goals scored, away goal scored,better fair-play record and finally the tie is broken by drawing of a lot. One exception is, if there is a tie of points involving the first place, thus the tie-breaking would determine the champion. In this case, there is an additional match, or in case of at least a three way tie a tournament to be played.[5]

In the 2012–13 season a championship and relegation round was played after the regular season. After 14 matches each, the top four and bottom four teams played each other twice more. The winner of the championship round is the champion.

In 2013 the league returned to the spring-autumn format.[6] No championship group was played then. In 2014 a championship group followed the regular season. Points of both stages are added together.[7]

Teams in the 2019 season

Moscow (3 teams)
Perm
Saransk
Ryazan
Krasnodar
Locations of the 2019 teams
TeamLocationGround
Chertanovo MoscowMoscowArena Chertanovo
Kubanochka KrasnodarKrasnodarKuban Stadium
CSKA MoscowMoscowNovye Khimki Stadium
Ryazan-VDVRyazanCentral'nyj Sportivn'yj Kompleks
Lokomotiv MoscowMoscowSapsan Arena
Zvezda-2005 PermPermZvezda Stadium
Yenisey KrasnoyarskKrasnoyarskFutbol-arena Enisey
Torpedo IzhevskIzhevskKupol Stadium

Champions and top scorers

The champions so far are:[8][9]

Year Champion Runner-up Third place Top scorer
1992Interros MoscowCSK VVS SamaraSKIF Malakhovka Larisa Savina (CSK VVS Samara, 23 goals)
1993CSK VVS SamaraRus MoscowSKIF Malakhovka Larisa Savina (CSK VVS Samara, 19 goals)
1994CSK VVS SamaraEnergiya VoronezhKaluzhanka Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 31 goals)
1995Energiya VoronezhCSK VVS SamaraSibiryachka Krasnoyarsk Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 37 goals)
1996CSK VVS SamaraEnergiya VoronezhLada Togliatti Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 39 goals)
1997Energiya VoronezhCSK VVS SamaraRyazan-VDV Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 21 goals)
1998Energiya VoronezhCSK VVS SamaraRyazan-VDV Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 19 goals)
1999Ryazan-VDVEnergiya VoronezhCSK VVS Samara
2000Ryazan-VDVEnergiya VoronezhCSK VVS Samara Nadezhda Bosikova (Energiya Voronezh, 30 goals)
Olga Letyushova (Ryazan-VDV, 30 goals)
2001CSK VVS SamaraEnergiya VoronezhRyazan-VDV Olga Letyushova (Ryazan-VDV, 31 goals)
2002Energiya VoronezhLada TogliattiRyazan-VDV Natalia Barbashina (Lada Togliatti, 29 goals)
2003Energiya VoronezhLada TogliattiCSK VVS Samara Natalia Barbashina (Lada Togliatti, 21 goals)
2004Lada TogliattiRossiyankaEnergiya Voronezh Olga Letyushova (Rossiyanka, 18 goals)
2005RossiyankaLada TogliattiNadezhda Noginsk Olga Letyushova (Rossiyanka, 27 goals)
2006RossiyankaSpartak MoscowNadezhda Noginsk Olga Letyushova (Rossiyanka, 34 goals)
2007Zvezda PermRossiyankaNadezhda Noginsk Olga Letyushova (Zvezda Perm, 19 goals)
2008Zvezda PermRossiyankaSKA Rostov Emueje Ogbiagbevha (Rossiyanka, 16 goals)
2009Zvezda PermRossiyankaEnergiya Voronezh Daryna Apanaschenko (Zvezda Perm, 12 goals)
Olesya Kurochkina (Zvezda Perm, 12 goals)
2010RossiyankaEnergiya VoronezhZvezda Perm Emueje Ogbiagbevha (Rossiyanka, 23 goals)
2011–12RossiyankaZorky KrasnogorskEnergiya Voronezh Emueje Ogbiagbevha (Energiya Voronezh, 15 goals)
2012–13Zorky KrasnogorskRossiyankaRyazan-VDV Olesya Kurochkina (Izmailovo Moscow, 16 goals)
2013Ryazan-VDVZvezda PermZorky Krasnogorsk Elena Danilova (Ryazan-VDV, 17 goals)
2014Zvezda PermZorky KrasnogorskRyazan-VDV Daryna Apanaschenko (Zvezda Perm, 8 goals)
2015Zvezda PermRossiyankaZorky Krasnogorsk Daryna Apanaschenko (Zvezda Perm, 13 goals)
2016RossiyankaZvezda PermRyazan-VDV Margarita Chernomyrdina (Chertanovo Moscow, 8 goals)
Nadezhda Karpova (Chertanovo Moscow, 8 goals)
2017[10]Zvezda PermRyazan-VDVChertanovo Moscow Elena Danilova (Ryazan-VDV, 11 goals)
2018[11]Ryazan-VDVChertanovo MoscowZvezda Perm Elena Danilova (Ryazan-VDV, 11 goals)
2019[12]CSKA MoscowLokomotivKubanochka Nelli Korovkina (Lokomotiv, 20 goals)

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Third place Years won
Zvezda Perm
6
2
2
2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017
Energiya Voronezh
5
6
3
1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003
Rossiyanka
5
6
0
2005, 2006, 2010, 2011–12, 2016
CSK VVS Samara
4
4
3
1993, 1994, 1996, 2001
Ryazan-VDV
4
1
7
1999, 2000, 2013, 2018
Lada Togliatti
1
3
1
2004
Zorky Krasnogorsk
1
2
2
2012–13
Interros Moscow
1
0
0
1992
CSKA Moscow
1
0
0
2019
Chertanovo Moscow
0
1
3
Rus Moscow
0
1
0
Spartak Moscow
0
1
0
Lokomotiv
0
1
0
Nadezhda Noginsk
0
0
3
Kaluzhanka
0
0
1
Sibiryachka Krasnoyarsk
0
0
1
SKA Rostov
0
0
1
Kubanochka
0
0
1

References

  1. "Russian Women's Championship". RFS (in Russian). Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  2. "XVIII ЧЕМПИОНАТ РОССИИ ПО ФУТБОЛУ" (in Russian). Womenfootball.ru. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  3. https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/WomenCup/89/50/90/895090_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  4. "2011/12 regulations" (.doc) (in Russian). Chapter 4: womenfootball.ru. pp. 6–7. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  5. "2010/11 regulations" (.doc) (in Russian). Chapter 10: womenfootball.ru. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  6. "2013 season review" (in Russian). rfs.ru. 2 December 2013. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  7. http://www.womenfootball.ru/champ/2014/reg_top_Russia_vs_title_2014.pdf
  8. Stokkermans, Karel (2009-04-23). "Russia - List of Women Champions". RSSSF.
  9. "???????" (in Russian). Womenfootball.ru. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  10. "«Звезда-2005» - чемпион России среди женщин!". Russian Football Union. 28 October 2017.
  11. https://7info.ru/ryazan/ryazan-sport/futbolistki-ryazani-vdv-vyigrali-chempionat-rossii/
  12. "ЖФК ЦСКА - чемпион России сезона-2019!". Russian Football Union. 20 October 2019.
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