Turkish Women's First Football League

The Turkish Women's First Football League (Turkish: Kadınlar 1. Futbol Ligi) is the top level women's football league of Turkey. Eight teams play a double round robin to decide a champion, which qualifies for a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Turkish Women's First Football League
Kadınlar 1. Futbol Ligi
Founded1994
Country Turkey
ConfederationUEFA
Divisions1
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toTurkish Women's Second Football League
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
Current championsBeşiktaş J.K.
(2018–19)
Most championshipsKonak Belediyespor (5 titles)
WebsiteWomens League TFF
2018–19 Turkish Women's First Football League

The league gains little attention in Turkey, and most matches are watched only by relatives of the team's players.[1] Fashion One TV became the official media sponsor of the league for the 2010–11 season.[2]

Format

In an effort to increase quality of the league, in the 2009–10 season two teams were relegated and four teams were promoted to the first league. Thus, the 2010–11 season consisted of twelve teams.[3] After playing two groups with six teams and then having a championship and relegation group, the 2012–13 season was played as a double-round robin with ten teams again. The winner after 18 games was the champion and qualifies for the UEFA Women's Champions League, the bottom two teams get relegated. In 2016–17 there again was introduced a championship and relegation round after the regular season.

For the 2019-20 league season, the number of participating teams was increased from ten to ywelve again after eight seasons. No relegation should take place so that the planned number of teams would be achieved with two promoted teams from the Women's Second League. However, Trabzon İdmanocağı had to relegate since they did not show-up in the entire previous season. To replace them, a third team from the Second League was promoted.[4]

Number of teams by season archive of the Turkish Football Federation
First League
2006–07
14
2007–08
25
2008–09
10
2009–10
10
2010–11
12
2011–12
12
2012–13
10
2013–14
8
2014–15
10
2015–16
10
2016–17
10
2017–18
10
2018–19
10
2019-20
12

Total: 163

2019–20 season

Season 2019–20
TeamHometownGroundCapacity2017–18 finish
Adana İdmanyurdusporAdanaGençlik Stadium2,0003rd (Second League)
ALG SporGaziantepBatur Football Field 2nd
Amed Sportif FaaliyetlerDiyarbakırTalaytepe Sports Facility7th
Ataşehir BelediyesporİstanbulYeni Sahra Stadium7004th
Beşiktaş J.K.İstanbulİsmet İnönü Stadium8001st
Fatih Vatan SporİstanbulFatih Mimar Sinan Stadium8009th
Fomget Gençlik ve SporAnkaraBatıkent Stadium1st (Second League)
Hakkarigücü SporHakkariMerzan City Football Field 6th
Kdz. EreğlisporKaradeniz EreğliBeyçayir Football Field5th
Kireçburnu SporİstanbulÇayırbaşı Stadium5,0008th
Kocaeli Bayan FKİzmitMehmet Ali Kağıtçı Stadium2nd (Second League)
Konak BelediyesporİzmirAtatürk Stadyum 1 no'lu Yan Saha3rd

Past winners

Season[5] Champions Runners-up
1994DinarsusporAcarlarspor
1994–95DinarsusporAcarlarspor
1995–96DinarsusporGürtaşspor
1996–97DinarsusporIstanbul Sitespor
1997–98Zara Ekinlispor
1998–99Zara Ekinlispor
1999–00Delta MobilyasporMarshall Boyaspor
2000–01KuzeysporZeytinburnuspor
2001–02SamsungücüZeytinburnuspor
2002–03SamsungücüGazi Üniversitesispor
2003–06No league
2006–07Gazi ÜniversitesisporMersin Camspor
2007–08Gazi ÜniversitesisporBucaspor
2008–09TrabzonsporBucaspor
2009–10Gazi ÜniversitesisporTrabzonspor
2010–11[6]Ataşehir BelediyesporKonak Belediyespor
2011–12[7]Ataşehir BelediyesporKdz. Ereğlispor
2012–13[8]Konak BelediyesporAtaşehir Belediyespor
2013–14[9]Konak BelediyesporAtaşehir Belediyespor
2014–15[10]Konak BelediyesporAtaşehir Belediyespor
2015–16[11]Konak BelediyesporAtaşehir Belediyespor
2016–17[11]Konak BelediyesporBeşiktaş J.K.
2017–18Ataşehir BelediyesporBeşiktaş J.K.
2018–19Beşiktaş J.K.ALG Spor

Winners by team

After 2007.

Club Titles Runners-up
Konak Belediyespor51
Dinarsuspor4
Ataşehir Belediyespor34
Gazi Üniversitesispor31
Zara Ekinlispor2
Samsungücü2
Beşiktaş12
Trabzonspor11
Delta Mobilyaspor1
Kuzeyspor1

Foreign players

Top goalscorers

SeasonPlayerClubGoalsMatchesGoals per Match
2009–10 Reyhan ŞekerGazi Üniversitesispor32181.78
2010–11 Sevgi ÇınarAdana İdmanyurduspor26221.18
2011–12 Merve AladağAtaşehir Belediyespor27211.29
2012–13 Cosmina DușaKonak Belediyespor32171.88
2013–14 Cosmina DușaKonak Belediyespor15180.83
2014–15 Cosmina DușaKonak Belediyespor33171.94
2015–16 Arzu KarabulutTrabzon İdmanocağı23171.35
2016–17 Sevgi ÇınarKonak Belediyespor24221.09
2017–18 Kader HançarKonak Belediyespor30191.58
2018–19 Mariem HouijAtaşehir Belediyespor15160.94

See also

References

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