Ukrainian Women's League

The Ukrainian Women's League, also known as the Zhinocha Liha, is part of the Ukrainian professional football clubs competition among females. Currently it is the only nationwide club level of competition in the country. At the end of the 1990s the second level was disbanded due to lack of interest.

Ukrainian Women's League
Country Ukraine
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toFirst League
Domestic cup(s)Ukrainian Women's Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
Current championsWFC Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv
Most championshipsWFC Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (10 titles)

The champion qualifies for the UEFA Women's Champions League.


The league was created in 1992 with dissolution of the Soviet Union and discontinuation of the Soviet women's football championship that existed only for two seasons 1990 and 1991. The new Ukrainian league included several teams that participated in the former Soviet championship such as Lehenda Chernihiv, Arena Kyiv, Olimp Kyiv (former Soviet champion Nyva Baryshivka), Dynamo Kyiv, ZHU Zaporizhia, Luhanochka Luhansk, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, and many others.

The first Ukrainian championship consisted of 18 teams that were split into two divisions, the Higher League (10 teams) and the First League (8 teams). The first Ukrainian championship presented a new Donetsk team (as Tekstylnyk Donetsk) that started from the First League and eventually would become one of the most successful clubs in the league.

Top league laureates

The following is a list of all previous champions.[1]

SeasonChampionRunner-Up3rd PositionWinter champion# of teams
1992 Dynamo Kyiv (1) Arena-Hospodar Fastiv Lehenda Chernihiv 10
1993 Arena Kyiv (1) Dynamo Kyiv Tornado Kyiv 13
1994 Donetsk-Ros' Donetsk (1) Yunisa Kyiv Alina Kyiv 13
1995 Donetsk-Ros' Donetsk (2) Alina Kyiv Spartak Kyiv 9
1996 Donetsk-Ros' Donetsk (3) Alina Kyiv Stal Makiyivka 6
1997 Alina Kyiv (1) Lehenda Chernihiv Donchanka-Varna Donetsk 5
1998 WFC Donchanka (4) Lehenda Chernihiv Iskra Zaporizhia 4
1999 WFC Donchanka (5) Lehenda Chernihiv Hrafit Zaporizhia 4
2000 Lehenda Chernihiv (1) WFC Donchanka Kyivska Rus' Kyiv 8
2001 Lehenda Chernihiv (2) Kyivska Rus' Kyiv Lvivianka Lviv 8
2002 Lehenda Chernihiv (3) Kondytsioner Kharkiv Metallurg-Donchanka Donetsk 8
2003 Kondytsioner Kharkiv (1) Lehenda Chernihiv Donchanka-TSPOR Donetsk 7
2004 Metalist Kharkiv (2) Lehenda Chernihiv Spartak Sumy 9
2005 Lehenda Chernihiv (4) Arsenal Kharkiv Spartak Ivano-Frankivsk 9
2006 Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (1) Lehenda Chernihiv Naftokhimik Kalush 9
2007 Naftokhimik Kalush (1) Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv Lehenda Chernihiv 8
2008 Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (2) Lehenda Chernihiv Naftokhimik Kalush Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (1) 10
2009 Lehenda Chernihiv (5) Illichivka Mariupol Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv 7
2010 Lehenda Chernihiv (6) Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv Illichivka Mariupol 9
2011[2] Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (3) Lehenda Chernihiv Naftokhimik Kalush 8
2012 Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (4) Naftokhimik Kalush Donchanka-TsPOR 8
2013[3] Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (5) Lehenda Chernihiv Donchanka-TsPOR Lehenda Chernihiv (1) 8
2014[4] Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (6) Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv Lehenda Chernihiv Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (2) 8
2015 Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (7) Lehenda Chernihiv Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (3) 8
2016[5] Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv (1) Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv Lehenda Chernihiv Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv (1) 7
2017 Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv (2) Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv Lehenda Chernihiv Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (4) 9
2017–18[6] Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (8) Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv Lehenda Chernihiv Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv (2) 10
2018–19 Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv (9) Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv 10

Record Champions

Titles Team
9 Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv
6 Lehenda Chernihiv
5 WFC Donchanka
2 Metalist Kharkiv (incl. Kondytsioner)
Zhytlobud-2 Kharkiv
1 Dinamo Kyiv
Naftokhimik Kalush
Alina Kyiv
Arena Kyiv

First league laureates

SeasonChampionRunner-Up3rd PositionWinter champion
1992 Iskra Zaporizhia (1) Tekstylnyk Donetsk Yunisa Luhansk
1993 Stymul-ZDU Zaporizhia (1) Lvivianka Lviv Lada Mykolaiv
2013 Medyk Morshyn (1) Yatran-Umanfermmash Zhytlobud-2-KhOVUFK Kharkiv
2014 Nika Poltava (1) Ternopolianka Ternopil Osvita-DYuSSh 3 Ivano-Frankivsk
2015 Pantery Uman (1) Osvita-DYuSSh 3 Ivano-Frankivsk Torpedochka-Avtomobilist Mykolaiv
2016 Spartak Chernihiv (1) Zlahoda-Dnipro-1 Lvivianka Lviv
2017 Ladomyr Volodymyr-Volynskyi (1) Mariupolchanka Mariupol Yantarochka Novoyavorivsk
201718 Voskhod Stara Mayachka (1) Yantarochka Novoyavorivsk Mariupolchanka Mariupol


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