Damallsvenskan

The Damallsvenskan, also known as OBOS Damallsvenskan for sponsorship reasons,[1] Swedish for ladies all-Swedish, is the highest division of women's football in Sweden. It is also referred to as the women's Allsvenskan, this term being used alone to refer to the men's division.[2]

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The division consists of a league of 12 teams.[4] From 2013, the Damallsvenskan began operating on a system of promotion and relegation with the Elitettan. The two lowest placed teams are relegated to the Elitettan, and the two highest placed teams from the Elitettan are promoted in their place.

The first Swedish women's national championship was played in 1973.[5] Since its inception, the Damallsvenskan has featured star players like Marta, Daniela, Nadine Angerer, Lisa De Vanna, Hope Solo, Christen Press, and Hanna Ljungberg.

The top two teams in the Damallsvenskan qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League.[6]

OBOS Damallsvenskan
OBOS Damallsvenskan logo
Founded1988
CountrySweden
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Relegation toElitettan
Domestic cup(s)Svenska Cupen
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
Current championsPiteå IF (1st title)
(2018)
Most championshipsFC Rosengård (10 titles)
WebsiteSvenskFotboll.se
2019

Organization

2019 clubs and stadiums

Team Location Stadium Stadium capacity1
Djurgårdens IF Stockholm Stockholm Olympic Stadium 14,417
Eskilstuna United DFF Eskilstuna Tunavallen 7,600
FC Rosengård Malmö Malmö IP 5,700
IF Limhamn Bunkeflo Malmö Limhamns IP 2,800
Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC Gothenburg Valhalla IP 4,000
KIF Örebro DFF Örebro Behrn Arena 14,500
Kristianstads DFF Kristianstad Vilans IP 5,000
Kungsbacka DFF Kungsbacka Tingbergsvallen 760
Linköpings FC Linköping Arena Linköping 8,500
Piteå IF Piteå LF Arena 3,000
Vittsjö GIK Vittsjö Vittsjö IP 3,000
Växjö DFF Växjö Myresjöhus Arena 12,173

Note: 1 According to each club information page at the Swedish Football Association website for Damallsvenskan.[7]

Media coverage

Games from the 2013 Damallsvenskan are broadcast on the Swedish sports television channel, TV4 Sport.[8] Matches from the 2018 Damallsvenskan are broadcast on OZ.com in the United States.[9]

Previous winners

The list of Swedish champions (1973–87) and winners of the Damallsvenskan (1988–present):[10]

From 1988 to 1992 a play-off round was played. The top four teams after the regular season played a semi-final and final.

Season Winner Runner-up
1973 Öxabäck IF (1) N/A
1974 Jitex BK (1) N/A
1975 Öxabäck IF (2) N/A
1976 Jitex BK (2) N/A
1977 Jakobsbergs GoIF (1) N/A
1978 Öxabäck IF (3) N/A
1979 Jitex BK (3) N/A
1980 Sunnanå SK (1) N/A
1981 Jitex BK (4) N/A
1982 Sunnanå SK (2) N/A
1983 Öxabäck IF (4) N/A
1984 Jitex BK (5) N/A
1985 Hammarby IF DFF (1) N/A
1986 Malmö FF (1) N/A
1987 Öxabäck IF (5) Jitex BK
1988 Öxabäck IF (6) Jitex BK
1989 Jitex BK (6) Jitex BK
1990 Malmö FF (2) Öxabäck IF
1991 Malmö FF (3) N/A
1992 Gideonsbergs IF (1) N/A
1993 Malmö FF (4) Jitex BK/JG93
1994 Malmö FF (5) Hammarby IF DFF
1995 Älvsjö AIK (1) Gideonsbergs IF
1996 Älvsjö AIK (2) Malmö FF
1997 Älvsjö AIK (3) Malmö FF
1998 Älvsjö AIK (4) Malmö FF
1999 Älvsjö AIK (5) Malmö FF
2000 Umeå IK (1) Malmö FF
2001 Umeå IK (2) Malmö FF
2002 Umeå IK (3) Malmö FF
2003 Djurgården/Älvsjö (1) Umeå IK
2004 Djurgården/Älvsjö (2) Umeå IK
2005 Umeå IK (4) Malmö FF
2006 Umeå IK (5) Djurgården/Älvsjö
2007 Umeå IK (6) Djurgården/Älvsjö
2008 Umeå IK (7) Linköpings FC
2009 Linköpings FC (1) Umeå IK
2010 LdB FC Malmö (6) Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
2011 LdB FC Malmö (7) Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
2012 Tyresö FF (1) LdB FC Malmö
2013 LdB FC Malmö (8) Tyresö FF
2014 Rosengård (9) KIF Örebro DFF
2015 Rosengård (10) Eskilstuna United DFF
2016 Linköpings FC (2) FC Rosengård
2017 Linköpings FC (3) FC Rosengård
2018 Piteå IF (1) Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC

Malmö FF, LdB FC Malmö and FC Rosengård are the same club.

Player records

Top scorers

The following is a list of top scorers (skyttedrottningar) by season.[11] Lena Videkull has won the award a record five times, while Hanna Ljungberg holds the record for most goals in a season with 39.

Year Goals Player
1982 30 Sweden Pia Sundhage (Östers IF)
1983 35 Sweden Pia Sundhage (Östers IF)
1984 35 Sweden Lena Videkull (Trollhättans IF)
1985 19 Sweden Anette Nilsson (Hammarby IF)
1986 22 Sweden Gunilla Axén (Gideonsbergs IF)
1987 28 Sweden Eva-Lotta Carlsson (Dalhem IF)
1988 24 Sweden Lena Videkull (Öxabäck/Mark IF)
1989 25 Sweden Eleonor Hultin (Jitex BK)
1990 21 Sweden Lena Videkull (Malmö FF)
1991 28 Sweden Lena Videkull (Malmö FF)
1992 26 Sweden Anneli Andelén (Öxabäck/Mark IF)
1993 29 Sweden Anneli Andelén (Öxabäck/Mark IF)
1994 33 Sweden Anneli Andelén (Öxabäck/Mark IF)
1995 27 Sweden Annelie Wahlgren (Bälinge IF)
1996 23 Sweden Lena Videkull (Malmö FF)
1997 22 Sweden Annelie Wahlgren (Bälinge IF)
Sweden Lena Videkull (Malmö FF)
1998 32 Sweden Victoria Svensson (Älvsjö AIK)
1999 29 Poland Luiza Pendyk (Malmö FF)
2000 25 Poland Luiza Pendyk (Malmö FF)
2001 34 Sweden Victoria Svensson (Älvsjö AIK)
2002 39 Sweden Hanna Ljungberg (Umeå IK)
2003 23 Sweden Victoria Svensson (Djurgården/Älvsjö)
2004 22 Finland Laura Kalmari (Umeå IK)
Brazil Marta (Umeå IK)
2005 21 Sweden Therese Lundin (Malmö FF DFF)
Brazil Marta (Umeå IK)
2006 21 Sweden Lotta Schelin (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC)
2007 26 Sweden Lotta Schelin (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC)
2008 23 Brazil Marta (Umeå IK)
Netherlands Manon Melis (LdB FC Malmö)
2009 22 Sweden Linnea Liljegärd (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC)
2010 25 Netherlands Manon Melis (LdB FC Malmö)
2011 16 Netherlands Manon Melis (LdB FC Malmö)
Iceland Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir (Kristianstads DFF)
2012 21 Germany Anja Mittag (LdB FC Malmö)
2013 23 United States Christen Press (Tyresö FF)
2014 21 Germany Anja Mittag (FC Rosengård)
2015 18 Cameroon Gaëlle Enganamouit (Eskilstuna United DFF)
2016 23 Denmark Pernille Harder (Linköping FC)
2017 24 Malawi Tabitha Chawinga (Kvarnsvedens IK)
2018 17 Germany Anja Mittag (FC Rosengård)

See also

References

  1. ^ "OBOS Damallsvenskan - ett samarbete som bryter ny mark". OBOS. 2018-06-29. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  2. ^ Val HendersonContributor, espnW.comLikeArchive. "Swedish league soccer stars work overtime – espnW". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  3. ^ "OBOS Damallsvenskan - ett samarbete som bryter ny mark". OBOS. 2018-06-29. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  4. ^ "At the top of women's soccer". Sweden. Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  5. ^ "History". Swedish Football. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Format & regulations". UEFA. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Damallsvenskan" (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  8. ^ "TV-sändningar Damallsvenskan 2013". Swedish Football. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  9. ^ https://www.damallsvenskan.tv/damallsvenskan/about
  10. ^ "Historik —". Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  11. ^ "Damallsvenskan top scorers". svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 12 October 2011.

External links

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2014 Damallsvenskan

The 2014 Damallsvenskan, part of the 2014 Swedish football season, was the 27th season of Damallsvenskan since its establishment in 1988. The season started on 13 April 2014 and ended on 19 October 2014. LdB Malmö, which was renamed to FC Rosengård in December 2013, were the defending champions and won the title with several match days before the end of the season.Originally the season featured 12 teams, but due to Tyresö FF's midseason withdrawal, the season ended with 11 teams; nine returned from the 2013 season and the other two were promoted from Elitettan. On 28 September 2014, with few fixtures remaining in the season, relegation was confirmed for Jitex BK after they were defeated by Kristianstads.

2015 Damallsvenskan

2015 Damallsvenskan was the 27th season of the Swedish women's association football top division, Damallsvenskan. It was played between 11 April 2015 and 18 October 2015. FC Rosengård were the defending champions, having won the competition in 2014. They successfully defended their title and together with Eskilstuna United qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League.

AIK and Hammarby were relegated to the 2016 Elitettan.

2016 Damallsvenskan

The 2016 Damallsvenskan is the 28th season of the Swedish women's association football top division, Damallsvenskan. FC Rosengård were the defending champions, having won the competition in 2015.Linköpings FC is the champion of the season.

2017 Damallsvenskan

The 2017 Damallsvenskan was the 29th season of the Swedish women's association football top division, Damallsvenskan. It began on 16 April 2017, and ended on 12 November. Linköpings FC were the defending champions, having won the competition in 2016.On 29 October, the winner of Damallsvenskan was settled, when Linköpings FC, in a goalless game against Kvarnsvedens IK, netted one point in the league table and gained an impregnable lead with two remaining rounds against main rival and closest competitor FC Rosengård. Thus Linköping successfully defended their title from last year.

2018 Damallsvenskan

The 2018 Damallsvenskan was the 30th season of the Swedish women's association football top division, Damallsvenskan. It began on 14 April 2018 and ended on 27 October the same year. Linköpings FC were the defending champions, having won the competition in 2017.Piteå IF won the series, and so also their first Swedish National Championship title.

AIK Fotboll (women)

AIK Fotboll Damer is a Swedish women's association football club from Stockholm, currently competing in the Elitettan. The team, a section of AIK, is affiliated to the Stockholms Fotbollförbund and plays in the Skytteholms IP in Solna, Stockholm.

Founded in 1970, AIK first earned promotion to the Damallsvenskan in 1992, and avoided relegation for two seasons before ending second to last in 1995. A decade passed before the team was back for the 2005 season. AIK was promptly relegated but earned its third promotion the next year. The following years marked the team's major successes yet, with AIK reaching the national Cup's final in 2007, which they lost 4–3 against Umeå IK, and ending 4th in 2008. After four years in top flight AIK was relegated in 2010 but recovered the category for the 2012 season after topping the Swedish First Division's Norrettan Group. They were relegated to the Norrettan after the 2012 season after finishing in last position. They regained promotion to the Damallsvenskan the following season. They were relegated to the Elitettan, the swedish second division in 2015.

Elitettan

Elitettan (English: The Elite First) is the second highest division of Swedish women's football. Contested by 14 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Damallsvenskan and Division 1. Seasons run from April to October, with teams playing 26 matches each in the season. The league was created in 2013.

FC Rosengård

FC Rosengård, formerly Malmö FF Dam (1970–2007) and LdB FC Malmö (2007–2013), is a professional football club based in Malmö, Scania, Sweden. The team was established as Malmö FF Dam in 1970 and has played a total of 35 seasons in the women's premier division, of which 7 in the Division 1 (until 1987) and 28 in the Damallsvenskan (since its formation in 1988). The team has won the league a record ten times, the latest in 2015. As of the end of the 2015 season, the club ranks first in the overall Damallsvenskan table. FC Rosengård play their home games at Malmö IP in Malmö. The club it merged with, FC Rosengård 1917, has both men's and women's teams.

Hammarby Fotboll (women)

Hammarby Idrottsförening Fotbollförening, commonly known as Hammarby IF, Hammarby Fotboll or simply Hammarby (Swedish pronunciation: [²hamːarˌbyː] or, especially locally, [-ˌbʏ]), is a women's association football team from Stockholm that currently competes in the Swedish second highest league Elitettan.

Hammarby play their home games at Hammarby IP (also called Kanalplan) in Stockholm, and occasionally at Zinkensdamms IP and Tele2 Arena.The team colours are green and white. Since 2016, the club has been affiliated with Hammarby Fotboll, a men's team in Allsvenskan. Hammarby is a member of the Stockholms Fotbollförbund through its parent club.

Jitex BK

Jitex BK (Boll Klubb or Ball Club in English) is a football club in Mölndal, Sweden, that competes in Swedish Women's Football Division 1, the third tier of Swedish women's football. The club was founded January 21, 1971 and previously played in the Elitettan, Sweden's second highest division, and the top division league, the Damallsvenskan.

Jitex BK won six national championships and three victories in the Swedish Cup during the 1970s and 1980s. The Jitex name came from the first sponsor; Jitex fashion house. The team which has become known for their characteristic purple kit, was first trained by Sven Lundbeck. Notable players during this successful era include Anette Börjesson, Elisabeth Leidinge, Anna Svenjeby and Pia Sundhage.

Financial problems in the early 1990s saw a 1993 merger with local rivals GAIS (Göteborgs Atlet-och Idrottssällskap or Gothenburg Athletics and Sports Association in English) and the adoption of the name Jitex BK/JG93. The team stumbled out of the Damallsvenskan in 1997. After reverting to the original name and transforming the team, the club has since climbed back up the leagues. Following victory in the 2005 Söderettan, the team played in the Damallsvenskan for 2006, but were relegated again the same year. In 2009 Jitex BK returned to the Damallsvenskan ahead of the 2010 campaign. Jitex BK were relegated from the Damallsvenskan in 2014, with few games remaining.

KIF Örebro DFF

KIF Örebro DFF (earlier Karlslunds IF) is a football club from Örebro, Sweden. They play in the highest level of women's soccer leagues in Sweden, the Damallsvenskan. The club was established in 1980 but women's football had been part of the original club since 1971.

KIF Örebro play their home games at Behrn Arena Stadium in Örebro, also home of Örebro SK of the Men's premier division (Allsvenskan). The team colours are blue and red.

Among the club's stars in 2004 were USA internationals Kristine Lilly, Christie Welsh, and Kate Markgraf; they were coached by Pia Sundhage.

In 2014 they enjoyed their best ever season, finishing second in the league and qualifying for the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time in the club's history.

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (sponsored by Kopparbergs brewery) is an association football club from Gothenburg, Sweden. The club was established in 1970 under the name Landvetters IF. In 2004 the team moved from Landvetter, a Gothenburg suburb, into Gothenburg city and changed its name accordingly. The team has played nine seasons in the Women's Premier Division (Damallsvenskan), but has not yet won a championship gold medal.Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC play their home games at Valhalla IP stadium in Gothenburg. The team colours are blue, white and black.

Veteran Bo Falk was the coach of the team from 1999 until 2004. From 2005 until 2007, the coach was Martin Pringle. He was replaced by Torbjörn Nilsson for the 2008 season.

Among the club's recent stars are Sweden internationals Jessica Landström, twins Kristin and Marie Hammarström, Jane Törnqvist, Johanna Almgren, and U.S. international Yael Averbuch. Other notable players who have represented the club in the past include Americans Hope Solo and Christen Press and Sweden's Lotta Schelin and Kristin Bengtsson.

In the 2010 Damallsvenskan season, the team finished as runners-up and qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying round. In 2011 they won the Swedish Cup on a penalty shootout over Tyresö and they retained the trophy in 2012, beating Tyresö in the final again.

Kristianstads DFF

Kristianstads DFF is a women's association football club from Kristianstad, Sweden. The club is affiliated to the Skånes Fotbollförbund.

Linköpings FC

Linköpings Fotboll Club is an association football club from Linköping, Sweden. The club was established in 2003 when Kenty DFF women's football club decided to merge with the premier division ice hockey club Linköpings HC under the new name Linköpings FC. The club's goal was both to establish women's football as a sport in Linköping and eventually become one of the top four teams.

List of Swedish women's football champions

Swedish women's football champions (Swedish: Svenska mästare i fotboll) is a title held by the winners of the highest Swedish football league played each year, Damallsvenskan. FC Rosengård are the holders of the record of most titles with 10 Swedish championships. After winning the 2017 Damallsvenskan, Linköpings FC are the reigning Swedish football champions.

Piteå IF

Piteå Idrottsförening, commonly known as Piteå IF, is a Swedish football club located in Piteå that currently competes in Sweden's top-division women's league, Damallsvenskan.

In 2018, they won the Swedish national Championship for the first time.

Sunnanå SK

Sunnanå SK is a football club from Skellefteå, Sweden who in 2019 plays in Swedish Women's Football Division 1, level 3 of women's soccer in Sweden. The club was established in 1939 and the women's division was added in 1974. Sunnanå has played many seasons in the Women's premier division (Damallsvenskan) and hold two championship gold medals (1980,1982).

Sunnanå SK play their home games at Norrvalla Stadium in Skellefteå. The team colours are blue and white. The club is affiliated to the Västerbottens Fotbollförbund.

Tyresö FF

Tyresö Fotbollsförening is a Swedish football club in Tyresö, a municipality in Stockholm County. The club was founded in 1971 and is primarily known for its main women's team, which competed in the top-tier league Damallsvenskan in the 2010–2014, 1993–1996 and 1999 seasons, winning the Swedish Championship in 2012. Notable players that have played for the team include the most capped footballer of all time Kristine Lilly, joint FIFA Female Player of the Century Michelle Akers and six time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta.

Tyresö FF are affiliated to the Stockholms Fotbollförbund. In 2011 and 2012, they finished runners-up in the Swedish Cup. In the 2012 season, Tyresö won Damallsvenskan title for the first time. The club reached the 2014 Champions League Final but experienced serious financial problems that year, with the club's parent joint-stock company Tyresö Fotboll AB going bankrupt on 24 June 2014. The team withdrew from the 2014–15 Champions League season, with Linköpings FC taking their spot. During the 2014 season, the team withdrew from Damallsvenskan, meaning they would be relegated to the fourth-tier league Division 2.In 2017 the team started again in the third tier Division 1. It reached mid table places in the next two seasons.

The club has an associated men's team who play in the lower categories.

Vittsjö GIK

Vittsjö Gymnastik- och Idrottsklubb is a football club from Vittsjö, Sweden. They play in the highest level of women's soccer leagues in Sweden, the Damallsvenskan.Vittsjö GIK play their home games at Vittsjö IP Stadium in Vittsjö, a 1,500 capacity stadium completed in April 2012.

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