This article is about the UEFA Women's Champions League. For the men's UEFA Champions League, see UEFA Champions League.

UEFA Women's Champions League
UEFA Women's Champions League 2020.png
Founded 2001
Region Europe (UEFA)
Tournament information
Current champions Flag of Spain Barcelona
(1st title)
Number of teams 41
Most successful club Flag of France Lyon
(7 title)
Football current event.png Current
Website Official website

The UEFA Women's Champions League is an international women's association football club competition for teams that play in UEFA nations. The competition was first played in 2001–02 under the name UEFA Women's Cup, and renamed the UEFA Women's Champions League for the 2009–10 edition. The most significant change was including national runners-up from the top eight ranked nations and playing the final as a one-off final in the same city as UEFA Champions League final, as opposed to the two-legged ties in previous years.

Lyon is the most successful club in the competition's history, winning the title seven times, including the last five tournaments.


The UEFA Women's Cup was an association football competition for European clubs. The competition was started in the 2001–02 season in response to the increased interest in women's football. It is sometimes called the Women's European Cup, given its status as the only UEFA club competition for women. Teams qualify by virtue of winning their top national competition, be it a league or cup, if there is no national league.

UEFA Women's Cup Finals

Season Winner Aggr. Runners-up Leg results
2001–02 Flag of Germany Frankfurt 2–0 Flag of Sweden Umeå 2–0, one legged tie played at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany
2002–03 Flag of Sweden Umeå IK 7–1 Flag of Denmark Fortuna Hjørring 4–1, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden
3–0, Hjørring Stadium, Hjørring, Denmark
2003–04 Flag of Sweden Umeå IK 8–0 Flag of Germany Frankfurt 3–0, Råsunda Stadium,Solna, Sweden
5–0, Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion, Frankfurt, Germany
2004–05 Flag of Germany Turbine Potsdam 5–1 Flag of Sweden Djurgården/Älvsjö 2–0, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm, Sweden
3–1, Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion, Potsdam, Germany
2005–06 Flag of Germany Frankfurt 7–2 Flag of Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 4–0, Karl-Liebknecht-Stadion, Potsdam, Germany
3–2, Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion, Frankfurt, Germany
2006–07 Flag of England Arsenal 1–0 Flag of Sweden Umeå IK 1–0, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden
0–0, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, England
2007–08 Flag of Germany Frankfurt 4–3 Flag of Sweden Umeå IK 1–1, Gammliavallen, Umeå, Sweden
3–2, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
2008–09 Flag of Germany Duisburg 7–1 Flag of Russia Zvezda 2005 Perm 6–0, Central Stadium, Kazan, Russia
1–1, MSV Arena, Duisburg, Germany

UEFA Women's Champions League Finals

Season Winner Final result Runners-up Venue
2009–10 Flag of Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 0–0 a.e.t. (7–6 pen.) Flag of France Lyon Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe
2010–11 Flag of France Lyon 2–0 Flag of Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam Craven Cottage, Fulham
2011–12 Flag of France Lyon 2–0 Flag of Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt Olympiastadion, Munich
2012–13 Flag of Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1–0 Flag of France Lyon Stamford Bridge, London
2013–14 Flag of Germany VfL Wolfsburg 4–3 Flag of Sweden Tyresö FF Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon
2014–15 Flag of Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 2–1 Flag of France Paris SG Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, Berlin
2015–16 Flag of France Lyon 1–1 a.e.t. (4–3 pen.) Flag of Germany VfL Wolfsburg Mapei Stadium, Reggio Emilia
2016–17 Flag of France Lyon 0–0 Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain Flag of Wales Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
2017–18 Flag of France Lyon 4–1. Flag of Germany VfL Wolfsburg Flag of Ukraine Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, Kiev
2018–19 Flag of France Lyon 4–1 Flag of Spain Barcelona Flag of Hungary Groupama Arena, Budapest
2019–20 Flag of France Lyon 3–1 Flag of Germany VfL Wolfsburg Flag of Spain Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastián
2020–21 Flag of Spain Barcelona 4–0 Flag of England Chelsea Flag of Sweden Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg

Upcoming finals

Season Winner Final result Runners-up Venue
2021–22 v Flag of Italy Juventus Stadium, Turin
2022–23 v Flag of Netherlands Philips Stadion, Eindhoven


UEFA Women's Cup

A preliminary round was played to reduce teams to 32, in the first season only two teams played a two-legged match, the following seasons were played as four team mini-tournaments which had the winner advance to the group stage. Teams were then divided into eight groups of four. The groups were played again as mini-tournaments at a single location over the course of five days. The group winners then advanced to the quarter-finals. The knock-out rounds were played as two-legged. That included the final which was only played as a single leg in 2002.

For the 2004–05 season the group stage was played in four groups with the top two teams advancing to the quarter-finals. That resulted in more qualifying groups.

Champions League

On 11 December 2008, UEFA announced that the competition would be reformatted and renamed to the UEFA Women's Champions League. As in the men's game, the new tournament aims to include runners-up of the top women's football leagues in Europe, and the final is to be played in a single match.

On 31 March 2008 UEFA confirmed that the eight top countries according to the UEFA league coefficient between 2003–04 and 2007–08 would be awarded two places in the new Women's Champions League. These leagues were:

While seven of the above associations have held a top eight spot until today several associations have entered the top eight. Due to coefficient changes ahead of 2010–11, Iceland gained a place in the top eight, at the expense of Norway. In 2012–13, Norway regained its top-eight place at Iceland's expense. Then, for 2013–14, Austria replaced Norway in the top eight. The Czech Republic replaced Austria in the top eight for 2014–15. In the current edition the Czech Republic itself is replaced by Spain.

Also in 2012–13, the berth for England's champion passed from the Women's Premier League to the country's new top level, the WSL. The following year, after the merger of the Belgium and Netherlands top divisions into a single binational league. The berths for those countries passed to the top team from each country in the new league.

The title holder has the right to enter if they do not qualify through their domestic competition, and will start in the round of 32.

The competition is open to the champions of all 54 UEFA associations. However, not all associations have or have had a women's league. For instance Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino and Gibraltar have never participated.

Due to the varying participation, the number of teams playing the qualifying round and teams entering in the round of 32 change from year to year.

Below is shown the amount of teams starting in each round, given between 51 and 57 participants. The principles are inferred from the access list: Numbers are based on three principles:

  • Groups of 4 teams shall contest the qualifying rounds.
  • The group winners shall qualify for the main round.
  • The smallest possible number of qualifying group runners-up shall qualify for the main round.
Teams Round of 32 Qualifying Groups Adv. Runners-up
54 22 32 8 2
55 23 32 8 1
56 24 32 8 0
57 21 36 9 2
58 22 36 9 1
59 23 36 9 0
60 20 40 10 2
61 21 40 10 1

Prize money

Prize-money was awarded for a first time in 2010 when both finalists received money. In 2011 the payments were extended to losing semi- and quarter-finalists. The current prize-money structure is

  • €250,000 winning team
  • €200,000 losing finalist
  • €50,000 losing semi-finalists
  • €25,000 losing quarter-finalists

In the Champions League teams also receive 20,000 Euro for playing each round or the qualifying. There have been several complaints about the sum, which doesn't cover costs for some longer trips which include flights.

Records and statistics


Performance by nation

Nation Winners Runners-up Semifinalists Winner Runners-up Semifinalists
 Germany 9 5 7
 France 3 3 6
 Sweden 2 5 4
 England 1 0 6
Flag of Denmark Denmark 0 1 3
 Russia 0 1 0
 Norway 0 0 2
 Finland 0 0 1
 Italy 0 0 1

Performance by team

Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Flag of Germany Frankfurt 4 2 2002, 2006, 2008, 2015 2004, 2012
Flag of France Lyon 3 2 2011, 2012, 2016 2010, 2013
Flag of Sweden Umeå 2 3 2003, 2004 2002, 2007, 2008
Flag of Germany Turbine Potsdam 2 2 2005, 2010 2006, 2011
Flag of Germany Wolfsburg 2 1 2013, 2014 2016
Flag of England Arsenal 1 0 2007
Flag of Germany Duisburg 1 0 2009
Flag of Denmark Fortuna Hjørring 0 1 2003
Flag of Sweden Djurgården/Älvsjö 0 1 2005
Flag of Russia Zvezda Perm 0 1 2009
Flag of Sweden Tyresö 0 1 2014
Flag of France PSG 0 1 2015

Additionally several German players have won the Champions League more than two times. Viola Odebrecht and Conny Pohlers both won it four times, Josephine Henning, Alexandra Popp and Nadine Keßler have won it three times. Pohlers is the only won to win it with three different clubs (Potsdam 2005, Frankfurt 2008 and Wolfsburg 2013, 2014).

Top scorers

The top-scorer award is given to the player who scores the most goals in the entire competition, thus it includes the qualifying rounds. Iceland's Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir has won the award three times. She together with Pohlers holds the record for most goals in a season as well.

Season Topscorer (Club) Goals
2015–16 Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais) 13
2014–15 Célia Šašić (Frankfurt) 14
2013–14 Milena Nikolić (ŽFK Spartak) 11
2012–13 Laura Rus (Apollon Limassol) 11
2011–12 Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais)
Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais)
2010–11 Inka Grings (FCR 2001 Duisburg) 13
2009–10 Vanessa Bürki (FC Bayern München) 11
2008–09 Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir (Valur Reykjavík) 14
2007–08 Vira Dyatel (Zhilstroy-1 Karkhiv)
Patrizia Panico (ASD CF Bardolino Verona)
Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir (Valur Reykjavík)
2006–07 Julie Fleeting (Arsenal LFC) 9
2005–06 Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir (Valur Reykjavík) 11
2004–05 Conny Pohlers (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam) 14
2003–04 Maria Gstöttner (SV Neulengbach) 11
2002–03 Hanna Ljungberg (Umeå IK) 10
2001–02 Gabriela Enache (FC Codru Anenii Noi) 12

See also

External links

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