Elitserien | Denmark - an overview
The Denmark Elitserien is the top flight of the all-female professional football league in Denmark. Also known as the Elitedivisionen, or Kvindeligaen. This translates to “female or woman league” in Danish. Due to current sponsorship deals for the 2019/2020 season, the league is also known as “Gjensidige Kvindeligaen”.
The first Danish all-female championship games dating back to 1973. The current format changed in 1994 to incorporate 8 teams playing for the Danish title. Since then the league has added teams to their number. They now play a double round-robin with a play-off to decide the champion.
Since the start of the 2014 season, the Denmark Elitserien league has reverted to just eight teams in the Elitedivisionen. This new formate plays three games each with the top six progressing forward to a “championship” group. The remaining two teams placed 7th and 8th play a relegation play-off, with the losing team relegated to the Kvinde 1. division.
There is no promotion from this league, but as Denmark is one of the top eight women's associations in the UEFA, their top two teams at the end of each season, qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League.
Ballerup-Skovlunde Fodbold, Brøndby IF, Farum BK (Women), Fortuna Hjørring, KoldingQ, Odense Q, Thy-Thisted Q (Women), VSK Aarhus