The 2020-2021 season of Benin National D1 Women’s Football League of Benin will officially kickoff on 25 April 2021, as announced by the general secretariat of the Benin Football Federation (FBF).
In its note, FBF unveiled the schedule for the new 2020-2021 season, opting to play the season in two-groups format.
Benin’s elite 18 women sides will be divided into two pools of nine teams each. Group A includes Léopards d’Abomey, AS Lionesses of Bantè, Phénix de Bohicon, Espoir de Cotonou, Vigueur de Lokossa, Wengro de Natitingou, AS Galaxie de Parakou, Elite Athletic Club de Parakou and Asso Nougnon de Toviklin. While Dynamique FC de Calavi, Gazelle de Hevié, African Leaders de Cotonou, Black Stones FC de Cotonou, Flèche Noire Sporting de Cotonou, Naja de Cotonou, Tigresses de Cotonou, Sam Nelly de Missérété and Aïnonvi de Porto-Novo will compete in pool B.
In total, the league will have 150 matches, including 144 during the regular phase and 6 during the play-offs to determine the season’s champion and runner-up. At the end of the regular phase, top team of every group qualifies directly to the semifinal, while second and third placed teams go to the quarterfinals, which is scheduled for Sunday 19 September 2021. Teams ranked ninth in each group relegates to the lower division for the next season.
FBF also announced that, in support of the women’s D1 clubs, it will take charge of the insurance of thirty-two (32) people, namely twenty-five (25) players and seven (7) members of the technical support. FBF asked the clubs’ presidents to comply with certain measures taken, including the players registration on FBF platform.