Damallsvenskan Clubs

Damallsvenskan newcomers 2007 that in spite of an expensive effort just barely managed to hang on. Member of a huge multisport club, great website:

Bälinge IF
One of Sweden's main employers of American talent. In spite or becuse of this constantly battling to keep away from the relegation competiton. Basic website, updated not often enough: http://www.bifdam.se

Merged tradition (Älvsjö) with new money (Djurgården) and became immediately successfull. Perennial contenders. Small, usually up-to-date website: http://www.difdam.nu/index.php

Hammarby IF
Damallsvenskan's oldest club, has played in the top flight every single season since it was introduced 1978. New ambitious and well run website with lots of pictures for you foreigners: http://hammarbydamfotboll.se/

Kif Örebro
Transformation of the small suburb club Karlslunds IF into an ambitious want-to-be championship contender. Still a few years from being there, and so is their website: http://www.kiforebro.se/

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
Transformation of the small suburb club Kopparbergs/Landvetter into an ambitious want-to-be championship contender. Still a few years from being there, but their website is getting close: http://www.goteborgfc.se/

Kristianstads DFF
Newcomers. Successor of the now defunct Kristianstad/Wä, a club that played 15 seasons in Damallsvenskan and nurtured players like Therese Sjögran, Sara Johansson and Nilla Fischer. Completely dominated their 1st division with an 18-0-4 record. Website: http://kdff.nu/

LDB FC Malmö
Used to be Malmö FF, but found a generous sponsor. Perennial winner of the close-but-no-cigar award the last few decades, but still undisputed leaders of the marathon series. Offspring of Sweden's wealthiest club, but came into money when they broke the ties. The website is growing too: http://www.fcmalmo.se/

Linköping FC
Transformation of the small club BK Kenty into an ambitious want-to-be championship contender with the help from the local hockey club (one of Sweden's best). Getting really close to contending for the championship: Good, usually well updated, website: http://www.linkopingfc.com/

Sunnanå SK
Traditional small-town club that dominated women's football in Sweden when it still was possible for small-town clubs to do that. Simple website that too often lacks in up-dates and content: http://www.sunnana.nu/

Umeå IK
At least one of the best clubs in the world, if not the one. Good website with lots of content, but does not always live up to the club's success on the field. What about getting a real webshop, for instance: http://uik.se/

Umeå Södra FF
Newcomers. The other club in Umeå, from the south side of the river, hence the name. Won a tight 1st Division North with only 12 victories over 22 matches. Will be interesting to see if the relatively small town of Umeå (about 100,000 inhabitants) can support two Damallsvenskan teams: http://www.usff.se/


Damallsvenskan Fans

The fan culture in Swedish women's football is ways behind that of the men's sides, but it's slowly coming along. All in swedish on these sites. But if you find the link Forum anywhere (and you will) and navigate through the registration process (usually pretty straight forward), chances are you will find people that will talk to you in english. Or simply try to figure out the mail address to the webmaster - they are usually thrilled to get in touch with new fans.

Supporterklubben Kopps
Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC fanclub.

UIK Fans
Umeå IK fanclub.

LdB hooligans
An LdB FC Malmö fan blog.



Damallsvenskan Friends

The original, the since ever one-stop internet spot for everything in Swedish women's football news, and some international too. If it isn't here, it probably hasn't happened. Mainly in Swedish, but now also with a small news service in English.

Svensk Damfotboll
The website of the bi-monthly magazine with the same name. They have news coverage, but the main attraction is their longer interviews and reports. In Swedish.

Fansoccer is a fansite, that covers German and International women's football. You will get both match reports, in-depth analysis and small news snippets. Among other things, they covered the entire swedish season with reports from every Damallsvenskan game. Impressive! Only downside is, that it is in German.

Damallsvenskan Soapbox
One American's commentary on Swedish women's soccer. Usually updated whenever there has been a Bälinge or Sweden match. Essential reading

Svensk Fotboll
The official website of the Swedish Football Association. The pages in english are pretty basic, but helps you find tables, results and things like that.

Elitföreningen Damfotboll
An association of the clubs in Damallsvenskan and the 1st divisions, aiming to promote elite women's football in Sweden. In Swedish.


Damallsvenskan Pictures

Several club sites have picture galleries (Djurgården, Göteborg, Sunnanå, Umeå IK and probably some more) - just look for a link that says anything with the Swedish word for picture; Bild, Bildgalleri, Bildarkiv. LDB FC has a lot of pics on their site, but you have to skim through their news archive (Nyheter) and look for headlines that contains the words bild or bilder.

The sites I list here are maintained by fans, but these fans are often more or less professional photographers. Please ask permission before you use their material for any kind of publication, on the web or otherwise.

AIK - Magnus Neck

One of the best Damallsvenskan photographers in my opinion. You have to skim through a lot of icehockey, floorball, bandy and whatnot to find the football playing women, but it's worth it.

AIK - anders-h
Another prolific AIK photographer, who covers just about anything AIK and then some. Not really as good a photographer as Magnus Neck, but he covers more events.

Djurgården - Erik Muskus
A professional photographer, that has an big Djurgården archive with match pictures from 2005 to present.

Hammarby - kjellf
Mostly photos from Hammarby home matches plus the occasional youth and/or indoor tournament.

Linköping FC - Jon Sjöberg
No football available in his gallery at the moment, since it is icehockey season, but there are some great LFC shots in his portfolio. I'm guessing there'll be more football once the season starts.
http://www.rifotech.se/gallery.php5 (gallery)
http://www.rifotech.se/showgallery.php5?set=0000-00-00_portfolio (portfolio)

Linköping FC - Filip Oskarsson
Covers local women sports, mostly football. His gallery contains just about every LFC home match 2006 and 2007. For those of you that read Swedish it can be nice to know, that he actually comments on every match.

Qbik - Thomas Berglund
Lots of sports pictures by a Karlstad based photographer. Qbik is no longer in Damallsvenskan, but there is a lot of premier league match pictures from 2006 and 2007.

Umeå IK - Kalle Prorok
There is a collection of Umeå pictures on his pbase site, mostly from 2005 and 2006. On his newer picasa site, you might run into some football pictures, but he seems to be mostly in to dance and theatre now.