Brazil launches women`s football league

Updated: Sep 17, 2013, 14:45 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil`s football confederation (CBF) and the federal sports ministry have launched the country`s new national women`s league.

The competition will comprise 20 clubs, to be divided into four groups. Teams will play each other on a home and away basis with the top two from each group progressing to the quarterfinals, reports Xinhua.

It is the fourth reincarnation of a nationwide women`s football league in Brazil. The most recent version - Taca Brasil de futebol feminino - was played for the last time in 2006.

The competition begins Wednesday (Sep 18) with the final due to be played Dec 1.

Brazilian state-owned lender Caixa Economica Federal has pledged to invest $4 million to the league and will pay the travel costs of all teams.

While Brazil`s men have won five World Cups, the female team`s best World Cup result was second at the 2007 tournament in China, when they lost 0-2 to Germany in the final.