Women’s football at FC Bayern: The path to success
1970: Creation of a women’s football section
A milestone in women’s football at the club came in 1970 when a specific department for women’s football was created at FC Bayern and the German FA lifted the previous ban on women’s football in the country. That was the start of a success story the Bayern way.
1976: Maiden domestic title
Bayern’s women were already among Germany’s top sides at the time. They reached the championship final in 1975 before going all the way the following year when crowned champions of Germany for the first time. They continued to impress but came up short in further finals in 1979, 1982 and 1985. Bayern also contested the final of the DFB Cup in 1988 and 1990.
2000-2012: Promotion back to the Bundesliga then DFB Cup success
Things became more up and down after that before coming to an end with promotion to the Bundesliga in 2000. The desire for further titles was finally quenched in 2012 as the club lifted the DFB Cup for the first time.
Since 2015: Finally among the world’s best
Bayern were domestic champions for the second time in their history in 2015 and defended their title in impressive fashion the following year. FCB finished as runners-up in the three seasons after that. They listed the Bundesliga Meisterschale again in 2021. That run of league success meant they also qualified for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The Frauen went on to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s top competition for the first time in 2019 and again in 2021.