|2015–16 Riksserien season|
|Founded|| 1987 (Division 1)|
|No. of teams||8|
|Most recent champion(s)||Lulea HF/MSSK|
|Related competitions|| Swedish Women's Regional Leagues|
The Svenska damhockeyligan (formerly known as the Rikssserien from 2008-2016) is the elite league of women's ice hockey in Sweden. It was started in 2008, contains 8 teams and is organized by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.
The Women's Division 1 was previously the top-level competition in the country. It served this function from 1987 through the 2006-07 season. The regional winners participated in the competition, which was essentially a national final.
After the Riksserien's foundation, regional winners received the opportunity to qualify for the national final through the 2008-09 season. After which, they were only eligible for promotion to the Riksserien the following year.
The league was renamed the Svenska damhockeyligan prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.
When a game is tied after regulation, a sudden death overtime is played with only four skaters per team for maximum 10 minutes (or 20 minutes in the playoffs). If the game is still tied after overtime, the winner is decided by a shootout.
The regular season is a double round-robin tournament, with each team playing twice at home and twice away against every other team, resulting in a 28 game regular season per team. After the regular season, the top six teams qualify for the Women's Swedish Championship playoffs (Swedish: SM-slutspel Damer). The two teams with the best regular season records in Riksserien are given a bye to the semifinals, with the remaining four qualified teams starting in the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, team 3 gets to pick their choice of opponent between teams 5 and 6, leaving the remaining club to meet team 4. In the semifinals the first ranked team chooses an opponent from the two winners of the quarterfinals. The playoffs are all best-of-three series, with the higher ranked team starting with one match away, followed by the remaining two at home.
The two teams with the worst records in the regular season are forced to play a qualifier to defend their spots in Riksserien against challengers from the AllEttan.
|1987-1988||Nacka HK||FoC Farsta||11-0||MODO Hockey|
|1988-1989||Nacka HK||MODO Hockey||3-2||Alvesta SK|
|1989-1990||Nacka HK||Alvesta SK||7-0||FoC Farsta|
|1990-1991||Nacka HK||Alvesta SK||9-0||FoC Farsta|
|1991-1992||Nacka HK||FoC Farsta||3-1||Brynäs IF|
|1992-1993||Nacka HK||FoC Farsta||4-3||Vallentuna BK|
|1993-1994||Nacka HK||FoC Farsta||3-0||Brynäs IF|
|1994-1995||Foc Farsta||Nacka HK||5-1||Västerhaninge IF|
|1995-9996||Nacka HK||FoC Farsta||6-5||Västerhaninge IF|
|1996-1997||Foc Farsta||Västerhaninge IF||4-3 (OT)||Nacka HK|
|1997-1998||Nacka HK||FoC Farsta||3-0||Veddige HK|
|1998-1999||M/B Hockey||AIK IF||8-1||MODO Hockey|
|1999-2000||M/B Hockey||AIK IF||4-3 (SO)||Veddige HK|
|2000-2001||M/B Hockey||AIK IF||6-3||MODO Hockey|
|2001-2002||M/B Hockey||MODO Hockey||9-1||AIK IF|
|2002-2003||M/B Hockey||AIK IF||7-3||MODO Hockey|
|2003-2004||AIK IF||Limhamn Limeburners HC||5-2||M/B Hockey|
|2004-2005||M/B Hockey||AIK IF||4-3||MODO Hockey|
|2005-2006||M/B Hockey||MODO Hockey||2-1||Örebro HK|
|2006-2007||AIK IF||Segeltorps IF||2-1 (OT)||MODO Hockey|
|2007-2008||Segeltorps IF||AIK IF||5-2||MODO Hockey|
|2008-2009||AIK IF||Segeltorps IF||5-0||MODO Hockey|
|2009-2010||Segeltorps IF||Brynäs IF||6-0||MODO Hockey|
|2010-2011||Segeltorps IF||Brynäs IF||2-1 (OT)||Linköpings HC|
|2011-2012||MODO Hockey||Brynäs IF||1-0||Not awarded|
|2012-2013||AIK IF||Brynäs IF||2-1||Not awarded|
|2013-2014||Linköpings HC||MODO Hockey||3-2 (OT)||Not awarded|
|2014-2015||Linköpings HC||AIK|| 2:0|
|2015-2016||Luleå HF/MSSK||Linköpings HC|| 0:2|
|Women's European Leagues|
Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Hungary - Iceland - Italy - Kazakhstan - Latvia - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Romania - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey
|Svenska damhockeyligan seasons|
|2008 - 2008–09 - 2009–10 - 2010–11 - 2011–12 - 2012–13 - 2013–14 - 2014–15 - 2015–16|
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