National Women's Soccer League

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league owned by the teams, and under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer (Chicago Red Stars, Boston Breakers, Sky Blue FC (NJ), Western New York Flash).[1][2][3] With the addition of three expansion teams in Houston (2014), Orlando (2016), Salt Lake City (2018) and the loss of FC Kansas City and Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.[4]

Since the league's inaugural 2013 season, four clubs have been crowned NWSL Champions, awarded to the playoff winner, and four clubs have claimed the NWSL Shield, awarded to the team in first place at the end of the regular season. The current champions are the North Carolina Courage. The current shield winners are also the Courage, who in 2018 became the first team to claim both the NWSL Championship and the NWSL Shield in the same season.

National Women's Soccer League
NWSL logo
FoundedNovember 21, 2012
CountryUnited States
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Number of teams9
Level on pyramid1
Current championsNorth Carolina Courage (1st title)
Current NWSL ShieldNorth Carolina Courage (2nd shield)
Most championshipsFC Kansas City
Portland Thorns FC (2 titles)
Most NWSL ShieldsNorth Carolina Courage
Reign FC (2 shields)
Websitenwslsoccer.com
2019 NWSL season

Competition format

The NWSL season runs from April–October with each team scheduled for 24 regular season games, 12 each of home and road; teams play each other thrice.[5] At the end of the regular season, the team with the highest point total is awarded the regular season title. The four clubs with the most points from the regular season standings qualify for the NWSL playoffs, which consist of two semifinal single knockout matches (top seed hosts fourth; second hosts third), with the semifinal winners advancing to the championship final, played at a predetermined site.[6]

History

Founding

After Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) officially folded in April 2012, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced a roundtable for discussion of the future of women's professional soccer in the United States. The meeting, which included representatives from USSF, WPS teams, the W-League (ceased operation in 2015), and the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), was held in June. By November, after much discussion owners from the Chicago Red Stars, Boston Breakers and US Soccer recruited an additional six teams. Compared to WPS, the teams would intentionally operate at a lower cost structure and manage growth in a sustainable way.[7][8]

In November 2012, it was announced that there would be eight teams in a new women's professional soccer league that was yet to be named at the time of the announcement, with national team players subsidized by the USSF, the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF). The three federations would pay for the salaries of their national team players (24 from the US, 16 from Canada, and 12 to 16 from Mexico) to aid the teams in creating world-class rosters while staying under the salary cap. The players would be distributed evenly (as possible) among the eight teams in an allocation process. USSF would be hired through a contract to manage aspects of the league. The teams own the league and periodically revisit the Management relationship with US Soccer and/or others.[9]

On November 29, 2012, it was announced that Cheryl Bailey had been named executive director in the new league. Bailey had previously served as general manager of the United States women's national soccer team from 2007 to 2011, which included leading the support staff for the U.S. team during the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cups, as well as the 2008 Summer Olympics. During her tenure with the women's national team, she was in charge of all areas of administration including interfacing with clubs, team travel, payroll, and working with FIFA, CONCACAF, and other federations.[10]

Nike, Inc. was selected as league sponsor, providing apparel to all teams as well as the game ball.[11]

Early years

The first NWSL game was held on April 13, 2013, as the Portland Thorns visited FC Kansas City, playing to a 1–1 draw in front of a crowd of 6,784 fans at Shawnee Mission District Stadium. Renae Cuellar scored the first goal in league history.[12][13] The 2013 season saw regular-season attendance average of 4,270, with a high of 17,619 on August 4 for Kansas City at Portland.[14][15]

The NWSL became the first U.S. professional women's soccer league to reach nine teams with the expansion of the MLS-backed Houston Dash in 2014; expansion interest, particularly from MLS and USL teams, has continued.[16][17] The third season saw a shortened schedule and some early-season roster instability due to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, but the World Cup also provided exposure to the NWSL, which was credited with boosting attendance numbers across the league.[16]

The league also became the first professional women's league in the US to play more than three seasons when the league kicked off its fourth season in 2016.[18]

Teams

Current teams

Locations of National Women's Soccer League teams.

Nine NWSL teams are spread across the United States. Each club is allowed a minimum of 20 players on their roster, with a maximum of 22 players (26 including supplemental players) allowed at any time during the season.[19]

Originally, each team's roster included up to three allocated American national team players, up to two allocated Mexico women's national team players, and up to two allocated Canadian national team players via the NWSL Player Allocation and subsequent trades.[20] In addition, each team has four spots each season available for international players; these spots may be traded to other teams.[21] The remaining roster spots must be filled by domestic players from the United States. Teams fill their rosters via a number of drafts and 4–6 discovery player signings.[19] Mexico no longer allocates players to the NWSL, having established its own women's league in 2017, and the numbers of allocated players and international players on each team vary each year due to trades.

Of the nine current teams, four are affiliated with men's Major League Soccer teams, one is affiliated with a men's USL Championship team, and four are independent.

National Women's Soccer League
Team Stadium Capacity City Founded Joined Head coach Men's affiliate
Chicago Red Stars SeatGeek Stadium 20,000 Bridgeview, Illinois 2006 2013 Rory Dames Chicago Fire Soccer Club (MLS)
Houston Dash BBVA Compass Stadium 7,000[n 1] Houston, Texas 2013 2014 James Clarkson Houston Dynamo (MLS)
North Carolina Courage WakeMed Soccer Park 10,000 Cary, North Carolina 2009 2013 Paul Riley North Carolina FC (USLC)
Orlando Pride Orlando City Stadium 25,500 Orlando, Florida 2015 2016 Marc Skinner Orlando City SC (MLS)
Portland Thorns FC Providence Park 25,218 Portland, Oregon 2012 2013 Mark Parsons Portland Timbers (MLS)
Reign FC Cheney Stadium 6,500 Tacoma, Washington 2012 2013 Vlatko Andonovski
Sky Blue FC Yurcak Field 5,000 Piscataway, New Jersey 2007 2013 Denise Reddy
Utah Royals FC Rio Tinto Stadium 20,213 Sandy, Utah 2017 2018 Laura Harvey Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Washington Spirit Maryland SoccerPlex 4,000 Boyds, Maryland 2012 2013 Richie Burke
  1. ^ BBVA Compass Stadium has a capacity of slightly over 22,039, but seating is restricted to 7,000 for Dash games.[22]

Former teams

Expansion

Soon after launch, the league reportedly planned to expand to ten teams for 2014.[27] Potential candidates included groups not accepted as part of the original eight; groups from the Los Angeles area (joint effort from the LA Strikers and Pali Blues)[28] and from Hartford, Connecticut[29] were confirmed failed bids, as was one from the Seattle Sounders Women. There was speculation that the Vancouver Whitecaps Women could be logical candidates especially given the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada; however, the Whitecaps cancelled their women's program (except for one U-18 academy team) in December 2012.

During the inaugural season, there were rumors of expansion interest from MLS teams Toronto FC,[30] Vancouver Whitecaps FC,[31] and the New York Red Bulls,[32] as well as confirmed interest from WPSL side the Houston Aces.[33] NWSL team owners hinted that expansion for 2014 was not a question of "if" but "how many".[34][35] Despite this, it was announced during the playoffs that there would be no expansion for the league's second season,[36] though the Red Bulls and Sky Blue FC confirmed that they were in discussions for cooperation.[34][37]

During the first offseason, the Houston Dynamo added their name to the list of MLS teams interested in fielding a women's side, stating that they were "exploring the opportunity" of starting an NWSL side in 2014 or '15[38] and in 2013 they announced the Houston Dash with 2014 as their inaugural season.[39] By early December, NWSL approved a new team run by the Dynamo organization for expansion in 2014,[40] despite their earlier statement that there would be no expansion for the league's second season.

During the second offseason, expansion talk grew rapidly, with three established men's teams (Real Salt Lake of MLS, the Indy Eleven of NASL, and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL Pro) expressing interest in joining NWSL, as well as an unattached group from Atlanta. There was also rumored or suggested interest from three men's teams in California, though none of those groups made official statements. Despite this interest, it was announced in late April 2015 that there would be no expansion for the 2016 season.

However, after the well-publicized success of the US Women's National soccer team, renewed interest in NWSL expansion caused reports from the owners' meeting that "a new team in 2016 has not been ruled out", with potential expansion news to be revealed within a month.[41] Commissioner Jeff Plush said that over a dozen interested groups had contacted the league in the post-World-Cup weeks; MLS team Orlando City SC was one of the first newly interested groups made public.[42][43][44] On October 20, 2015, it was announced that Orlando would be hosting the 10th NWSL team, the Orlando Pride, due to start the 2016 season.[45] At that announcement, the Pride announced that they had hired former U.S. National Women's Team coach Tom Sermanni.

On November 16, 2017, it was announced that Real Salt Lake would expand into the NWSL beginning in the 2018 season. The Salt Lake City team, shortly thereafter unveiled as Utah Royals FC, is officially considered a new franchise that replaced FC Kansas City. That team, partnered with but not owned by Sporting Kansas City, was seen by media as an unintended victim of issues that Sporting was facing with its United Soccer League reserve team, Swope Park Rangers.[46]

Organization

Stadiums and attendance

As of the most recent 2018 season, the NWSL uses nine stadiums. The highest attendance in the league's history occurred on April 23, 2016 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl when 23,403 people watched the Orlando Pride defeat the Houston Dash 3–1 in the Pride's first-ever regular season home match.[47] Other than this match and the first-ever home match of Utah Royals FC in 2018, the top 10 attendances in the league have occurred at Providence Park for home games of Portland Thorns FC.

Squad formation and salaries

In each season, teams receive a salary cap that limits their total spending on players. The salaries of allocated players from the United States, Canadian, and (formerly) Mexican national teams are paid by their respective federations instead of their NWSL clubs, and do not count against their club's salary cap.[48]

Non-allocated players, including international players, also have minimum and maximum salary limits. Players allocated by the US and Canadian federations are exempt from these limits. The same applied to allocated Mexican players, but the arrangement between the Mexican federation and the NWSL ended when Mexico established its own women's league in 2017.[49][50][51]

Starting in 2019, the maximum roster size was expanded to 22 and the minimum to 20, with an additional four supplemental spots for players earning minimum salary that do not count against the salary cap.[52] With this change, teams must carry at least 20 players and could carry as many as 26 players at any given time.

Year Team cap Unallocated player salary limits
Minimum Maximum
2013 $200,000 $6,000 $30,000
2014 $265,000 $6,842 $37,800
2015
2016 $278,000 $7,200 $39,700
2017 $315,000 $15,000 $41,700
2018 $350,000 $15,750 $44,000
2019 $421,500 $16,538 $46,200
All currency amounts are in USD

Players' association

Active non-allocated players, including unpaid amateur players, announced their formation of a players' association on May 15, 2017, as the first step toward forming a union. Membership is limited to non-allocated players because allocated players are members of their own federation-affiliated labor organizations and negotiate contracts covering NWSL play with their respective national federations instead of the league or clubs.[53][54][55] The association is led by civil rights attorney and former WPS players' union organizer Meghann Burke.[56] The association was legally recognized by the NWSL on November 15, 2018, allowing players to bring formal requests to the league.[57]

League championships

The winner of the NWSL Championship, the final match of the NWSL Playoffs, determines that season's league champion. The playoff tournament is organized by the league in a format similar to other North American professional sports leagues. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top four clubs in the standings earn a berth to the tournament.

The first NWSL Championship was played on September 1, 2013.[58] As of 2018, the record for the most championships is shared by the Portland Thorns FC and former club FC Kansas City, with two titles each. The record for the most championships lost is held by Reign FC, who have lost the title game two times since the inaugural season in 2013.

As of December 2018, four clubs have been crowned NWSL Champions: Portland Thorns FC (2), FC Kansas City (2), North Carolina Courage (1), and Western New York Flash (1). Four clubs have claimed the NWSL Shield: Reign FC (2), North Carolina Courage (2), Portland Thorns FC (1), and Western New York Flash (1). In 2018, the North Carolina Courage became the first team to win both the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship in the same season.[59]

NWSL Major Trophy Winners
Season NWSL Champions
Play-off winners
NWSL Shield
Regular season winners
Championship Location Championship Attendance Reference
2013 Portland Thorns FC Western New York Flash Sahlen's Stadium, Rochester, NY 9,129 [60]
2014 FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Washington 4,252 [61]
2015 FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC Providence Park, Portland, OR 13,264 [62]
2016 Western New York Flash Portland Thorns FC BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX 8,255 [63]
2017 Portland Thorns FC North Carolina Courage Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, FL 8,124 [64]
2018 North Carolina Courage North Carolina Courage Providence Park, Portland, OR 21,144 [65]

Broadcasting

During the 2013–2016 seasons, the majority of league games were available for viewing via YouTube or via individual team's websites.[66] Of the eight teams in the league during the inaugural season, the Boston Breakers were the only team that charged a fee for access to their broadcasts.[67]

2013

On April 18, 2013, NWSL signed a one-year agreement with Fox Sports 2 to televise six regular season games, the semifinal, and championship games.[68]

2014

On May 28, 2014, the NWSL signed a one-year agreement with ESPN to televise nine games of the 2014 NWSL season. The matches included three regular season and three playoff matches on ESPN2, as well as 3 regular season games live-streamed on ESPN3.[69]

2015–2016

On June 30, 2015, the NWSL announced a one-year agreement with Fox Sports once more to cover ten matches. Three regular season and three playoff matches were televised on FS1, and four live-streamed on Fox Sports Go.[70] The agreement was extended into 2016 under another one-year contract, covering three regular season matches and the three playoff matches, once again on FS1.[71]

2017–2018

On February 2, 2017, the NWSL announced a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, in which the Lifetime network broadcast 22 regular-season matches as the NWSL Game of the Week at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday afternoons, as well as three post-season matches. This marked the first time that the NWSL had a weekly broadcast window throughout the entire season. As part of the deal, A&E Networks purchased a 25% equity stake in the NWSL and were granted two seats on the league's board. The company also formed a joint venture with the league known as NWSL Media to oversee the league's marketing and broadcast rights, and Lifetime became a league-wide kit sponsor for all players. This deal marked the first time Lifetime had broadcast sports since the WNBA in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[72][73][74][75][76] Lifetime also streamed the game of the week in the United States via its website, and internationally in the NWSL website and iOS app. The remaining games were initially streamed exclusively by go90 in the United States as part of a paid multi-year sponsorship agreement, and through the NWSL website internationally.[72]

The quality of the streams through go90 faced criticism, with sportswriters, users, and players and team staff criticizing the service for its inconsistent quality and arguing that the NWSL's growth could be harmed by go90's relative lack of reach and prominence when compared to YouTube.[77][78] The Equalizer noted that the app was prone to crashing, did not have the same wide device support as YouTube,[79] and that the telecasts themselves suffered from their own technical problems (such as poor camera angles and glitches with graphics), but that the streams were good when they worked.[80] On May 19, 2017, the league announced that they would additionally stream games on the NWSL website and app in the U.S. until the technical issues with go90 were rectified.[81]

After Houston Dash player Rachel Daly collapsed on the pitch after a match in Houston, on May 27 – where the heat index was reportedly over 100 degrees Fahrenheit – she was carried off on a stretcher and hospitalized for heat illness. League operations director Amanda Duffy subsequently announced that the NWSL Game of the Week matches, many of which were slated for the hottest parts of the day in humid cities such as Houston, Orlando, and Cary, North Carolina, would be rescheduled to allow for longer hydration breaks. Some Game of the Week matches changed to other venues, and teams not scheduled for television were granted more flexibility in rescheduling kickoffs for player safety. The league also adopted new procedures for addressing heat and rescheduling matches.[82][83]

On June 6, 2018, it was announced that six Game of the Week matches through the remainder of the season would move to evening kickoffs and air on ESPNews (which is owned by a sister venture to A&E Networks), in an effort to ensure the safety of players, as well as improve attendance.[84] Go90 shut down in July 2018; the remaining games not aired on television were moved back to the NWSL website for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.[85]

2019

On February 20, 2019, the NWSL announced that A&E Networks had pulled out of its broadcasting agreement with the league one season early. A&E's stake in NWSL Media was given back to the league, but Lifetime will remain a kit sponsor. NWSL president Amanda Duffy said the changes would give the league and its teams finer control over its media and sponsorship agreements, and expected to announce a new television rights deal soon. Verizon Media remains the U.S. digital rightsholder to the league, but the streams moved from go90 to the Yahoo! Sports website and apps.[86]

The NWSL did not reach any national television deals before the start of the 2019 season,[87] but after their opening match, the Chicago Red Stars reached their own television deal with the regional sports network NBC Sports Chicago.[88]

Records

Statistics below are for all-time regular season leaders. Bold indicates active NWSL players.

Top scorers

NWSL All-Time Leading Goalscorers
Regular Season Only as of April 29, 2019
Rank Player Goals Games Refs
1 Australia Samantha Kerr 61 104 [89][90]
2 Canada Christine Sinclair 46 114 [91][91]
3 United States Jessica McDonald 43 126 [92][93]
4 United States Lynn Williams 40 81 [94][95]
5 United States Christen Press 38 73 [96][97][96]
6 United States Alex Morgan 35 87 [98]
7 United States Megan Rapinoe 34 70 [99]
8 United States Carli Lloyd 33 82 [100]
United States Allie Long 33 124 [101][102]
10 Scotland Kim Little 32 63 [103]
11 United States Crystal Dunn 29 82 [104]
United States Sydney Leroux 29 87 [105]
13 United States Sofia Huerta 28 89 [106]
Denmark Nadia Nadim 28 60 [107]
15 United States Kealia Ohai 26 93 [108]
NWSL All-Time Playoff Leading Goalscorers
Last updated April 29, 2019
Bold indicates active player
Rank Player Goals
1 United States Amy Rodriguez 6
United States Jessica McDonald 3
2 United States Tobin Heath 3
United States Lindsey Horan 3
United States Samantha Mewis 3
United States Megan Rapinoe 3
Canada Christine Sinclair 3
United States Lynn Williams 3
9 United States Crystal Dunn 2
United States Carli Lloyd 2
United States Erika Tymrak 2
United States Emily Sonnett 2

NWSL awards

Throughout the season, the league awards Player of the Week and Player of the Month awards to individual players, which are voted on by the media.[109][110] The league presents six annual awards for outstanding achievements voted on by owners, general managers, coaches, players, fans, and the media (current holders in parentheses):[111]

  1. Golden Boot (Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars)
  2. Rookie of the Year (Imani Dorsey, Sky Blue FC)
  3. Goalkeeper of the Year (Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns FC)
  4. Defender of the Year (Abby Erceg, North Carolina Courage)
  5. Coach of the Year (Paul Riley, North Carolina Courage)
  6. Most Valuable Player (Lindsey Horan, Portland Thorns FC)

In addition, the league names a NWSL Best XI team and NWSL Second XI team, which are voted on by journalists, club officials and NWSL players.[112]

NWSL management

Name Years Title
Cheryl Bailey 2012–2014[113] Commissioner
Jeff Plush 2015–2017[114][115] Commissioner
Amanda Duffy 2016–2018 Managing Director of Operations
Amanda Duffy 2019– President

Former general manager of the United States women's national soccer team Cheryl Bailey was announced by US Soccer President Sunil Gulati as the first commissioner of the NWSL on November 29, 2012.[116] On November 18, 2014, she resigned after overseeing two seasons and the launch of the new professional league in less than five months ahead of the inaugural season.[117]

On January 6, 2015, the former MLS board member and managing director of the Colorado Rapids Jeff Plush was named as her successor.[118] Plush oversaw the 2015 and 2016 seasons, including the Orlando Pride expansion, a broadcast partnership with A+E Networks (including the three-year broadcast deal with Lifetime television), and the sale of the Western New York Flash to North Carolina FC owner Stephen Malik and the team's relocation to North Carolina.[119] During his tenure, former Louisville City FC president Amanda Duffy was hired in December 2016 as the NWSL's Managing Director of Operations.[120]

Plush resigned as commissioner on March 2, 2017 and the position has remained vacant, although Duffy has served as the public face of league management since then.[121] On January 15, 2019, Duffy was promoted to president, the league's highest office.[122]

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2013 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2013 National Women's Soccer League season was the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), this was the seventh overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league was (and is) operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing was provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations paid the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

The league started on April 13 with FC Kansas City hosting Portland Thorns FC. The last regular season matches were played on August 18, followed by postseason playoffs which culminated with a one-game final on August 31. In the final, Portland Thorns FC defeated the Western New York Flash 2–0 to win the inaugural NWSL Championship.

2014 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2014 National Women's Soccer League season is the second season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), this is the eighth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

The regular season began the weekend of April 12–13 and ended August 20, with the championship game played on August 30. FC Kansas City defeated the Shield winners Seattle Reign FC 2–1 to win the NWSL title.The league had announced it would not expand for the 2014 season and was not expected to contract. However, after a push from the Houston Dynamo, the league approved the expansion of the Houston Dash.

2015 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2015 National Women's Soccer League season was the third season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the ninth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

In January, Jeff Plush was named NWSL commissioner, replacing Cheryl Bailey.

To accommodate the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup the league announced it would reduce the season to 20 games while extending the calendar length into September and take a two-week break from June 7–19.For the second straight season, FC Kansas City defeated the Shield winners Seattle Reign FC 1–0 to win the NWSL title on October 1.

2016 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2016 National Women's Soccer League season is the fourth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it is the tenth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

To accommodate the 2016 Olympics the league suspended play for most of the month of August. In addition, the league did not schedule games during FIFA windows, leaving the 20-game, 19-week regular season ending in late September for the second year in a row.

2017 Chicago Red Stars season

The 2017 Chicago Red Stars season was the team's ninth season. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States. In 2017, for the third consecutive season, the Red Stars made it to the post-season playoffs and was eliminated in the semi-final.

2017 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2017 National Women's Soccer League season was the fifth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the eleventh overall season of FIFA- and USSF-sanctioned top-division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association; both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

The reigning champions Western New York Flash did not play under that name; the franchise was sold, relocated to Cary, North Carolina and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage.After schedule disruptions in the previous two years caused by the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, NWSL teams in 2017 once again played 24 games, a schedule last played during the 2014 season. The Courage won the NWSL Shield (the regular season), topping the Portland Thorns by two points.

The NWSL Playoff semifinals were held October 7–8, 2017, and were won by the Thorns and the Courage. The NWSL Championship Game was held on October 14, 2017 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Thorns won 1–0, becoming NWSL Champions, their second championship.

2018 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2018 National Women's Soccer League season was the sixth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the twelfth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations and take the financial burden off individual clubs.

The off-season brought significant changes, with FC Kansas City and the Boston Breakers ceasing operations, while new club Utah Royals FC joined the league. The 2018 season began on March 24, and ended on September 8. Teams once again played 24 regular-season games this year, with the top four teams making a single-elimination playoff. The North Carolina Courage won the NWSL Shield with 15 more points than second place Thorns. The NWSL Playoffs began on September 15 with the two semifinal matches, which were won by the Thorns and the Courage. The NWSL Championship Game was held on September 22 at Providence Park in Portland. The Courage won 3–0, becoming the first team to win both the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship in the same season.

2019 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2019 National Women's Soccer League season is the seventh season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it is the thirteenth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States.

The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations and take the financial burden of individual clubs.

Boston Breakers

The Boston Breakers were an American professional soccer club based in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). They replaced the original Breakers, who competed in the defunct Women's United Soccer Association, as the Boston area's professional women's soccer team.

The Breakers played their home games at Jordan Field in Boston and were managed in their final season by Matt Beard.

Houston Dash

The Houston Dash is a professional women's soccer team based in Houston, Texas. They joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the 2014 season.

List of National Women's Soccer League stadiums

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is the highest-level professional soccer league for women in the United States. The league has had a maximum of 10 teams, reaching that number in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and has 9 teams in its upcoming 2019 season. Each team uses a single stadium for all home games. The highest attendance in the league's history occurred on April 23, 2016 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl when 23,403 people watched the Orlando Pride defeat the Houston Dash 3–1 in a regular season home match.Originally, many NWSL teams rented university stadiums. As the league has grown, NWSL teams have increasingly used MLS stadiums either by MLS ownership of NWSL team or increased cooperation between existing NWSL and MLS teams.

NWSL Player of the Week

The National Women's Soccer League Player of the Week is a weekly soccer award given to individual players in the National Women's Soccer League. The honor is awarded to the player deemed to have put in the best performances over the past week by a panel of journalists who regularly cover the league.

NWSL Playoffs

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Playoffs are a single elimination tournament among four teams in the National Women's Soccer League, ultimately deciding the winner of the NWSL Championship.

Since playoff games cannot end in ties, those are broken by two straight 15-minute overtime periods, followed by shootouts of best-of-five rounds plus extra rounds as needed if still drawn.

NWSL Shield

The NWSL Shield is an annual award given to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team with the best regular season record, as determined by the NWSL points system. The NWSL Shield has been annually awarded since 2013, and is recognized as a major trophy by the league.

North Carolina Courage and Reign FC, having earned two NWSL Shields each since the league's inception in 2013, have won the most shields of any NWSL team as of 2018.

National Women's Soccer League Players Association

The National Women's Soccer League Players Association, or NWSLPA, is the association of professional National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) players who are not allocated by the United States or Canadian national teams.

National Women's Soccer League owners

National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) owners own a share in the National Women's Soccer League and have the right to operate a team. Players' rights to play in the league are controlled by a team. Each NWSL team has an investor-operator that is a shareholder in the league. The league has a profit-sharing arrangement amongst the teams.As of March 2019, league has nine investor-operators for its nine clubs.

North Carolina Courage

The North Carolina Courage is a professional women's soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. Its former incarnation, the Western New York Flash, was a founding member of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., in 2013. They relocated to North Carolina for 2017. They are affiliated with the men's team North Carolina FC of the United Soccer League, and play their home games at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

In 2018 the North Carolina Courage became the first team in NWSL history to win the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship in the same season.

Orlando Pride

The Orlando Pride is a professional women's soccer team based in Orlando, Florida. The team joined the National Women's Soccer League, the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., for the 2016 season. The tenth team to be added to the league, they are affiliated with MLS team Orlando City SC and play their home games at Orlando City Stadium.

The Pride hold the record for hosting the largest attendance in NWSL history, with 23,403 on hand to witness the Pride's inaugural home game, a 3–1 victory over the Houston Dash on April 23, 2016.

Utah Royals FC

Utah Royals FC is an American women's professional soccer club based in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, which plays in the National Women's Soccer League, the top flight of American women's soccer. The club was established on December 1, 2017, and began their first professional season in 2018.

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