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W-League

This article is about the North American women's soccer league. For the Australian women's soccer league, see W-League (Australia).
USL W-League
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Country United States
Canada
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1995
Divisions 3
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Current champions Los Angeles Blues
Most championships Los Angeles Blues
(4 titles)
Website W-League Website
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The USL W-League is a North American women's developmental organization.[1] The W-League is also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is administered by the United Soccer Leagues system (the USL), which also oversees the men's United Soccer League and Premier Development League.

History

The W-League's inaugural season was in 1995. Originally called the United States Interregional Women's League, it later changed its name to the W-League. Although at its inception some of the league's franchises were barely above amateur level, it provided a professional outlet for many of the top female soccer players in the country. With professionals driving the level of play, the league made a very strong debut performance.

From 1995 through the 1997 season the W-League was a single tier format (all teams at the same division). This changed before the 1998 season when the W-League became a two tier league. The top tier/division was called W-1 and lower division, W-2. This division was in effect through the 2001 season - the first year of the new US Women's first division league WUSA. The W-League returned to a single tier format in the 2002 season, and remains as such.

Teams

Team Country City/area Stadium Founded Head coach
Northeastern Conference
Laval Comets 23x15px CAN Laval, Quebec Centre Sportif Bois-de-Boulogne 2006 23x15px Cindy Walsh
Long Island Rough Riders 23x15px USA South Huntington, New York Cy Donnelly Stadium 1995 23x15px Steve Cadet
New Jersey Wildcats 23x15px USA West Windsor, New Jersey Saint John Vianney High School 1996 23x15px Tommie Boykin
New York Magic 23x15px USA New Rochelle, New York Mazzella Field 1997 23x15px Nino DePasquale
North Jersey Valkyries 23x15px USA Wayne, New Jersey DePaul Catholic High School 2009 23x15px Mark White
Quebec Dynamo ARSQ 23x15px CAN Quebec City, Quebec Complexe de Soccer Honco de Lévis 2014 23x15px Marc Mounicot
Southeastern Conference
Atlanta Silverbacks Women 23x15px USA Chamblee, Georgia Atlanta Silverbacks Park 1998 23x15px Iggy Moleka
Braddock Road Stars Elite 23x15px USA Fairfax, Virginia Samuel J. Coffey Stadium 2014 23x15px Larry Best
Carolina Elite Cobras 23x15px USA Greenville, South Carolina Kroc Community Center 2010 23x15px Andrew Hyslop
Charlotte Lady Eagles 23x15px USA Charlotte, North Carolina Dickson Field 2003 23x15px Lee Horton
Dayton Dutch Lions WFC 23x15px USA West Carrollton, Ohio DOC Stadium 2011 23x15px Gavin MacLeod
Washington Spirit Reserves 23x15px USA Washington, D.C. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart 2013 23x15px Kati Jo Spisak
Western Conference
Arizona Strikers FC 23x15px USA Yuma, Arizona Desert Sun Stadium 2013 23x15px Manny Arias
Colorado Pride 23x15px USA Colorado Springs, Colorado Washburn Field 2013 23x15px Sian Hudson
Colorado Storm 23x15px USA Parker, Colorado Sports Authority Stadium 2014 23x15px Mike Haas
Colorado Rush Women 23x15px USA Arvada, Colorado North Area Athletic Complex 2010 23x15px Erik Bushey
Santa Clarita Blue Heat 23x15px USA Santa Clarita, California The Master's College 2008 23x15px Guilherme Mitrovich
Seattle Sounders Women 23x15px USA Tukwila, Washington Starfire Sports Complex 2001 23x15px Hubert Busby, Jr.

Former members

Past champions

For 1998 through 2001 the W-League was divided into two divisions: W-1 (the top division) W-2 (the lower division). The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of titles a club has won if they have won multiple titles. Click on year for W-League season summaries.

References

  1. ^ Jenna Pel, Onwards and Upwards: A Conversation With the W-League's Melanie Fitzgerald Part 1, http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=746 , May 6, 2010