2005 W-League

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The 2005 W-League Season is the league's 11th.

Changes from 2004 season[edit]

Name Changes[edit]

Three teams changed their name in the off-season:

Team Name Metro Area Previous Name
Illinois Chicago Gaels Chicago area Chicago Cobras
Colorado Mile High Edge Boulder area Mile High Mustangs
Colorado Real Colorado Cougars Denver area Denver Lady Cougars

Expansion Teams[edit]

Five teams were added for the season:

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women Atlanta area Atlanta, GA expansion
Florida Central Florida Krush Orlando area Winter Park, FL expansion
California San Diego Gauchos Women San Diego area San Diego, CA expansion
Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx Toronto area Toronto, ON expansion
Vermont Vermont Lady Voltage Burlington area St. Albans, VT expansion

Teams Leaving[edit]

One team left for the WPSL:

Eight teams folded after the 2004 season:

Standings[edit]

Orange indicates W-League title and bye into W-League semifinals.
Blue indicates division title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Central Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Charlotte Lady Eagles 14 11 2 1 37 11 +26 34
2 Central Florida Kraze 14 11 3 0 32 13 +19 33
3 Atlanta Silverbacks Women 14 8 5 1 30 20 +10 25
4 Hampton Roads Piranhas 14 5 6 3 28 29 -1 18
5 Richmond Kickers Destiny 14 6 8 0 20 23 -3 18
6 Northern Virginia Majestics 14 5 9 0 22 33 -11 15
7 Bradenton Athletics 14 4 7 3 12 25 -13 15
8 Carolina Dynamo Women 14 1 11 2 10 37 -27 5

Midwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Detroit Jaguars 14 11 3 0 38 13 +25 33
2 Cleveland Internationals Women 14 9 5 0 36 20 +16 27
3 London Gryphons 14 8 4 2 31 18 +13 26
4 Cincinnati Ladyhawks 14 6 7 1 33 40 -7 19
5 Fort Wayne Fever 14 5 9 0 24 36 -12 15
6 Chicago Gaels 14 4 8 2 27 38 -11 14
7 West Michigan Firewomen 14 3 10 1 21 45 -24 10

Eastern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 New Jersey Wildcats 14 13 1 0 57 2 +55 39
2 Boston Renegades 14 9 5 0 43 23 +20 27
3 Long Island Rough Riders 14 8 6 0 21 14 +7 24
4 Western Mass Lady Pioneers 14 7 6 1 17 16 +1 22
5 New York Magic 14 5 8 1 19 26 -7 16
6 New Hampshire Lady Phantoms* 14 3 11 0 14 56 -42 6
7 South Jersey Banshees 14 1 13 0 6 57 -51 3

* New Hampshire was deducted 3 points for violations.

Northern Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Ottawa Fury Women 14 13 1 0 64 7 +57 39
2 Toronto Lady Lynx 14 11 3 0 44 16 +28 33
3 Vermont Lady Voltage 14 7 7 0 21 21 0 21
4 Sudbury Canadians 14 3 11 0 15 50 -35 9
5 Rochester Ravens 14 3 11 0 14 50 -36 9

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 14 13 1 0 47 4 +43 39
2 Arizona Heatwave 14 10 3 1 40 17 +23 31
3 Mile High Edge 14 10 4 0 40 20 +20 30
4 Denver Lady Cougars 14 7 6 1 26 24 +2 22
5 Seattle Sounders Women 14 5 8 1 25 27 -2 15
6 Fort Collins Force 14 2 11 1 13 44 -31 7
7 San Diego Gauchos Women 14 0 14 0 4 59 -55 0

Playoffs[edit]

Format[edit]

Five teams from the Eastern Conference, four teams from the Central Conference and two from the Western Conference qualify for the playoffs. All match-ups are in a one-leg format.

In the Central Conference, the division champions play the second-place team from the opposite division.

In the Eastern Conference, the division champion with the best record receives a bye, and will play the winner of the teams with the 4th and 5th-best conference records. The other division champion will play the seventh-place team, and plays the winner of the third-place and sixth-place teams.

The two teams in the Western Conference will play each other to advance to the W-League Semifinals.

The regular season champion, New Jersey Wildcats, received a bye into the W-League semifinals, with the eighth-place team from the Eastern Conference receiving a playoff berth.

Conference brackets[edit]

Central Conference

Central Semifinals Central Championship
           
A1 North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 6
MW2 Ohio Cleveland Internationals Women 2
A1 North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 0
A2 Florida Central Florida Krush 1
MW1 Michigan Detroit Jaguars 2
A2 Florida Central Florida Krush 3

Eastern Conference

  Eastern Quarterfinals     Eastern Semifinals     Eastern Championship
                           
  E4  New York Long Island Rough Riders 3    
  E5  Massachusetts Western Mass Lady Pioneers 1    
        E1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 5  
            E4  New York Long Island Rough Riders 1    
               
      E1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 2
  E2  Massachusetts Boston Renegades 4               E3  Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 0
  E7  New York New York Magic 0              
        E2  Massachusetts Boston Renegades 1    
        E3  Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 2  
  E3  Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 6    
  E6  Vermont Vermont Lady Voltage 0  

Western Conference

Western Finals
     
W1 British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 4
W2 Arizona Arizona Heatwave 0

W-League Championship bracket[edit]

  Semifinal                    
  WL  New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats 2  
  W1  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 1   Championship
      WL  New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats 3
  Semifinal   E1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 0
  E1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 2
  A2  Florida Central Florida Krush 1   Third Place
    W1  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 3
    A2  Florida Central Florida Krush 1

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