2010 W-League (North America)

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The 2010 W-League Season will be the league's 16th. The regular season will begin in May and end in July. The playoffs will begin in late July and end in August.

Changes from 2009 season[edit]

Name Changes[edit]

Two teams changed their name in the off-season:

Team Name Metro Area Previous Name
Flag of California.svg Santa Clarita Blue Heat Los Angeles area Ventura County Fusion
Flag of Washington, D.C..svg Washington Freedom Futures Washington, D.C. area Washington Freedom Reserves

Expansion Teams[edit]

Three teams were added for the season:

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado Rush Women Denver area Denver, CO expansion
Flag of New Jersey.svg New Jersey Rangers North Jersey area Denville, NJ expansion
Flag of New Jersey.svg North Jersey Valkyries North Jersey area Wayne, NJ expansion

Teams Leaving[edit]

10 teams folded after the 2009 season:

Standings[edit]

Orange indicates W-League title and bye into W-League semifinals.
Purple indicates division title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched
Yellow indicates team would qualify for playoffs in current position
Red indicates team is eliminated from playoffs

Central Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Ottawa Fury Women 12 8 1 3 25 5 +20 27
2 Toronto Lady Lynx 12 7 2 3 15 6 +9 24
3 Laval Comets 12 6 3 3 17 10 +7 21
4 Quebec City Amiral SC 12 6 4 2 16 12 +4 20
5 Rochester Ravens 12 2 9 1 8 24 -16 7
6 Hamilton Avalanche 12 1 11 0 5 29 -24 3

Midwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Buffalo Flash 12 10 0 2 48 5 +43 32
2 Chicago Red Eleven 12 8 2 2 32 8 +24 26
3 Kalamazoo Outrage 12 4 7 1 18 26 -8 13
4 Cleveland Internationals Women 12 3 8 1 16 39 -23 10
5 London Gryphons 12 1 9 2 6 25 -19 5

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Atlanta Silverbacks Women 10 7 2 1 22 7 +15 22
2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 10 5 3 2 15 4 +11 17
3 Tampa Bay Hellenic 10 5 4 1 12 13 -1 16
4 Hampton Roads Piranhas 10 2 6 2 7 21 -14 8
5 Northern Virginia Majestics 10 2 8 0 6 25 -19 6
Northeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 12 11 1 0 26 9 +17 33
2 Washington Freedom Futures 12 10 1 1 29 7 +22 31
3 New Jersey Wildcats 12 7 4 1 22 16 +6 22
4 Long Island Rough Riders 12 7 5 0 23 14 +9 21
5 New Jersey Rangers 12 4 8 0 16 30 -14 12
6 New York Magic 12 3 9 0 23 30 -7 9
7 North Jersey Valkyries 12 0 12 0 5 30 -25 0

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 10 6 0 4 20 9 +11 22
2 Pali Blues 10 3 4 3 16 14 +2 12
3 Seattle Sounders Women 10 2 2 6 12 12 0 12
4 Colorado Rush Women 10 2 2 6 10 12 -2 12
5 Santa Clarita Blue Heat 10 2 6 2 6 16 -10 8
6 Colorado Force 10 2 3 5 11 12 -1 7*

Note: Colorado Force deducted 4 points.

Playoffs[edit]

Format[edit]

The W-League champion will earn an automatic bye into the W-League Semifinals, with the highest-placed team in the division not making the playoffs will earn a playoff berth.

The Central Conference will have 5 playoff spots. The second and third place teams from the Great Lakes Division will play each other. The winner will play the Midwest Division champions, while the Great Lakes Division champion will play the second place team of the Midwest Division. The winners of those games will play to determine the conference champion. The Eastern Conference division champions will play the second place team of the opposite division, the winners facing off to determine who goes to the W-League Semifinals. The Western Conference will have their top two teams facing off to determine their conference champion.

The W-League Semifinals will put the regular season champion against the lowest seeded conference champion, and the higher-ranked conference champions against each other. The winners of these games will play in the championship.

Conference Brackets[edit]

Central Conference

  Central Divisional Round     Central Semifinals     Central Championship
                           
        MW1  New York Buffalo Flash 3  
  GL2  Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 2     GL2  Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 0    
  GL3  Quebec Laval Comets 0         MW1  New York Buffalo Flash 1
      GL1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 0
        GL1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 2    
        MW2  Illinois Chicago Red Eleven 0  

Eastern Conference

Eastern Semifinals Eastern Championship
           
AT1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 5
NE2 New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats 1
AT1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1
AT2 North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 0
NE1 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Futures 2 (5)
AT2 North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles (AET/PSO) 2 (6)

Western Conference

Western Finals
     
W1 British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 2
W2 California Pali Blues 1

W-League Championship Bracket[edit]

  W-League Semifinal                    
  MW1  New York Buffalo Flash 3  
  AT1  Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1   W-League Championship
      MW1  New York Buffalo Flash 3
  W-League Semifinal   W1  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 1
  WL  New York Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 1
  W1  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 3   W-League Third Place
    WL  New York Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 3
    AT1  Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 0

Divisional Round[edit]

July 21, 2010
3:30 PM EDT
Quebec Laval Comets 0 - 2 Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx
Pinard Booked 88' (Report) Puopolo Goal 12'
Mottershead Goal 25'
Oduro Booked 80'
Centennial Park Stadium
Etobicoke, ON
Attendance: 50
Referee: Ihor Bokiy(CAN)

Conference Semifinals[edit]

July 23, 2010
5:00 PM EDT
North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 2 - 2
(a.e.t.)
Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Futures
Bellingham Goal 81' Goal 120' Lenczyk Goal 69'
Velaj Goal 109'
  Penalties  
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Lyle Penalty scored
6 - 5 Penalty scored
Penalty missed
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Penalty missed

July 23, 2010
7:30 PM EDT
New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats 1 - 5 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Brandao Goal 71' (Report) Frierson Goal 22' Goal 38'
Tomlinson Goal 45'
Newfield Goal 69'
Harbrueger Goal 81' Booked 84'

July 24, 2010
5:30 PM EDT
Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 0 - 3 New York Buffalo Flash
Afonso Booked 28' (Report) Boquete Goal 20' Goal 41'
Parker Goal 69'
Niagara Field
Lewiston, NY
Attendance: 125
Referee: John Safar (USA)

July 24, 2010
8:00 PM EDT
Illinois Chicago Red Eleven 0 - 2 Ontario Ottawa Fury Women
Kabellis Booked 90' (Report) Evans Goal 11' Booked 71'
Hearn Goal 45'
Taylor Booked 67'
Niagara Field
Lewiston, NY
Attendance: 75
Referee: Pat Road (USA)

Conference Finals[edit]

July 24, 2010
7:30 PM EDT
North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 0 - 1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women
(Report) Garman Booked 41'
Powell Goal 44'

July 24, 2010
7:00 PM PDT
California Pali Blues 1 - 2 British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women
Shaner Booked 58'
Gama Goal 61'
(Report) Tancredi Goal 35'
Vermeulen Goal 41'
Zurrer Booked 68'
Kyle Booked 90'
Swangard Stadium
Burnaby, BC
Attendance: 1,712
Referee: Michelle Pye (CAN)

July 25, 2010
6:00 PM EDT
Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 0 - 1 New York Buffalo Flash
Romagnuolo Booked 57'
Wetzel Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 89', 90+'
(Report) Parker Goal 20'
Boquete Booked 83'
Niagara Field
Lewiston, NY
Attendance: 155
Referee: Steve Montanino (USA)

W-League Semifinals[edit]

July 29, 2010
2:00 PM PDT
Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1 - 3 New York Buffalo Flash
Powell Goal 36' (Report) Hammond Goal 18'
Parker Goal 53' Goal 81'
Harry Welch Stadium
Santa Clarita, CA
Referee: Magic Berenji (USA)

July 29, 2010
5:00 PM PDT
British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 3 - 1 New York Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
Kyle Goal 4'
Franko Goal 13'
Stewart Booked 57'
Booth Goal 76'
(Report) Edmonds Booked 57'
Demoner Goal 85'
Harry Welch Stadium
Santa Clarita, CA
Attendance: 302
Referee: Ryan Van Dyne (USA)

W-League Third Place[edit]

W-League Championship[edit]

July 31, 2010
4:00 PM PDT
British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 1 - 3 New York Buffalo Flash
Vermeulen Booked 53' Goal 57' (Report) Davison Goal 61'
Boquete Goal 64' Goal 88'
Harry Welch Stadium
Santa Clarita, CA
Attendance: 362
Referee: Felisha Mariscal (USA)

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