W-League

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USL W-League
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Country United States
Canada
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1995
Divisions 4
Number of teams 25
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Current champions Los Angeles Blues
Most championships Los Angeles Blues
(3 titles)
Website W-League Website
W-League 2014

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 USL Pro and USL Premier Development League.

History[edit]

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.

2014 Teams[edit]

Team Country City/Area Stadium Founded Head Coach
Northeastern Conference
Braddock Road Stars Elite  USA Fairfax, Virginia Samuel J. Coffey Stadium 2014 United States Larry Best
Long Island Rough Riders  USA South Huntington, New York Cy Donnelly Stadium 1995 United States Steve Cadet
New Jersey Wildcats  USA West Windsor, New Jersey Mercer County Community College Stadium 1996 United States Kevin McDermott
New York Magic  USA Brooklyn, New York Old Boys High School Field 1997 Italy Nino DePasquale
North Jersey Valkyries  USA Wayne, New Jersey DePaul Catholic High School 2009 United States Mark White
Washington Spirit Reserves  USA Washington, D.C. Maryland SoccerPlex 2013 United States German Peri
Southeastern Conference
Atlanta Silverbacks Women  USA Chamblee, Georgia Atlanta Silverbacks Park 1998 United States Chris Adams
Carolina Elite Cobras  USA Greenville, South Carolina MESA Soccer Complex 2010 United States Sandy Burris
Charlotte Lady Eagles  USA Charlotte, North Carolina Dickson Field 2003 United States Lee Horton
Dayton Dutch Lions WFC  USA Dayton, Ohio Beavercreek Stadium 2011 Scotland Gavin MacLeod
Gulf Coast Texans  USA Pensacola, Florida Ashton Brosnaham Stadium 2011 TBD
Central Conference
K-W United FC  CAN Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario University Stadium (Waterloo, Ontario) 2006 Canada Brett Mosen
Laval Comets  CAN Laval, Quebec Centre Sportif Bois-de-Boulogne 2006 Canada Cindy Walsh
London Gryphons  CAN London, Ontario North London Stadium 2004 United States Abe Hadzic
Ottawa Fury Women  CAN Ottawa, Ontario Algonquin College Soccer Complex 2003 Canada Dominic Oliveri
Quebec Dynamo ASDQ  CAN Quebec City, Quebec Collège François-Xavier-Garneau 2008 Canada Samir Ghrib
Toronto Lady Lynx  CAN Toronto, Ontario Centennial Park Stadium 2005 Canada Danny Stewart
Western Conference
Bay Area Breeze  USA San Francisco, California Kezar Stadium [2] 2011 Australia Vicki Linton
Colorado Pride  USA Colorado Springs, Colorado Washburn Field 2013 Australia Daniel Clitnovici
Colorado Storm  USA Parker, Colorado Legend High School 2014 United States Mike Haas
Colorado Rush Women  USA Arvada, Colorado North Area Athletic Complex 2010 United States Erik Bushey
Los Angeles Blues  USA Los Angeles, California Stadium-by-the-Sea 2008 United States Charlie Naimo
Santa Clarita Blue Heat  USA Santa Clarita, California Valencia High School 2008 England Anthony Rodwell
Seattle Sounders Women  USA Tukwila, Washington Starfire Sports Complex 2001 Canada Hubert Busby, Jr.
Sedona FC Strikers  USA Sedona, Arizona Red Rock High School 2013 United States Manny Arias

Former members[edit]

Past Champions[edit]

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[edit]

  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
  2. ^ "Breeze Tab Kezar Stadium as Home Field". United Soccer Leagues (USL). 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2012-05-04.