NWSL Playoffs

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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.

Format[edit]

The top four teams in the final standings at the end of the NWSL season qualify for the playoffs and are seeded in order of their record.[1]

Tiebreakers[edit]

The initial determining factor for a team's position in the standings is most points earned, with three points earned for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. If at least two teams tie in point total, when determining rank and playoff qualification and seeding, the NWSL uses the following tiebreaker rules,[2] going down the list until all teams are ranked.

  • 1. Head to Head win/loss record between the teams (or points-per-game if more than two teams).
  • 2. Greater goal difference across the entire season (against all teams, not just tied teams).
  • 3. Greatest total number of goals scored (against all teams).
  • 4. Apply #1–3 to games played on the road.
  • 5. Apply #1–3 to games played at home.
  • 6. If teams are still equal, ranking will be determined by a coin toss (2 teams) or draw of lots (at least 3 teams).

NOTE: If two clubs remain tied after another club with the same number of points advances during any step, the tie breaker reverts to step 1 of the two-club format.

Semi-finals NWSL Championship
           
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Playoff series history[edit]

2017 season[edit]

Semi-finals Championship
           
1 North Carolina Courage 1
4 Chicago Red Stars 0
1 North Carolina Courage 0
2 Portland Thorns FC 1
2 Portland Thorns FC 4
3 Orlando Pride 1

2016 season[edit]

Semi-finals Championship
           
1 Portland Thorns FC 3
4 Western New York Flash (a.e.t.) 4
4 Western New York Flash (pen.) 2 (3)
2 Washington Spirit 2 (2)
2 Washington Spirit (a.e.t.) 2
3 Chicago Red Stars 1

2015 season[edit]

Semi-finals Championship
           
1 Seattle Reign FC 3
4 Washington Spirit 0
1 Seattle Reign FC 0
3 FC Kansas City 1
2 Chicago Red Stars 0
3 FC Kansas City 3

2014 season[edit]

Semi-finals Championship
           
1 Seattle Reign FC 2
4 Washington Spirit 1
1 Seattle Reign FC 1
2 FC Kansas City 2
2 FC Kansas City 2
3 Portland Thorns FC 0

2013 season[edit]

Semi-finals Championship
           
1 Western New York Flash 2
4 Sky Blue FC 0
1 Western New York Flash 0
3 Portland Thorns FC 2
2 FC Kansas City 2
3 Portland Thorns FC (a.e.t.) 3

Records and statistics[edit]

Correct as of conclusion of 2017 NWSL Playoffs

Playoff results[edit]

Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Portland Thorns FC 2 0 2013, 2017
FC Kansas City 2 0 2014, 2015
North Carolina Courage (formerly Western New York Flash) 1 2 2016 2013, 2017
Washington Spirit 0 1 2016
Seattle Reign FC 0 2 2014, 2015

Playoff Games and Win-Loss Record[edit]

Team Games Played W L % Most recent appearance Most recent title
FC Kansas City 5 4 1 .800 2015 2015
Western New York Flash 4 3 1 .750 2016 2016
Portland Thorns FC 6 4 2 .667 2017 2017
Seattle Reign FC 4 2 2 .500 2015 Never
North Carolina Courage 2 1 1 .500 2017 Never
Washington Spirit 4 1 3 .250 2016 Never
Sky Blue FC 1 0 1 .000 2013 Never
Orlando Pride 1 0 1 .000 2017 Never
Chicago Red Stars 3 0 3 .000 2017 Never

Appearances by team[edit]

Team Appearances
Portland Thorns FC 4
Chicago Red Stars 3
FC Kansas City 3
Washington Spirit 3
Seattle Reign FC 2
Western New York Flash 2
North Carolina Courage 1
Orlando Pride 1
Sky Blue FC 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Competition Rules and Regulations". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2016 Competition Rules and Regulations – National Women's Soccer League". Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. 

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