W-League

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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 Washington Spirit Reserves
Most championships Los Angeles Blues
(4 titles)
Website W-League Website
W-League 2015

The USL W-League is a North American women's soccer 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[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.

Teams[edit]

Team Country City/area Stadium Founded Head coach
Northeastern Conference
Laval Comets  CAN Laval, Quebec Centre Sportif Bois-de-Boulogne 2006 Canada Cindy Walsh
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 Saint John Vianney High School 1996 United States Tommie Boykin
New York Magic  USA New Rochelle, New York Mazzella Field 1997 Italy Nino DePasquale
North Jersey Valkyries  USA Wayne, New Jersey DePaul Catholic High School 2009 United States Mark White
Quebec Dynamo ARSQ  CAN Quebec City, Quebec Complexe de Soccer Honco de Lévis 2014 Canada Marc Mounicot
Southeastern Conference
Atlanta Silverbacks Women  USA Chamblee, Georgia Atlanta Silverbacks Park 1998 Zaire Iggy Moleka
Braddock Road Stars Elite  USA Fairfax, Virginia Samuel J. Coffey Stadium 2014 United States Larry Best
Carolina Elite Cobras  USA Greenville, South Carolina Kroc Community Center 2010 United States Andrew Hyslop
Charlotte Lady Eagles  USA Charlotte, North Carolina Dickson Field 2003 United States Lee Horton
Dayton Dutch Lions WFC  USA West Carrollton, Ohio DOC Stadium 2011 Scotland Gavin MacLeod
Washington Spirit Reserves  USA Washington, D.C. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart 2013 United States Kati Jo Spisak
Western Conference
Arizona Strikers FC  USA Yuma, Arizona Desert Sun Stadium 2013 United States Manny Arias
Calgary Foothills WFC  CAN Calgary, Alberta Hellard Field 2015 TBD
Colorado Pride  USA Colorado Springs, Colorado Washburn Field 2013 Wales Sian Hudson
Colorado Storm  USA Parker, Colorado Sports Authority Stadium 2014 United States Mike Haas
Colorado Rush Women  USA Arvada, Colorado North Area Athletic Complex 2010 United States Erik Bushey
Santa Clarita Blue Heat  USA Santa Clarita, California The Master's College 2008 Brazil Guilherme Mitrovich
Seattle Sounders Women  USA Tukwila, Washington Starfire Sports Complex 2001 Canada Hubert Busby, Jr.

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