W-League


W-League
USL W-League
Countries  United States
 Canada
Confederation US Soccer
Founded 1995
Divisions 4
Number of teams 27
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Current champions Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Most championships Boston Renegades
Long Island Lady Riders
Pali Blues
Raleigh Wings
Vancouver Whitecaps Women
(2 titles each)
TV partners Fox Soccer Channel
Website Official site in English
W-League 2011

The USL W-League is a national women's soccer league in the United States on the 2nd level of women's soccer in the United States soccer pyramid, alongside the Women's Premier Soccer League and below Women's Professional Soccer.

The W-League is recognized as North America’s main 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.

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History

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.

2011 Teams

USA States with W-League teams are highlighted in red, Canadian Provinces with W-League teams are in dark red

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division


Atlantic Division

Central Conference

Great Lakes Division

Western Conference

Former members

Past Champions

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

  • 1999
    • W-1: Raleigh Wings (2) 3 -2 Chicago Cobras (OT)
    • W-2: North Texas 5-1 Springfield Sirens

Reference

  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

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