USL W League

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USL W League
Organizing bodyUnited Soccer League
FoundedJune 8, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-06-08)
First season2022
CountryUnited States
ConfederationCONCACAF
Divisions10 divisions
Number of teams81
Level on pyramid4 (effective)
Current champion(s)Indy Eleven (2023)
Most championshipsIndy Eleven
Tormenta FC (1 title)
Websitewww.uslwleague.com
Current: 2024 USL W League season

The USL W League (USLW) is a pre-professional women's soccer league in the United States which began play in May 2022. It follows the USL W-League, a similar league that existed from 1995 to 2015.[1]

History[edit]

The league was originally announced by the United Soccer League with eight clubs, six of which would be women's sides for existing men's USL teams, and two of which would be entirely new franchises.[2][3] At launch, the USL said the inaugural season would include at least 30 teams.[4] The inaugural season began on May 6, 2022 with 44 teams across 20 states.[5][6] By the 2023 season the league had grown to 65 teams. The growth of the league, resulted in the development of a four conference system, which is broken down into 10 divisions. Each team plays it divisional opponents to qualify for regional play-offs.[7]

Teams[edit]

Overview of USL W League teams
Conference Division Team City Stadium Capacity Founded Joining Head coach Affiliate team
Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division AC Connecticut women[8] Newtown, Connecticut Trinity Health Stadium 5,500 2011 2022 vacant AC Connecticut
Hartford Athletic
Cedar Stars Academy women[9] Teaneck, New Jersey Capelli Sport Complex 500 2021 2022 vacant Cedar Stars Rush
Long Island Rough Riders[10] Uniondale, New York Mitchel Athletic Complex 1,000 1995 2022 England Matt Lannon[11] Long Island Rough Riders
Manhattan SC women[12] New York, New York Icahn Stadium 5,000 2021 2022 vacant Manhattan SC
Morris Elite SC women[13] Union, New Jersey Union High School unknown 2021 2022 United States Stephanie Savino[14] Morris Elite SC
Paisley Athletic FC[15] Kearny, New Jersey Harvey Field Complex 2021 2023 vacant
Westchester Flames women[16] New Rochelle, New York City Park Stadium 1,845 1999 2022 vacant Westchester Flames
Mid Atlantic Division Charlottesville Blues FC[17] Charlottesville, Virginia TBD 2023 2024 TBD None
Christos FC women[18] Baltimore, Maryland Moose Athletic Club 1997 2022 vacant Christos FC
Eagle FC women[19] Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Mountain View High School 1976 2022 vacant Eagle FC
Lancaster Inferno FC[20] Lancaster, Pennsylvania Pucillo Field 700 2008 2024 Stephanie Cleaves None
Northern Virginia FC women[21] Leesburg, Virginia Evergreen Sportsplex 1,500 2021 2022 Vacant Northern Virginia FC
Patuxent Football Athletics women[22] Patuxent, Maryland Calverton School 2018 2022 vacant Patuxent Football Athletics
USL W Richmond[23] Richmond, Virginia TBD 2023 2024 TBD Richmond Kickers (USL1)
Virginia Marauders FC women[24] Winchester, Virginia Winchester Sportsplex 2023 2023 England Jane Dawber Virginia Marauders FC
South Atlantic Division Charlotte Eagles women[25] Charlotte, North Carolina Matthews Sportsplex 5,000 2000 2024 vacant Charlotte Independence
Fayetteville Fury[26] Fayetteville, North Carolina TBD 2021 2024 TBD Fayetteville Fury (NISL)
North Carolina Courage U23[27] Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park 2022 2022 vacant North Carolina Courage
North Carolina Fusion U23 women[28] Browns Summit, North Carolina Macpherson Stadium 3,000 2018 2022 vacant North Carolina Fusion U23
South Carolina United FC[29] Columbia, South Carolina Southeastern Freight Lines Soccer Center 2,000 2012 2022 United States Sandy Burris[30] SC United Bantams
South Georgia Tormenta FC women[2] Statesboro, Georgia Optim Sports Medicine Field 5,300 2021 2022 United States Jim Robbins[31] Tormenta FC
USL W Carolina[32] Charlotte, North Carolina American Legion Memorial Stadium 10,500 2023 2024 TBD USL Super League Carolina
Wake FC women[33] Holly Springs, North Carolina Ting Stadium 1,800 2021 2022 vacant Wake FC
Central Conference Great Lakes Division AFC Ann Arbor women[34] Ann Arbor, Michigan Concordia University Ann Arbor 1,300 2014 2022 vacant AFC Ann Arbor
Cleveland Force SC[35] Cleveland, Ohio DiSanto Field 2,400 2018 2023 vacant Cleveland Force SC
Detroit City FC women[36] Hamtramck, Michigan Keyworth Stadium 7,933 2012 2022 United States Sam Piraine[36] Detroit City FC
Flint City AFC[37] Flint, Michigan Atwood Stadium 11,000 2022 2022 United States Aaron Roy[38] Flint City Bucks
Kalamazoo FC women[39] Kalamazoo, Michigan Mayors Riverfront Park 2016 2022 vacant Kalamazoo FC
Michiana FC Lionesses[40] Granger, Indiana TBD 2019 2024 Shek Borkowski Michiana FC Lions
Midwest United FC[41] Grand Rapids, Michigan Aquinas College 1,500 2016 2022 vacant Midwest United FC
Heartland Division Bavarian United SC women[42] Milwaukee, Wisconsin Heartland Value Fund Stadium 2,000 2011 2023 vacant Bavarian United SC
Chicago City SC women[43] Chicago, Illinois ITW David Speer Academy 2013 2022 vacant Chicago City SC
Chicago Dutch Lions FC women[44] Lisle, Illinois Benedictine University Stadium 3,000 2020 2022 vacant Chicago Dutch Lions FC
Minnesota Aurora FC[45] Eagan, Minnesota TCO Stadium 5,600 2021 2022 United States Nicole Lukic[46]
River Light FC[47] Aurora, Illinois TBD 2020 2024 TBD None
RKC Third Coast women[48] Racine, Wisconsin Pritchard Park Multi-Purpose Field 1,534 2023 2023 United States John Burke[49] RKC Third Coast
Rochester FC[50] Rochester, Minnesota Rochester Regional Stadium 5,000 2018 2023 vacant Rochester FC
Valley Division Indy Eleven women[51] Indianapolis, Indiana Grand Park 1,000 2021 2022 United States Paul Dolinsky[52] Indy Eleven
Lexington SC women[53] Lexington, Kentucky Bell Soccer Complex 3,370 2022 2023 vacant Lexington SC
Kings Hammer FC women[54] Cincinnati, Ohio Bishop Brossart High School 2021 2022 vacant Kings Hammer FC
Racing Louisville FC Academy[55] Louisville, Kentucky Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Center 2020 2022 vacant Racing Louisville FC
St. Charles FC [56] St. Charles, Missouri Lutheran High School 2020 2023 vacant St. Charles FC
Southern Conference South Central Division Asheville City SC women[57] Asheville, North Carolina Greenwood Field 3,000 2021 2022 vacant Asheville City SC
Athens United[58] Athens, Georgia TBD 1972 2024 TBD Athens United (USL2)
Birmingham Legion WFC[59] Birmingham, Alabama Dunnavant Valley Fields – Field Four 2023 2023 vacant Birmingham Legion FC
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC women[2] Chattanooga, Tennessee CHI Memorial Stadium 5,500 2019 2022 United States Luke Winter[60] Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Greenville Liberty SC[2] Greenville, South Carolina Paladin Stadium 10,000 2021 2022 United States Julie Carlson[61] Greenville Triumph SC
Southern Soccer Academy women[62] Marietta, Georgia Marathon Soccer Park 1,000 2021 2022 vacant Southern Soccer Academy
Tennessee SC women[63] Brentwood, Tennessee Ravenwood High School 2012 2022 United States Dalton Kaufman[64] Tennessee SC
Southeast Division Brevard SC Riptide[65] Melbourne, Florida Melbourne Central Catholic High School 2023 2024 Christofer Felber Brevard SC (USL2)
Brooke House FC[66] Maitland, Florida TBD 2022 2024 Lawrie Dudfield Brooke House FC (USL2)
Florida Elite Soccer Academy women[67] St. Johns, Florida Mandarin High School Stadium 1,000 2014 2022 vacant Florida Elite Soccer Academy
Miami AC women[68] Miami, Florida Miami Dade College 2021 2022 vacant Miami AC
Palm City Americanas[69] Palm City, Florida Football Farm 2022 2023 vacant
Swan City SC women[70] Lakeland, Florida Lake Myrtle Sports Complex 1,500 2016 2023 vacant Swan City SC
Tampa Bay United SC women[71] Tampa, Florida Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay 300[72] 2011 2022 vacant Tampa Bay United SC
TLH Reckoning[73] Tallahassee, Florida Gene Cox Stadium 5,500 2023 2024 TBD None
Lone Star Division AC Houston Sur Women[74] Houston, Texas The Village School 2021 2024 vacant AC Houston Sur (USL2)
AHFC Royals Women[74] Houston, Texas Campbell Road Sports Park 2017 2024 vacant AHFC Royals (USL2)
Challenge SC Women[74] Tomball, Texas TBD 1987 2024 vacant
Lonestar SC Women[74] Austin, Texas TBD 2004 2024 vacant
San Antonio Athenians SC[75] San Antonio, Texas Soccer Central 2016 2024 vacant
Western Conference Northwest Division Capital FC Atletica[76] Salem, Oregon John Chambers Field 500 2017 2023 vacant Capital FC
Lane United FC women[76] Eugene, Oregon New Civic Stadium 2,500 2013 2023 vacant Lane United FC
FC Olympia women[76] Olympia, Washington A G West Black Hills High School 1,000 2021 2023 vacant FC Olympia
Tacoma Galaxy[77] Tacoma, Washington TBD 2024 2024 TBD Tacoma Stars (USL2)
United PDX women[78] Portland, Oregon Westside Christian High School 2018 2023 United States Eric McClellan[79] United PDX
Nor Cal Division Academica SC women[80][81] Turlock, California Academica Field 600 2022 2023 vacant Academica SC
California Storm (W League)[80][82] Sacramento, California Davis Legacy Soccer Club TBA 2022 2023 vacant California Storm
Marin FC Siren[80] Greenbrae, California San Rafael High School TBA 2022 2023 vacant Marin FC
Oakland Soul SC[80][83] Oakland, California Merritt College Soccer Stadium 3,451 2022 2023 United States Jessica Clinton Oakland Roots SC
Olympic Club SC women[80] San Francisco, California 2022 2023 vacant Olympic Club
Pleasanton RAGE[80] Pleasanton, California Stanford Medicine Sports Complex TBA 2022 2023 vacant
San Francisco Glens women[80][84] San Francisco, California Skyline College 1,000 2022 2023 United States Mike Sharabi[85] San Francisco Glens
Stockton Cargo SC[80][86][87] Stockton, California San Joaquin Delta College Soccer Field TBA 2021 2023 vacant
Mountain Division Albion SC Colorado[88] Lafayette, Colorado TBD 2021 2024 vacant Albion SC Boulder County (USL2)
Colorado International Soccer Academy[88] Parker, Colorado TBD 2012 2024 vacant Colorado International Soccer Academy (USL2)
Colorado Storm[89] Denver, Colorado 1967 2024 TBD
Flatirons Rush[88] Arvada, Colorado TBD 2019 2024 vacant Flatirons Rush (USL2)
Northern Colorado Rain FC[90][91] Windsor, Colorado TicketSmarter Stadium 6,000 2023 2024 TBD Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (USL1)

Location map[edit]

USL W League is located in the United States
Cedar Stars Academy women
Cedar Stars Academy women
Charlottesville Blues FC
Charlottesville Blues FC
Christos FC women
Christos FC women
Eagle FC women
Eagle FC women
Lancaster Inferno
Lancaster Inferno
Patuxent Football Athletics women
Patuxent Football Athletics women
USL W Richmond
USL W Richmond
Kalamazoo FC women
Kalamazoo FC women
Michiana Lions
Michiana Lions
RKC Third Coast women
RKC Third Coast women
River Light FC
River Light FC
Kings Hammer FC women
Kings Hammer FC women
Racing Louisville FC Academy
Racing Louisville FC Academy
Fayetteville Fury
Fayetteville Fury
Asheville City SC women
Asheville City SC women
Athens United
Athens United
Tennessee SC
Tennessee SC
Brevard SC Riptide
Brevard SC Riptide
Brooke House FC
Brooke House FC
Miami AC women
Miami AC women
TLH Reckoning
TLH Reckoning
Capital FC Atletica
Capital FC Atletica
Tacoma Galaxy
Tacoma Galaxy
AC Houston Sur Women
AC Houston Sur Women
AHFC Royals Women
AHFC Royals Women
Challenge SC Women
Challenge SC Women
Lonestar SC Women
Lonestar SC Women
Athenians SC
Athenians SC
Northern Colorado Rain FC
Northern Colorado Rain FC
Boulder County United
Boulder County United
Colorado International Soccer Academy
Colorado International Soccer Academy
Flatirons Rush
Flatirons Rush
USL W League clubs
Metropolitan Division; Mid-Atlantic Division; Great Lakes Division; Heartland Division; Valley Division; South Atlantic Division; South Central Division; Southeast Division; Northwest Division; Nor Cal Division; Lone Star Division; Mountain Division

Champions[edit]

Overview of USL W League champions
Season Playoff champions Regular season champions
2022 South Georgia Tormenta FC[92] Minnesota Aurora FC
2023 Indy Eleven[93] Minnesota Aurora FC

Finals[edit]

Overview of USL W League finals
Year Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
2022 South Georgia Tormenta FC[94] 2–1 (a.e.t.) Minnesota Aurora FC[95] TCO Stadium 6,489[94]
2023 Indy Eleven[96] 2–1 (a.e.t.) North Carolina Courage U23[97] IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium 5,419

Awards[edit]

Season MVP Golden Boot Golden Glove Assist Champion Coach of the Year Young Player of the Year
2022 England Amy Andrews
(Tormenta FC)[98]
England Amy Andrews
(Tormenta FC)[99]
United States Sydney Martinez
(Tormenta FC)[99]
United States Treva Aycock
(Southern Soccer Academy)[100]
United States Nicole Lukic
(Minnesota Aurora FC)[101]
Trinidad and Tobago Christian Brathwaite
(Greenville Liberty SC)[102]
2023 Portugal Nádia Gomes
(San Francisco Glens SC)[103]
United States Baylee DeSmit
(Christos FC)[104]
United States Bailey Herfurth
(Tampa Bay United)[104]
United States Katie Shea Collins
(Tennessee SC)[105]
United States Mia Oliaro
(North Carolina Courage U23)[106]
United States Michele Krzisnik
(Flint City AFC)[106]

See also[edit]

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