2018 National Women's Soccer League season

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National Women's Soccer League
Season 2018
Matches played 54
Goals scored 130 (2.41 per match)
Top goalscorer Christine Sinclair (6)
Highest scoring ORL 3–4 NCC
(May 23)
CHI 2–5 ORL
(May 26)
Longest winning run 4 games
North Carolina Courage
(March 24 – April 18)
(May 12 - May 30)
Longest unbeaten run 12 games
North Carolina Courage
(March 24 – June 3)
Longest winless run 11 games
Sky Blue FC
(March 31 – present)
Longest losing run 6 games
Sky Blue FC
(May 5 – June 2)
Highest attendance 19,203
UTA 0–1 CHI
(April 14)
Lowest attendance 1,913
SKY 0–1 SEA
(April 15)
Total attendance 311,105
Average attendance 5,761
2017
All statistics correct as of June 16, 2018.

The 2018 National Women's Soccer League season is the sixth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it is the twelfth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations and take the financial burden of individual clubs.

The off-season brought significant changes, with FC Kansas City and the Boston Breakers ceasing operations, while new club Utah Royals FC joined the league. Teams will once again play 24 regular-season games this year, with the top four teams making a single-elimination playoff.[1] The 2018 season began on March 24, and will run until September 9. The NWSL Playoffs will begin on September 14 with the two semifinal matches and end with the championship on September 22 at Providence Park in Portland. [2][3]

Teams, stadiums, and personnel

Stadiums and locations

Two teams, the Dash and Reign, do not make their stadiums' entire capacity available for home games, instead restricting ticket sales at a lower level. The full capacities of their venues are included in parentheses and italics.

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All of the teams use Nike as their kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Chicago Red Stars United States Dames, RoryRory Dames Illinois Bone and Joint Institute
Houston Dash Netherlands Pauw, VeraVera Pauw BBVA Compass
North Carolina Courage England Riley, PaulPaul Riley Continental AG
Orlando Pride Scotland Sermanni, TomTom Sermanni Orlando Health
Portland Thorns England Parsons, MarkMark Parsons Providence Health & Services
Seattle Reign FC Republic of Macedonia Andonovski, VlatkoVlatko Andonovski Microsoft
Sky Blue FC United States Reddy, DeniseDenise Reddy Meridian Health
Utah Royals FC England Harvey, LauraLaura Harvey Conservice
Washington Spirit United States Gabarra, JimJim Gabarra ProChain Solutions, Inc.

Coaching changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment Ref.
Seattle Reign FC England Harvey, LauraLaura Harvey Mutual separation November 7, 2017 Republic of Macedonia Andonovski, VlatkoVlatko Andonovski November 7, 2017 [4]
Sky Blue FC Vacant August 16, 2017 United States Reddy, DeniseDenise Reddy November 15, 2017 [5]
Utah Royals FC New franchise England Harvey, LauraLaura Harvey November 27, 2017 [6]
Houston Dash United States Omar Morales End of interim period September 29, 2017 Netherlands Pauw, VeraVera Pauw November 27, 2017 [7]

Competition format

  • Each team will play each team 3 times, for a total of 24 games (12 home and 12 away).
  • The four teams at the end of the season with the most points qualify for the playoffs.

League standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 North Carolina Courage 13 9 3 1 24 12 +12 30 NWSL Shield
2 Seattle Reign FC 11 5 4 2 13 8 +5 19 NWSL Playoffs
3 Orlando Pride 12 5 4 3 19 15 +4 19
4 Utah Royals FC 11 4 5 2 10 8 +2 17
5 Portland Thorns FC 12 4 4 4 16 17 −1 16
6 Chicago Red Stars 13 3 7 3 17 17 0 16
7 Houston Dash 12 3 5 4 13 17 −4 14
8 Washington Spirit 13 2 4 7 10 17 −7 10
9 Sky Blue FC 11 0 2 9 8 19 −11 2
Updated to match(es) played on June 16, 2018. Source: NWSL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Tiebreakers

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 two or more teams tie in point total, when determining rank and playoff qualification and seeding, the NWSL uses the following tiebreaker rules,[8] 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.

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.


Attendance

Average home attendances

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

Team GP Attendance High Low Average
Portland Thorns FC 6 94,251 17,115 14,485 15,709
Utah Royals FC 5 50,660 19,203 7,137 10,132
Orlando Pride 5 25,514 9,017 3,104 5,103
Chicago Red Stars 7 31,957 13,678 2,027 4,565
North Carolina Courage 7 30,355 5,866 3,011 4,336
Seattle Reign FC 4 16,016 5,251 3,561 4,004
Houston Dash 7 24,900 5,846 2,376 3,557
Washington Spirit 7 24,320 4,989 2,433 3,474
Sky Blue FC 6 13,132 2,814 1,913 2,189
Total 54 311,105 19,203 1,913 5,761

Updated to games played on June 16, 2018.[9]

Highest attendances

Statistical leaders


Individual awards

Monthly awards

Player of the Month

Month Player Club Ref
March United States Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC [10]
April United States Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars [11]
May England Rachel Daly Houston Dash [12]

Team of the Month

Month Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards Ref
March United States Jane Campbell, HOU United States Jaelene Hinkle, NC
United States Becky Sauerbrunn, UTA
United States Emily Sonnett, POR
England Rachel Daly, HOU
United States Lindsey Horan, POR
Brazil Debinha, NC
Iceland Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir, UTA
United States Megan Rapinoe, SEA
United States Mallory Pugh, WAS
United States Crystal Dunn, NC
[13]
April United States Aubrey Bledsoe, WAS United States Jaelene Hinkle, NC
United States Estelle Johnson, WAS
United States Becky Sauerbrunn, UTA
United States Emily Sonnett, POR
United States Sofia Huerta, CHI
United States Crystal Dunn, NC
United States McCall Zerboni, NC
Nigeria Francisca Ordega, WAS
United States Jessica McDonald, NC
United States Mallory Pugh, WAS
[14]
May United States Abby Smith, UTA Australia Steph Catley, SEA
New Zealand Abby Erceg, NC
United States Becky Sauerbrunn, UTA
United States Ali Krieger, ORL
United States Kristie Mewis, HOU
United States Lindsey Horan, POR
United States McCall Zerboni, NC
England Rachel Daly, HOU
Canada Christine Sinclair, POR
United States Crystal Dunn, NC
[15]

Weekly awards

Week NWSL Player of the Week NWSL Goal of the Week NWSL Save of the Week Reference
Player Club Player Club Player Club
1 United States Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC Iceland Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir Utah Royals FC United States Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [16] [17] [18]
2 United States Mallory Pugh Washington Spirit United States Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC United States Jane Campbell Houston Dash [19] [20] [21]
3 United States McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage United States Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC United States Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [22] [23] [24]
4 United States Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars United States Merritt Mathias North Carolina Courage United States Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [25] [26] [27]
5 United States McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage United States Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC United States Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [28] [29] [30]
6 United States Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars Canada Diana Matheson Utah Royals FC United States Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars [31] [32] [33]
7 United States Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC United States Christine Nairn Orlando Pride United States Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [34] [35] [36]
8 United States Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage United States Carli Lloyd Sky Blue FC United States Katelyn Rowland North Carolina Courage [37] [38] [39]
9 England Rachel Daly Houston Dash United States Sydney Leroux Orlando Pride United States Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [40] [41] [42]
10 Japan Yuki Nagasato Chicago Red Stars United States Katherine Reynolds Portland Thorns FC United States Haley Kopmeyer Orlando Pride [43] [44] [45]

References

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  29. ^ "Goal of the Week: Tobin Heath". National Women's Soccer League. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 
  30. ^ "Save of the Week: Aubrey Bledsoe". National Women's Soccer League. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 
  31. ^ "Player of the Week: Alyssa Naeher". NWSLsoccer.com. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  32. ^ "Goal of the Week: Diana Matheson". National Women's Soccer League. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
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  35. ^ Balf, Celia (15 May 2018). "Goal of the Week: Christine Nairn". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  36. ^ Purdy, Jacqueline (15 May 2018). "Save of the Week: Ashlyn Harris". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  37. ^ Balf, Celia (22 May 2018). "Player of the Week: Crystal Dunn". NWSLsoccer.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  38. ^ Gabriel, Cassidy (22 May 2018). "Goal of the Week: Carli Lloyd". NWSLsoccer.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  39. ^ Balf, Celia (22 May 2018). "Safe of the Week: Katelyn Rowland". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  40. ^ Balf, Celia (29 May 2018). "Player of the Week: Rachel Daly". NWSLsoccer.com. NWSL. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  41. ^ Balf, Celia (30 May 2018). "Goal of the Week:Sydney Leroux". NWSL. Retrieved 30 May 2018. 
  42. ^ "Save of the Week: Ashlyn Harris". National Women's Soccer League. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018. 
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  44. ^ Balf, Celia (5 June 2018). "Goal of the Week: Katherine Reynolds". NWSLsoccer.com. NWSL. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
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NWSL Statistics
  1. ^ a b "NWSL Stats". NWSL. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 

External links

Official website

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