List of United States soccer teams facts for kids

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Major League Soccer

North American Soccer League

  • Atlanta Silverbacks
  • Carolina RailHawks
  • FC Edmonton
  • Fort Lauderdale Strikers
  • Minnesota Stars FC
  • Puerto Rico Islanders
  • San Antonio Scorpions FC
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • Indy Eleven

USL Pro

USL Premier Development League

  • Central Conference
    • Great Lakes Division
    • Heartland Division
      • Des Moines Menace
      • Kansas City Brass
      • Real Colorado Foxes (from Highlands Ranch, a suburb of Denver)
      • Springfield Demize
      • St. Louis Lions
      • Thunder Bay Chill
      • WSA Winnipeg
  • Eastern Conference
    • Mid Atlantic Division
      • Baltimore Bohemians
      • Bermuda Hogges
      • Brooklyn Knights
      • Central Jersey Spartans
      • Jersey Express
      • Long Island Rough Riders
      • New Jersey Rangers
      • Ocean City Nor'easters
      • Reading United
      • Westchester Flames
    • Northeast Division
      • Boston Victory
      • Connecticut FC Azul
      • GPS Portland Phoenix
      • Ottawa Fury
      • Seacoast United Phantoms (from Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
      • Vermont Voltage
      • Western Mass Pioneers
      • Worcester Hydra
    • South Atlantic Division
      • Carolina Dynamo
      • Fredericksburg Hotspur
      • Nashville Metros
      • Northern Virginia Royals
      • Palmetto FC Bantams (from Greenwood, South Carolina)
      • Real Maryland Monarchs
      • Southern West Virginia King's Warriors (from Beckley)
      • Virginia Beach Piranhas
      • West Virginia Chaos (from Charleston)
  • Southern Conference
    • Mid South Division
      • Austin Aztex
      • El Paso Patriots
      • Laredo Heat
      • New Orleans Jesters
      • Texas Dutch Lions
      • West Texas Sockers (from Midland)
    • Southeast Division
      • Bradenton Academics
      • FC JAX Destroyers
      • Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy
      • Mississippi Brilla (from Jackson)
      • Ocala Stampede
      • Orlando City U-23 – reserve side of the USL Pro team Orlando City
      • Panama City Beach Pirates
      • VSI Tampa Flames
  • Western Conference
    • Northwest Division
      • Fraser Valley Mariners (from Abbotsford, British Columbia)
      • Kitsap Pumas (from Bremerton, Washington)
      • North Sound SeaWolves (from Everett, Washington)
      • Portland Timbers U23's – reserve side of the MLS team
      • Seattle Sounders U23's – reserve side of the MLS team
      • Vancouver Whitecaps Residency – reserve side of the MLS team
      • Victoria Highlanders
      • Washington Crossfire (from Seattle, plays home games in nearby Redmond)
    • Southwest Division
      • BYU Cougars – owned and operated by Brigham Young University, but not part of the school's NCAA athletic department
      • Fresno Fuego
      • Pali Blues – reserve side of the USL Pro team Los Angeles Blues
      • Los Angeles Misioneros
      • Ogden Outlaws
      • Orange County Blue Star
      • Southern California Seahorses
      • FC Tucson
      • Ventura County Fusion

Structure of women's soccer

The professional division of U.S. Soccer has had three different first-division women's leagues. The first, the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), was founded in 2001, but folded due to large debts after the 2003 season. The second, Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), was effectively a successor to WUSA, although it did not begin until 2009. Like WUSA before it, WPS played three seasons, but also lost large amounts of money; it first decided not to play its planned 2012 season, and then completely folded in May of that year.

After WPS folded, the effective top level of women's soccer in the U.S. was WPSL Elite, a "semi-pro" league that had both professional and amateur teams. WPSL Elite was created by the Women's Premier Soccer League, one of two second-division women's leagues, as an outlet for former WPS teams, as well as WPSL teams that wanted to play professionally. WPSL Elite played in 2012 with eight teams; six were professional, and three once played in WPS. The other second-division league was the W-League, part of the United Soccer Leagues. WPSL Elite was planned as a temporary league before a possible return of WPS.

In late 2012, a totally new top-level league was created, known as the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). It is run by U.S. Soccer and started play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which had been members of WPS. The league added teams in 2014 and 2016 to become a 10-team league, making it the first professional women's league in the U.S. to have more than eight teams and last more than three seasons.

Women's United Soccer Association

Operated from 2001–2003.

  • Atlanta Beat
  • Boston Breakers
  • Carolina Courage
  • New York Power
  • Philadelphia Charge
  • San Diego Spirit
  • San Jose CyberRays
  • Washington Freedom

Women's Professional Soccer

Operated from 2009–2011.

  • Atlanta Beat (joined WPS in 2010)
  • Boston Breakers (now in the NWSL)
  • Chicago Red Stars (dropped to the WPSL after the 2010 season; later in WPSL Elite, and now in the NWSL)
  • FC Gold Pride (from the San Francisco Bay Area; folded after the 2010 season)
  • Los Angeles Sol (folded after the 2009 season)
  • magicJack (formerly the Washington Freedom; played in South Florida)
  • Philadelphia Independence (joined WPS in 2010)
  • Saint Louis Athletica (folded during the 2010 season)
  • Sky Blue FC (from the New York City area; now in the NWSL)
  • Washington Freedom (moved to South Florida after the 2010 season and renamed magicJack)
  • Western New York Flash (an offshoot of the WPSL's Buffalo Flash, and playing home games in Rochester; joined WPS in 2011, later moved to WPSL Elite, and now in the NWSL)

WPSL Elite

  • ASA Chesapeake Charge (based in the Baltimore area)
  • Boston Breakers
  • Chicago Red Stars
  • FC Indiana (based in the Indianapolis area; plays throughout the state)
  • New England Mutiny (based in the Springfield, Massachusetts area)
  • New York Fury (based on Long Island)
  • Philadelphia Fever
  • Western New York Flash

National Women's Soccer League

Operating since 2013.

  • Boston Breakers
  • Chicago Red Stars
  • FC Kansas City (partnered with, but not owned by, Sporting Kansas City of MLS)
  • Houston Dash (began play in 2014; owned by the Houston Dynamo of MLS)
  • Orlando Pride (began play in 2016; owned by Orlando City SC of MLS)
  • Portland Thorns FC (owned by the Portland Timbers of MLS)
  • Seattle Reign FC
  • Sky Blue FC
  • Western New York Flash
  • Boston Breakers

W-League

  • Central Conference
    • Atlantic Division
      • Atlanta Silverbacks
      • Bradenton Athletics
      • Carolina Dynamo
      • Central Florida Krush
      • Charlotte Lady Eagles
      • Cocoa Expos
      • Hampton Roads Piranhas
      • Richmond Kickers Destiny
    • Midwest Division
      • Chicago Gaels
      • Cincinnati Ladyhawks
      • Cleveland Internationals
      • Fort Wayne Fever
      • London Gryphons
      • Michigan Hawks
      • Minnesota Lightning
      • West Michigan Firewomen
  • Eastern Conference
    • Northeast Division
      • Boston Renegades
      • Long Island Lady Riders
      • New Hampshire Lady Phantoms
      • New Jersey Wildcats
      • New York Magic
      • Northern Virginia Majestics
      • South Jersey Banshees
      • Western Mass Lady Pioneers
    • Northern Division
      • Hamilton Avalanche
      • Laval Comets
      • Ottawa Fury
      • Rochester Rhinos
      • Sudbury Canadians
      • Toronto Lady Lynx
      • Vermont Lady Voltage
  • Western Conference
    • Fort Collins Force
    • Mile High Edge
    • Real Colorado Cougars
    • San Diego Gauchos
    • Seattle Sounders
    • Vancouver Whitecaps

Professional indoor soccer

Indoor soccer is a form of soccer played inside a building, sometimes called an arena, instead of in a stadium on a grass field. There is one national league playing indoor soccer in North America, the Major Indoor Soccer League. The MISL is part of the USSF. It is also the only league in the United States to have a Mexican team.

Major Indoor Soccer League

  • Baltimore Blast
  • California Cougars
  • Chicago Storm
  • Detroit Ignition
  • Milwaukee Wave
  • Monterrey La Raza
  • Philadelphia Kixx
  • New Jersey Ironmen
  • Orlando Sharks

Related pages

  • United States soccer league system

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