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Founded 1995
Country  United States
Confederation US Soccer
Divisions 4
Number of teams 27
Level 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

The USL W-League is a national women's soccer league. It is in the United States and Canada. It is alongside the Women's Premier Soccer League and below Women's Professional Soccer.

The W-League is seen as North America’s main way for women to develop in soccer. The W-League is also an open league. This gives college players the chance to play alongside established international players. The league is administered by the United Soccer Leagues system. The USL also oversees the men's USL Pro and USL Premier Development League.

2011 Teams

North America W-League Map 2009
USA States with W-League teams are highlighted in red, Canadian Provinces with W-League teams are in dark red

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division

  • D.C. United Women  USA (2011- )
  • Long Island Rough Riders  USA (1995-)
  • New Jersey Rangers  USA (2010-)
  • New Jersey Wildcats  USA (1996-)
  • New York Magic  USA (1997-)
  • North Jersey Valkyries  USA (2010-)

Atlantic Division

  • Atlanta Silverbacks Women  USA (2005-)
  • Charlotte Lady Eagles  USA (2000-)
  • Dayton Dutch Lions WFC  USA (2011-)
  • Fredericksburg Impact  USA (2011-)
  • Hampton Roads Piranhas  USA (1995-)
  • Northern Virginia Majestics  USA (1999-)

Central Conference

Great Lakes Division

  • Hamilton FC Rage  CAN (2011-, Hamilton Avalanche 2006-2010)
  • Laval Comets  CAN (2006-)
  • London Gryphons  CAN (2004-)
  • Ottawa Fury Women  CAN (2003-)
  • Quebec City Amiral SC  CAN (2009-)
  • Rochester Ravens  USA (2009-, Rochester Rhinos Women 2004-2008, Rochester Ravens 1996-2003)
  • Toronto Lady Lynx  CAN (2005-)

Western Conference

  • Colorado Force  USA (2009-, Fort Collins Force 1997-2008)
  • USA  United States (2010-, Real Colorado Cougars 2006-2009, Denver Lady Cougars 2001-2005, Colorado Gold 2000)
  • LA Strikers  USA (2011-)
  • Pali Blues  USA (2008-)
  • Santa Clarita Blue Heat  USA (2010, Ventura County Fusion 2008-2009)
  • Seattle Sounders Women  USA (2001-)
  • Vancouver Whitecaps Women  CAN (2001-)
  • Victoria Highlanders Women  CAN (2011-)
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