2018 National Women's Soccer League season

National Women's Soccer League
Season 2018
Matches played 77
Goals scored 196 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorer Lindsay Horan
Sam Kerr (9)
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 15 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 449,556
Average attendance 5,838
2017
2019
All statistics correct as of July 15, 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 Shirt sponsor
Chicago Red Stars United States Rory Dames Magellan Corporation
Houston Dash Netherlands Vera Pauw BBVA Compass
North Carolina Courage England Paul Riley Continental AG
Orlando Pride Scotland Tom Sermanni Orlando Health
Portland Thorns England Mark Parsons Providence Health & Services
Seattle Reign FC Republic of Macedonia Vlatko Andonovski Microsoft
Sky Blue FC United States Denise Reddy Meridian Health
Utah Royals FC England Laura Harvey Conservice
Washington Spirit United States Jim 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 Laura Harvey Mutual separation November 7, 2017 Republic of Macedonia Vlatko Andonovski November 7, 2017 [4]
Sky Blue FC Vacant August 16, 2017 United States Denise Reddy November 15, 2017 [5]
Utah Royals FC New franchise England Laura Harvey November 27, 2017 [6]
Houston Dash United States Omar Morales End of interim period September 29, 2017 Netherlands Vera Pauw November 27, 2017 [7]

Competition format[]

League standings[]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 North Carolina Courage 19 14 4 1 41 14 +27 46 NWSL Shield
2 Seattle Reign FC 18 8 6 4 20 15 +5 30 NWSL Playoffs
3 Orlando Pride 19 8 5 6 27 26 +1 29
4 Chicago Red Stars 18 7 7 4 26 22 +4 28
5 Portland Thorns FC 17 7 5 5 27 21 +6 26
6 Utah Royals FC 18 5 7 6 14 18 −4 22
7 Houston Dash 17 5 5 7 21 28 −7 20
8 Washington Spirit 17 2 4 11 11 24 −13 10
9 Sky Blue FC 15 0 3 12 11 30 −19 3
Updated to match(es) played on July 20, 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 9 145,745 18,237 14,485 16,194
Utah Royals FC 8 76,319 19,203 7,137 9,540
Orlando Pride 8 37,367 9,017 3,104 4,671
North Carolina Courage 9 39,059 5,866 3,011 4,340
Chicago Red Stars 10 41,507 13,678 2,027 4,151
Seattle Reign FC 8 31,192 5,251 3,191 3,899
Washington Spirit 8 28,325 4,989 2,433 3,541
Houston Dash 9 31,688 5,846 2,376 3,521
Sky Blue FC 8 18,354 2,814 1,913 2,294
Total 77 449,556 19,203 1,913 5,838

Updated to games played on July 15, 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]
June United States Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage [13]

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
[14]
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
[15]
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
[16]
June United States Alyssa Naeher, CHI United States Becca Moros, UTA
New Zealand Abby Erceg, NC
United States Becky Sauerbrunn, UTA
United States Merritt Mathias, NC
United States Lindsey Horan, POR
Japan Yuki Nagasato, CHI
United States McCall Zerboni, NC
United States Kealia Ohai, HOU
Canada Christine Sinclair, POR
United States Crystal Dunn, NC
[17]

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 [18] [19] [20]
2 United States Mallory Pugh Washington Spirit United States Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC United States Jane Campbell Houston Dash [21] [22] [23]
3 United States McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage United States Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC United States Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [24] [25] [26]
4 United States Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars United States Merritt Mathias North Carolina Courage United States Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [27] [28] [29]
5 United States McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage United States Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC United States Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [30] [31] [32]
6 United States Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars Canada Diana Matheson Utah Royals FC United States Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars [33] [34] [35]
7 United States Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC United States Christine Nairn Orlando Pride United States Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [36] [37] [38]
8 United States Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage United States Carli Lloyd Sky Blue FC United States Katelyn Rowland North Carolina Courage [39] [40] [41]
9 England Rachel Daly Houston Dash United States Sydney Leroux Orlando Pride United States Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [42] [43] [44]
10 Japan Yuki Nagasato Chicago Red Stars United States Katherine Reynolds Portland Thorns FC United States Haley Kopmeyer Orlando Pride [45] [46] [47]
11/12 United States Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit United States Brittany Ratcliffe Utah Royals FC United States Britt Eckerstrom Portland Thorns FC [48] [49] [50]
13 United States Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage Australia Alanna Kennedy Orlando Pride United States Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [51] [52] [53]
14 United States Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC United States Kealia Ohai Houston Dash United States Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [54] [55] [56]
15 Australia Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars Brazil Marta Orlando Pride United States Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [57] [58] [59]
16 United States Lynn Williams North Carolina Courage United States Kristen Edmonds Orlando Pride Scotland Rachel Corsie Utah Royals FC [60] [61] [62]

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External links[]

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