2001 WUSA season

Last updated
Women's United Soccer Association
Season2001
Champions Bay Area CyberRays
Goals scored235
Average goals/game2.80
Top goalscorer Tiffeny Milbrett (16)
2002

The 2001 Women's United Soccer Association season served as the inaugural season for WUSA, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on April 14 and ended on August 12, with the postseason games being held on August 18 and August 25.

Womens United Soccer Association

The Women's United Soccer Association, often abbreviated to the WUSA, was the world's first women's soccer league in which all the players were paid as professionals. Founded in February 2000, the league began its first season in April 2001 with eight teams in the United States. The league suspended operations on September 15, 2003, shortly after the end of its third season, after making cumulative losses of around US $100 million.

Womens association football association football when played by women

Women's association football, also commonly known as women's football or women's soccer is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.

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Attendance figures were high for the first season, particularly early in the season, though not near the levels organizers were expecting based on the attendance for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. The league spent its initial $40m budget, intended to last five years, in just this first season.

1999 FIFA Womens World Cup 1999 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, the third edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in the United States and won by the host team. The final between the U.S. and China, held on 10 July at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, was the most-attended women's sports event in history with an official attendance of 90,185. U.S. President Bill Clinton was among those in attendance. The final was scoreless after extra time and won by the U.S. in a penalty shootout. This remains the only Women's World Cup tournament in which the host nation has won.

Competition format

Foxboro Stadium stadium

Foxboro Stadium, originally Schaefer Stadium and later Sullivan Stadium, was an outdoor stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States. It opened in 1971 and served as the home of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) until 2001 and also as the home venue for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) from 1996 to 2001. The stadium was the site of several games in both the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup which the U.S. won. Foxboro Stadium was demolished in 2002 and replaced by Gillette Stadium and the Patriot Place shopping center.

Results table

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Atlanta Beat - ATL • Bay Area CyberRays - BAY • Boston Breakers - BOS • Carolina Courage - CAR
New York Power - NYP • Philadelphia Charge - PHI • San Diego Spirit - SDS • Washington Freedom - WSH
Win Loss Tie Home
ClubMatch
123456789101112131415161718192021
Atlanta Beat [1] NYPPHIBOSSDSPHIBAYCARBOSWSHSDSCARPHIWSHNYPBAYNYPCARSDSBOSWSHBAY
0-00-00-11-10-20-10-21-12-13-21-11-13-20-31-12-13-23-10-11-24-0
Bay Area CyberRays [2] WSHBOSPHICARBOSATLSDSNYPCARPHISDSNYPWSHBOSATLWSHSDSCARPHINYPATL
1-01-13-22-12-40-13-10-02-03-00-01-02-30-21-11-00-21-23-20-14-0
Boston Breakers [3] CARBAYATLWSHBAYPHINYPATLSDSWSHNYPSDSCARBAYPHICARNYPWSHATLSDSPHI
0-11-10-12-22-42-32-31-13-11-03-13-12-10-21-21-24-22-10-10-12-1
Carolina Courage [4] BOSWSHNYPBAYWSHSDSATLNYPPHIBAYATLWSHPHIBOSSDSBOSATLBAYNYPPHISDS
0-11-23-12-12-24-30-22-43-02-01-12-02-02-12-01-23-21-20-15-12-2
New York Power [5] ATLSDSCARPHISDSWSHBOSCARBAYPHIBOSSDSBAYATLWSHATLBOSPHICARBAYWSH
0-00-03-12-20-11-22-32-40-02-13-11-11-00-32-12-14-22-10-10-10-2
Philadelphia Charge [6] SDSATLBAYNYPATLBOSWSHWSHCARNYPBAYATLCARSDSBOSWSHNYPBAYCARSDSBOS
0-20-03-22-20-22-30-21-23-02-13-01-12-03-01-20-22-13-25-11-12-1
San Diego Spirit [7] PHINYPWSHATLNYPCARBAYBOSATLWSHBAYNYPBOSPHICARBAYATLWSHBOSPHICAR
0-20-02-01-10-14-30-13-13-22-30-01-13-13-02-00-23-12-20-11-12-2
Washington Freedom [8] BAYCARSDSBOSCARNYPPHIPHIATLBOSSDSCARWSHBAYNYPBAYPHIBOSSDSATLNYP
1-01-22-02-22-21-20-21-22-11-02-32-03-22-32-11-00-22-12-21-20-2

Standings

Blue denotes team has clinched regular season championship.
Green denotes team has spot in 2001 WUSA Playoffs.

PlaceTeamGPWLTGFGAGDPoints
1 Atlanta Beat 2110473121+1037
2 Bay Area CyberRays 2111642723+437
3 New York Power 219753025+532
4 Philadelphia Charge 219843528+731
5 San Diego Spirit 217772928+128
6 Boston Breakers 2181032935-627
7 Washington Freedom 2161232635-921
8 Carolina Courage 2161232840-1221

Playoffs

Home teams listed second

Semi-Finals Founders Cup
      
3 New York Power 3
2 Bay Area CyberRays 3
2 Bay Area CyberRays 3 (4)
1 Atlanta Beat 3 (2)
4 Philadelphia Charge 2
1 Atlanta Beat 3

Semi-Finals

Founders Cup

Awards

AwardPlayerClub
Most Valuable Player Flag of the United States.svg Tiffeny Milbrett New York Power
Offensive Player of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Tiffeny Milbrett New York Power
Defensive Player of the Year Flag of Germany.svg Doris Fitschen Philadelphia Charge
Goalkeeper of the Year Flag of the United States.svg LaKeysia Beene Bay Area CyberRays
Coach of the Year Flag of England.svg Ian Sawyers Bay Area CyberRays
Humanitarian Award Flag of the United States.svg Kate Sobrero Boston Breakers
Team Community Service Award Washington Freedom
Team Fair Play Award New York Power

Source: [9]

Statistical leaders

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