|Champions||Bay Area CyberRays|
|Top goalscorer||Tiffeny Milbrett (16)|
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|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
• • •Home
|Bay Area CyberRays||WSH||BOS||PHI||CAR||BOS||ATL||SDS||NYP||CAR||PHI||SDS||NYP||WSH||BOS||ATL||WSH||SDS||CAR||PHI||NYP||ATL|
|New York Power||ATL||SDS||CAR||PHI||SDS||WSH||BOS||CAR||BAY||PHI||BOS||SDS||BAY||ATL||WSH||ATL||BOS||PHI||CAR||BAY||WSH|
|San Diego Spirit||PHI||NYP||WSH||ATL||NYP||CAR||BAY||BOS||ATL||WSH||BAY||NYP||BOS||PHI||CAR||BAY||ATL||WSH||BOS||PHI||CAR|
Blue denotes team has clinched regular season championship.
Green denotes team has spot in 2001 WUSA Playoffs.
|2||Bay Area CyberRays||21||11||6||4||27||23||+4||37|
|3||New York Power||21||9||7||5||30||25||+5||32|
|5||San Diego Spirit||21||7||7||7||29||28||+1||28|
Home teams listed second
|3||New York Power||3|
|2||Bay Area CyberRays||3|
|2||Bay Area CyberRays||3 (4)|
|1||Atlanta Beat||3 (2)|
|August 18, 2001Semi-Finals||New York Power||2–3||Bay Area CyberRays||San Jose, California|
|1:30 pm PDT|| Janss |
|Report|| Murray |
|Stadium: Spartan Stadium |
Referee: Kari Seitz
|August 25, 2001Founders Cup||Bay Area CyberRays||3–3 (a.e.t.)|
|Atlanta Beat||Boston, Massachusetts|
|2:00 pm EDT|| Chastain |
|Report|| Bivens |
|Stadium: Foxboro Stadium |
Referee: Sandra Hunt
| Venturini |
|Most Valuable Player||New York Power|
|Offensive Player of the Year||New York Power|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Philadelphia Charge|
|Goalkeeper of the Year||Bay Area CyberRays|
|Coach of the Year||Bay Area CyberRays|
|Humanitarian Award||Boston Breakers|
|Team Community Service Award||Washington Freedom|
|Team Fair Play Award||New York Power|
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