|Top goalscorer||Kátia (15)|
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Blue denotes team has clinched regular season championship.
Green denotes team has spot in 2002 WUSA Playoffs.
|5||San Jose CyberRays||21||8||8||5||34||30||+4||29|
|7||San Diego Spirit||21||5||11||5||28||42||-14||20|
|8||New York Power||21||3||17||1||31||62||-31||10|
|August 17, 2002Semi-Finals||Carolina Courage||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Atlanta Beat||Cary, North Carolina|
| Fotopoulos |
|Report|| Serlenga ||Stadium: SAS Stadium |
Referee: Misail Tsapos
|Most Valuable Player||Philadelphia Charge|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Philadelphia Charge|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Carolina Courage|
|Goalkeeper of the Year||Carolina Courage|
|Rookie of the Year||Washington Freedom|
|Coach of the Year||Philadelphia Charge|
|Humanitarian Award||San Jose CyberRays|
|Team Community Service Award||Boston Breakers|
|Team Fair Play Award||Boston Breakers|
|Referee of the Year|
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