2003 WUSA season

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Women's United Soccer Association
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Champions Washington Freedom
2002

The 2003 Women's United Soccer Association season was the third and final season for WUSA, the first top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on April 5 and ended on August 10. The playoffs began on August 16, with the championship match between played on August 24 between the Washington Freedom and the Atlanta Beat.

Womens United Soccer Association professional soccer league

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

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Competition format

Torero Stadium

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Standings

Blue denotes team has clinched regular season championship.
Green denotes team has spot in 2003 WUSA Playoffs. [1]

PlaceTeamGPWLTGFGAGDPoints
1 Boston Breakers 2110473329437
2 Atlanta Beat 2194834191535
3 San Diego Spirit 218672726131
4 Washington Freedom 219844031931
5 New York Power 217953343-1026
6 San Jose CyberRays 2171042330-725
7 Carolina Courage 2171043133-225
8 Philadelphia Charge 2151153040-1020

Source: [2]

Playoffs

Semi-Finals Founders Cup
      
1 Boston Breakers 0 (1)
4 Washington Freedom 0 (3)
4 Washington Freedom 2
2 Atlanta Beat 1
2 Atlanta Beat 2
3 San Diego Spirit 1

Semi-Finals

Founders Cup III

Awards

AwardPlayerClub
Most Valuable Player Flag of Germany.svg Maren Meinert Boston Breakers
Defensive Player of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Joy Fawcett San Diego Spirit
Goalkeeper of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Briana Scurry Washington Freedom
Rookie of the Year Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Christine Latham San Diego Spirit
Coach of the Year Flag of Sweden.svg Pia Sundhage Boston Breakers
Humanitarian Award Flag of the United States.svg Jenny Benson Philadelphia Charge
Team Community Service Award San Jose CyberRays
Team Fair Play Award Philadelphia Charge
Referee of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Terry Vaughn
Executive of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Joe Cummings Boston Breakers
Goal of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Washington Freedom

Source: [3]


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References

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  2. "WUSA Stats and Standings (Archived)". Archived from the original on 8 October 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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