The Women's Professional Soccer Player Allocation distributed 21 players from the United States women's national soccer team player pool to seven teams in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for the league's inaugural season.
Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) was the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play on March 29, 2009. The league was composed of seven teams for its first two seasons and fielded six teams for the 2011 season, with continued plans for future expansion. The WPS was the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.
The allocation followed a process in which the players and teams submitted their preferences to the league. A committee then reviewed the lists to provide its recommendations. The WPS Board of Governors met on September 14–15, 2008 to consult with the players, teams and league to determine the best possible dispersal for all parties with the following allocation results.
|Boston Breakers||Chicago Red Stars||Los Angeles Sol||Sky Blue FC||FC Gold Pride||St. Louis Athletica||Washington Freedom|
|Kristine Lilly||Carli Lloyd||Shannon Boxx||Heather O'Reilly||Leslie Osborne||Hope Solo||Abby Wambach|
|Angela Hucles||Kate Markgraf||Stephanie Cox||Natasha Kai||Rachel Buehler||Lori Chalupny||Cat Whitehill|
|Heather Mitts||Lindsay Tarpley||Aly Wagner||Christie Rampone||Nicole Barnhart||Tina Ellertson||Ali Krieger|
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