|Champions||Western New York Flash|
|Goals scored||150 (2.78 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Marta, WNY;|
Christine Sinclair, WNY (10)
|Biggest home win||PHI 6-0 mJ|
|Biggest away win|| ATL 1-4 BOS |
NJ 1-4 WNY
|Highest scoring||PHI 4-3 NJ|
|Highest attendance||15,404 WNY vs. mJ (July 20)|
|Lowest attendance||864 mJ vs. ATL (May 29)|
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|Abbreviation and Color Key:|
Atlanta Beat - ATL • Boston Breakers - BOS • magicJack - mJ
Philadelphia Independence - PHI • Sky Blue FC - NJ • Western New York Flash - WNY
• • •
|Sky Blue FC||PHI||ATL||BOS||WNY||ATL||BOS||WNY||BOS||ATL||PHI||mJ||WNY||PHI||mJ||WNY||mJ||PHI||BOS|
|Western New York Flash||BOS||ATL||ATL||NJ||BOS||mJ||PHI||NJ||PHI||PHI||NJ||mJ||BOS||NJ||BOS||ATL||mJ||ATL|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Western New York Flash (A)||18||13||3||2||40||18||+22||42||2011 WPS Championship|
|2||Philadelphia Independence (A)||18||11||3||4||31||18||+13||36||2011 WPS Super Semifinal|
|3||magicJack (A)||18||9||2||7||29||29||0||28||2011 WPS Playoffs|
|4||Boston Breakers (A)||18||5||4||9||19||24||−5||19|
|5||Sky Blue FC||18||5||4||9||24||29||−5||19|
17 August 2011
20 August 2011
27 August 2011
|1||Western New York Flash||1(5)|
|2||Philadelphia Independence||2||2||Philadelphia Independence||1(4)|
|Week||Player of the Week||Club||Week's Statline|
|Week 1||Sky Blue FC||NJ 2-2 PHI [ permanent dead link ]|
|Week 2||Atlanta Beat||11 SVS, SHO|
|Week 3 [ permanent dead link ]||Atlanta Beat||10 SVS|
|Week 4 [ permanent dead link ]||Western New York Flash||2 G, GWG|
|Week 5 [ permanent dead link ]||Western New York Flash||2 A, 1 G, GWA|
|Week 6 [ permanent dead link ]||Western New York Flash||1 A, 2 G, GWG|
|Week 7 [ permanent dead link ]||Western New York Flash||2 G|
|Week 8 [ permanent dead link ]||magicJack||3 G, GWG|
|Week 9 [ permanent dead link ]||Boston Breakers||1 A, 1 G, GWG|
|Week 10||Boston Breakers||6 SVS, SHO|
|Week 11||Philadelphia Independence||3 A, 1 G|
|Week 12||Sky Blue FC||1 G, GWG|
|Week 13||Philadelphia Independence||3 G|
|Week 14 [ permanent dead link ]||Philadelphia Independence||1 G|
|Week 15 [ permanent dead link ]||Western New York Flash||1 A, 2 G, GWG|
|BOS 2-2 WNY|
|Week 16 [ permanent dead link ]||Philadelphia Independence||1 G, GWG|
|1 G, GWG|
|Week 17 [ permanent dead link ]||magicJack||2 G|
|2 G, GWG|
|Week 18 [ permanent dead link ]||Boston Breakers||2 G, GWG|
|Month||Player of the Month||Club||Month's Statline|
|May||Western New York Flash||2 G, 2 A in 5 games; Flash 5-0 in May|
|Michelle Akers Player of the Year||Philadelphia Independence||Also earned league’s top honor as MVP|
|WPS Defender of the Year||Western New York Flash||Started and played the full 90 in all but one game|
|US Coast Guard Goalkeeper of the Year||Western New York Flash||Led the league in regular season goals per game average (1.00)|
|US Soccer Federation Rookie of the Year||magicJack||First-ever hat trick scored by a rookie on July 30, 2011|
|WPS Coach of the Year||Philadelphia Independence||Led his team to a seven-game unbeaten streak and playoff final|
|Citi Sportswoman of the Year||Philadelphia Independence||Team captain selected by her peers for exemplary leadership|
|PUMA Golden Boot (Top Scorer)||Western New York Flash||Scored ten goals, earning her third consecutive award|
Source: 2011 WPS Year End Awards
|Ashlyn Harris||Goalkeeper||Western New York Flash|
|Whitney Engen *||Defense||Western New York Flash|
|Kia McNeill||Defense||Philadelphia Independence|
|Nikki Krzysik||Defense||Philadelphia Independence|
|Ali Riley||Defense||Western New York Flash|
|Veronica Boquete *||Midfield||Philadelphia Independence|
|Caroline Seger||Midfield||Western New York Flash|
|Jen Buczkowski||Midfield||Philadelphia Independence|
|Christine Sinclair *||Forward||Western New York Flash|
|Marta||Forward||Western New York Flash|
* – unanimous selection
Source: WPS Announces Best XI of 2011
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