|Champions||FC Kansas City|
|NWSL Shield||Seattle Reign|
|Goals scored||328 (3.04 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Kim Little (16 goals)|
|Biggest home win||POR 7–1 KC (July 13)|
|Biggest away win|| POR 0–5 WNY (June 7)|
WAS 1–6 POR (June 21)
NJ 0–5 KC (July 6)
|Highest scoring||POR 6–3 BOS (July 20)|
|Highest attendance||19,123 – POR 1–0 HOU (August 3)|
|Lowest attendance||582 – NJ 0–2 SEA (April 30)|
|Total attendance||446,820 (August 20)|
The 2014 National Women's Soccer League season is the second season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), this is the eighth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league, run by the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of two expansion teams in Houston and Orlando and the loss of Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.
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 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.
The regular season began the weekend of April 12–13 and ended August 20, with the championship game played on August 30.FC Kansas City defeated the Shield winners Seattle Reign FC 2–1 to win the NWSL title.
FC Kansas City was an American professional women's soccer club based in Kansas City, Missouri. The team was one of the eight founding clubs of the National Women's Soccer League in 2012, and began play in 2013. They were two-time NWSL champions, having won titles in 2014 and 2015. After the 2017 season, the NWSL re-acquired owner Elam Baer's membership interest and subsequently ceased the team's operations.
The league had announced it would not expand for the 2014 seasonand was not expected to contract. However, after a push from the Houston Dynamo, the league approved the expansion of the Houston Dash.
Houston Dynamo are an American professional soccer club based in Houston, Texas. The franchise competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The Dynamo had first played their home games at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus until 2011. Since 2012, the Dynamo has played home matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Houston. The team's head coach is Wilmer Cabrera.
The Houston Dash is a professional women's soccer team based in Houston, Texas. They joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the 2014 season.
See also List of National Women's Soccer League stadiums
Two teams, the Dash and Reign, do not make their stadia's entire capacity available for home games, instead restricting ticket sales at a lower level. The full capacities of their venues are included in parentheses and italics. The Boston Breakers,FC Kansas City, and Seattle Reign moved to new stadia for 2014, while the Houston Dash was an expansion franchise.
Note: All teams use Nike as kit manufacturer.
|Team||Head coach||Captain||Shirt sponsor|
|Boston Breakers||Steward Health Care|
|Chicago Red Stars||CJ Wilson Mazda|
|Houston Dash||BBVA Compass|
|FC Kansas City||Research Medical Center|
|Portland Thorns||Providence Health & Services|
|Seattle Reign FC||Moda Health|
|Sky Blue FC||Meridian Health|
|Washington Spirit||ProChain Solutions, Inc.|
|Western New York Flash||Sahlen's|
Players were acquired through the 2014 Allocation of national team players announced on January 3, the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft (for expansion team Houston) on January 10, and the 2014 NWSL College Draft on January 17, as well as free agency, trading, and loans.
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player Allocation distributed the national team players that would be paid for by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to the eight founding teams of the NWSL. The initial allocation list was announced on January 9, 2013, with the results for the 55 national team players announced two days later. From tweets concerning the first trade in the league between Seattle and Chicago, the allocations looked to be effective for at least the first two NWSL seasons, though this was later shown to be not true as Keelin Winters, who was involved in said trade, was signed as a free agent in the 2013-14 offseason. The 2014 Allocation was reduced to 50 players, Mexico dropping eight slots and the United States adding three. Since 2016, Mexico has not allocated players to the NWSL.
The 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft was a special draft held on January 10 by the National Women's Soccer League to allow the expansion side Houston Dash to select players. The Dash were allowed to select ten players from the existing eight NWSL teams.
The 2014 NWSL College Draft was held on January 17, 2014 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA and was open to the public.
|Abbreviation and Color Key:|
Boston Breakers – BOS • Chicago Red Stars – CHI • Houston Dash – HOU • FC Kansas City – KC • Portland Thorns FC – POR
Seattle Reign FC – SEA • Sky Blue FC – NJ • Washington Spirit – WAS • Western New York Flash – WNY
• • •
|Chicago Red Stars||WNY||WAS||KC||NJ||HOU||BOS||BOS||HOU||NJ||WAS||SEA||NJ||WNY||KC||POR||POR||SEA||POR||SEA||HOU||WAS||KC||BOS||WNY|
|FC Kansas City||NJ||WAS||POR||CHI||HOU||WNY||WAS||SEA||HOU||SEA||BOS||WNY||BOS||HOU||CHI||POR||NJ||POR||WNY||NJ||WAS||SEA||BOS||CHI|
|Portland Thorns FC||HOU||NJ||KC||WNY||SEA||HOU||WNY||NJ||BOS||WNY||WAS||WAS||NJ||KC||CHI||CHI||KC||CHI||BOS||WAS||SEA||HOU||BOS||SEA|
|Seattle Reign FC||BOS||WAS||HOU||NJ||WAS||POR||KC||KC||WNY||NJ||CHI||BOS||WNY||NJ||WNY||BOS||CHI||CHI||POR||HOU||KC||HOU||WAS||POR|
|Sky Blue FC||KC||POR||BOS||SEA||BOS||CHI||WNY||WAS||POR||CHI||SEA||HOU||CHI||BOS||POR||SEA||KC||WAS||KC||WNY||HOU||WNY||WAS||HOU|
|Western New York Flash||WAS||CHI||POR||KC||NJ||WAS||POR||SEA||HOU||KC||POR||HOU||CHI||SEA||BOS||SEA||HOU||WAS||KC||BOS||NJ||BOS||NJ||CHI|
Scores listed as home-away
|1||Seattle Reign FC||24||16||6||2||50||20||+30||54||NWSL Shield|
|2||FC Kansas City (C)||24||12||5||7||39||32||+7||41||NWSL Playoffs|
|3||Portland Thorns FC||24||10||6||8||39||35||+4||36|
|5||Chicago Red Stars||24||9||8||7||32||26||+6||35|
|6||Sky Blue FC||24||9||7||8||30||37||−7||34|
|7||Western New York Flash||24||8||4||12||42||38||+4||28|
The initial determining factor for a team's position in the standings is most points earned, with three points earned for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. If two or more teams tie in point total, when determining rank and playoff qualification and seeding, the NWSL uses the following tiebreaker rules, going down the list until all teams are ranked.
If two teams tie:
If three or more teams tie, the following rules apply until only two teams remain tied, at which point the two-team tiebreakers listed above are used:
Considering each week to end on a Sunday
|Team \ Week||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17||18||19|
|Seattle Reign FC||1||2||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|FC Kansas City||4||8||9||3||3||4||3||4||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2|
|Portland Thorns FC||3||1||2||2||4||3||4||5||6||5||4||6||6||4||3||3||4||4||3|
|Chicago Red Stars||6||4||5||7||5||2||2||2||4||3||3||5||5||5||5||5||5||5||5|
|Sky Blue FC||4||7||8||5||7||7||7||7||8||8||8||7||7||8||7||7||7||7||6|
|Western New York Flash||2||3||4||6||2||5||5||6||5||6||6||4||3||6||6||6||6||6||7|
|Team \ Game||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17||18||19||20||21||22||23||24|
|Seattle Reign FC||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|FC Kansas City||5||8||9||6||4||5||5||6||6||6||5||5||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2|
|Portland Thorns FC||3||2||2||2||3||2||2||3||3||4||4||3||4||4||5||5||4||4||3||3||4||4||5||3|
|Chicago Red Stars||3||6||5||5||5||3||3||2||2||2||3||2||3||3||4||4||5||5||5||5||5||5||4||5|
|Sky Blue FC||5||7||8||9||7||6||7||7||7||7||8||8||8||8||7||7||8||7||7||7||6||6||6||6|
|Western New York Flash||2||3||3||3||2||4||4||4||5||5||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||7||7||7||7|
The top four teams from the regular season qualified for the championship playoffs. The highest-seeded semi-final winner then hosted the championship final.
|1||Seattle Reign FC||2|
|1||Seattle Reign FC||1|
|2||FC Kansas City||2|
|2||FC Kansas City||2|
|3||Portland Thorns FC||0|
|FC Kansas City||2–0||Portland Thorns FC|
| Rodriguez |
|Report|| Menges |
Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.
|Team||Average||Total||No. of games||High||Low|
|Chicago Red Stars||2,949||35,393||1 (Toyota Park)||15,743||1,039|
|11 (Benedictine Stadium)||3,032|
|FC Kansas City||2,018||24,215||12||3,107||1,212|
|Portland Thorns FC||13,362||160,341||12||19,123||9,672|
|Seattle Reign FC||3,666||43,996||12||5,957||1,754|
|Sky Blue FC||1,640||19,682||12||3,471||582|
|Western New York Flash||3,177||38,125||12||4,339||1,786|
A new NWSL attendance record of 19,123 was set on August 3 in a game between Portland and Houston at Providence Park in Portland, breaking the previous record of 17,619 set in 2013.
Semi-final No. 1, August 23, Portland at Kansas City: 2,997
Semi-final No. 2, August 24, Washington at Seattle: 4,540
Final, August 31, Kansas City at Seattle: 4,252
(Minimum of 1,080 Minutes Played)
|1||Seattle Reign FC||20||1800||83||65||18||0.900||13–2–5||5|
|2||Chicago Red Stars||21||1890||97||76||21||1.000||9–6–6||6|
|3||Western New York Flash||14||1183||65||49||15||1.141||6–6–1||2|
|4||FC Kansas City||22||1935||100||71||29||1.349||11–6–5||8|
|5||Portland Thorns FC||22||1917||104||74||30||1.408||8–8–6||4|
|6||Sky Blue FC||17||1530||94||69||25||1.471||7–5–5||4|
|Week||Player of the Week||Club||Week's Statline|
|Week 1||Vicky Losada||Western New York Flash||2G, 1A, GWA|
|Week 2||Teresa Noyola||Houston Dash||2G, GWG|
|Week 3||Lianne Sanderson||Boston Breakers||2G, 1A, GWG|
|Week 4||Sydney Leroux||Seattle Reign FC||1G, GWG|
|Week 5||Amy Rodriguez||FC Kansas City||2G, GWG|
|Week 6||Jodie Taylor||Washington Spirit||2G, GWG|
|Week 7||Kelley O'Hara||Sky Blue FC||1G, 1A|
|Week 8||Jazmine Reeves||Boston Breakers||3G, 1A|
|Week 9||Samantha Kerr||Western New York Flash||2G, 1A, GWA|
|Week 10||Verónica Boquete||Portland Thorns FC||1G, GWG|
|Week 11||Alex Morgan||Portland Thorns FC||1A, 2G|
|Week 12||Carli Lloyd||Western New York Flash||2G, GWG|
|Week 13||Nahomi Kawasumi||Seattle Reign FC||2G, GWG|
|Week 14||Verónica Boquete||Portland Thorns FC||2G, 2A|
|Week 15||Christine Sinclair||Portland Thorns FC||3G|
|Week 16||Nahomi Kawasumi||Seattle Reign FC||2G, 1A|
|Week 17||Verónica Boquete||Portland Thorns FC||1G|
|Week 18||Alyssa Naeher||Boston Breakers||10 saves|
|Week 19||Nadia Nadim||Sky Blue FC||2G, GWG, 1A|
|Month||Player of the Month||Club||Month's Statline|
|April||Kim Little||Seattle Reign FC||4G in 4 games; Reign 4-0-0 in April|
|May||Kim Little||Seattle Reign FC||4G in 5 games; Reign 3-0-2 in May|
|June||Nicole Barnhart||FC Kansas City||1.1 GAA, 4SHO in 4 games; FCKC 5-0-0 in June|
|July||Kim Little||Seattle Reign FC||3G, 4A in 6 games; Reign 4-1-1 in July|
|August||Nadia Nadim||Sky Blue FC||5G, 1A in 2 games; Sky Blue 4-0-0 in August|
|Golden Boot||Seattle Reign FC||16 Goals||FC Kansas City|| Portland Thorns FC |
|Rookie of the Year||Chicago Red Stars||2 goals, 2 assists||Houston Dash||Washington Spirit|
|Goalkeeper of the Year||Boston Breakers||106 saves||Seattle Reign||Washington Spirit|
|Defender of the Year||FC Kansas City||1935 minutes, 1.33 GAA|| Washington Spirit |
Chicago Red Stars
|Coach of the Year||Seattle Reign||16–2–6 regular season||Washington Spirit||FC Kansas City|
|Most Valuable Player||Seattle Reign||16 goals, 7 assists||Portland Thorns||FC Kansas City|
|NWSL Best XI|
|Position||First team||Second team|
|Goalkeeper||Boston Breakers||106 saves||Seattle Reign FC||5 shutouts|
|Defender||Seattle Reign FC||.83 team GAA||Seattle Reign FC||.83 team GAA|
|Defender||Washington Spirit||1 goal||Portland Thorns FC||5 assists|
|Defender||Sky Blue FC||1 goal, 2 assists||Seattle Reign FC||.83 team GAA|
|Defender||FC Kansas City||8 shutouts||Chicago Red Stars||Rookie of the Year|
|Midfielder||Portland Thorns FC||4 goals, 6 assists||Western New York Flash||8 goals, 5 assists|
|Midfielder||Seattle Reign FC||4 goals, 8 assists||Portland Thorns FC||9 goals, 3 assists|
|Midfielder||Seattle Reign FC||16 goals, 7 assists||Boston Breakers||9 goals, 5 assists|
|Forward||FC Kansas City||8 goals, 7 assists||Portland Thorns FC||11 goals, 1 assist|
|Forward||Seattle Reign FC||9 goals, 5 assists||Chicago Red Stars||6 goals|
|Forward||FC Kansas City||13 goals, 3 assists||Washington Spirit||11 goals, 2 assist|
|NWSL Championship Game MVP|
|FC Kansas City||Two assists including for the game-winning goal|
|Jazmine Reeves||Boston Breakers||Portland Thorns FC||4–1||5/28|
|Christine Sinclair||Portland Thorns FC||Boston Breakers||6–3||7/20|
|Nadia Nadim||Sky Blue FC||Houston Dash||3–1||8/09|
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