NWSL records and statistics

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The following is a compilation of notable records and statistics for teams and players in the National Women's Soccer League, which started in 2013.[1]

Champions and Shield winners[edit]

By Season[edit]

Season Playoff final Regular season
Champions Score Runners-up Shield winners Points Runners-up
2013 Portland Thorns FC 2-0
Details
Western New York Flash Western New York Flash 38-38
Standings
FC Kansas City
2014 FC Kansas City 2-1
Details
Seattle Reign FC Seattle Reign FC 54-41
Standings
FC Kansas City
2015 FC Kansas City 1-0
Details
Seattle Reign FC Seattle Reign FC 43-33
Standings
Chicago Red Stars
2016 Western New York Flash 2-2 AET, 3-2 PKs
Details
Washington Spirit Portland Thorns FC 41-39
Standings
Washington Spirit
2017 Portland Thorns FC 1-0
Details
North Carolina Courage North Carolina Courage 49-47
Standings
Portland Thorns FC
2018 North Carolina Courage 3-0
Details
Portland Thorns FC North Carolina Courage 57-42
Standings
Portland Thorns FC

By Team[edit]

Team Seasons Playoff appearances Championships Shields Total
Portland Thorns FC 6 5 2 (2013, 2017) 1 (2016) 3
North Carolina Courage 2 2 1 (2018) 2 (2017, 2018) 3
FC Kansas City 1 5 3 2 (2014, 2015) - 2
Western New York Flash 1 4 2 1 (2016) 1 (2013) 2
Reign FC 2 6 3 - 2 (2014, 2015) 2
Chicago Red Stars 6 4 - - 0
Washington Spirit 6 3 - - 0
Orlando Pride 3 1 - - 0
Sky Blue FC 6 1 - - 0
Utah Royals FC 1 0 - - 0
Boston Breakers 1 5 0 - - 0
Houston Dash 5 0 - - 0

1 – Defunct, no longer in NWSL

2 – Was named Seattle Reign FC from 2013-2018

Team records[edit]

Wins[edit]

Losses[edit]

Attendance[edit]

Season Overall Highest Lowest Playoff
mean
Total Mean Median Club Mean Club Mean
2013 375,743 4,270 3,007 Portland Thorns FC 13,320 Sky Blue FC 1,664 6,820
2014 446,311 4,133 3,014 Portland Thorns FC 13,362 Sky Blue FC 1,639 3,763
2015 454,100 5,046 3,367 Portland Thorns FC 15,639 Sky Blue FC 2,268 6,766
2016 555,775 5,558 3,997 Portland Thorns FC 16,945 Sky Blue FC 2,162 10,863
2017 609,960 5,083 3,576 Portland Thorns FC 17,653 FC Kansas City 1,788 12,111
2018 650,562 6,024 - Portland Thorns FC 16,959 Sky Blue FC 2,531 13,323*

* A semifinal and final that would have been played in North Carolina were moved to Portland due to Hurricane Florence.

Goals[edit]

Regular season records[edit]

Through 2018 season

Pts Rank
(Prev.
Season)
PPG Rank
(Prev.
Season)
Club Seasons GP W L D GF GA GD Pts Pts Per
Game
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Finishing Positions
1 (1) 2 (2) Portland Thorns FC 6 (2013-) 134 65 37 32 210 156 +54 227 1.694 1 2 2
2 (2) 3 (3) Seattle Reign FC 6 (2013-) 134 62 38 34 212 154 +58 220 1.642 2 1
3 (3) 4 (4) Chicago Red Stars 6 (2013-) 134 54 35 45 190 162 +28 207 1.545 1 1 2
4 (4) 5 (5) FC Kansas City 5 (2013-2017) 110 45 36 27 152 125 +27 168 1.527 2 1
5 (5) 9 (7) Sky Blue FC 6 (2013-2018) 134 42 58 34 170 224 -54 160 1.194 1
6 (6) 10 (9) Washington Spirit 6 (2013-) 134 40 66 28 155 214 -59 148 1.104 1 2
7 (9) 11 (10) Houston Dash 5 (2014-) 112 33 58 21 131 177 -46 120 1.071
8 (7) 7 (6) Western New York Flash 4 (2013-2016) 86 33 31 22 142 118 +24 119 1.384 1 1
9 (11) 1 (1) North Carolina Courage 2 (2017-) 48 33 8 7 86 45 +41 106 2.208 2
10 (8) 12 (11) Boston Breakers 5 (2013-2017) 110 25 65 20 132 212 -80 95 0.864
11 (10) 8 (8) Orlando Pride 3 (2016-) 68 25 29 14 95 98 -3 89 1.309 1
12 (-) 6 (-) Utah Royals FC 1 (2018-) 24 9 7 8 22 23 -1 35 1.458

Sort order is Pts, finishing positions, wins

Playoff records[edit]

Through 2018 playoffs

Pts Rank
(Prev. Season)
Club Appearances
vs Seasons
Appearances
Percentages
GP W L D1 SOW1 GF GA GD Pts PPG PPG Rank
(Prev. Season)
1 (1) Portland Thorns FC 5/6 83% 8 5 3 0 0 15 13 +2 15 1.88 3 (2)
2 (1) FC Kansas City 3/5 60% 5 4 1 0 0 10 4 +6 12 2.40 1 (1)
3 (6) North Carolina Courage 2/2 100% 4 3 1 0 0 6 1 +5 9 2.25 2 (4)
4 (3) Western New York Flash 2/4 50% 4 2 1 1 1 8 7 +1 7 1.75 4 (3)
5 (4) Seattle Reign FC 3/6 50% 5 2 3 0 0 7 6 +1 6 1.20 5 (4)
6 (5) Washington Spirit 3/6 50% 4 1 2 1 0 5 8 -3 4 1.00 6 (6)
7 (7) Chicago Red Stars 4/6 67% 4 0 4 0 0 1 8 -7 0 0.00 7 (7)
7 (7) Orlando Pride 1/3 33% 1 0 1 0 0 1 4 -3 0 0.00 7 (7)
7 (7) Sky Blue FC 1/6 17% 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0.00 7 (7)

1Ties after 120min decided by shootout
Sort order is Pts, appearance%, total seasons, PPG

Player records[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Updated to end of 2018 NWSL regular season[2]

# Player Apps Tenure Goals
1 Christine Nairn 134 2013- 19
2 Lauren Barnes 133 2013- 2
3 Merritt Mathias 131 2013- 10
4 McCall Zerboni 130 2013- 12
5 Jessica McDonald 126 2013- 42
6 Allie Long 124 2013- 33
7 Jasmyne Spencer 123 2013- 15
8 Alyssa Mautz 118 2013- 16
9 Jessica Fishlock 116 2013- 26
Tori Huster 116 2013- 3
11 Nicole Barnhart 111 2013- 0[3]
Christine Sinclair 111 2013- 40
13 Becky Sauerbrunn 108 2013- 3
14 Angela Salem 107 2013- 1
15 Brittany Taylor 106 2013-2017 3
Katherine Reynolds 106 2013- 1
Ali Krieger 106 2013- 3

Goals[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

NWSL All-Time Leading Goalscorers
Regular Season Only 2013-2018 [5]
Rank Player Goals Games
1 Australia Samantha Kerr 61 103
2 Canada Christine Sinclair 43 113
3 United States Jessica McDonald 42 126
4 United States Lynn Williams 38 83
5 United States Christen Press 37 80
6 United States Megan Rapinoe 34 70
7 United States Allie Long 33 124
United States Alex Morgan 33 88
9 Scotland Kim Little 32 63
10 United States Carli Lloyd 31 81
11 United States Sydney Leroux 29 87
12 United States Sofia Huerta 28 88
Denmark Nadia Nadim 28 60
14 United States Kealia Ohai 26 92
NWSL All-Time Playoff Leading Goalscorers
Last updated October 9, 2018
Bold indicates active player
Rank Player Goals
1 United States Amy Rodriguez 6
2 United States Tobin Heath 3
United States Lindsey Horan 3
United States Jessica McDonald 3
United States Samantha Mewis 3
United States Megan Rapinoe 3
Canada Christine Sinclair 3
United States Lynn Williams 3
9 United States Crystal Dunn 2
United States Carli Lloyd 2
United States Erika Tymrak 2

Top scorers by season[edit]

Year Player Goals Apps
2013 United States Lauren Holiday 12 18
2014 Scotland Kim Little 16 23
2015 United States Crystal Dunn 15 20
2016 United States Lynn Williams 14 [6] 21
2017 Australia Sam Kerr 17 22
2018 Australia Sam Kerr 16 19

Assists[edit]

Most assists[edit]

Most assists (career)
Regular Season Only 2013-2018 [8]
Rank Player Assists Games
1 United States Tobin Heath 21 57
United States Jessica McDonald 21 121
3 United States Christine Nairn 20 128
4 Japan Nahomi Kawasumi 19 68
Australia Sam Kerr 19 98
United States Lynn Williams 19 78
7 United States Vanessa DiBernardo 18 94
United States Kelley O'Hara 18 83
United States Alex Morgan 18 83
10 United States Lauren Holiday 17 80
Wales Jess Fishlock 17 116
12 United States Crystal Dunn 16 76
Scotland Kim Little 16 63
United States Heather O'Reilly 16 75

Top assists by season[edit]

Year Player Assists Apps
2013 United States Lauren Holiday 9 18
2014 Wales Jessica Fishlock 8 22
2015 Scotland Kim Little 7 20
2016 United States Tobin Heath 10 15
2017 Japan Nahomi Kawasumi 9 24
2018 United States Jessica McDonald 8 23

Goalkeepers[edit]

# Player Shutouts Apps
1 Nicole Barnhart 38 103
2 Adrianna Franch 21 52

Match records[edit]

Last updated April 21, 2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats". National Women's Soccer League. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  2. ^ Cooper, Jen, 2018 NWSL Almanac, Keeper Notes, [1], pp. 5, 10, 246, 262, 265, 269, 277, 279, accessed 27 Feb 2019.)
  3. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/players/nicole-barnhart/19424/, accessed 27 Feb 2019
  4. ^ a b "Sam Kerr finishes NWSL season with bushel of scoring records". www.socceramerica.com. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  5. ^ Cooper, Jen, 2018 NWSL Almanac, Keeper Notes, [2], pp. 5, accessed 27 Feb 2019.)
  6. ^ Ltd, Simplestream. "National Women's Soccer League". www.nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  7. ^ Ltd, Simplestream. "Nahomi Kawasumi named Player of the Week". www.nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  8. ^ Cooper, pp. 6-7

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