NWSL records and statistics

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]

Statistics for the NWSL Challenge Cup, a competition originally created in place of the 2020 season that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are treated separately from regular season statistics.

Champions and shield winnersEdit

By seasonEdit

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
2019 North Carolina Courage 4–0
Details
Chicago Red Stars North Carolina Courage 49–44
Standings
Chicago Red Stars
2021 Washington Spirit 2–1 AET
Details
Chicago Red Stars Portland Thorns FC 44–42
Standings
OL Reign

Total trophies by teamEdit

Team Seasons* Playoff appearances Championships Shields Challenge Cups Total
North Carolina Courage 4 4 2 (2018, 2019) 3 (2017, 2018, 2019) 1 (2022) 6
Portland Thorns FC 8 7 2 (2013, 2017) 2 (2016, 2021) 1 (2021) 5
FC Kansas City 1 5 3 2 (2014, 2015) 2
Western New York Flash 1 4 2 1 (2016) 1 (2013) 2
Washington Spirit 8 4 1 (2021) 1
OL Reign/Reign FC/Seattle Reign FC 8 5 2 (2014, 2015) 2
Houston Dash 7 0 1 (2020*) 1
Chicago Red Stars 8 6 0
Orlando Pride 5 1 0
NJ/NY Gotham FC/Sky Blue FC 8 2 0
Kansas City Current 1 0 0
Racing Louisville 1 0 0
Utah Royals FC 1 2 0 0
Boston Breakers 1 5 0 0

*While there was no 2020 regular season, i.e. not adding to the numbers in the second column, 2020 did include the inaugural Challenge Cup which was won by the Houston Dash; as well as the 2020 Fall Series, in which the "Community Shield" (separate from the NWSL Shield and thus not included here) was won by the Portland Thorns.
1 – Defunct, no longer in NWSL

Team recordsEdit

WinsEdit

LossesEdit

AttendanceEdit

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 4,025 Portland Thorns FC 16,959 Sky Blue FC 2,531 13,3231
2019 792,409 7,337 5,565 Portland Thorns FC 20,098 Sky Blue FC 3,338 8,956
20212 567,072 5,155 Portland Thorns FC 14,391 Chicago Red Stars 3,222 8,774

1 A semifinal that would have been played in North Carolina was moved to Portland due to Hurricane Florence.
2 Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many teams had reduced capacities for part or all of the season, including some games with zero fans.

GoalsEdit

Regular season recordsEdit

Through 2021 season (Regular season games only)

Pts Rank
(Prev.
Season)
PPG Rank
(Prev.
Season)
Club Seasons[a] GP W L D GF GA GD Pts Pts Per
Game
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Finishing Positions
1 (1) 2 (2) Portland Thorns FC 8 (2013–) 182 89 49 44 283 204 +79 311 1.709 2 2 3
2 (2) 3 (3) OL Reign[b] 8 (2013–) 182 85 52 45 276 205 +71 300 1.648 2 1 1 1
3 (3) 4 (4) Chicago Red Stars 8 (2013–) 182 79 51 52 259 218 +41 289 1.588 2 1 3
4 (4) 8 (8) Washington Spirit 8 (2013–) 182 60 81 41 214 265 −51 221 1.214 1 1 2
5 (5) 9 (10) NJ/NY Gotham FC[c] 8 (2013–) 182 55 77 50 219 279 −60 215 1.181 1
6 (7) 1 (1) North Carolina Courage 4 (2017–) 96 57 22 17 173 85 +88 188 1.958 3
7 (8) 11 (11) Houston Dash 7 (2014–) 160 49 80 31 183 244 −61 178 1.113
8 (6) 5 (5) FC Kansas City 5 (2013–2017) 110 45 36 27 152 125 +27 168 1.527 2 1
9 (10) 10 (8) Orlando Pride 5 (2016–) 116 36 55 25 146 183 −37 133 1.147 1
10 (9) 7 (7) Western New York Flash 4 (2013–2016) 86 33 31 22 142 118 +24 119 1.384 1 1
11 (11) 13 (12) Boston Breakers 5 (2013–2017) 110 25 65 20 132 212 −80 95 0.864
12 (12) 6 (6) Utah Royals FC 2 (2018–2019) 48 19 17 12 47 48 −1 69 1.438
13 (-) 12 (-) Racing Louisville 1 (2021– ) 24 5 12 7 21 40 −19 22 0.917
14 (-) 14 (-) Kansas City Current[d] 1 (2021– ) 24 3 14 7 15 36 -21 16 0.667

Sort order is Pts, finishing positions, wins

  1. ^ No regular season in 2020.
  2. ^ Known as Seattle Reign FC from 2013–2018 and as Reign FC in 2019.
  3. ^ Known as Sky Blue FC from 2013–2020.
  4. ^ Known as Kansas City NWSL in 2021.

Playoff recordsEdit

Through 2021 playoffs

Rank Club Championships Runner Up Seasons
Qualified
GP W L D1 Penalty
Wins1
PPG GF GA GD
1 North Carolina Courage 2 1 4/4 7 5 2 0 0 2.143 14 3 11
2 Portland Thorns FC 2 1 7/8 10 5 5 0 0 1.500 15 16 −1
3 FC Kansas City 2 0 3/5 5 4 1 0 0 2.400 10 4 6
4 Washington Spirit 1 1 4/8 7 4 2 1 0 1.857 10 10 0
5 Western New York Flash 1 1 2/4 4 2 1 1 1 1.750 8 7 1
6 Chicago Red Stars 0 2 6/8 9 3 6 0 0 1.000 6 14 −8
7 OL Reign 0 2 5/8 7 2 5 0 0 0.857 9 12 −3
8 Orlando Pride 0 0 1/5 1 0 1 0 0 0.000 1 4 −3
8 NJ/NY Gotham FC 0 0 2/8 2 0 2 0 0 0.000 0 3 −3

1Ties after 120min decided by penalties
Sort order is Championships, Runners-Up, PPG

Player recordsEdit

Most minutes playedEdit

NWSL All-Time Minutes Played
Regular Season Only as of October 31, 2021[2]
Rank Player Minutes Played Games
1   Lauren Barnes 14,727 170
2   McCall Zerboni 13,874 167
3   Allie Long 13,495 156
4   Tori Huster 12,992 158
5   Merritt Mathias 12,929 164
6   Nicole Barnhart 12,494 141
7   Jess Fishlock 12,431 144
8   Christine Sinclair 12,395 143
9   Becky Sauerbrunn 12,181 138
10   Ali Krieger 12,148 141
11   Emily Menges 12,028 128
12   Christine Nairn 11,553 155
13   Kristie Mewis 11,441 140
14   Estelle Johnson 11,369 127
15   Ashlyn Harris 11,342 127
16   Abby Erceg 11,229 128
17   Sofia Huerta 11,157 133
18   Alyssa Naeher 11,115 124
19   Kealia Watt 11,101 138
20   Sarah Woldmoe 10,828 127

Most appearances, regular season onlyEdit

2013–2021 seasons. 182 total matches.[3]

NWSL Most Appearances
Regular Season Only as of October 31, 2021
Rank Player Games
1   Lauren Barnes 170
2   McCall Zerboni 167
3   Merritt Mathias 164
4   Tori Huster 158
5   Jessica McDonald 156
  Allie Long
7   Christine Nairn 155
8   Jess Fishlock 144
9   Christine Sinclair 143
10   Nicole Barnhart 141
  Ali Krieger
12   Kristie Mewis 140
  Jasmyne Spencer
  Erika Tymrak
15   Emily Menges 138
  Becky Sauerbrunn
  Kealia Watt
18   Alyssa Mautz 135
19   Amber Brooks 134
20   Vanessa DiBernardo 133
  Sofia Huerta
  Angela Salem

GoalsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Goals, regular season onlyEdit

NWSL All-Time Leading Goalscorers
Up to 31st October 2021[7]
Rank Player Goals
1   Sam Kerr 77
2   Christine Sinclair 58
3   Lynn Williams 57
4   Jessica McDonald 51
5   Christen Press 45
6   Carli Lloyd 43
7   Megan Rapinoe 40
8   Amy Rodriguez 39
9   Alex Morgan 38
10   Sydney Leroux 37
11   Jess Fishlock 34
12   Allie Long 34
13   Rachel Daly 33
  Crystal Dunn
  Sofia Huerta
  Kealia Watt
17   Kim Little 32
18   Nadia Nadim 31
  Jodie Taylor
20   Ashley Hatch 28

Leading goalscorers in playoffsEdit

NWSL All-Time Playoff Leading Goalscorers
Last updated October 31, 2021
Bold indicates active player
Rank Player Goals
1   Amy Rodriguez 6
2   Crystal Dunn 4
  Jessica McDonald
  Samantha Mewis
5   Debinha 3
  Tobin Heath
  Lindsey Horan
  Megan Rapinoe
  Christine Sinclair
  Lynn Williams

NWSL top goalscorers by season (regular season only)Edit

Year Player Goals Games
2013   Lauren Holiday 12 18
2014   Kim Little 16 23
2015   Crystal Dunn 15 20
2016   Lynn Williams 11 19
2017   Sam Kerr 17 22
2018   Sam Kerr 16 19
2019   Sam Kerr 18 21
2021   Ashley Hatch 10 20

AssistsEdit

Most assistsEdit

Most assists (career)
Regular Season Only as of October 31, 2021[9]
Rank Player Assists
1   Jessica McDonald 28
2   Lynn Williams 26
3   Sofia Huerta 25
4   Tobin Heath 24
  Nahomi Kawasumi
  Sam Kerr
7   Crystal Dunn 22
  Jessica Fishlock
  Christine Nairn
10   Vanessa Dibernardo 20
  Alex Morgan
  Kelley O'Hara
  Kealia Watt

Top assists by seasonEdit

Year Player Assists Apps
2013   Lauren Holiday 9 18
2014   Jessica Fishlock 8 22
2015   Kim Little 7 20
2016   Tobin Heath 10 15
2017   Nahomi Kawasumi 9 24
2018   Jessica McDonald 8 23
2019   Yūki Nagasato 8 24
2021*   Trinity Rodman 6 22
  Sofia Huerta 6 23

*Joint record

GoalkeepersEdit

# Player Shutouts Apps
1   Nicole Barnhart 51 131
2   Alyssa Naeher 36 118
3   Adrianna Franch 29 80
4   Ashlyn Harris 17 108
  Katelyn Rowland 49
6   Lydia Williams 16 57
7   Aubrey Kingsbury 15 58
  Stephanie Labbé 41
9   Brittany Cameron 14 45
  Karina LeBlanc 50

Match recordsEdit

As of October 31, 2021

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stats". National Women's Soccer League. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  2. ^ "NWSL Player Stats".
  3. ^ Cooper, Jen (2021), Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, p. 13.
  4. ^ a b "Sam Kerr finishes NWSL season with bushel of scoring records". www.socceramerica.com. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  5. ^ intive. "Kristen Hamilton scores four, Courage win 5-2". www.nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  6. ^ "National Women's Soccer League Official Site | NWSL". www.nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2022-05-28.
  7. ^ Cooper, Jen (2019), Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, Keeper Notes, p. 8.
  8. ^ Ltd, Simplestream. "Nahomi Kawasumi named Player of the Week". www.nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  9. ^ www.fbref.com

External linksEdit