National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

Increase Your Soccer IQ

Has your daughter’s coach mentioned that it would be GREAT for the players to watch some higher level soccer? Perhaps girls could attend local high school or college games or enjoy a match on television? Players can watch exciting English Premier League games scheduled nearly every weekend, for example, and dramatically increase their soccer IQ. Starting the weekend of April 13-14, fans can also watch National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) regular season games on, NWSL Apps and My Lifetime App. Girls can be encouraged to observe how the pros look over their shoulders, receive the ball, make one-touch passes and move the ball around the field.

It’s an exciting time for women’s soccer as the top NWSL “rock star players”  head towards The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, which will begin on June 7th. Leading up to this exciting tournament, we have a 3-part series of articles to help our players learn more about the United States Women’s National Team and The FIFA World Cup 2019.

Part I. Introducing the National Women’s Soccer League

There are 9 teams in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) based in cities across the United States. These teams are comprised of some of the best female soccer players in the world. They compete in games against one another and train with their team for about 7 months of the year, March-September.

You Can Follow Your Favorite Team on Instagram

Chicago Red Stars Follow @chicagoredstars

Houston Dash Follow @HoustonDash

North Carolina Courage Follow @thenccourage

Orlando Pride Follow @orlpride

Portland Thorns FC Follow @thornsfc

Seattle Reign FC Follow @reignfc

Sky Blue FC Follow on Instagram @skybluefc

Utah Royals FC Follow @utahroyalsfc

Washington Spirit Follow @washingtonspirit

Do the NWSL team names’ sound familiar? If so, that might be because 8 out of our 10 Academy and Development Teams are named after them!! (FYI – Impact and Fury are also named after professional teams, but not current NWSL teams.)

Fun Challenge! Explore the NWSL website,, which leads you to all of the individual sites. You can watch video clips and learn how you can view games. Their Instagram accounts are also listed above. Consider following and learning more about your favorite teams and players.

Finally, the TOP players from the NWSL make the US Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) and have the honor of representing the United States in international play all over the world, including the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.