Tukwila, WA – The W-League and Seattle Sounders Women announced the 2013 schedule today. The schedule includes 12 W-League matches and at least four exhibition matches. Starfire Sports Stadium will host a minimum of 11 home matches for 2013.
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Sounders Women will kick off their season with 4 exhibition matches against northwest colleges. As in 2012, the Sounders will host Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and the University of Washington, while also adding Oregon State to the schedule, beginning on April 14th.
“Last season our matches with local colleges were some of the best crowds all season,” Co-Owner, Lane Smith said. “We enjoy these games as a win-win for the community, our colleges, and the Sounders Women.”
The Sounders Women enter the W-League regular season, on May 27th, by hosting the LA Strikers. The Sounders Women will compete for the Western Conference crown against four California teams, and two sides from Colorado. One of those California teams, Bay Area Breeze, is a newcomer to the W-League. The Breeze will be a top challenge as they are a fully professional team.
Following the regular season, the top two finishers in the Western Conference will play a one-match playoff to represent the West in the W-League National Final on July 26-28.
Sounders Women season ticket packages are available now starting at $100.00 for Jet City Auxiliary members on SoundersWomen.com. Single Match tickets will go on sale February 13th if availability allows.
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USL News Release, Monday, January 28, 2013
2013 W-League Schedule & Alignment Released
145-game season to culminate July 28 at 2013 W-League Championship presented by Nike
TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League released its divisional alignment and schedule for 2013 today, with the action slated to kick off for the 145-game regular season on Saturday, May 11. The Bay Area Breeze join the 25-team league in 2013, further strengthening the highly competitive Western Conference.
“The 2013 W-League season will produce a tremendous amount of excitement for players and fans alike,” said Amanda Duffy, senior director of the W-League. “Top collegiate, amateur and professional players will compete in the W-League while aspiring to reach the top level of women’s soccer in North America. The competition will continue to be enhanced by additional regional rivalries as the fight for post-season spots intensifies.”
The W-League remains divided into three geographic conferences – Eastern, Central and Western – with the Eastern Conference featuring two divisions, the seven-team Northeast and the five-team Southeast. The Central Conference features six teams, while the Western Conference has seven. W-League clubs will play 10- or 12-game schedules in 2013, with teams facing each opponent in their division home and away. Teams in the Central Conference and Southeast Division will play additional games vs. geographic rivals to complete their schedules.
Five W-League teams have undergone name changes for 2013, including the Carolina Elite Cobras (formerly Central SC Cobras), K-W United FC (Hamilton FC Rage), New York Magic – F.A. Euro (New York Magic), VSI Tampa Bay FC (VSI Tampa Flames) and the Washington Spirit Reserves (D.C. United Women).
2013 W-League Alignment:
Long Island Rough Riders
New Jersey Wildcats
New York Magic – F.A. Euro
North Jersey Valkyries
Virginia Beach Piranhas
Washington Spirit Reserves
Carolina Elite Cobras
Charlotte Lady Eagles
Dayton Dutch Lions
VSI Tampa Bay FC
K-W United FC
Quebec City Amiral
Toronto Lady Lynx
Bay Area Breeze
Colorado Rapids Women
Santa Clarita Blue Heat
Seattle Sounders Women
The season opens on Saturday, May 11 as New York travels to face the Washington Spirit Reserves and the Virginia Beach Piranhas play host to the Fredericksburg Impact. The opening weekend of the season also sees an important Southeast Division matchup as the Carolina Elite Cobras play host to the Atlanta Silverbacks. The 2012 W-League champions, the Ottawa Fury, begin their title defense on Saturday, May 25 when they travel to face the Quebec City Amiral.
The final weekend of the regular season is set for July 12-14, with 21 of the 25 teams in action as the race for postseason spots winds down.
The 19th W-League season will see 10 teams advance to the postseason with one champion advancing from each conference to the 2013 W-League Championship presented by Nike. The three conference champions will meet July 26-28 in a ‘final four’ format championship, which will also include a yet-to-be-determined host team. The semifinals will be played on Friday, July 26 with the winners meeting for the 2013 W-League Championship on Sunday, July 28.
The W-League is recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for female players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans across North America. The caliber of W-League talent continues to grow, with 22 of the 29 players recently called into the U.S. Women’s National Team camp boasting W-League experience.
The W-League is the first and longest-standing women’s soccer league in North America. The 2013 W-League campaign will feature 25 teams in three regional conferences playing 10-12 regular season matches. Featuring current and former international and professional stars, the W-League also provides elite amateurs the opportunity to compete while maintaining their eligibility as college student-athletes. The league is recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for female players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans throughout North America.