The newly expanded playoffs will feature 16 teams from across the league’s four conferences
Eastern Conference: Mid Atlantic Division – Top team advances. Metropolitan Division – top two teams advance. A wild card bid will be awarded to the team with the highest points per game remaining from the Mid Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions.
Central Conference: Great Lakes Division – Top team advances. Heartland Division – Top team advances. Valley Division – Top team advances. A wild card bid will be awarded to the team with the highest points per game remaining from the Great Lakes and Heartland Divisions.
Southern Conference: South Atlantic – Top team advances. South Central – Top team advances. Southeast – Top team advances. A wild card bid will be awarded to the best second place team amongst the South Atlantic, South Central and Southeast Divisions.
Western Conference: NorCal – Top two teams advance. Northwest – Top team advances. A wild card bid will be awarded to the team with the highest points per game remaining from the NorCal and Northwest Division.
The USL W League's vision is to elevate, empower, and evolve women's soccer by providing a place for female athletes to advance their careers, inspire young females, and garner support for the women's game. The league wants to use its platform for the good of all women, creating an environment for growth, gender equality, and equal opportunity.
The USL W League is a pre-professional women’s soccer league set to kick off in May 2024. The USL W League strives to use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development. The League and its member clubs are committed to investing in women’s soccer – through not only financial resources but also with time, energy, and attention – and are united in our mission to grow the women’s game.
The USL W League will serve as the nation’s premier pre-professional league developing the next generation of women’s talent both on and off the field, enhancing the women’s soccer pipeline between college and professional soccer. With at least 30 teams in its inaugural season, the USL W League will bring elite women’s soccer to communities across the U.S., creating more opportunities to play, watch and work in the women’s game.