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If the 2024 W League Playoffs Started Today

By Staff, 06/13/24, 1:00PM EDT


Would your team make the playoffs if it started today?

We’re less than a month away from the start of the 2024 W League Playoffs and the competition is heating up as teams are vying for their tickets into the postseason. 

There are 16 total spots in the playoffs; all 12 division winners will automatically earn playoff berths, and the four remaining spots will be determined through wild card bids. Each of the four conferences will earn one wild card bid. 

Would your team make it into the playoffs if it were to start today? Check down below! 

Southeast Division: Florida Elite Soccer Academy 

Florida Elite is the first and only team to have already guaranteed its spot in the playoffs after going a perfect 10-0-0 with two matches remaining. The club has been a goal-scoring machine, having scored at least three goals in every match and finding the back of the net 64 times this season. The defense, led by Florida Atlantic University goalkeeper Lexi Gonzalez, is just as strong. They’ve allowed only four goals and recorded eight shutouts. 

South Central Division: Tennessee SC 

Tennessee SC (6-0-1) have dominated the South Central Division since the start of the season. Alabama commit Maddie Padelski (8g) and Auburn star Anna Haddock (6g/2a) have been the two that TSC have looked to the most and have led the team to a +28 goal differential. With five matches left, Tennessee’s most important might be their last against Asheville City SC. Asheville drew 3-3 with Tennessee earlier this season and are only three points behind them on the table. 

Lone Star Division: AHFC Royals 

AHFC Royals have gone undefeated through seven matches and earned all 21 points in their inaugural W League season thus far. The defense has looked strong and only allowed three goals while shutting out their opponents four times. The Royals could clinch their playoff berth as early as this Saturday when they host the San Antonio Athenians. 

Great Lakes Division: Midwest United FC

The Great Lakes Division will likely come down to the wire, as Midwest United FC narrowly holds on to the top spot through six matches. Detroit City FC and Kalamazoo FC are right behind in second and third place, and are the next two teams on the schedule this week for Midwest United. The team is looking for its first-ever playoff spot, so every match matters through this second half of the season.

Heartland Division: Minnesota Aurora FC 

Minnesota Aurora (4-0-2) have still yet to lose a regular season match in club history and could be on the verge of a third straight playoff berth. However, the team dropped points in draws to River Light FC and Chicago City FC, creating a close race in the Heartland Division. Aurora plays second-place Bavarian United SC twice next week and will need to perform well in both to clinch its spot in the playoffs. 

Valley Division: Indy Eleven 

Last year’s W League champions said from the start that they were going after another title this season, and they are narrowing in on securing their chance at it. Indy Eleven have scored 33 goals and have gone 6-0-1 to gain a comfortable lead over the other clubs in the Valley Division. Indy could secure its playoff spot as soon as next week if it wins both matches against Lexington SC and Kings Hammer FC. 

Metropolitan Division: Morris Elite SC

The race for the Metropolitan Division title this year is tight, and the Eastern Conference wild card bid might come from this division as well. Morris Elite (6-0-1) recently jumped into the top spot after earning its sixth win of the season Wednesday night. However, Long Island Rough Riders are right on Morris Elite’s tail with the same record, but Morris Elite leads by goal differential. Cedar Stars Academy is also only two points behind in third place. All three teams will play each other again this month, so it will be fun to see how this division shakes out.  

Mid Atlantic Division: Eagle FC 

Eagle FC (6-0-1) have looked strong all season, having won six straight matches and all but one were shutouts. However, the team dropped points for the first time on Wednesday in a back-and-forth 3-3 draw with Christos FC. It leaves the door open for expansion club Lancaster Inferno, who are four points behind with a game in hand. Eagle FC made it to the semifinals last year, so let’s see if they can secure a return to the playoffs with five matches left. 

South Atlantic Division: NC Courage U23 

NC Courage (6-0-1) has gone on a tear since its first match and won six matches in a row to lead the South Atlantic Division. Despite going most of the season without a couple of key players from last year’s squad, the Courage has still scored 26 goals and has a 4-point lead over second-place NC Fusion. The Courage are just five matches away from securing its spot in the playoffs and the opportunity for redemption in the final. 

NorCal Division: California Storm 

Just like last season, the NorCal Division is going to be a tight race between California Storm, SF Glens and Oakland Soul with 19, 18 and 17 points, respectively, through seven matches each. Stockton Cargo SC is also still in the running in fourth place with a game in hand. Since the wild card bid for the Western Conference comes from this division, two teams have a shot to get into the playoffs. The Storm’s only draw this season was against Oakland, and the two have a rematch Thursday night that will determine who takes the current first place spot. They also both have upcoming matches against the Glens, last year’s division winner, which could be the deciding factor on which teams move into the playoffs. 

Northwest Division: FC Olympia 

FC Olympia (5-0-0) is one of the few teams remaining with perfect records at this point in the season. The Artesians have dominated against their Northwest opponents and have allowed only one goal while scoring 26 of their own. It will all come down to Olympia’s two matches against United PDX (4-0-1), which is just two points behind in second place. 

Mountain Division: Colorado Storm 

The new Mountain Division brought some tough competition into the league, but Colorado Storm (7-1-0) has proved to be the top contender so far. The Storm has a +43 goal differential with University of Wyoming’s Alyssa Glover leading the pack with nine goals and an assist. The team would secure its spot in the playoffs with wins in its next two matches against ALBION SC Colorado and Northern Colorado Rain FC. 

*This article is is based off records and standings on June 13, at noon ET.  

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