Bio: The NWSL is a professional women’s soccer league under the management of the United States Soccer Federation. The league was established in 2012 as a successor to the Women’s Professional Soccer League. The NWSL began with eight teams and has since expanded to include nine teams. Teams can be awarded the NWSL Shield, which goes to the team with the best regular season record, as well as the NWSL Championship, which goes to the playoff winner. The current champions are the North Carolina Courage.