The 2009 W-League Season was the league's 15th. The regular season began on May 8 with the Hampton Roads Piranhas defeating the Charlotte Lady Eagles 2–1 in Charlotte. The season ended with 10 games on July 19. The playoffs began on July 22 and ended on August 7.
Pali Blues repeated as W-League champions, defeating the Washington Freedom Reserves in come-from-behind fashion 2–1, which was also how they had won their previous title. Iris Mora was named the Playoffs MVP.
FC Indiana's Laura del Río finished with the most points (40) and goals (18), while her teammate Monica Ocampo led the league in assists (11). Shannon Lynn, also of FC Indiana, led the league in GAA (0.116) and shutouts (10), and only allowed 2 goals the entire regular season.
Changes from 2008 season
Six teams changed their name in the off-season:
|Team Name||Metro Area||Previous Name|
|Cary Lady Clarets||Research Triangle area||Carolina RailHawks Women|
|Chicago Red Eleven||Chicago area||Chicago Gaels|
|Colorado Force||Fort Collins area||Fort Collins Force|
|Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues||northern New Jersey area||Jersey Sky Blue|
|Rochester Ravens||Rochester area||Rochester Rhinos Women|
|Washington Freedom Reserves||Washington, D.C. area||Washington Freedom|
Two teams were added for the season:
|Team Name||Metro Area||Location||Previous Affiliation|
|Buffalo Flash||Buffalo area||Buffalo, NY||expansion|
|Quebec City Amiral SC||Quebec City area||Quebec City, QC||expansion|
Six teams folded after the 2008 season:
- Bradenton Athletics
- Carolina Dynamo
- Fredericksburg Lady Gunners
- Michigan Hawks
- Vermont Lady Voltage
- West Virginia Illusion
Jersey Sky Blue and Washington Freedom both have expansion teams in Women's Professional Soccer. Washington have chosen to keep their reserve squad in the W-League, while Jersey has sold the rights to their W-League team to New York-based Quickstrike FC, which became Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues.
Orange indicates W-League title and bye into W-League semifinals.
Purple indicates division title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched
Great Lakes Division
|1||Ottawa Fury Women||14||11||1||2||40||9||+31||35|
|3||Quebec City Amiral SC||14||9||4||1||29||17||+12||28|
|4||Toronto Lady Lynx||14||6||4||4||25||17||+8||22|
|2||Chicago Red Eleven||12||10||1||1||37||6||+31||31|
|4||Cleveland Internationals Women||12||4||6||2||15||28||−13||14|
|5||Fort Wayne Fever||12||3||7||2||19||40||−21||11|
|7||West Michigan Firewomen||11||0||10||1||5||61||−56||1|
|1||Atlanta Silverbacks Women||12||10||1||1||24||3||+21||31|
|2||Tampa Bay Hellenic||12||8||1||3||24||7||+17||27|
|3||Charlotte Lady Eagles||12||6||3||3||19||13||+6||21|
|4||Hampton Roads Piranhas||12||6||6||0||24||18||+6||18|
|5||Cary Lady Clarets||12||5||6||1||24||23||+1||16|
|6||Northern Virginia Majestics||12||1||10||1||3||21||−18||4|
|7||Richmond Kickers Destiny||12||1||10||1||8||41||−33||4|
|1||Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues||14||12||0||2||40||9||+31||38|
|2||Washington Freedom Reserves||14||12||1||1||49||9||+40||37|
|4||Long Island Rough Riders||14||6||7||1||28||26||+2||19|
|5||New Jersey Wildcats||14||6||7||1||17||23||−6||19|
|7||New York Magic||15||1||11||3||8||45||−37||6|
|8||Western Mass Lady Pioneers||14||1||13||0||8||44||−36||0[b]|
- The Boston Renegades qualified for the Eastern Conference playoffs but declined to participate, so the Charlotte Lady Eagles joined as the next most qualified team.
- Western Mass forfeited a 1–0 victory to New York due to an ineligible player, and was docked an additional three points.
|3||Real Colorado Cougars||12||4||5||3||16||15||+1||15|
|4||Seattle Sounders Women||12||3||3||6||12||15||−3||15|
|5||Vancouver Whitecaps Women||12||3||4||5||15||19||−4||14|
|6||Ventura County Fusion||12||2||5||5||13||22||−9||11|
|7||Los Angeles Legends||12||2||7||3||15||20||−5||9|
The Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues earned a bye directly to the W-League Semifinals. The Washington Freedom Reserves were moved into the top spot in the Northeast Division, and the Charlotte Lady Eagles received the division's second playoff spot (the Boston Renegades were the original holders of the second spot, but declined to enter).
The Central Conference will have 5 playoff spots. The second and third place teams from the Great Lakes Division will play each other. The winner will play the Midwest Division champions, while the Great Lakes Division champion will play the second place team of the Midwest Division. The winners of those games will play to determine the conference champion. The Eastern Conference division champions will play the second place team of the opposite division, the winners facing off to determine who goes to the W-League Semifinals. The Western Conference will have their top two teams facing off to determine their conference champion.
The W-League Semifinals will put the regular season champion against the lowest seeded conference champion, and the higher-ranked conference champions against each other. The winners of these games will play in the championship, while the losers will play in the Third Place game.
|Central Divisional Round||Central Semifinals||Central Championship|
|GL2||Buffalo Flash||5||GL2||Buffalo Flash||0|
|GL3||Quebec City Amiral SC||0||MW1||FC Indiana||1|
|GL1||Ottawa Fury Women||2|
|GL1||Ottawa Fury Women||4|
|MW2||Chicago Red Eleven||2|
|Eastern Semifinals||Eastern Championship|
|NE1||Washington Freedom Reserves||2|
|AT2||Tampa Bay Hellenic||1|
|NE1||Washington Freedom Reserves||2|
|NE2||Charlotte Lady Eagles||1|
|AT1||Atlanta Silverbacks Women||1|
|NE2||Charlotte Lady Eagles||2|
W-League Championship Bracket
|NE1||Washington Freedom Reserves (AET/PSO)||0 (3)|
|GL1||Ottawa Fury Women||0 (1)|
|NE1||Washington Freedom Reserves||1|
|WL||Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues||0|
|Quebec City Arsenal||0–5||Buffalo Flash|
Sutton 34' 60'
|Tampa Bay Hellenic||1–2||Washington Freedom Reserves|
|Gordon 58'||(Report)||Tegeler 42'
|Chicago Red Eleven||2–4||Ottawa Fury Women|
Hearn 31' 76' 82'
|Charlotte Lady Eagles||2–1||Atlanta Silverbacks Women|
|Ozimek 85' 88'||(Report)||Hall 76'
|Buffalo Flash||0–3||FC Indiana|
|Mosebo 45'||Leyva 13' 45' (PK)
Del Rio 26'
|Charlotte Lady Eagles||1–2||Washington Freedom Reserves|
|Colorado Force||2–5||Pali Blues|
|Marshall 60' 72'||(Report)||Press 11' 75'
Mora 67' 90' 90+'
|Ottawa Fury Women||2–1||FC Indiana|
|Moore 20' (OG)
Thomas 76' (OG)
|Pali Blues||4–0||Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues|
Cheney 65' 69'
|Ottawa Fury Women||0 – 0|
|Washington Freedom Reserves|
|Pali Blues||2–1||Washington Freedom Reserves|
|Billingsley 14' 37'
The finalists for W-League MVP, U19 Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Defender of the Year were announced on August 3, 2009, with the winners to be announced on August 5. The Goalkeeper of the Year was announced on August 3.
Most Valuable Player Finalists
- Angelika Johansson, F, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues (Winner)
- Laura del Río, F, FC Indiana
- Amber Hearn, F, Ottawa Fury Women
U19 Player of the Year Finalists
- Chanté Sandiford, G, Washington Freedom Reserves (Winner)
- Sarah Chapman, M, Tampa Bay Hellenic
- Fortuna Velaj, F, Connecticut Passion
Defender of the Year Finalists
- Brittany Taylor, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues (Winner)
- Ashleigh Gunning, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
- Ria Percival, Ottawa Fury Women
Goalkeeper of the Year
Coach of the Year Finalists
- Fabien Cottin, Quebec City Arsenal (Winner)
- Tony Anglin, Chicago Red Eleven
- George Fotopoulos, Tampa Bay Hellenic
- Jesse Kolmel, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
All-League and All-Conference Teams
F: Laura del Río*, IND; Amber Hearn*, OTT; Caroline Smith, MIN
M: Gemma Davison*, CHI; Jennifer Hance, OTT; Fatima Leyva, IND; Rosa Tantillo*, BUF
D: Jenny Jeffers, CHI; Ria Percival*, OTT; Clare Rustad, TOR
G: Shannon Lynn, IND
Honorable Mention: Margaret Allgeier, D, FW; Haley Ford, D, CLE; Christina Julien, F, LAV; Melissa Lesage, F, QC; Heather MacDougall, M, HAM; Courtney Nash, M, WMi; Anna Stinson, M, KAL; Jenn Wolbert, G, LON; Casey Zimney, D, ROC
F: Angelika Johansson*, HV; Jen Parsons, WAS; Brittany Tegeler, WAS
M: Lindsay Ozimek, CHA; Christina Rife, CHA; Megan Tomlinson, ATL
D: Casey Brown, BOS; Ashleigh Gunning*, HV; Philisha Lewis, TB; Brittany Taylor*, HV
G: Michelle Betos*, ATL
Honorable Mention: Mary Casey, G, NV; Brooke DeRosa, M, LI; Shaneka Gordon, F, HR; Robyn Jones, G, NJ; Courtney McMahon, M, NY; Rachel Richards, M, WMa; Fortuna Velaj, F, & Lindsay Vera, F, CON; Jennifer Woodie, D, RIC
F: Iris Mora, PAL; Jodi Ann Robinson, VAN
M: Michelle French*, SEA; Tobin Heath, PAL; Nikki Marshall, COL; Carmelina Moscato, VAN; Nikki Washington*, PAL
D: Jenea Gibbons, LA; Kelli Smith, SEA; Leah Tapscott, PAL
G: Katie Hultin, SEA
Honorable Mention: Kay Hawke, G, VEN, Taryn Hemmings, M, RC
* denotes All-League selections. 
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