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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league at the top of the United States league system. It is owned by the teams and, until 2020, was under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation.

The NWSL was established in 2012 as the successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer (Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Sky Blue FC, and Western New York Flash). It now has 10 teams across the United States, with two more slated to join in 2022.

Since the league's inaugural season in 2013, four teams have been crowned NWSL Champions, awarded to the playoff winner; four teams have claimed the NWSL Shield, awarded to the team in first place at the end of the regular season; and two teams have been champions of the NWSL Challenge Cup, an annual league cup tournament that began in 2020. The current (2019) NWSL champions are the North Carolina Courage. The current shield winners (2021) are the Portland Thorns, who are also the current (2021) Challenge Cup champions.