NWSL by the Numbers: 2016 Olympic Games
CHICAGO (Via NWSL) – Following the conclusion of the gold and bronze medal matches of the 2016 Olympic Games, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) provides an inside look at the important numbers from the 38 NWSL players that participated in the tournament.
Below is a unique look into the NWSL by the Numbers – Olympics:
1 – Portland Thorns FC forward Lindsey Horan became the first player at a senior FIFA tournament to come on as the fourth substitute for her team. FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) made the decision in March to begin a two-year experiment to enable teams to use a fourth substitution in extra time of select competitions starting with the 2016 Rio Olympics.
5 – Shutouts by NWSL players at the 2016 Rio Olympics (Washington Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé 2, Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo 2, Houston Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams).
6 – Goals by NWSL players under the age of 25 at the Summer Games. Players from the league between the ages of 26 and 30 scored four goals at the tournament, while players older than 30 accounted for five goals in the competition.
9 – NWSL players to win a medal at the Summer Games – all of whom are on the Canada Women’s National Team, which won its second consecutive bronze medal. The league’s 2016 bronze medalists are Houston Dash forward Janine Beckie, Orlando Pride defender Josée Bélanger, Houston Dash midfielder Allysha Chapman, Western New York Flash goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, Washington Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé, Washington Spirit midfielder Diana Matheson, FC Kansas City midfielder Desiree Scott, Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair, Washington Spirit defender Shelina Zadorsky.
10 – Attempts by NWSL players in three separate penalty shootouts at the Summer Games. Players from the league converted on six of those attempts (Portland Thorns FC forward Lindsey Horan, Houston Dash midfielder Carli Lloyd, Houston Dash midfielder Morgan Brian, Houston Dash midfielder Andressa, Orlando Pride defender Monica, Orlando Pride defender Laura Alleway). Four NWSL players did not convert their spot kick (Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan, Chicago Red Stars forward Christen Press, Western New York Flash defender Alanna Kennedy, Houston Dash midfielder Andressa). Andressa is the only player from the league with two attempts in penalty shootouts at the Olympics – converting on one and seeing the other saved.
12 – NWSL players who were on the roster for the bronze medal match in Brazil – nine from Canada and three from Brazil. (NWSL players on rosters at the Olympics by round: group stage 38, quarterfinals 36, semifinals and medal games 12.)
15 – Goals scored by nine different NWSL players at the Olympics (Houston Dash forward Janine Beckie 3, Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair 2, Houston Dash midfielder Carli Lloyd 2, Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan 2, Orlando Pride defender Monica, Sky Blue FC forward Samantha Kerr, Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn, Western New York Flash defender Alanna Kennedy, Boston Breakers forward Kyah Simon). The 15 tallies represent 22.7 percent of the 66 goals scored at the Summer Games.
20 – The number of seconds into the game it took for Houston Dash forward Janine Beckie to score for Canada against Australia – the fastest goal in Women’s Olympic soccer history.
20 – The number of matches (out of 26) at the 2016 Olympics that have featured at least one NWSL player.
32 – Appearances by Houston Dash players at the Rio Games – nine more than the 23 by Portland Thorns FC players for the most by an NWSL club at the tournament. (Games by club: Houston Dash 32, Portland Thorns FC 23, Washington Spirit 22, Orlando Pride 20, FC Kansas City 12, Western New York Flash 8, Sky Blue FC 7, Boston Breakers 6, Seattle Reign FC 6, Chicago Red Stars 6)
35 – Saves by NWSL goalkeepers at the tournament – 18 by Houston Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams, nine by Washington Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé and eight Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo. Western New York Flash goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo did not make a save in her one appearance at the tournament.
38 – The number of NWSL players at the Olympics – the most representatives of any league in the world. The next closest competitor is Division 1 Féminine (France) with 23 players, followed by the Women’s Super League (China) with 22 players and the Frauen-Bundesliga (Germany) with 20 representatives.
75 – The average number of minutes played per appearance by NWSL players at the 2016 Olympics.
93.5 – The average number of minutes played per appearance by Western New York Flash players at the tournament in Brazil.
142 – Appearances by NWSL players at the 2016 Rio Olympics (112 starts, 30 substitutes). Of the contingent of NWSL Olympians at the tournament, 37 out of the 38 have featured for their national team – including all 33 outfield players. The only NWSL player at the Olympics to not make an appearance was Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper and U.S. international Alyssa Naeher.
2,144 – Minutes played by Houston Dash players at the tournament in Brazil – the most of any NWSL club. (Minutes by club: Houston Dash 2,144, Portland Thorns 1,791, Orlando Pride 1,707, Washington Spirit 1,516, FC Kansas City 995, Western New York Flash 748, Sky Blue FC 575, Seattle Reign FC 450, Boston Breakers 439, Chicago Red Stars 331)
10,696 – Minutes played by NWSL players at the 2016 Rio Olympics (20.0 percent of the possible 53,460 minutes at the tournament). One out of every five minutes played at the Summer Games.