NWSL Playoff Picture, Standings, Seeding: OL Reign One Point Back From Portland Thorns In Race For NWSL Shield

There are now just two weeks remaining in the 2021 National Women's Soccer League regular season and the playoff picture is starting to take shape. Three teams have punched tickets to the postseason: Portland Thorns, OL Reign, and Washington Spirit. There are three remaining playoff spots on the line with four teams left in contention, which means one of those four will be watching postseason games from home. Three have already been eliminated: Kansas City, Racing Louisville and Orlando Pride. 

This is the first year for the NWSL's expanded playoff format, with six teams qualifying instead of only four in years prior. Previously, at the conclusion of the regular season, the top four finishers would head into a semifinal with the top seed playing the fourth seed while the second and third-seeded sides also competed for a spot in the final.

This time around, once the regular season concludes on Oct. 31, six teams will compete in single-elimination playoffs with the top two seeds earning a bye straight to the semifinals. The first round of the playoffs will begin the weekend of Nov. 6 with No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 seeds facing off for a spot in the semifinal round. The NWSL semifinals will take place Nov. 13-14, concluding with the NWSL Championship final on CBS, which was originally scheduled to take place at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon, has been moved to Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, home of Racing Louisville FC.

Let's take a look at the current playoff picture if the regular season concludes today, this will be updated as the remaining weeks progress:

NWSL playoff picture, standings, seeding: OL Reign one point back from Portland Thorns in race for NWSL Shield

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NWSL playoff picture, standings, seeding: OL Reign one point back from Portland Thorns in race for NWSL Shield