Women's National Basketball Association

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The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 22, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September, with the All-Star game being played midway through the season in July (except in Olympic years) and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.

Five WNBA teams have direct NBA counterparts and normally play in the same arena: the Indiana Fever, Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, and Phoenix Mercury.


The WNBA originated with 8 teams in 1997 and through a sequence of expansions, contractions, and relocations currently consists of 12 teams. There have been a total of 18 franchises in WNBA history. As of the league's 2021 season, the Las Vegas Aces, Los Angeles Sparks, New York Liberty, and Phoenix Mercury are the only remaining charter franchises.

Arenas listed below reflect those intended for use in the league's next season in 2022. These may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

Team City Arena Joined
Eastern Conference
Atlanta Dream College Park, Georgia Gateway Center Arena 2008
Chicago Sky Chicago, Illinois Wintrust Arena 2006
Connecticut Sun Uncasville, Connecticut Mohegan Sun Arena 1999
Indiana Fever Indianapolis, Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse 2000
New York Liberty Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center 1997
Washington Mystics Washington, D.C. Entertainment and Sports Arena 1998
Western Conference
Dallas Wings Arlington, Texas College Park Center 1998
Las Vegas Aces Paradise, Nevada Michelob Ultra Arena 1997
Los Angeles Sparks Los Angeles, California Crypto.com Arena 1997
Minnesota Lynx Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center 1999
Phoenix Mercury Phoenix, Arizona Footprint Center 1997
Seattle Storm Seattle, Washington Climate Pledge Arena 2000

See also


Women's National Basketball Association (2022)
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Western Conference
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