The Women's Professional Soccer playoffs start Wednesday, and there's enough excitement and intrigue to go around.
1. New playoff format
To the regular-season winners go the spoils. The playoff format is new, and it gives preference to the top WPS teams. So the Western New York Flash finished first and get to slide right into playing and hosting the Aug. 27 final. The Philadelphia Independence checked in second, so they are hosting the super semifinal on Aug. 20. And magicJack snared third, which means the fourth-place Boston Breakers will be making a trip to Florida to play the first round Wednesday.