Chicago, Illinois (February 21, 2019) — It’s time to start breaking out the calendars and planning for road trips, NWSL fans.
The National Women’s Soccer League revealed its 2019 regular-season schedule on Thursday. The announcement comes just one day after the league announced the ending of a partnership with A+E Networks on Wednesday. Originally, the deal was for three years, but has ended a year early. Now, regular-season games will air on Yahoo! Sports.
NWSL reveals 2019 regular-season schedule ahead of April 13 kickoff
The league will kickoff its regular-season campaign on April 13. Players are reporting to their respective clubs for preseason in two weeks, with preseason officially beginning on March 4. Meanwhile, on the kickoff weekend of the historic seventh NWSL season, the reigning champions, North Carolina Courage, will host the Chicago Red Stars at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
Meanwhile, that same day — April 13 — the Washington Spirit will host Sky Blue FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
A break will happen from June 3-14, to make way for the FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage. The tournament, which is being held in France this summer, will feature a bountiful amount of NWSL players.
Meanwhile, the regular season ends on Oct. 12. Playoffs shortly follow suit and the NWSL Championship will be Oct. 26. The location for the championship is to be determined.
Three important NWSL Schedule facts
- Portland will not have a home match until June 2: This is nothing against the Portland Thorns FC organization. The club holds matches at Providence Park, which they share with the Portland Timbers of MLS, and the stadium is under renovation. More seats are being added to help fill up and already bustling crowd. Portland has the best attendance numbers in NWSL history. According to the league, the 25,000 seats have the potential to break the Orlando Pride single-season match record of 23,403, which was set during the Pride’s inaugural season home opener.
- Reign FC have a new home: So long Seattle, hello Tacoma! The Reign FC — the team officially dropped “Seattle” from the club’s name — have moved down south to Tacoma, which is about an hour away from Seattle. Reign FC will now hold matches at Cheney Stadium. They will share the stadium with the Tacoma Defiance — formerly known as Seattle Sounders 2 — of the USL Championship. The Reign FC host their first match in Cheney Stadium on April 21 against the Orlando Pride.
- Wednesday matches galore: Wednesday is a popular day in the NWSL. The league will hold 12 mid-week matches this season. The first Wednesday match of the season will be April 17, when the North Carolina Courage host the Orlando Pride. However, there is one Monday match, when the Reign FC host the Courage on May 27, Memorial Day.
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Tweets below show schedules from each club’s social media.
— Chicago Red Stars (@chiredstarsPR) February 21, 2019
Hey. Guess what?
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) February 21, 2019
[NEWS] NC Courage 2019 Schedule is Released!
— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) February 21, 2019
Our 2019 #NWSL schedule is here!
The Pride will open the season at home on April 14th against the Thorns. #VamosOrlando
— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) February 21, 2019
📅 Print it out and put it everywhere.
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) February 21, 2019
This just in: our full 2019 schedule has been released! ☔️☔️☔️
See it here: https://t.co/YYdoUXkEq7
We kick off 4/14 at @HoustonDash before hosting @ORLPride on 4/21. Place your deposit for season tix at https://t.co/HjeqSEjsQU or by calling our ticket office at (855) REIGN-FC. pic.twitter.com/NkDiRJK5ax
— Reign FC (@ReignFC) February 21, 2019
It’s here, it’s here! Schedule drop, start marking your calendars. pic.twitter.com/P7OnKRfhVF
— Sky Blue FC (@SkyBlueFC) February 21, 2019
It's finally here! What games are you most excited about?!
— Utah Royals FC (@UtahRoyalsFC) February 21, 2019
Schedule. Is. Here.
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) February 21, 2019