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Start of NWSL Fall Series schedule out with CBS broadcasts

By NWSL Communications, 09/01/20, 9:00AM EDT

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In all, 18 games will be played over seven weeks.


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The National Women’s Soccer League on Tuesday released the schedule for the first three weeks of the 2020 fall series, including the opening matchup between Sky Blue FC and Washington Spirit at 1 p.m. ET Saturday at Segra Field. The opening match will also be the NWSL Game of the Week, airing on CBS.

There will be a televised NWSL Game of the Week on the CBS every Saturday in September and on CBS Sports Network three Saturdays in October. CBS All Access will exclusively stream four games as well as the CBS broadcast coverage in September. Twitch will exclusively stream seven games globally, including in the United States, and every game internationally.

The NWSL fall series will include 18 games over the course of seven weeks, featuring three, three-team pods that will all play one another and enable the league to minimize travel.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to put together a schedule that gets our players back out on the pitch and showcases their talent for a global audience, while limiting travel as much as possible and keeping player and staff health and safety our top priority,” said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. “I want to thank our players, club staff, and our entire ownership group for their collaboration and continued flexibility as we navigate this unique moment in time. I can’t wait to watch this fall series unfold.”

The three teams in each regional pod will each play four games. Those pods are:

West

OL Reign

Portland Thorns FC

Utah Royals FC

Northeast

Chicago Red Stars

Sky Blue FC

Washington Spirit

South

North Carolina Courage

Orlando Pride

Houston Dash

The full schedule for the initial three weeks of the series is available below. The Game of the Week will feature every NWSL club at least once, including OL Reign at Portland Thorns FC on Sept. 12 and Orlando Pride at North Carolina Courage on Sept. 19. The remaining games will be announced in the next week.

The NWSL’s return to play protocols reflect the best practices previously developed by the NWSL Medical Task Force and successfully implemented during the Challenge Cup. Those protocols have been updated to reflect the reality of home-market matches and regional travel and will influence all league and club actions outside the field of play.

2020 NWSL Fall Series Schedule (Weeks 1-3)

DATE TIME (ET) VENUE HOME AWAY PLATFORM
Sept. 5 1 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Sky Blue FC CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Sept. 11 7 PM Sahlen’s Stadium NC Courage Houston Dash TWITCH
Sept. 12 12 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars TWITCH
Sept. 12 3:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC OL Reign CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Sept. 19 1 PM Sahlen’s Stadium NC Courage Orlando Pride CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Sept. 20 1 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC CBS ALL ACCESS
Sept. 20 3 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Utah Royals FC TWITCH

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