The National Women’s Soccer League has announced additional details for this year’s Challenge Cup. We now have dates and times, a location, tournament structure, and broadcast information. They’ve also brought back sponsor Secret as part of their NWSL Rookie Class Program, in order to provide “sponsorship opportunities for NWSL rookies competing in the tournament.” The full schedule will be announced tomorrow.
21 total games
Each team plays four group games
10 teams in East and West divisions
Team with most points in each division competes in the final
Tiebreakers go by goal difference, then number of goals scored, then yellow/red cards, then drawing lots
Rosters must carry minimum 18 and maximum 20 for matchday rosters
Five subs allowed for each team during each match
Opening game + three more games will air on CBS Sports Network
Final will air on CBS network itself/stream on Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access)
Every other game streaming on Paramount+ in the US
All games available internationally on Twitch
The league will go from the Challenge Cup directly into the 24-game regular season, which starts May 15.