The wait is finally over! The NWSL has just dropped its full schedule for the 2023 season.
The season will begin on March 25th where the North Carolina Courage will host Kansas City Current at WakeMed Soccer Park at 2pm EST while the season will be set to end at 5pm EST on October 15th with all teams kicking off in their final regular season matches.
The league also announced the return of the UKG NWSL Challenge Cup this season which will begin on April 19th, making it run concurrently with the regular season for this first time in its history. The semi-finals will be held on September 6th and the final will be held on September 9th.
Both the regular season and the NWSL Challenge Cup will broadcast live across CBS Sports platforms which will include the CBS main channel, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. International viewers will be informed in the coming weeks of where they will be able to watch all things NWSL this season.
Things to note:
- The rematch between the two teams who featured in the 2022 NWSL Championship game, Portland Thorns FC and Kansas City, will happen on April 1st at Children’s Mercy Park.
- The first match in the Cascadia rivalry, between OL Reign and the Portland Thorns, will happen on June 3rd at Lumen Field. The two teams will also meet each other once again in the Challenge Cup as well.
- The derby between the two California teams, Angel City FC and San Diego Wave FC, will be first played out at BMO Stadium on April 23rd.
- Finally, for the first time in league history, the final day of the regular season will see all 12 teams compete at the same time, giving it a ‘final day’ feel like many other leagues across the globe have successfully produced over the years.
Which matches are you looking forward to seeing this season? Which games do you think you’ll be able to watch live? Sound off below!