The National Women’s Soccer League announced Wednesday its regular season schedule, including 20 matches to be broadcast nationally as part of the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime.
Jenn Hildreth and Aly Wagner return to the broadcast booth for the NWSL Game of the Week on Saturdays during the regular season – while sideline reporter Dalen Cuff will also be back as the host of the pregame show starting at 3:30 p.m. ET leading up to a 3:50 p.m. ET kickoff.
NWSL fans can also enjoy games this season by watching livestreams of matches on the go90 app and website in the U.S., while international fans will be able to watch games on the NWSL app and NWSLsoccer.com.
All nine clubs will face off in a single table, 24-game regular season – with 12 home games and 12 away games – in which every team will take on each opponent three times.
Check out the complete 2018 NWSL Schedule: http://nwsl.us/2sJ2ISb.
The 2018 NWSL season will kick off Saturday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET as the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC square off at Sahlen’s Stadium in the first NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime this year as well as a rematch of the 2017 championship. The Thorns are undefeated in season openers with a 4-0-1 record in those matches – including four consecutive wins.
On March 31, 2018 NWSL Draft No. 1 overall pick Andi Sullivan and the Washington Spirit prepare for their first moment in the spotlight this season when they host Alex Morgan and the Orlando Pride in the NWSL Game of the Week at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The NWSL Game of the Week will come to Rio Tinto Stadium as Utah Royals FC – the league’s newest club – goes against 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Julie Ertz and the Chicago Red Stars on April 14 as the Red Stars look to reach the postseason for a record-breaking fourth consecutive year.
Later in April, Samantha Mewis and North Carolina head west to take on Christen Press and the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium in the NWSL Game of the Week on April 28 with the Courage taking aim at becoming the second team to repeat as NWSL Shield winners, while Houston are hoping to make the playoffs for the first time in club history.
Portland returns to the NWSL Game of the Week on May 5 when the champions host Seattle Reign FC at Providence Park as the Cascadia clubs renew their rivalry with Christine Sinclair and the Thorns looking to take a step toward claiming the season series against Jess Fishlock and Seattle for the first time since 2013.
Carli Lloyd and Sky Blue FC make their lone appearance in the NWSL Game of the Week on July 7 when they host the Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field as the New Jersey native looks to help her new club back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Fast forward to the penultimate week of the season as Marta and the Pride take on 2017 NWSL MVP Samantha Kerr and the Red Stars on Aug. 25 with the Australia international looking for a strong follow-up effort on her record-breaking performance last season.
The 2018 regular season will then culminate on September 8 with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs – that will feature two semifinal matches Sept. 14-16 and the 2018 NWSL Championship on Saturday, Sept. 22.
2018 NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime Broadcast Schedule (ET):
|Date||Pregame||Kickoff||Home Team||Visiting Team|
|March 24||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||North Carolina Courage||Portland Thorns FC|
|March 31||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Washington Spirit||Orlando Pride|
|April 14||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Utah Royals FC||Chicago Red Stars|
|April 21||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||North Carolina Courage||Utah Royals FC|
|April 28||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Houston Dash||North Carolina Courage|
|May 5||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Portland Thorns FC||Seattle Reign FC|
|May 12||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Portland Thorns FC||Orlando Pride|
|May 19||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Utah Royals FC||Houston Dash|
|May 26||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Chicago Red Stars||Orlando Pride|
|June 2||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Washington Spirit||Chicago Red Stars|
|June 16||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Chicago Red Stars||Portland Thorns FC|
|June 23||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Washington Spirit||Orlando Pride|
|June 30||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Orlando Pride||North Carolina Courage|
|July 7||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Sky Blue FC||Chicago Red Stars|
|July 14||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Utah Royals FC||Orlando Pride|
|July 21||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Orlando Pride||Seattle Reign FC|
|August 11||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Utah Royals FC||Seattle Reign FC|
|August 18||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Portland Thorns FC||Chicago Red Stars|
|August 25||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Orlando Pride||Chicago Red Stars|
|September 8||3:30 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||Utah Royals FC||Chicago Red Stars|