CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League announced Monday that every game of it’s 2020 fall series will be available to stream internationally because an expanded partnership with Twitch.

Twitch also will exclusively stream seven games globally, including in the United States.

The NWSL fall series begins Saturday, Sept. 5 and will include 18 matches over seven weeks. The competition will feature three, three-team pods that will all play one another and enable the league to minimize travel. Format and schedule for the NWSL fall series will be released soon.

“This summer’s Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret showcased the NWSL and our incredible athletes and clubs to an international audience that was absolutely invested in the unfolding stories on the screen,” NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird said in a statement. “We exceeded every benchmark we set for our online audience and saw viewers utilize Twitch to watch our games around the world. I’d like to thank Twitch for their continued investment in our league and the players that make it so exciting to watch, and I want to encourage sports fans around the globe to get online this fall and make the NWSL required viewing!”

Added head of new verticals at Twitch Jane Weedon: “As we look ahead to the return of this historic season of the NWSL, we’re excited to welcome soccer fans from all over the world to Twitch to see their favorite players in action. Twitch is designed for people to share experiences – whether that’s celebrating an incredible goal or taking part in a virtual “wave” – and is the place for fans to connect with one another as they watch and cheer on their favorite teams throughout the 2020 NWSL fall series.”

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

OL Reign
Portland Thorns FC
Utah Royals FC

Chicago Red Stars
Sky Blue FC
Washington Spirit

North Carolina Courage
Orlando Pride
Houston Dash

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