CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League Tuesday announced the full schedule for the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup.

The 21-game tournament kicks off April 9 with a rematch of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup final between Houston and Chicago at BBVA Stadium on CBS Sports Network, followed by Kansas City’s first match since joining the league in December 2020 against Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park at 10:30 p.m. ET on Paramount+.

The opener and three additional games will air on CBS Sports Network, the final will air on the CBS Television Network and stream on Paramount+, and every other game will stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. All games will be available internationally on Twitch, including in Canada for all games that are not on CBS Sports Network.

“I’m so excited to kick off a new year in style with the 2021 Challenge Cup presented by Secret Deodorant, and thrilled to once again partner with our friends at CBS Sports to bring the best women’s soccer league in the world to our viewers,” NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird said in a statement. “My thanks to CBS, Twitch and all of our partners, for continuing to invest in this league and showcasing these incredible athletes.”

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the NWSL and build on the immense success across all platforms of the 2020 Challenge Cup,” said Dan Weinberg, EVP, Programming, CBS Sports. “The 2021 Challenge Cup will showcase soccer’s top players, and we look forward to bringing fans the action across CBS, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+.”

In its inaugural season, Racing Louisville FC will make its league debut April 10, hosting the Orlando Pride at Lynn Family Stadium. Following its first match in Portland, Kansas City will travel to Chicago and face the Red Stars on April 20 before playing its first home game at Field of Legends Monday, April 26 against the defending Challenge Cup champions the Houston Dash. The first Cascadia rival match of the campaign will come Wednesday, April 21 when Portland Thorns FC host OL Reign on CBS Sports Network at 10 p.m. ET.

The Challenge Cup will see the league’s 10 teams organized into two divisions, East and West.

Each team will play four matches in home markets, as approved by the NWSL’s Medical Task Force. The final is scheduled for May 8. The championship site will be determined by the league at a later date.

 

 

2021 NWSL CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY SECRET DEODORANT SCHEDULE
**All games to stream internationally on Twitch**
DATE TIME (EST) HOME AWAY VENUE PLATFORM
Friday, April 9 8:30 PM Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars BBVA Stadium CBSSN
Friday, April 9 10:30 PM Portland Thorns FC Kansas City Providence Park Paramount+
Saturday, April 10 3:30 PM NC Courage Washington Spirit Sahlen’s Stadium Paramount+
Saturday, April 10 7 PM Racing Louisville FC Orlando Pride Lynn Family Stadium Paramount+
Wednesday, April 14 7 PM Orlando Pride Sky Blue FC Exploria Stadium CBSSN
Thursday, April 15 7:30 PM Chicago Red Stars Portland Thorns FC SeatGeek Stadium Paramount+
Friday, April 16 7 PM Washington Spirit Racing Louisville FC Segra Paramount+
Friday, April 16 10 PM OL Reign Houston Dash Cheney Stadium Paramount+
Tuesday, April 20 6 PM Sky Blue FC NC Courage Montclair State Paramount+
Tuesday, April 20 8:30 PM Chicago Red Stars Kansas City SeatGeek Stadium Paramount+
Wednesday, April 21 7 PM Orlando Pride Washington Spirit Exploria Stadium Paramount+
Wednesday, April 21 10 PM Portland Thorns FC OL Reign Providence Park CBSSN
Monday, April 26 6 PM Racing Louisville FC NC Courage Lynn Family Stadium Paramount+
Monday, April 26 8:30 PM Kansas City Houston Dash Field of Legends Paramount+
Tuesday, April 27 7 PM Washington Spirit Sky Blue FC Segra Paramount+
Tuesday, April 27 10 PM OL Reign Chicago Red Stars Cheney Stadium Paramount+
Saturday, May 1 7:30 PM NC Courage Orlando Pride Sahlen’s Stadium CBSSN
Sunday, May 2 12:30 PM Sky Blue FC Racing Louisville FC Montclair State Paramount+
Sunday, May 2 4:30 PM Kansas City OL Reign Field of Legends Paramount+
Sunday, May 2 7:30 PM Houston Dash Portland Thorns FC BBVA Stadium Paramount+
Saturday, May 8 1 PM Championship TBD CBS, Paramount+