HARRISON, N.J. – Sky Blue FC will call Montclair State University home during the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup.

The National Women’s Soccer League team is competing as part of the East group that is comprised of Racing Louisville FC, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride and the Washington Spirit.

Sky Blue will open the tournament against the Orlando Pride at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 14, at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla. CBS Sports Network is scheduled to air the match.

The team then will welcome the Courage to MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field April 20 before traveling to Segra Field in Leesburg, Va. to face the Washington Spirit April 27. Sky Blue closes out group play at MSU Soccer Park May 2 when it faces Racing Louisville FC for the first time. These matches will air on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on Twitch for international audiences.

The state of New Jersey recently announced that outdoors venues that hold 5,000 people or more can begin allowing up to 15 percent capacity.

“With this announcement, everything is really starting to feel real for us to get back to playing consistently in our home market again,” Sky Blue general manager Alyse LaHue said in a statement. “It has been a long time coming, but we are thrilled to safely welcome back our fans and I know our players have been eagerly awaiting this moment.”

The top team from each division competing in the final slated for May 8. The championship site will be determined by the league at a later date.

The 21-match tournament will be played in group play with each team playing four matches followed by the final. The opener and three additional matches will air on CBS Sports Network, the final will air on the CBS Television Network and stream on Paramount+, the newly launched premium streaming service from ViacomCBS, and every other match will stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. All matches will be available internationally on Twitch, including in Canada for all matches that are not on CBS Sports Network.

Following the competition, the NWSL’s 10 teams will face off in a 24-game regular season beginning May 15. The league will not break for the 2021 Olympic Games as the regular season will conclude Oct. 30. Six teams will qualify for an expanded playoffs, set to begin Nov. 6, with the top two seeds receiving a first-round bye. The season will conclude with the NWSL Championship Nov. 20.


Sky Blue FC 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup Group Stage Schedule

Wednesday, April 14: Orlando Pride vs Sky Blue FC, 7:00 PM ET, Exploria Stadium
Tuesday, April 20: Sky Blue FC vs NC Courage, 6:00 PM ET, MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field
Tuesday, April 27: Washington Spirit vs Sky Blue FC, 7:00 PM ET, Segra Field
Sunday, May 2: Sky Blue FC vs Racing Louisville FC, 12:30 PM ET, MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field