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The 2015 season lengthened, games reduced
by Paul Kennedy, August 28th, 2014 12:20AM

TAGS:  nwsl


[NWSL] The NWSL will reduce its 2015 regular-season schedule by four games to 20 games and take a two-week break during the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. It will extend its season by three weeks, meaning teams will play four fewer games over a season that will be one week longer.

U.S. Soccer, the Canada Soccer Association and Mexican soccer federation have all committed to again allocate players, though the availability of national team players for the start of the season during the pre-Women's World Cup build-up will be reduced. The NWSL said the federations have agreed to release their players to participate from the start of the 2015 season.

The national team players will play in the first 3-4 NWSL matches before entering final preparations for the Women's World Cup. Portland Thorns owner Merritt Poulson, also the owner of the MLS Timbers, had earlier tweeted that players would be unavailable for eight games.

In 2014, teams packed 24 games into a season that covered 19 weekend dates. Along with an odd number of teams, it meant that midweek games were scheduled for just about every week. Three weeks also included midweek international matches this season.

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