NWSL announces 2018 regular-season schedule

Two days after preseason camps opened, the NWSL finally announced its 2018 regular-season schedule.

The demise of the Boston Breakers in late January forced the league to rework its schedule. With only nine teams, one team will have a bye each weekend. In addition, the number of weekday matches has increased from 10 on the initial 2017 schedule to 21 (20 on Wednesdays, one on Tuesday) in 2018, an increase from 8.3 percent to 19.4 percent

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Regular Season. All nine clubs will play 24 games during the regular season and face their league rivals three times.  The regular season kicks off on March 24 and ends on Sept. 8. There are three FIFA women's fixture breaks during the regular season. No games are scheduled during April 2-10 and only one each during June 4-12 and Aug. 27-Sept. 4.

Television. Lifetime will again air the NWSL Game of the Week on Saturdays during the regular season. The 20 broadcasts will kick off with a pregame show starting at 3:30 p.m. ET leading up to a 3:50 p.m. ET kickoff. All other games will be streamed on the go90 app and website for U.S. viewers.

Playoffs. Once again, the top four teams will move into a single-game knockout series in the playoffs. The semifinals will be played Sept. 14-16, and the championship game will take place on Sept. 22.

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2018 NWSL regular-season schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Home

Away

Broadcast

March 24

3:30 PM

NC Courage

Portland Thorns

Lifetime

March 24

7:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

March 24

10:00 PM

Seattle Reign

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

March 25

5:00 PM

Houston Dash

Chicago Red Stars

go90/NWSL

March 30

8:00 PM

Houston Dash

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

March 31

3:30 PM

NC Courage

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

March 31

3:30 PM

Wash. Spirit

Orlando Pride

Lifetime

March 31

8:15 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

April 14

3:30 PM

Utah Royals

Chicago Red Stars

Lifetime

April 14

7:00 PM

Wash. Spirit

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

April 15

5:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

April 15

6:00 PM

Portland Thorns

Orlando Pride

go90/NWSL

April 18

7:30 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

April 18

7:00 PM

NC Courage

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

April 20

10:30 PM

Portland Thorns

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

April 21

3:30 PM

NC Courage

Utah Royals

Lifetime

April 21

8:00 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

April 22

5:00 PM

Orlando Pride

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

April 28

3:30 PM

Houston Dash

NC Courage

Lifetime

April 28

7:00 PM

Wash. Spirit

Chicago Red Stars

go90/NWSL

April 28

7:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

April 28

9:00 PM

Utah Royals

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

May 02

7:30 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Orlando Pride

go90/NWSL

May 05

3:30 PM

Portland Thorns

Seattle Reign

Lifetime

May 05

7:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

May 05

9:00 PM

Utah Royals

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

May 06

3:00 PM

NC Courage

Chicago Red Stars

go90/NWSL

May 09

8:00 PM

Houston Dash

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

May 09

9:00 PM

Utah Royals

Orlando Pride

go90/NWSL

May 12

3:30 PM

Portland Thorns

Orlando Pride

Lifetime

May 12

7:00 PM

NC Courage

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

May 12

8:00 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

May 12

10:00 PM

Seattle Reign

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

May 19

3:30 PM

Utah Royals

Houston Dash

Lifetime

May 19

7:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

May 19

7:00 PM

Wash. Spirit

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

May 19

10:00 PM

Seattle Reign

Chicago Red Stars

go90/NWSL

May 23

7:30 PM

Orlando Pride

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

May 23

7:30 PM

Wash. Spirit

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

May 23

8:00 PM

Houston Dash

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

May 25

10:30 PM

Portland Thorns

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

May 26

3:30 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Orlando Pride

Lifetime

May 26

7:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

May 27

6:00 PM

Houston Dash

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

May 30

10:30 PM

Portland Thorns

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

June 02

3:30 PM

Wash. Spirit

Chicago Red Stars

Lifetime

June 02

7:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

June 02

8:30 PM

Houston Dash

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

June 03

9:00 PM

Seattle Reign

Orlando Pride

go90/NWSL

June 08

7:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

June 16

3:30 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Portland Thorns

Lifetime

June 16

7:00 PM

NC Courage

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

June 16

7:00 PM

Wash. Spirit

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

June 16

7:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

June 22

8:30 PM

Houston Dash

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

June 23

3:30 PM

Wash. Spirit

Orlando Pride

Lifetime

June 23

4:00 PM

Seattle Reign

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

June 23

8:00 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

June 27

7:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

June 27

10:00 PM

Utah Royals

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

June 27

10:30 PM

Portland Thorns

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

June 30

3:30 PM

Orlando Pride

NC Courage

Lifetime

June 30

10:00 PM

Seattle Reign

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

June 30

10:00 PM

Utah Royals

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

July 01

6:00 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

July 04

TBA

NC Courage

Chicago Red Stars

go90/NWSL

July 06

11:00 PM

Portland Thorns

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

July 07

3:30 PM

Sky Blue FC

Chicago Red Stars

Lifetime

July 07

7:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

July 07

10:00 PM

Seattle Reign

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

July 11

7:00 PM

NC Courage

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

July 11

8:30 PM

Houston Dash

Orlando Pride

go90/NWSL

July 11

10:30 PM

Seattle Reign

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

July 14

3:30 PM

Utah Royals

Orlando Pride

Lifetime

July 14

7:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

July 14

8:00 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

July 15

11:00 PM

Portland Thorns

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

July 20

10:00 PM

Utah Royals

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

July 21

3:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Seattle Reign

Lifetime

July 21

7:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

July 21

7:00 PM

Wash. Spirit

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

July 28

8:00 PM

Chicago Red Stars

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

Aug. 05

6:00 PM

NC Courage

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

Aug. 05

7:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

Aug. 05

8:30 PM

Houston Dash

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

Aug. 05

9:00 PM

Seattle Reign

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

Aug. 08

10:00 PM

Utah Royals

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

Aug. 10

8:00 PM

Chicago Red Stars

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

Aug. 11

3:30 PM

Utah Royals

Seattle Reign

Lifetime

Aug. 11

7:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

Aug. 11

7:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

Aug. 15

10:30 PM

Seattle Reign

Chicago Red Stars

go90/NWSL

Aug. 17

8:30 PM

Houston Dash

Wash. Spirit

go90/NWSL

Aug. 18

3:30 PM

Portland Thorns

Chicago Red Stars

Lifetime

Aug. 18

6:30 PM

Sky Blue FC

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

Aug. 18

7:00 PM

NC Courage

Orlando Pride

go90/NWSL

Aug. 21

10:30 PM

Seattle Reign

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL

Aug. 22

7:30 PM

Wash. Spirit

Utah Royals

go90/NWSL

Aug. 22

11:00 PM

Portland Thorns

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

Aug. 25

3:30 PM

Orlando Pride

Chicago Red Stars

Lifetime

Aug. 25

4:00 PM

Seattle Reign

NC Courage

go90/NWSL

Aug. 25

7:00 PM

Wash. Spirit

Portland Thorns

go90/NWSL

Aug. 25

8:30 PM

Houston Dash

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

Sept. 01

7:00 PM

Wash. Spirit

Sky Blue FC

go90/NWSL

Sept. 07

10:30 PM

Portland Thorns

Seattle Reign

go90/NWSL

Sept. 08

12:00 PM

Sky Blue FC

Orlando Pride

go90/NWSL

Sept. 08

3:30 PM

Utah Royals

Chicago Red Stars

Lifetime

Sept. 08

7:00 PM

NC Courage

Houston Dash

go90/NWSL


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