So far, the North Carolina Courage are the only team to have punched their ticket to the 2018 NWSL Playoffs — and, as the NWSL Shield winners, they are the No. 1 seed and will host a playoff game.
Now we know the date and time of that playoff game: Sunday, September 16, at 3 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The Courage also announced that tickets will go on sale on Thursday, August 16, at 10 a.m. ET.
The game will be the second playoff game of the playoff weekend, which runs Sept. 14-16 — with the first playoff game date and time still to be determined. The additional three playoff teams are also still to be determined.
The 2018 NWSL Championship will take place on Saturday, September 22, at 4:30 p.m. ET on Lifetime. Tickets are on sale now.
Additionally, it was announced this week that the Courage will receive their 2018 NWSL Shield (also their second straight NWSL Shield) from NWSL managing director Amanda Duffy in a postgame ceremony after their match on Saturday, August 18, vs. the Orlando Pride.
The game on September 16 will be the second-ever, and second straight home playoff game for the North Carolina Courage, who are in their second year in the NWSL after the franchise relocated from Western New York ahead of last season.