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NWSL announces full 2020 season schedule
2020 NWSL playoffs to begin November 8
A rematch of the 2019 NWSL Championship highlights opening day of the 2020 NWSL season (Photo credit: Matthew Levine/NWSL)
A rematch of the 2019 NWSL Championship highlights opening day of the 2020 NWSL season (Photo credit: Matthew Levine/NWSL)

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has revealed the full schedule for the upcoming 2020 regular season.

The league’s eighth season includes nine teams set to face off in a single table, 24-game regular season – with 12 home games and 12 away games – in which every team will take on each opponent three times.

Three key matchups kick off the 2020 season on April 18. The North Carolina Courage host the Chicago Red Stars at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in a rematch of the 2019 NWSL Championship. In the 2019 Final, North Carolina defeated Chicago 4-0 to claim their second straight NWSL title. The Washington Spirit look to break their club attendance record at Audi Field when they host Reign FC that same afternoon. Portland Thorns FC put their perfect 7-0-0 record in home openers on the line when they welcome Utah Royals FC to Providence Park in the final game of opening day.

Rounding out opening weekend the Orlando Pride host Sky Blue FC at Exploria Stadium on Sunday, April 19.

The home openers continue through Week Two when Utah Royals FC welcome the Orlando Pride to Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday, April 24. A 2019 Semifinal rematch is set for April 25 when the Chicago Red Stars open their 2020 home campaign at SeatGeek Stadium against Portland Thorns FC. Later that evening, the Houston Dash face back-to-back NWSL Champions the North Carolina Courage at BBVA Stadium. Closing out the season’s second weekend, Sky Blue FC make their 2020 Red Bull Arena debut when they host Reign FC in their new full-time home stadium.

Following two games on the road in Washington and New Jersey, Reign FC fans welcome their team home on May 3 when the club hosts the Chicago Red Stars at Cheney Stadium.

After a flurry of offseason trades and acquisitions, defender Emily Sonnett returns to Providence Park May 6 for the first time since being acquired by Orlando in exchange for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft. Kealia Ohai, Houston’s first ever draft pick in 2014, returns to Houston to face the Dash on July 10 following an offseason move to Chicago.

This season’s first Cascadia battle between Portland and Reign FC is set for May 16 at Providence Park.

The NWSL regular season will break for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games from July 20-26 and return the weekend of August 1. All teams will return to the pitch that first weekend following the break except for Sky Blue FC who will take the field at Exploria Stadium against the Orlando Pride on August 7.

The 2020 season concludes on October 18, with two season opener rematches between Portland and Utah, and Reign FC and Washington. The top four teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the NWSL Playoffs, which will feature two semifinal matches on Nov. 8 and conclude with the 2020 NWSL Championship on Nov. 14.

The full schedule can be seen below:

Date Time (ET) Venue Home Away
4/18/20 1:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit Reign FC
4/18/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Chicago Red Stars
4/18/20 10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Utah Royals FC
4/19/20 5:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Sky Blue FC
4/24/20 10:00 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Orlando Pride
4/25/20 7:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Portland Thorns
4/25/20 8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash North Carolina Courage
4/26/20 5:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Reign FC
4/29/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Portland Thorns
5/2/20 7:00 PM Maryland SoccerPlex Washington Spirit Utah Royals FC
5/2/20 7:30 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride North Carolina Courage
5/3/20 4:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Chicago Red Stars
5/3/20 8:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Sky Blue FC
5/6/20 10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Orlando Pride
5/9/20 4:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit
5/9/20 7:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC North Carolina Courage
5/9/20 8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Utah Royals FC
5/9/20 10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Houston Dash
5/13/20 7:30 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC North Carolina Courage
5/13/20 7:30 PM Maryland SoccerPlex Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars
5/16/20 4:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Reign FC
5/16/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Washington Spirit
5/16/20 8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Utah Royals FC
5/17/20 6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Orlando Pride
5/22/20 10:00 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Portland Thorns
5/23/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Orlando Pride
5/23/20 7:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Washington Spirit
5/24/20 3:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Houston Dash
5/27/20 7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Houston Dash
5/27/20 10:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Utah Royals FC
5/30/20 3:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Chicago Red Stars
5/30/20 7:00 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Orlando Pride
5/30/20 8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash North Carolina Courage
5/30/20 10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Sky Blue FC
6/12/20 10:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Reign FC
6/13/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Washington Spirit
6/13/20 7:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Chicago Red Stars
6/13/20 9:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Orlando Pride
6/17/20 8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Washington Spirit
6/19/20 10:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Orlando Pride
6/20/20 5:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Utah Royals FC
6/20/20 7:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit Portland Thorns
6/21/20 6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Houston Dash
6/26/20 7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Washington Spirit
6/27/20 8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars North Carolina Courage
6/27/20 8:30 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Sky Blue FC
6/28/20 7:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Portland Thorns
7/3/20 7:30 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Sky Blue FC
7/3/20 10:00 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Houston Dash
7/4/20 7:30 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Reign FC
7/5/20 5:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Portland Thorns
7/10/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Utah Royals FC
7/10/20 8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars
7/11/10 10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Sky Blue FC
7/12/20 5:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Reign FC
7/18/20 7:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC North Carolina Courage
7/18/20 8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Orlando Pride
7/18/20 9:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Washington Spirit
7/19/20 7:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Reign FC
8/1/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Portland Thorns
8/1/20 7:00 PM Maryland SoccerPlex Washington Spirit Houston Dash
8/2/20 5:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Utah Royals FC
8/2/20 7:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Chicago Red Stars
8/7/20 7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Sky Blue FC
8/8/20 7:00 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit North Carolina Courage
8/8/20 7:00 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Reign FC
8/9/20 10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Chicago Red Stars
8/14/20 9:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC North Carolina Courage
8/15/20 8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Washington Spirit
8/15/20 10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Orlando Pride
8/16/20 6:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Houston Dash
8/21/20 7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Reign FC
8/22/20 7:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Utah Royals FC
8/23/20 6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC
8/26/20 10:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Houston Dash
8/29/20 3:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Portland Thorns
8/29/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Chicago Red Stars
8/30/20 5:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Houston Dash
8/30/20 5:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit Sky Blue FC
9/2/20 8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Portland Thorns
9/4/20 8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Washington Spirit
9/5/20 7:00 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Sky Blue FC
9/6/20 4:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns North Carolina Courage
9/6/20 6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Reign FC
9/9/20 7:30 PM Maryland SoccerPlex Washington Spirit Orlando Pride
9/12/20 7:00 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Portland Thorns
9/12/20 7:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Orlando Pride
9/13/20 5:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Utah Royals FC
9/13/20 5:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Reign FC
9/25/20 7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Chicago Red Stars
9/25/20 9:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Washington Spirit
9/26/20 7:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Portland Thorns
9/26/20 10:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Houston Dash
9/30/20 7:30 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Sky Blue FC
9/30/20 9:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Chicago Red Stars
10/3/20 6:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Orlando Pride
10/3/20 10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Washington Spirit
10/4/20 4:00 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC North Carolina Courage
10/4/20 6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Houston Dash
10/7/20 9:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Reign FC
10/9/20 8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Portland Thorns
10/10/20 7:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars
10/10/20 7:30 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride North Carolina Courage
10/11/20 5:00 PM Red Bull Arena Sky Blue FC Utah Royals FC
10/17/20 7:00 PM Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park North Carolina Courage Houston Dash
10/17/20 7:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC
10/18/20 3:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns Utah Royals FC
10/18/20 3:30 PM Cheney Stadium Reign FC Washington Spirit
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