PORTLAND, Ore. — The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today announced the schedule for the first three weeks of the 2020 fall series. Portland Thorns FC will open the series with their first game at Providence Park in 2020, playing host to OL Reign on Saturday, Sept. 12; kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) on CBS. All matches at Providence Park will be played without fans.
Thorns FC will then square off against Utah Royals FC on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Providence Park. The Sept. 20 match kicks off at 12 noon (Pacific) and will be streamed on Twitch.
The NWSL fall series will include 18 matches over the course of seven weeks, featuring three, three-team pods that will all play one another and enable the league to minimize travel. The three teams in each regional pod will each play four games.
There will be a televised NWSL Game of the Week on the CBS every Saturday in September and on CBS Sports Network three Saturdays in October. All four matches on CBS will also be streamed on CBS All-Access. Twitch will exclusively stream seven games globally, including in the United States, and every game internationally. For the schedule of matches, click here.
The league’s return to play protocols reflect the best practices previously developed by the NWSL Medical Task Force and successfully implemented during the Challenge Cup. Those protocols have been updated to reflect the reality of home-market matches and regional travel and will influence all league and club actions outside the field of play.