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Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Thorns

NWSL announces broadcast schedule for 2021 season

CBS Television Network to air four matches including the 2021 NWSL Championship; CBS Sports Network to televise both semifinal matches; Paramount+ to exclusively stream 82 matches in the U.S.

Twitch to exclusively stream 24 regular season matches globally

CHICAGO (May 7, 2021) – The National Women’s Soccer League announced today the full broadcast schedule for the 2021 season, set to kick off Saturday, May 15. The league has also announced time changes for previously announced matches to accommodate the broadcast lineup.

The CBS Television Network will air three regular season matches, as well as the 2021 NWSL Championship. Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ subscription streaming service, will also stream those four matches. CBS Sports Network will air 11 regular season games and three playoff contests, including one quarterfinal and both semifinals.Paramount+ will exclusively stream 82 additional regular season matches in the U.S.

All matches will be streamed live internationally on Twitch, and Twitch will exclusively stream 24 matches globally, including in the U.S.

"We are excited to build on the momentum of another successful NWSL Challenge Cup and bring fans all of the action from the 2021 season," said Dan Weinberg, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. "Our multiplatform coverage will highlight some of the world's top soccer talent across the CBS Television Network, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. We look forward to a thrilling stretch of high-quality soccer, capped off by the 2021 NWSL Championship match on CBS."

“It’s been incredibly exciting to see such a positive response from our sports community in support of this new, interactive live sports experience on Twitch,” said Jane Weedon, Head of New Verticals, Twitch. “No longer are fans passively watching sporting events. Instead, Twitch creates a virtual stadium where they can connect, celebrate, and cheer on their favorite athletes and teams with fans from across the globe. The NWSL was one of the first leagues to embrace this interactive experience and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership as we enter what we will know will be another action-packed season.”

“We’re so excited to once again partner with our friends at CBS Sports and Twitch to bring the best women’s soccer league in the world to our fans,” said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. “We appreciate all of our partners’ continued efforts to invest in this league and provide our fantastic athletes with a place to showcase their talent.”

CBS Sports’ coverage begins with the campaign opener featuring the regular-season debut of Kansas City NWSL and Racing Louisville FC, the league’s newest clubs, on CBS Sports Network. In addition, CBS Television Network will broadcast back-to-back week five matchups, including the North Carolina Courage’s June 19 outing against OL Reign and the June 20 meeting between Portland Thorns FC and KC NWSL. The network will also air the Orlando Pride’s match against the Houston Dash on September 5 before rounding out the season with coverage of the 2021 NWSL Championship on November 20.

CBS Sports will select its final two regular season CBS Sports Network matches later this season.

Twitch coverage begins with an east/west matchup between the North Carolina Courage and OL Reign and continues week one with a Sunday contest between the Portland Thorns and the Chicago Red Stars. In addition, the platform will cover the Washington Spirit’s week two match on the road at Louisville and will also cover newly rebranded NJ/NY Gotham FC in its September 10 meeting with Kansas City. Twitch’s exclusive coverage will continue with matchups almost every week of the 2021 season, culminating with back-to-back games featuring the final regular season contests for Orlando, Chicago, Portland, and North Carolina.  

The NWSL’s ninth season includes 10 teams set to face off in a single table, 24-game regular season – with 12 home games and 12 away games per club. The NWSL regular season will not break for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games and will conclude on October 31. The top six teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the expanded NWSL Playoffs, with the top two seeds receiving a first round bye. The league will close out the 2021 campaign with the NWSL Championship on Nov. 20.

The updated schedule can be seen below or on the league's website, here.

 

2021 NWSL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
**Updated kick times highlighted in bold**
**All games to stream live internationally on Twitch**

 
DATE TIME
(EST)
VENUE HOME AWAY PLATFORM

5/15/2021
 
5:00 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC Kansas City CBSSN

5/15/2021
 
7:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Houston Dash Paramount+

5/15/2021
 
10:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign NC Courage Twitch

5/16/2021
 
6:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Washington Spirit Paramount+

5/16/2021
 
7:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Chicago Red Stars Twitch

5/21/2021
 
7:30 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville  Washington Spirit Twitch

5/22/2021
 
7:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Orlando Pride Paramount+

5/22/2021
 
8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars NJ/NY Gotham FC Paramount+

5/23/2021
 
4:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC OL Reign CBSSN

5/23/2021
 
7:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Kansas City Paramount+

5/26/2021
 
7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

5/26/2021
 
7:30 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Houston Dash Paramount+

5/26/2021
 
8:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City Chicago Red Stars CBSSN

5/28/2021
 
7:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Racing Louisville FC Twitch

5/29/2021
 
7:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars CBSSN

5/30/2021
 
3:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

5/30/2021
 
6:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Kansas City Paramount+

5/30/2021
 
7:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Washington Spirit Paramount+

6/5/2021
 
2:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars NC Courage Paramount+

6/5/2021
 
7:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC OL Reign Paramount+

6/5/2021
 
10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Racing Louisville FC Twitch

6/6/2021
 
2:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City Houston Dash Paramount+

6/6/2021
 
2:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit Orlando Pride Paramount+

6/19/2021
 
4:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage OL Reign CBS/Paramount+

6/19/2021
 
8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Washington Spirit Twitch

6/20/2021
 
3:00 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC Houston Dash Paramount+

6/20/2021
 
4:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Kansas City CBS/Paramount+

6/20/2021
 
6:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride NJ/NY Gotham FC Paramount+

6/22/2021
 
10:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Chicago Red Stars Twitch

6/23/2021
 
2:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City Orlando Pride Paramount+

6/23/2021
 
7:30 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC NC Courage Paramount+

6/26/2021
 
2:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Racing Louisville Paramount+

6/26/2021
 
4:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign NJ/NY Gotham FC Paramount+

6/26/2021
 
7:00 PM Sahlen's Statdium NC Courage Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

6/26/2021
 
8:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Orlando Pride Paramount+

6/26/2021
 
8:30 PM Legends Field Kansas City Washington Spirit Twitch

7/2/2021
 
7:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Kansas City Paramount+

7/2/2021
 
7:30 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars Twitch

7/2/2021
 
8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash OL Reign Paramount+

7/3/2021
 
7:30 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

7/4/2021
 
6:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride NC Courage Paramount+

7/9/2021
 
7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Racing Louisville FC Twitch

7/10/2021
 
7:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit NC Courage Paramount+

7/11/2021
 
3:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC NJ/NY Gotham FC Paramount+

7/11/2021
 
6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Houston Dash Paramount+

7/11/2021
 
7:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Kansas City Paramount+

7/17/2021
 
7:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Houston Dash Paramount+

7/18/2021
 
5:00 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit NJ/NY Gotham FC Paramount+

7/18/2021
 
6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars OL Reign Paramount+

7/18/2021
 
10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Orlando Pride Twitch

7/23/2021
 
8:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City NC Courage Twitch

7/24/2021
 
7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride OL Reign Twitch

7/24/2021
 
8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

7/25/2021
 
3:00 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC Washington Spirit Paramount+

7/25/2021
 
5:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Chicago Red Stars Paramount+

7/31/2021
 
7:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Orlando Pride Paramount+

7/31/2021
 
10:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Racing Louisville FC Twitch

8/1/2021
 
3:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Kansas City Paramount+

8/1/2021
 
6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Washington Spirit Paramount+

8/1/2021
 
7:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash NJ/NY Gotham FC Paramount+

8/7/2021
 
7:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC NC Courage Paramount+

8/7/2021
 
7:30 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

8/7/2021
 
10:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Houston Dash Twitch

8/8/2021
 
3:00 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC Kansas City Paramount+

8/8/2021
 
6:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Orlando Pride Paramount+

8/13/2021
 
8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Washington Spirit Twitch

8/14/2021
 
7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

8/14/2021
 
8:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City OL Reign Paramount+

8/15/2021
 
5:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Racing Louisville FC Paramount+

8/15/2021
 
6:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Chicago Red Stars Paramount+

8/18/2021
 
7:30 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC Chicago Red Stars Paramount+

8/21/2021
 
7:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Kansas City Paramount+

8/21/2021
 
10:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign NJ/NY Gotham FC Paramount+

8/22/2021
 
4:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit Orlando Pride CBSSN

8/25/2021
 
8:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City Racing Louisville FC Paramount+

8/25/2021
 
10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC NJ/NY Gotham FC CBSSN

8/28/2021
 
8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Kansas City Twitch

8/29/2021
 
5:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit NC Courage Paramount+

8/29/2021
 
5:30 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Orlando Pride Paramount+

8/29/2021
 
7:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

8/29/2021
 
7:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Racing Louisville FC Paramount+

9/1/2021
 
8:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash OL Reign CBSSN

9/4/2021
 
7:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Chicago Red Stars Paramount+

9/4/2021
7:30 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC OL Reign Paramount+


9/4/2021
 
10:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Washington Spirit Paramount+

9/5/2021
 
4:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Houston Dash CBS/Paramount+

9/5/2021
 
7:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City NC Courage Paramount+

9/10/2021
 
8:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City NJ/NY Gotham FC Twitch

9/10/2021
 
8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars Paramount+

9/11/2021
 
7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Racing Louisville FC Paramount+

9/12/2021
 
2:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Portland Thorns FC CBSSN

9/12/2021
 
5:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit OL Reign Paramount+

9/25/2021
 
3:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC NC Courage Paramount+

9/25/2021
 
8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

9/26/2021
 
3:00 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC Houston Dash Paramount+

9/26/2021
 
5:00 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Kansas City Paramount+

9/26/2021
 
7:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Orlando Pride Twitch

10/1/2021
 
7:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Washington Spirit Paramount+

10/1/2021
 
7:30 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC NJ/NY Gotham FC Twitch

10/2/2021
 
7:30 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Orlando Pride Twitch

10/2/2021
 
8:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City Houston Dash Paramount+

10/2/2021
 
10:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC OL Reign Paramount+

10/6/2021
 
7:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Washington Spirit CBSSN

10/6/2021
 
7:30 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage Racing Louisville FC Paramount+

10/6/2021
 
10:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Houston Dash Paramount+

10/9/2021
 
7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride NJ/NY Gotham FC Twitch

10/9/2021
 
7:30 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit Racing Louisville FC Paramount+

10/9/2021
 
8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash NC Courage Paramount+

10/10/2021
 
6:30 PM Legends Field Kansas City Portland Thorns FC Paramount+

10/10/2021
 
7:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Chicago Red Stars Paramount+

10/16/2021
 
7:30 PM Lynn Family Stadium Racing Louisville FC Orlando Pride Paramount+

10/16/2021
 
8:00 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Kansas City Paramount+

10/16/2021
 
10:00 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Washington Spirit Paramount+

10/17/2021
 
2:00 PM Sahlen's Stadium NC Courage NJ/NY Gotham FC CBS or Paramount+

10/17/2021
 
7:00 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Portland Thorns FC CBS or Paramount+

10/29/2021
 
7:00 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride Chicago Red Stars Twitch

10/30/2021
 
8:00 PM Legends Field Kansas City OL Reign Paramount+

10/30/2021
 
10:00 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC NC Courage Twitch

10/31/2021
 
2:00 PM Red Bull Arena NJ/NY Gotham FC Racing Louisville FC CBS or Paramount+

10/31/2021
 
2:00 PM Audi Field Washington Spirit Houston Dash CBS or Paramount+

Quarterfinal #1
 
TBD TBD TBD TBD CBSSN or Paramount+

Quarterfinal #2
 
TBD TBD TBD TBD CBSSN or Paramount+

Semifinal #1
 
TBD TBD TBD TBD CBSSN

Semifinal #2
 
TBD TBD TBD TBD CBSSN

Championship
 
TBD TBD TBD TBD CBS/Paramount+
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