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NWSL, FOX reach agreement on broadcast deal

The NWSL is switching broadcast partners again returning to FOX for the 2015 season. The agreement calls for three regular season matches and all three playoff games to be shown live on Fox Sports 1. Four other matches will be streamed on FoxSportsGo.com (FSGO.) All of the regular season matches are in Portland and Houston. The only team not featured as an away side will be the Flash while the Reign will be featured twice. As part of the agreement the championship match will be played on Thursday, October 1. It will be the first time in nine seasons of women’s professional soccer that the championship has not been played on a weekend. All 19 MLS Cups have also been decided on weekends.

“We are extremely thrilled to once again partner with FOX Sports to broadcast the National Women’s Soccer League to a national audience,” NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush said in a release. “FOX Sports’s commitment to soccer, and especially the women’s game, is fully on display during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Their impressive coverage and outstanding viewership during the tournament demonstrates their passion and dedication for the beautiful game.”

The FSGO games will feature the regular broadcast teams for the Thorns and Dash. FOX talent will call the FS1 matches.

The NWSL and FOX partnered in 2013. ESPN aired league matches in 2014.

The full schedule is:

Wednesday, July 22 (10 pm EDT) — Seattle Reign FC at Portland ThornsFC (FSGO)
Wednesday, July 29 (8:30 pm EDT) — FC Kansas City at Houston Dash (FSGO)
Wednesday, August 5 (10 pm EDT) — Boston Breakers at Portland Thorns FC (FSGO)
Friday, August 7 (8:30 pm EDT) — Sky Blue FC at Houston Dash (FSGO)
Sunday, August 9 (9:30 pm EDT) — Chicago Red Stars at Portland Thorns FC (FS1)
Friday, August 21 (8 pm EDT) — Seattle Reign FC at Houston Dash (FS1)
Sunday, August 30 (9:30 pm EDT) — Washington Spirit at Portland Thorns FC (FS1)

Sunday, September 13 (TBD) — NWSL semifinal
Sunday, September 13 (TBD) — NWSL semifinal
Thursday, October 1 (TBD) — NWSL Championship

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