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NWSL releases new, 8-team Challenge Cup schedule

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The National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup kicks off this Saturday. Due to the Orlando Pride withdrawing from the tournament due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests, the league was forced to rearrange the schedule to feature only eight teams. Rosters, which were originally to be released on Monday, were also revealed Tuesday.

The format of the schedule remained the same, with each club playing four preliminary round matches before advancing to the knockout rounds. Before the Pride dropped out, one of the nine teams was slated to miss the quarterfinal round. However, now that there are only eight clubs, all eight will advance and only seeding will be on the line.

Kickoff times remain the same for each match day: 12:30 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET. Saturday’s opening game on CBS — the first women’s club soccer game on broadcast TV in the U.S. — is still the North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC, a rematch of the 2017 and 2018 NWSL Championship matches.

NWSL Challenge Cup Schedule

DATE TIME (EDT) VENUE HOME AWAY PLATFORM
Saturday, June 27 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium NC Courage Portland Thorns FC CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, June 27 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Chicago Red Stars Washington Spirit CBS ALL ACCESS
Tuesday, June 30 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium Houston Dash Utah Royals FC CBS ALL ACCESS
Tuesday, June 30 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium OL Reign Sky Blue FC CBS ALL ACCESS
Wednesday, July 1 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium Portland Thorns FC Chicago Red Stars CBS ALL ACCESS
Wednesday, July 1 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Washington Spirit NC Courage CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, July 4 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium Utah Royals FC Sky Blue FC CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, July 4 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Houston Dash OL Reign CBS ALL ACCESS
Sunday, July 5 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium NC Courage Chicago Red Stars CBS ALL ACCESS
Sunday, July 5 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Portland Thorns FC Washington Spirit CBS ALL ACCESS
Wednesday, July 8 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium Utah Royals FC OL Reign CBS ALL ACCESS
Wednesday, July 8 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Sky Blue FC Houston Dash CBS ALL ACCESS
Sunday, July 12 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium Washington Spirit Houston Dash CBS ALL ACCESS
Sunday, July 12 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Chicago Red Stars Utah Royals FC CBS ALL ACCESS
Monday, July 13 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium OL Reign Portland Thorns FC CBS ALL ACCESS
Monday, July 13 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Sky Blue FC NC Courage CBS ALL ACCESS
Friday, July 17 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium Quarterfinal 1 CBS ALL ACCESS
Friday, July 17 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Quarterfinal 2 CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, July 18 12:30 PM Zions Bank Stadium Quarterfinal 3 CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, July 18 10:00 PM Zions Bank Stadium Quarterfinal 4 CBS ALL ACCESS
Wednesday, July 22 12:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Semifinal 1 CBS ALL ACCESS
Wednesday, July 22 10:00 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Semifinal 2 CBS ALL ACCESS
Sunday, July 26 12:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Championship CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS

 

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