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NWSL announces kickoff time changes; two Spirit home games moved to Lifetime Game of the Week

CHICAGO (June 12, 2017) – In an effort to ensure player and fan safety, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today new kickoff times for 23 games throughout the remainder of the 2017 season. The new schedule reduces the number of games during times of the day where potential environmental conditions such as high temperatures, humidity, and solar radiation would be more prevalent throughout the summer months in the United States.

The NWSL is also implementing increased measures for Hydrations Breaks and new guidelines for Extreme Heat, including procedures for match delays, effective immediately. Click here to view the complete guidelines.

“The safety of everyone involved with the execution of NWSL matches, including players, referees and fans, is paramount,” NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy said. “These are important measures that will help to ensure the safest environment possible at all league matches, and we will continue to evaluate steps that can be taken in the future.”

After a successful implementation on June 3, the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will now be listed at 3:30 p.m. ET on the schedule with kickoff slated for 3:50 p.m. ET to accommodate for Hydration Breaks. In addition, the NWSL has released the other 4 p.m. ET games, providing teams not part of the Game of the Week more flexibility to reschedule games into the late afternoon and evenings.

Along with the new guidelines, the NWSL has shifted several games on the Lifetime Game of the Week schedule. The Spirit will now host two nationally televised games over the remainder of the 2017 season, on July 8 against the Orlando Pride [TICKETS] and on August 12 against the Boston Breakers [TICKETS].

See below for a complete list of new kickoff times:

Bold = Game of the Week on Lifetime
* = To be determined Game of the Week on Lifetime

Date Home Team Visiting Team Venue Time (ET)
Saturday, June 17 Chicago Red Stars Washington Spirit Toyota Park 3:30 PM
Saturday, June 17 FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC Children’s Mercy Victory Field 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 24 Orlando Pride Houston Dash Orlando City Stadium 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 01 North Carolina Courage Sky Blue FC Sahlen’s Stadium 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 08 North Carolina Courage Seattle Reign FC Sahlen’s Stadium 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 08 Washington Spirit Orlando Pride Maryland SoccerPlex 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 15 Portland Thorns FC North Carolina Courage Providence Park 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 15 Seattle Reign FC Boston Breakers Memorial Stadium 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 22 Chicago Red Stars Orlando Pride Toyota Park 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 22 FC Kansas City North Carolina Courage Children’s Mercy Victory Field 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 05 North Carolina Courage Seattle Reign FC Sahlen’s Stadium 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 05 Portland Thorns FC Houston Dash Providence Park 3:30 PM
Saturday, August 12 Orlando Pride Sky Blue FC Orlando City Stadium 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 12 Washington Spirit Boston Breakers Maryland SoccerPlex 3:30 PM
Saturday, August 19 North Carolina Courage Washington Spirit Sahlen’s Stadium 3:30 PM
Saturday, August 26 FC Kansas City Orlando Pride Children’s Mercy Victory Field 3:30 PM
Saturday, September 02 Orlando Pride Boston Breakers Orlando City Stadium 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 02 Portland Thorns FC Washington Spirit Providence Park 3:30 PM
Saturday, September 09 FC Kansas City Chicago Red Stars Children’s Mercy Victory Field 3:30 PM
Saturday, September 09 Orlando Pride Seattle Reign FC Orlando City Stadium 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 23* Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars BBVA Compass Stadium 3:30 PM
Saturday, September 23* Orlando Pride Portland Thorns FC Orlando City Stadium 3:30 PM
Saturday, September 30 Portland Thorns FC Chicago Red Stars Providence Park 3:30 PM