Schedule for first three match weeks unveiled
Boyds, MD., (9/1/20) – The Washington Spirit will take on Sky Blue FC in the debut game of the 2020 NWSL Fall Series on September 5, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET. The fixture will be the Fall Series’ first of seven ‘NWSL Game of the Week’ matches, airing on CBS. The Spirit will then take on the visiting Chicago Red Stars on September 12 at noon ET.
The Spirit will play all home Fall Series matches at Segra Field. To ensure the health and safety of players and staff, spectators will not be present at any Spirit home matches.
There will be a televised NWSL Game of the Week on the CBS Television Network every Saturday in September, and on CBS Sports Network three Saturdays in October. CBS All Access will exclusively stream four games as well as the CBS broadcast coverage in September. Twitch will exclusively stream seven games globally, including in the United States, and every game internationally.
The NWSL Fall Series will include 18 matches over the course of seven weeks. Each team will play within a regional pod to minimize travel.
“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to put together a schedule that gets our players back out on the pitch and showcases their talent for a global audience while limiting travel as much as possible and keeping player and staff health and safety our top priority,” said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. “I want to thank our players, club staff and our entire ownership group for their collaboration and continued flexibility as we navigate this unique moment in time. I can’t wait to watch this fall series unfold.”
The three teams in each regional pod will each play four games. Those pods are:
Chicago Red Stars
Sky Blue FC
Portland Thorns FC
Utah Royals FC
North Carolina Courage
The full NWSL schedule for the initial three weeks of the series is available below. Highlights include the NWSL Game of the Week on CBS each Saturday in September and on CBSSN on three Saturdays in October. The remaining games will be announced in the next week.
The NWSL’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.
NWSL Fall Series Matchweek 1-3 Schedule
** CBS Game of the Week italicized**
** Twitch to stream all games internationally**
|Saturday, Sept. 5||1:00 PM||Segra Field||Washington Spirit||Sky Blue FC||CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS|
|Friday, Sept. 11||7:00 PM||Sahlen’s Stadium||NC Courage||Houston Dash||TWITCH|
|Saturday, Sept. 12||12:00 PM||Segra Field||Washington Spirit||Chicago Red Stars||TWITCH|
|Saturday, Sept. 12||3:30 PM||Providence Park||Portland Thorns FC||OL Reign||CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS|
|Saturday, Sept. 19||1:00 PM||Sahlen’s Stadium||NC Courage||Orlando Pride||CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS|
|Sunday, Sept. 20||1:00 PM||SeatGeek Stadium||Chicago Red Stars||Sky Blue FC||CBS ALL ACCESS|
|Sunday, Sept. 20||3:00 PM||Providence Park||Portland Thorns FC||Utah Royals FC||TWITCH|