National Women’s Soccer League announces 2014 schedule
Posted on 7 February 2014 in Around the Soccer World
The National Women's Soccer League unveiled today the complete 2014 regular season schedule, which kicks off on Saturday, 12 April with eight of the nine clubs in action.
Opening weekend begins on Saturday, 12 April with Washington Spirit hosting the NWSL Shield Winners Western New York Flash, and FC Kansas City taking on Sky Blue FC. On Sunday, 13 April, Seattle Reign FC face Boston Breakers and Houston Dash will host defending champion Portland Thorns FC in their inaugural match. A week later, the Chicago Red Stars will play their first match of the season against the Western New York Flash on Saturday, 19 April.
Check Out the Complete 2014 NWSL Schedule.
Each of the league's nine clubs will play a total of 24 games during a 19-week span, with a schedule consisting of 12 matches at home and 12 away, and a high percentage of games being played on weekends and holidays.
The regular season will conclude the weekend of 16-17 August with all eight of the nine clubs in action during the final two days of the campaign. Leading up to the regular season finale, every team will host at least one game in August and no team will travel outside of its own time zone during the season's final week.
The top four teams will qualify for the NWSL playoffs and compete in the semifinals on 23-24 August. The NWSL will crown its 2014 champion after the final on weekend of 30-31 August.
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women's professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and USA. The nine clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league's official website at NWSLsoccer.com.