National Women's Soccer League announces 2015 schedule
Posted on 5 February 2015 in Around the Soccer World
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) unveiled today the complete 2015 regular season schedule, which kicks off on Friday, 10 April with the Houston Dash hosting the Washington Spirit at BBVA Compass Stadium.
On opening weekend in the NWSL, six of the nine clubs in the league will begin their respective campaigns starting on Saturday, 11 April with Portland Thorns FC against Boston Breakers and continuing on Sunday, 12 April with Seattle Reign FC v the Western New York Flash. The defending NWSL Champions FC Kansas City will complete Week 1 action by hosting Sky Blue FC on 12 April at Sporting Park.
Check out the complete 2015 NWSL schedule.
Each of the league's nine clubs will play a total of 20 games during a 21-week span, with a schedule consisting of 10 matches at home and 10 away. In addition, the clubs will play each opponent twice (home and away) with a third match against four clubs.
In an effort to minimize weekday matches, the NWSL has reduced the total number of games and extended the regular season from April into September resulting in more than a 50 percent reduction in weekday games from 35 (2014) to 14 (2015). Overall, the league will have more than 80 percent of games being played on weekends and holidays.
In 2015, NWSL clubs will average seven and half (7.5) days of rest between games throughout the regular season.
The NWSL will also take a brief 12-day break from 7 June through 18 June during the group stages of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015TM. The League will play approximately 36 matches prior to the break and 54 matches following it.
The regular season will conclude the weekend of 5-6 September with eight of the nine clubs all in action during the final day of the campaign. The top four teams will once again qualify for the 2015 NWSL playoffs. The two semifinal matches on the weekend of 12-13 September with the championship match scheduled on the weekend of 26-27 September.
Broadcast information for the league will be announced in the near future.
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 the U.S. The nine clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit and 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 www.NWSLsoccer.com.