NATIONAL WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE
League's Third Campaign Set to Kick Off on April 10 and Conclude on Sept. 6
CHICAGO (Feb. 5, 2015) - The National Women's Soccer League unveiled today the complete 2015 regular season schedule, which kicks off on Friday, April 10 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, April 11 with Portland Thorns FC against Boston Breakers and continuing on Sunday, April 12 with Seattle Reign FC vs. the Western New York Flash. The defending NWSL Champions FC Kansas City will complete Week 1 action by hosting Sky Blue FC on April 12 at Sporting Park.
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 June 7 through June 18 during the group stages of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015. The League will play approximately 36 matches prior to the World Cup break and 54 matches following it.
The regular season will conclude the weekend of Sept. 5-6 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 September 12-13 with the championship match scheduled on the weekend of September 26-27.
Broadcast information for the league will be announced in the near future.