ESPN To Televise 14 NWSL Games

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Crystal Dunn (19) and her Courage teammates celebrate. Photo: Courage Twitter page

The NWSL will garner additional media exposure during the remainder of the season as ESPN will televise 14 match that includes the playoffs and league championship. 

Eight matches will air on ESPNews, and the remaining six that includes the two semifinal matches and the championship will air on ESPN2.

“NWSL is a global leader in women’s professional soccer, with collectively the most talented players in the world,” said Amanda Duffy, National Women’s Soccer League President. “Together with the reach of ESPN’s vast network, we have the opportunity to bring more games to a broader audience across the country and world.”

During the 2018 season, league officials said more than 650,000 fans attended matches. In addition, the NWSL Championship match played in Portland, Ore., between the Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage attracted an NWSL-record 21,444.

“We are pleased to once again televise the National Women’s Soccer League and showcase many of the world’s top female players when they return to their professional club teams,” said Burke Magnus, executive vice president, Programming and Scheduling, ESPN. “The success and excitement of the World Cup in France has been on full display and the NWSL represents the best women’s club soccer in the world.”

July 14, 3 p.m. ESPNews Portland Thorns vs. Orlando Pride
July 21, 6 p.m. ESPN2 Chicago Red Stars vs. North Carolina Courage
July 27, 10 a.m. ESPNews Utah Royals FC vs. North Carolina Courage
August 2, 7 p.m. ESPNews Houston Dash vs. Reign FC
August 11, 3 p.m. ESPNews Portland Thorns FC vs. North Carolina Courage
August 18, 1 p.m. ESPNews Sky Blue FC vs. Reign FC
August 25, 3 p.m. ESPNews Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
September 11, 7 p.m. ESPNews Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars
September 17, 7:30 p.m. ESPNews North Carolina Courage vs. Houston Dash
September 25, 9 p.m. ESPN2 Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit
September 29, 2 p.m. ESPN2 Reign FC vs. Portland Thorns FC
October 20, 2 p.m. ESPN2 NWSL Semifinal I
October 20, 4 p.m. ESPN2 NWSL Semifinal II
October 27, 4 p.m.  ESPN2 NWSL Championship