The seventh season of the National Women’s Soccer League will begin April 13, when the reigning champion North Carolina Courage host the Chicago Red Stars at 7 p.m. ET.
Nine teams will compete in the NWSL this year, each playing 12 contests at home and 12 contests on the road for a 24-game regular season slate that will run through Oct. 13.
All of the league’s games will be streamed on Yahoo Sports, while international fans can watch the action on the NWSL app.
The first game of the season between the Red Stars and the Courage is a rematch of the 2018 playoff semifinals. This time around, the Red Stars have a new weapon — No. 1 draft pick Tierna Davidson. Chicago also brings back reigning Golden Boot winner Sam Kerr. Meanwhile, the Courage are still armed with several United States women’s national team contributors in Abby Dahlkemper, Jessica McDonald, McCall Zerboni, Crystal Dunn and Sam Mewis.
On the same day as the highly anticipated Courage versus Red Stars rematch, the Washington Spirit will host Sky Blue FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex. On Sunday, April 14, the Orlando Pride will host the Portland Thorns, while the Houston Dash will host Reign FC.
Utah Royals FC will open its season April 20, hosting the Washington Spirit.
Formerly based in Seattle, Reign FC will begin play at their new home in Tacoma, Wash., on Sunday, April 21, by taking on the Orlando Pride.
The NWSL’s regular season will halt play from June 3-14, taking a break for the group phase of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. NWSL play will resume June 15.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the four teams with the best records will advance to a playoffs Oct. 19 and 20, and the season will culminate with the NWSL championship Oct. 26.