The Schedule Has Landed: NWSL Releases Schedule for 2018

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The NWSL has dropped the hottest release of 2018, the schedule.

The NWSL has given us the full schedule as well as the details on the NWSL Game of the Week teams. Both Jenn Hildreth and Aly Wagner will be back to call all 20 of the NWSL Game of the Week games. They will still be on Lifetime and the pregame still starts at 3:30 p.m. ET, 3:50 p.m. ET kickoff time, but having Hildreth and Wagner takes some sting out of the less than ideal start time. Dalen Cuff will be back to host the 20 minute pregame show.

The NWSL is once again trying out using the go90 app for US based fans. Fans from outside the US, or fans inside of it with a VPN, can watch via the NWSL app and NWSLsoccer.com.

The NWSL Game of the Week

Taking a look at the games that Lifetime and the NWSL have picked our for the NWSL Game of the Week, we note a few things.

The new Utah Royals will be hosting five games, a league high. The Portland Thorns, Orlando Pride and the Washington Spirit will each host three times, while the Chicago Red Stars and the North Carolina Courage each host twice. The Houston Dash and Sky Blue FC each host once. The Seattle Reign will not host at all.

While only hosting two of the NWSL Game of the Week games at home, the Chicago Red Stars will feature in six of the games as the away side. The Orlando Pride are the away side five times, three times for the Seattle Reign, twice each for the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns FC, and only once for the Utah Royals FC and the Houston Dash. Sky Blue will not be the away team on any of the NWSL Game of the Week games.

NWSL Game of the Week Schedule

DateKickoff ETHome TeamVisiting Team
3/24/183:50 p.m.North Carolina CouragePortland Thorns 
3/31/183:50 p.m.Washington SpiritOrlando Pride
4/14/183:50 p.m.Utah Royals Chicago Red Stars
4/21/183:50 p.m.North Carolina CourageUtah Royals 
4/28/183:50 p.m.Houston DashNorth Carolina Courage
5/5/183:50 p.m.Portland Thorns Seattle Reign 
5/12/183:50 p.m.Portland Thorns Orlando Pride
5/19/183:50 p.m.Utah Royals Houston Dash
5/26/183:50 p.m.Chicago Red StarsOrlando Pride
6/2/183:50 p.m.Washington SpiritChicago Red Stars
6/16/183:50 p.m.Chicago Red StarsPortland Thorns 
6/23/183:50 p.m.Washington SpiritOrlando Pride
6/30/183:50 p.m.Orlando PrideNorth Carolina Courage
7/7/183:50 p.m.Sky Blue Chicago Red Stars
7/14/183:50 p.m.Utah Royals Orlando Pride
7/21/183:50 p.m.Orlando PrideSeattle Reign 
8/11/183:50 p.m.Utah Royals Seattle Reign 
8/18/183:50 p.m.Portland Thorns Chicago Red Stars
8/25/183:50 p.m.Orlando PrideChicago Red Stars
9/8/183:50 p.m.Utah Royals Chicago Red Stars

 The Full Schedule

Moving on to take a look at the full 108 game NWSL schedule there are a few things to note here too. 

Out of the 108 total games, 74 are played after 7 p.m. ET. Many of the Utah, Seattle, Portland home games are played in the 9 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET time frame to keep the effects of the heat down.

31 of the games will be held during the week, Wednesday the most popular with 20, 10 games will be on Fridays while a single game is held on a Tuesday.

Every team will be playing a home and an away match against each team. They will also have a second home game against four teams plus go on the road for four matches to make up the 24 game schedule.

Chicago will be playing their second home matches against: The Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride, the Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC.

Houston will be playing their second home matches against: the North Carolina Courage, the Portland Thorns, The Utah Royals FC and The Washington Spirit.

North Carolina will be playing their second home matches against: the Chicago Red Stars, the Portland Thorns, The Utah Royals FC and The Washington Spirit.

Orlando will be playing their second home matches against: the Houston Dash, the North Carolina Courage, the Seattle Reign and Sky Blue FC.

Portland will be playing their second home matches against: the Orlando Pride, the Seattle Reign, Sky Blue FC and the Utah Royals.

Seattle will be playing their second home matches against: the Chicago Red Stars, the Houston Dash, the North Carolina Courage and the Washington Spirit.

Sky Blue will be playing their second home matches against: the Houston Dash, the North Carolina Courage, the Seattle Reign and the Utah Royals.

Utah will be playing their second home matches against: the Chicago Red Stars, the Orlando Pride, the Seattle Reign FC and the Washington Spirit.

Washington will be playing their second home matches against: the Chicago Red Stars, the Orlando Pride, the Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC.

The match ups for the last weekend? No Washington Spirit the final weekend because of the odd number of teams. 

Friday, September 7, 2018 @ 10:30 PM – Portland Thorns FC vs Seattle Reign FC @ Providence Park

Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 12:00 PM Sky Blue FC vs Orlando Pride @ Yurcak Field

Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 3:30 PM – Utah Royals FC vs Chicago Red Stars @ Rio Tinto Stadium

Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 7:00 PM – North Carolina Courage vs Houston Dash @ Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

The Full NWSL Schedule

DateTime ETHomeAwayStadiumBroadcast
3/24/20183:30 PMNorth Carolina CouragePortland Thorns WakeMed Soccer ParkLifetime
3/24/20187:30 PMOrlando PrideUtah Royals Orlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
3/24/201810:00 PMSeattle Reign Washington SpiritMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
3/25/20185:00 PMHouston DashChicago Red StarsBBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
3/30/20188:00 PMHouston DashUtah Royals BBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
3/31/20183:30 PMWashington SpiritOrlando PrideMaryland SoccerPlexLifetime
3/31/20188:15 PMChicago Red StarsPortland Thorns Toyota Parkgo90/NWSL
3/31/20183:30 PMNorth Carolina CourageSky Blue WakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
4/14/20183:30 PMUtah Royals Chicago Red StarsRio Tinto StadiumLifetime
4/14/20187:00 PMWashington SpiritNC CourageMaryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
4/15/20186:00 PMPortland Thorns Orlando PrideProvidence Parkgo90/NWSL
4/15/20185:00 PMSky Blue Seattle Reign Yurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
4/18/20187:30 PMChicago Red StarsHouston DashToyota Parkgo90/NWSL
4/18/20187:00 PMNorth Carolina CourageSeattle Reign WakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
4/20/201810:30 PMPortland Thorns Washington SpiritProvidence Parkgo90/NWSL
4/21/20188:00 PMChicago Red StarsSky Blue Toyota Parkgo90/NWSL
4/21/20183:30 PMNorth Carolina CourageUtah Royals WakeMed Soccer ParkLifetime
4/22/20185:00 PMOrlando PrideHouston DashOrlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
4/28/20187:00 PMWashington SpiritChicago Red StarsMaryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
4/28/20183:30 PMHouston DashNC CourageBBVA Compass StadiumLifetime
4/28/20189:00 PMUtah Royals Portland Thorns Rio Tinto Stadiumgo90/NWSL
4/28/20187:30 PMOrlando PrideSeattle Reign Orlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/2/20187:30 PMChicago Red StarsOrlando PrideToyota Parkgo90/NWSL
5/5/20187:00 PMSky Blue Houston DashYurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
5/5/20183:30 PMPortland Thorns Seattle Reign Providence ParkLifetime
5/5/20189:00 PMUtah Royals Washington SpiritRio Tinto Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/6/20183:00 PMNorth Carolina CourageChicago Red StarsWakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
5/9/20189:00 PMUtah Royals Orlando PrideRio Tinto Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/9/20188:00 PMHouston DashPortland Thorns BBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/12/20188:00 PMChicago Red StarsHouston DashToyota Parkgo90/NWSL
5/12/20183:30 PMPortland Thorns Orlando PrideProvidence ParkLifetime
5/12/201810:00 PMSeattle Reign Sky Blue Memorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/12/20187:00 PMNorth Carolina CourageWashington SpiritWakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
5/19/201810:00 PMSeattle Reign Chicago Red StarsMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/19/20183:30 PMUtah Royals Houston DashRio Tinto StadiumLifetime
5/19/20187:00 PMSky Blue NC CourageYurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
5/19/20187:00 PMWashington SpiritPortland Thorns Maryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
5/23/20187:30 PMOrlando PrideNC CourageOrlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/23/20188:00 PMHouston DashSeattle Reign BBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/23/20187:30 PMWashington SpiritSky Blue Maryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
5/25/201810:30 PMPortland Thorns Utah Royals Providence Parkgo90/NWSL
5/26/20183:30 PMChicago Red StarsOrlando PrideToyota ParkLifetime
5/26/20187:00 PMSky Blue Seattle Reign Yurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
5/27/20186:00 PMHouston DashWashington SpiritBBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
5/30/201810:30 PMPortland Thorns NC CourageProvidence Parkgo90/NWSL
6/2/20183:30 PMWashington SpiritChicago Red StarsMaryland SoccerPlexLifetime
6/2/20188:30 PMHouston DashNC CourageBBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
6/2/20187:00 PMSky Blue Utah Royals Yurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
6/3/20189:00 PMSeattle Reign Orlando PrideMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
6/8/20187:00 PMSky Blue Washington SpiritYurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
6/16/20183:30 PMChicago Red StarsPortland Thorns Toyota ParkLifetime
6/16/20187:00 PMWashington SpiritSeattle Reign Maryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
6/16/20187:30 PMOrlando PrideSky Blue Orlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
6/16/20187:00 PMNorth Carolina CourageUtah Royals WakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
6/22/20188:30 PMHouston DashPortland Thorns BBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
6/23/20184:00 PMSeattle Reign NC CourageMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
6/23/20183:30 PMWashington SpiritOrlando PrideMaryland SoccerPlexLifetime
6/23/20188:00 PMChicago Red StarsUtah Royals Toyota Parkgo90/NWSL
6/27/20187:30 PMOrlando PrideHouston DashOrlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
6/27/201810:00 PMUtah Royals Seattle Reign Rio Tinto Stadiumgo90/NWSL
6/27/201810:30 PMPortland Thorns Sky Blue Providence Parkgo90/NWSL
6/30/20183:30 PMOrlando PrideNC CourageOrlando City StadiumLifetime
6/30/201810:00 PMSeattle Reign Portland Thorns Memorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
6/30/201810:00 PMUtah Royals Sky Blue Rio Tinto Stadiumgo90/NWSL
7/1/20186:00 PMChicago Red StarsWashington SpiritToyota Parkgo90/NWSL
7/4/2018TBANorth Carolina CourageChicago Red StarsWakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
7/6/201811:00 PMPortland Thorns Utah Royals Providence Parkgo90/NWSL
7/7/20183:30 PMSky Blue Chicago Red StarsYurcak FieldLifetime
7/7/201810:00 PMSeattle Reign Houston DashMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
7/7/20187:30 PMOrlando PrideWashington SpiritOrlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
7/11/20188:30 PMHouston DashOrlando PrideBBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
7/11/201810:30 PMSeattle Reign Utah Royals Memorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
7/11/20187:00 PMNorth Carolina CourageWashington SpiritWakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
7/14/20187:00 PMSky Blue NC CourageYurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
7/14/20183:30 PMUtah Royals Orlando PrideRio Tinto StadiumLifetime
7/14/20188:00 PMChicago Red StarsSeattle Reign Toyota Parkgo90/NWSL
7/15/201811:00 PMPortland Thorns Houston DashProvidence Parkgo90/NWSL
7/20/201810:00 PMUtah Royals NC CourageRio Tinto Stadiumgo90/NWSL
7/21/20187:00 PMWashington SpiritHouston DashMaryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
7/21/20187:00 PMSky Blue Portland Thorns Yurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
7/21/20183:30 PMOrlando PrideSeattle Reign Orlando City StadiumLifetime
7/28/20188:00 PMChicago Red StarsSky Blue Toyota Parkgo90/NWSL
8/5/20183:30 PMNorth Carolina CouragePortland Thorns WakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
8/5/20187:30 PMOrlando PrideSky Blue Orlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/5/20188:30 PMHouston DashUtah Royals BBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/5/20189:00 PMSeattle Reign Washington SpiritMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/8/201810:00 PMUtah Royals Washington SpiritRio Tinto Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/10/20188:00 PMChicago Red StarsNC CourageToyota Parkgo90/NWSL
8/11/20187:00 PMSky Blue Houston DashYurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
8/11/20187:30 PMOrlando PridePortland Thorns Orlando City Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/11/20183:30 PMUtah Royals Seattle Reign Rio Tinto StadiumLifetime
8/15/201810:30 PMSeattle Reign Chicago Red StarsMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/17/20188:30 PMHouston DashWashington SpiritBBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/18/20183:30 PMPortland Thorns Chicago Red StarsProvidence ParkLifetime
8/18/20187:00 PMNorth Carolina CourageOrlando PrideWakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
8/18/20186:30 PMSky Blue Utah Royals Yurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
8/21/201810:30 PMSeattle Reign Houston DashMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/22/201811:00 PMPortland Thorns Sky Blue Providence Parkgo90/NWSL
8/22/20187:30 PMWashington SpiritUtah Royals Maryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
8/25/20183:30 PMOrlando PrideChicago Red StarsOrlando City StadiumLifetime
8/25/20184:00 PMSeattle Reign NC CourageMemorial Stadiumgo90/NWSL
8/25/20187:00 PMWashington SpiritPortland Thorns Maryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
8/25/20188:30 PMHouston DashSky Blue BBVA Compass Stadiumgo90/NWSL
9/1/20187:00 PMWashington SpiritSky Blue Maryland SoccerPlexgo90/NWSL
9/7/201810:30 PMPortland Thorns Seattle Reign Providence Parkgo90/NWSL
9/8/20183:30 PMUtah Royals Chicago Red StarsRio Tinto StadiumLifetime
9/8/20187:00 PMNorth Carolina CourageHouston DashWakeMed Soccer Parkgo90/NWSL
9/8/201812:00 PMSky Blue Orlando PrideYurcak Fieldgo90/NWSL
Image courtesy of Leanne Keator