How to watch 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup: Live stream and TV info, teams, schedule
In late June 2020, the National Women's Soccer League became the first major professional sports league in the United States to return to action during the COVID-19 pandemic when it kicked off its inaugural Challenge Cup inside a "bubble" location in Utah.
The Houston Dash defeated the Chicago Red Stars in the Challenge Cup final as the tournament essentially served as the NWSL's 2020 season.
This year, the Challenge Cup will kick off the NWSL's 2021 season, with the league's 24-game regular season slated to start on May 15. Additionally, unlike 2020, the Challenge Cup will not be played in a "bubble," but in the home stadiums of NWSL teams.
The league's 10 teams – with expansion team Racing Louisville FC making its debut – are split into two, five-team divisions. In the Challenge Cup, teams will play each team in their division. The two division winners then will meet in the Challenge Cup championship game on Saturday, May 8.
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Houston Dash players celebrate after winning the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup in Sandy, Utah. (Photo: Jeffrey Swinger, USA TODAY Sports)
What are the NWSL divisions?
- NJ/NY Gotham FC
- North Carolina Courage
- Orlando Pride
- Racing Louisville FC
- Washington Spirit
- Chicago Red Stars
- Houston Dash
- Kansas City
- OL Reign
- Portland Thorns FC
What is the NWSL Challenge Cup schedule?
CBS will broadcast the May 8 championship game. CBS Sports Network will air four games. Every other game will stream on Paramount+. Games also will be available for viewing on Twitch.
All times Eastern
Friday, April 9
- Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars at BBVA Stadium (8:30, CBS Sports Network)
- Portland Thorns FC vs. Kansas City at Providence Park (10:30 p.m., Paramount+)
Saturday, April 10
- North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit at Sahlen's Stadium (3:30 p.m., Paramount+)
- Racing Louisville FC vs. Orlando Pride at Lynn Family Stadium (7 p.m., Paramount+)
Wednesday, April 14
- Orlando Pride vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC at Exploria Stadium (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Thursday, April 15
- Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC at SeatGeek Stadium (7:30 p.m., Paramount+)
Friday, April 16
- Washington Spirit vs. Racing Louisville FC at Segra Field (7 p.m., Paramount+)
- OL Reign vs. Houston Dash at Cheney Stadium (10 p.m., Paramount+)
Tuesday, April 20
- NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. North Carolina Courage at Montclair Stadium (6 p.m., Paramount+)
- Chicago Red Stars vs. Kansas City at SeakGeek Stadium (8:30 p.m., Paramount+)
Wednesday, April 21
- Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit at Exploria Stadium (7 p.m., Paramount+)
- Portland Thorns FC vs. OL Reign at Providence Park (10 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Monday, April 26
- Racing Louisville FC vs. North Carolina Courage at Lynn Family Stadium (6 p.m., Paramount+)
- Kansas City vs. Houston Dash at Legends Field (8:30 p.m., Paramount+)
Tuesday, April 27
- Washington Spirit vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC at Segra Field (7 p.m., Paramount+)
- OL Reign vs. Chicago Red Stars at Cheney Stadium (10 p.m., Paramount+)
Saturday, May 1
- North Carolina Courage vs. Orlando Pride at Sahlen's Stadium (7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Sunday, May 2
- NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Racing Louisville FC at Montclair Stadium (12:30 p.m., Paramount+)
- Kansas City vs. OL Reign at Legends Field (4:30 p.m., Paramount+)
- Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Stadium (7:30 p.m., Paramount+)
Saturday, May 8
- Championship game (1 p.m., CBS and Paramount+)
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