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NWSL Releases Schedule for 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup

All twelve teams to feature in opening weekend of third-annual tournament



Chicago (February 7, 2022) - The National Women’s Soccer League today announced the full schedule for the upcoming 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup. The expanded 39-game tournament is set to kick off March 18, 2022, with a rematch of last year’s regular-season opener between the Kansas City Current and Racing Louisville FC. The match, to be hosted at Lynn Family Stadium, is slated for a 7:30 p.m. ET kick off.


“We’re pleased to once again open this year’s campaign with the Challenge Cup,” said Managing Director of Competition and Player Affairs Liz Dalton. “The Cup is an exciting

competition to kick off our tenth anniversary season and we are thrilled to provide another opportunity to crown a champion. Many thanks to all those who have helped make this year’s tournament possible.”


OL Reign and Portland Thorns FC round out night one of the Challenge Cup with the first

installment of the Cascadia rivalry in 2022. The two teams will break-in OL Reign’s new home stadium with a 10 p.m. ET matchup at Lumen Field.


In what is sure to become a storied rivalry, Angel City FC and San Diego Wave FC square off in their respective NWSL debuts Saturday, March 19 at Titan Stadium at California State Fullerton, which will serve as the site of Angel City’s Challenge Cup home games before the team moves to Banc of California Stadium for the regular season. The match is slated for a 9 p.m. ET kickoff.


Additional matches on opening weekend include a contest between Orlando Pride and the defending NWSL Champion Washington Spirit, an east-coast battle between NJ/NY Gotham FC and the North Carolina Courage, and a rematch of the 2020 Challenge Cup final between the Chicago Red Stars and the Houston Dash.


The 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup will feature three regional groups of four teams. The East region includes NJ/NY Gotham FC, the North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride and the Washington Spirit. The Central region features the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash,

Kansas City Current and Racing Louisville FC. Angel City FC, OL Reign, Portland Thorns

FC and San Diego Wave FC make up the West region.


The groups will compete in double round-robin matches ahead of the semifinal round and the NWSL Challenge Cup Final on Saturday, May 7. Details regarding broadcast schedule for the tournament are forthcoming.


For the full 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup rules and regulations that differ from NWSL's regular season policies and procedures, click here.


To view the complete schedule, click here.


CHICAGO RED STARS 2022 NWSL CHALLENGE CUP SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME (CST)

HOME

AWAY

VENUE

Sunday, March 20

6:00 pm

Houston Dash

Chicago Red Stars

PNC Stadium

Friday, March 25

7:30 pm

Chicago Red Stars

Kansas City Current

SeatGeek Stadium

Wednesday, March 30

6:30 pm

Chicago Red Stars

Racing Louisville FC

SeatGeek Stadium

Saturday, April 2

7:00 pm

Chicago Red Stars

Houston Dash

SeatGeek Stadium

Saturday, April 16

6:30 pm

Racing Louisville FC

Chicago Red Stars

Lynn Family Stadium

Sunday, April 24

4:00 pm

Kansas City Current

Chicago Red Stars

Children's Mercy Park



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