Women’s Soccer Circuit Starts National Telecasts with Fox Sports Outlets on July 14

Nine Matches, Including Postseason Trio, Will Bring Exposure for Fledgling League 6/13/2013 4:59 PM Eastern

The National Women’s Soccer League will kick off its national TV schedule with Fox Sports Media Group on July 14.

The eight-team circuit will have nine matches televised nationally during its rookie campaign -- six regular-season contests, plus its semifinals and championship.

The founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Federation of Mexican Football.

Fox Soccer will televise six regular-season games, starting with the Seattle Reign FC, which features U.S.women’s national team stalwarts  Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo, against the Washington Spirit,whose roster includes Canadian international Diana Matheson and U.S. teammates Lori Lindsey, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, on Bastille Day at 8:30 p.m.

The networks for the postseason matches – the semis on Aug. 24 and the final a week later, has not yet been announced. Fox Soccer is expected to morph into entertainment service on FXX come Sept. 2.

2013 NWSL National Television Schedule


Date                      Home Team                     Away Team                  Time (ET)     TV

Sunday, July 14     Seattle Reign FC              Washington Spirit          8:30 p.m.      Fox Soccer

Sunday, July 21     Western New York Flash   Sky Blue FC                  1:30 p.m.      Fox Soccer

Sunday, July 28     Portland Thorns FC          Chicago Red Stars        7 p.m.          Fox Soccer

Sunday, Aug. 4      Portland Thorns FC          FC Kansas City             8:30 p.m.      Fox Soccer

Saturday, Aug. 10  Washington Spirit             Seattle Reign FC           7 p.m.          Fox Soccer

Saturday, Aug. 17  Western New York Flash   Boston Breakers           8 p.m.          Fox Soccer

Saturday, Aug. 24  Semifinal                                                             2 p.m.          TBD

Saturday, Aug. 24  Semifinal                                                             8 p.m.          TBD

Saturday, Aug. 31  Championship                                                      8 p.m.          TBD


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