Today, the National Women's Soccer League announced that ESPN will broadcast nine NWSL games this year. ESPN2 will air three regular season matches and all three NWSL playoff matches, which includes the two semifinal games on August 23 and 24, and the championship game on August 31.
"This agreement with the NWSL represents ESPN's continued commitment to soccer and to top level women's sports," said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions. "We are excited to showcase this new league and feature some of the best female soccer players in the world leading in to the 2015 FIFA World Cup."
ESPN3 will also live stream three regular season NWSL games. Access to Live programming on the ESPN3 channel is accessible online at WatchESPN.com on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on tv through Xbox, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
It is available to more than 92 million households with high speed internet or video service providers. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
"In the midst of our second season, we are striving to provide our fans with improved access to our league matches and airing our games on ESPN2 and ESPN3 will give us a broader platform to expose fans to the amazing caliber of women's soccer in the NWSL," NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey said.
Graham Hays will write a feature before every televised game for espnW.com, along with season predictions and breaking news throughout the season. In addition, espnW's Julie Foudy, a FIFA Women's World Cup champion in 1991 and 1999 and former captain of the U.S. Women's National Team, will conduct a post-game question-and-answer with the star of each game.
2014 NWSL National Television Schedule
Date Home Team Away Team Time (ET) TV
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Portland Thorns Boston Breakers 5:00 p.m. ESPN2
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Houston Dash Seattle Reign 9:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sunday, August 03, 2014 Portland Thorns Houston Dash 10:00 p.m. ESPN2
Saturday, August 09, 2014 Houston Dash Sky Blue FC 9:00 p.m. ESPN3
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Western NY Flash Sky Blue FC 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
Sunday, August 17, 2014 Portland Thorns Seattle Reign 5:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, August 23, 2014 Semifinal - 1:00 p.m. ESPN2
Sunday, August 24, 2014 Semifinal - 3/11 p.m. ESPN2
Sunday, August 31, 2014 Championship - 3:00 p.m. ESPN2
The NWSL is a nine-team Division-I women's professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation.