NWSL Challenge Cup Opening Match Airs On CBS Saturday, June 27

(CBS Local/CBSChicago)- The 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup will see the National Women’s Soccer League open up their 2020 league year live on CBS on Saturday June 27. The league announced Tuesday that the opening match between back-to-back league champions North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC will air live on the network beginning at 12:30 pm EST/PST.

The game will mark the first time that professional women’s club soccer will be aired live on a national broadcast network in the United States. The coverage of the opening match will also be available through CBS All Access and it will be followed up by the second match of the day between the Chicago Red Stars and Orlando Pride at 10 pm EST/PST on CBS All Access.

“The NWSL and our players are proud to lead the return to play in the confident and bold manner our fans have come to expect,” said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. “The NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and their Secret deodorant brand will feature the best women soccer players in the world on an innovative stage built for the times. And thanks to CBS, more Americans than ever will be able to watch. I can’t wait to get started.”

The opening match features several stars of the United States Women’s National team with Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Adrianna French all suiting up for Thorns FC and Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Jessica McDonald, and Samantha Mewis all suiting up for the Courage. The 25-match Challenge Cup will see every game broadcast through the CBS All Access platform, with matches airing at 12:30 pm and 10 pm EST/PST on each match day leading up through the semifinals.

“The 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup marks an exciting moment for CBS All Access subscribers and NWSL fans, who will be able to see every tournament game, including exclusive live coverage in the U.S and Canada of 23 matches on CBS All Access beginning opening day,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Sports Digital.

The full broadcast schedule for the Challenge Cup is below, all matches are being played in Utah at Zions Bank Stadium as part of the safety protocols enacted by the league in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. All games are to be aired on CBS All-Access unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, June 27

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC (CBS & CBS All-Access)
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars

Tuesday, June 30

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Washington Spirit vs. Utah Royals FC
  • 10 pm EST/PST- OL Reign vs. Sky Blue FC

Wednesday, July 1

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride
  • 10 pm EST/PST- North Carolina Courage vs. Houston Dash

Saturday, July 4

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- OL Reign vs. Washington Spirit
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Chicago Red Stars vs. Utah Royals FC

Sunday, July 5

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Orlando Pride vs. North Carolina Courage

Wednesday, July 8

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Utah Royals FC vs. OL Reign
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns FC

Thursday, July 9

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Sky Blue FC vs. Orlando Pride

Sunday, July 12

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Utah Royals FC vs. North Carolina Courage
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Portland Thorns FC vs. OL Reign

Monday, July 13

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit

Friday, July 17

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Quarterfinal 1
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Quarterfinal 2

Saturday, July 18

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Quarterfinal 3
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Quarterfinal 4

Wednesday, July 22

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Semifinal 1
  • 10 pm EST/PST- Semifinal 2

Sunday, July 26

  • 12:30 pm EST/PST- Championship Game CBS & CBS All Access