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2022 NWSL Challenge Cup coverage details

2022 NWSL Challenge Cup

The National Women’s Soccer League has announced its full telecast schedule ahead of the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup.

CBS Sports continues its partnership with NWSL. Therefore, Challenge Cup games air on CBS, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. For those not based in the United States, games stream on Twitch, a platform traditionally used for video game streaming.

NWSL CEO Marla Messing says the relationship between the NWSL and CBS Sports allows millions to see the world’s best women’s soccer players.

“We’re thrilled to work with our friends at CBS Sports to bring another NWSL Challenge Cup to our viewers,” claimed Messing.

“The Challenge Cup is an exciting opener to our 10th anniversary season and thanks to CBS Sports’ partnership, more tournament matches than ever will be available to fans across the country. We look forward to once again showcasing the best women’s soccer league on the air.”

2022 NWSL Challenge Cup

Originally, the NWSL Challenge Cup started as the league’s reboot following the COVID-19 pandemic. The league opted for a tournament-style competition rather than a shortened season. Interestingly, this allowed the NWSL to be the first top-tier sports league to return to action in the United States, taking place in late May 2020.

However, the NWSL adopted the tournament as an annual competition. Therefore, the 2022 Challenge Cup is the third rendition of the competition’s young history.

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All 12 of the NWSL clubs participate in the 2022 Challenge Cup. This includes the NWSL’s two expansion teams debuting this year. Angel City FC from Los Angeles and San Diego Wave FC.

Dan Weinberg, the Executive Vice President of Programming at CBS Sports, says the first two editions of the tournaments provided great success. He looks forward to expanding that with the 2022 Challenge Cup.

“The first two editions of the NWSL Challenge Cup were incredibly successful. We look forward to bringing fans the action for a third straight year from this exciting and competitive tournament,” Weinberg said.

“We are happy to expand our coverage across all CBS Sports platforms with more Challenge Cup games than ever before, including three matches on The CBS Television Network, four matches on CBS Sports Network, and all others on Paramount+.”

Tournament Format and Coverage

The NWSL Challenge Cup precedes the regular season. Spanning just under two months, the 12 teams divide into three groups of four. Each side plays the other teams in their groups home and away. Then, the three group winners, as well as the best second-place team, advance to the knockout stage. From there, it is single-elimination, with the two semifinal winners playing on May 7 for the title.

Beginning on Friday, March 18th, the first 18 matches of the tournament solely stream on Paramount+. Local CBS stations air the fixture on April 2 between San Diego Wave and Angel City FC, the two expansion teams. Additionally, this game is also on Paramount+.

In total, three games are on CBS throughout the competition. Joining the game on April 2 is a game on April 23 with North Carolina Courage playing Washington Spirit. Then, the Championship is also on CBS.

CBS Sports Network will also exclusively broadcast four matches. An April 15th match between Kansas City Current and Houston Dash begins the network’s coverage of the tournament. Also airing on CBS Sports Network is the April 17th game between OL Reign and Angel City FC, April 24th’s match between Houston Dash and Racing Louisville FC, as well as the first Semi-Final game on May 4th at 8:00PM (EST).

Outside of the four matches on CBS Sports Network, every other match of the tournament will be available to stream on Paramount+.

 

Friday, May 27

07:00 pm EDT
Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

Saturday, May 28

08:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC
Twitch

Sunday, May 29

03:00 pm EDT
OL Reign vs. San Diego Wave
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. North Carolina Courage
Paramount+
08:00 pm EDT
Angel City vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
Paramount+

Monday, May 30

03:00 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. Racing Louisville FC
Paramount+

Wednesday, June 1

07:30 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars
Paramount+

Friday, June 3

08:30 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. Orlando Pride
Paramount+
10:30 pm EDT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Angel City
Paramount+

Saturday, June 4

03:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. OL Reign
Twitch
07:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Washington Spirit
Twitch
08:00 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. North Carolina Courage
Paramount+
08:30 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. San Diego Wave
Paramount+

Tuesday, June 7

10:00 pm EDT
Angel City vs. Houston Dash
Paramount+

Wednesday, June 8

08:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit
Twitch
10:00 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. Portland Thorns FC
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

Saturday, June 11

07:00 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. North Carolina Courage
Paramount+
08:00 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. Angel City
Twitch
08:30 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
Paramount+

Sunday, June 12

05:00 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. OL Reign
Paramount+
06:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC
Paramount+

Friday, June 17

07:30 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. Racing Louisville FC
Paramount+

Saturday, June 18

08:30 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. Chicago Red Stars
Paramount+
10:00 pm EDT
OL Reign vs. Angel City
Twitch

Sunday, June 19

03:00 pm EDT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride
Paramount+
04:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. San Diego Wave
CBS, Paramount+, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream
05:00 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. Houston Dash
Paramount+

Friday, July 1

08:30 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. Kansas City Current
Paramount+
10:00 pm EDT
OL Reign vs. North Carolina Courage
Paramount+
10:30 pm EDT
Angel City vs. Portland Thorns FC
Paramount+

Saturday, July 2

07:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Paramount+

Sunday, July 3

05:00 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. Washington Spirit
Paramount+
08:00 pm EDT
Orlando Pride vs. Racing Louisville FC
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

Friday, July 8

07:00 pm EDT
Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash
Twitch
08:00 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
Paramount+

Saturday, July 9

10:30 pm EDT
Angel City vs. San Diego Wave
Paramount+

Sunday, July 10

05:00 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. Kansas City Current
Paramount+
06:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. North Carolina Courage
Paramount+
06:00 pm EDT
OL Reign vs. Portland Thorns FC
Twitch

Friday, July 15

07:30 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. Angel City
Paramount+
10:00 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. Racing Louisville FC
TBD

Saturday, July 16

08:30 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars
Twitch
10:30 pm EDT
Portland Thorns FC vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
Paramount+

Sunday, July 17

05:00 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. OL Reign
Paramount+

Friday, July 29

07:30 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit
Paramount+
08:00 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. Portland Thorns FC
Paramount+

Saturday, July 30

08:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. San Diego Wave
Twitch
10:30 pm EDT
Angel City vs. OL Reign
Paramount+

Sunday, July 31

05:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Houston Dash
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. Orlando Pride
Paramount+

Tuesday, August 2

08:00 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. OL Reign
Paramount+

Friday, August 5

08:00 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. Washington Spirit
Paramount+
10:30 pm EDT
Portland Thorns FC vs. North Carolina Courage
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

Sunday, August 7

05:00 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. Kansas City Current
Paramount+
06:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
Paramount+
06:00 pm EDT
OL Reign vs. Houston Dash
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Orlando Pride vs. Angel City
Paramount+

Wednesday, August 10

07:30 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns FC
Paramount+

Friday, August 12

08:30 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. Racing Louisville FC
Paramount+

Saturday, August 13

08:00 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. Kansas City Current
Paramount+
10:30 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. Orlando Pride
Paramount+

Sunday, August 14

03:00 pm EDT
OL Reign vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
Paramount+
08:00 pm EDT
Angel City vs. Chicago Red Stars
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

Wednesday, August 17

08:30 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

Friday, August 19

08:00 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. Angel City
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

Saturday, August 20

07:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Orlando Pride
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars
Twitch
10:00 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. Houston Dash
Twitch

Wednesday, August 24

07:00 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC
Paramount+

Friday, August 26

07:00 pm EDT
Orlando Pride vs. OL Reign
Paramount+

Saturday, August 27

07:30 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Paramount+
08:30 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit
Paramount+
10:30 pm EDT
Portland Thorns FC vs. San Diego Wave
Paramount+

Sunday, August 28

05:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Angel City
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. North Carolina Courage
Twitch

Friday, September 9

07:00 pm EDT
Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns FC
Paramount+
10:00 pm EDT
OL Reign vs. Chicago Red Stars
Paramount+

Saturday, September 10

01:00 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. San Diego Wave
CBS, Paramount+, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream
07:00 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. Racing Louisville FC
Twitch

Sunday, September 11

06:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Kansas City Current
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream
07:00 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. Angel City
Paramount+

Wednesday, September 14

08:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. Kansas City Current
Paramount+

Friday, September 16

07:30 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. Orlando Pride
Paramount+

Saturday, September 17

07:00 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
Twitch
07:30 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. OL Reign
Paramount+
08:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash
Paramount+
09:30 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. Angel City
Twitch

Sunday, September 18

05:00 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. Portland Thorns FC
Paramount+

Wednesday, September 21

07:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. OL Reign
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Orlando Pride vs. North Carolina Courage
Paramount+
10:00 pm EDT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Racing Louisville FC
Paramount+
10:30 pm EDT
Angel City vs. Washington Spirit
CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

Saturday, September 24

07:00 pm EDT
North Carolina Courage vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC
Paramount+
08:30 pm EDT
Houston Dash vs. OL Reign
Twitch

Sunday, September 25

04:00 pm EDT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Paramount+
05:00 pm EDT
Kansas City Current vs. Washington Spirit
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Orlando Pride vs. San Diego Wave
Paramount+
08:00 pm EDT
Angel City vs. Racing Louisville FC
Paramount+

Friday, September 30

09:30 pm EDT
San Diego Wave vs. North Carolina Courage
Paramount+

Saturday, October 1

06:00 pm EDT
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Portland Thorns FC
Paramount+
07:00 pm EDT
Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash
Paramount+
07:30 pm EDT
Racing Louisville FC vs. Kansas City Current
Twitch
10:00 pm EDT
OL Reign vs. Orlando Pride
Twitch

Sunday, October 2

06:00 pm EDT
Chicago Red Stars vs. Angel City
Paramount+

 

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Lynn

    March 15, 2022 at 10:55 am

    I wish the games could be on normal TV like other pro sports so I could DVR them.

  2. dave

    March 2, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for the preview. I look forward to joining this tournament in progress after March Madness ends.
    .
    Not urgent given it is all Paramount+ to start, but I think the schedule may need to be double-checked for CBSSN vs. CBS, as well as for which games are simulcast on Paramount+. The text and schedule differ in places.

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