The eleventh season of the National Women’s Soccer League, or NWSL, kicks off Saturday, March 25, with all 12 teams in action that day and the following one.
Fans of the top women’s soccer division in the United States already knew the NWSL schedule. Now, the league revealed where those games will be available. Fortunately, on a broad scale, it is fairly similar to the 2022 season in terms of where fans can find games.
CBS’s collection of platforms will broadcast all 172 games in both the NWSL and the NWSL Challenge Cup. This is the Cup competition that all 12 teams play in throughout the season. Most of these games are exclusive to Paramount+, CBS’s paid-streaming platform that also airs the UEFA men’s club competitions and Serie A, among others.
However, there are a number of games available on either the CBS TV channel or CBS Sports Network. In total, the OTA CBS channel will broadcast six games over both the NWSL and NWSL Challenge Cup. Importantly, this does include the NWSL Championship. Coverage of that title game is on both CBS and Paramount+. Then, there are 23 games in total airing on CBS Sports Network. Three of those are NWSL Cup Playoff games. Therefore, only one game in the NWSL Playoffs is not on TV.
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Moreover, in its streaming information announcement, CBS announced an unnumbered quantity of NWSL games will also be on the upcoming CBS Golazo Network. Granted, this is partially available through Paramount+, but it is also on other platforms, too.
NWSL streaming information and talent in 2023
The play-by-play and analyst crew for the NWSL in 2023 features a number of familiar names. JP Dellacamera, Jenn Hildreth and Josh Eastern are just a few of the play-by-play voices back in the booth for the NWSL. Then, Jordan Angeli and Gary Bailey are co-commentators.
That being said, some great names are on the microphone for the league this season. Also, guest analysts will step in at times throughout the season. Here is the known list of names you can hear this year calling NWSL games.
- JP Dellacamera
An icon for calling soccer in the United States, Dellacamera has World Cup experience
- Josh Eastern
This will be Eastern’s fourth year calling NWSL games, also working in the USL Championship and USL League One.
- Jenn Hildreth
A year-round play-by-play voice for ESPN, Hildreth also features on MLS Season Pass.
- Joe Malfa
This is Malfa’s fourth season calling NWSL games, and also features on ESPN’s college soccer coverage for both the men and women.
- Jacqui Oatley
Oatley is new to the NWSL scene, but brings experience from the Premier League, World Cup and European Championships.
- Kate Scott
Scott is the voice of the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, but has ample experience in the soccer scene, too.
- Maura Sheridan
Sheridan joined the NWSL coverage team last year, and also added World Cup qualifying and US Open Cup matches to her resume over recent years.
- Jamie Watson
Watson has experience in more than just soccer. Her 650 hours in the broadcast booth include the NFL, MLB, Golf, Tennis, NCAA Basketball and even the World Cup.
- Mike Watts
Mike Watts has been around since almost the beginning of the NWSL. The 2023 campaign will be his eighth with the league.
- Jordan Angeli
Angeli currently works for the Columbus Crew’s broadcasts as an analyst and broadcaster.
- Gary Bailey
A 10-year veteran at Manchester United, Bailey has 25 years of TV experience under his belt.
- Lori Lindsey
Lindsey is a lead analyst for MLS Season Pass, but also played in all three professional women’s soccer leagues in the United States.
- Jill Loyden
Loyden used to play in and work for the NWSL, but has experience in the booth with ESPN.
- Tony Meola
An icon of the men’s side of the sport in the United States, Meola is making his debut as a commentator in NWSL this season.
- Lianne Sanderson
Previously working as a sideline reporter with CBS, Lianne Sanderson will work in the same role for many CBS Sports Network and Paramount+ games.
- Saskia Webber
A member of the famous 1999 World-Cup-winning USWNT team, Webber is the goalkeeping coach at the University of Southern California.
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