FOX Sports has announced a one-year deal with the National Women’s Soccer League to show six matches, including the entire NWSL playoffs. This is FOX Sports’ second consecutive season with the NWSL as the league begins their fourth season this weekend. In addition to all six matches being shown on FS1, those matches will also be streamed online via FOX Soccer 2Go, FOX Sports GO and FOXSportsGO.com.
Even though the season starts this weekend, fans are going to have to wait a while longer before seeing NWSL matches on TV. FOX isn’t going to start showing matches until September as they look to capitalize on the popularity of a possible gold medal for the U.S. Women’s National Team in the Rio Olympics. Non-televised NWSL matches will be streamed on YouTube.
In discussing NWSL’s continuing involvement with FOX Sports, NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush noted the importance of a TV contract for fans to watch games across the country.
“We are very pleased to once again partner with FOX Sports, who continue to demonstrate their outstanding support of our league and women’s soccer. It is extremely important for the development of the league for our fans to have access to games on national television, especially our playoffs and championship match.”
FOX Sports’ Head of Business Operations David Nathanson noted FOX’s continuing commitment of women’s soccer through NWSL and a very popular Women’s World Cup last year.
“We are thrilled to embark on our second year of NWSL coverage, following an incredible FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. This partnership showcases our continuing support of women’s soccer and the sport’s top players.”
FOX’s NWSL schedule is loaded with USWNT superstars and intriguing matchups guaranteed to bring star power to each match. FOX’s season starts on September 7 as the Julie Johnston and Christen Press led Chicago Red Stars face back-to-back NWSL champs FC Kansas City with Becky Sauerbrunn, Amy Rodriguez and Heather O’Reilly in a rematch of their semifinal last season. Four days later, Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, Lindsey Horan, Canada’s Christine Sinclair and Portland Thorns FC will play Sam Mewis and the Western New York Flash on September 11. Then to finish off the regular season, the Houston Dash with USWNT captain Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian will square off against Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Seattle Reign FC on September 25. Playoff dates haven’t been announced but all three matches will be shown on FS1.