The kickoff times for three Houston Dash games have been changed, along with times for 20 other games across the National Women’s Soccer League this season, the NWSL announced today.
The NWSL is also implementing increased measures for Hydration Breaks and new guidelines for Extreme Heat, including procedures for match delays, effective immediately. The new guidelines are available here.
The new kickoff times will affect Houston’s match at the Orlando Pride on June 24, Houston’s first trip to Portland on August 5 and the final home game of the season as the Dash host the Chicago Red Stars on Sept. 23. Each of those matches was originally scheduled for a 3 p.m. CT kickoff, and kickoff will now be listed at 2:30 p.m.
The matches at Orlando and at Portland will each be the Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week and will be broadcast nationally. The Chicago match on Sept. 23 is one of two games, along with Portland at Orlando, in consideration to be the Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week for that weekend. The NWSL and Lifetime will decide at a later date which game will be televised nationally.
Additionally, the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will now be listed at 2:30 p.m. CT on the schedule with kickoff slated for 2:50 p.m. CT to accommodate for Hydration Breaks.
The full schedule of games with new kickoff times can be found below.
|Date||Home Team||Visiting Team||Venue||Time (CT)|
|Saturday, June 17||Chicago Red Stars||Washington Spirit||Toyota Park||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, June 17||FC Kansas City||Seattle Reign FC||Children's Mercy Victory Field||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, June 24||Orlando Pride||Houston Dash||Orlando City Stadium||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, July 01||North Carolina Courage||Sky Blue FC||Sahlen's Stadium||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, July 08||North Carolina Courage||Seattle Reign FC||Sahlen's Stadium||6:30 PM|
|Saturday, July 08||Washington Spirit||Orlando Pride||Maryland SoccerPlex||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, July 15||Portland Thorns FC||North Carolina Courage||Providence Park||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, July 15||Seattle Reign FC||Boston Breakers||Memorial Stadium||9:00 PM|
|Saturday, July 22||Chicago Red Stars||Orlando Pride||Toyota Park||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, July 22||FC Kansas City||North Carolina Courage||Children's Mercy Victory Field||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, August 05||North Carolina Courage||Seattle Reign FC||Sahlen's Stadium||6:30 PM|
|Saturday, August 05||Portland Thorns FC||Houston Dash||Providence Park||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, August 12||Orlando Pride||Sky Blue FC||Orlando City Stadium||6:30 PM|
|Saturday, August 12||Washington Spirit||Boston Breakers||Maryland SoccerPlex||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, August 19||North Carolina Courage||Washington Spirit||Sahlen's Stadium||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, August 26||FC Kansas City||Orlando Pride||Children's Mercy Victory Field||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, September 02||Orlando Pride||Boston Breakers||Orlando City Stadium||6:30 PM|
|Saturday, September 02||Portland Thorns FC||Washington Spirit||Providence Park||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, September 09||FC Kansas City||Chicago Red Stars||Children's Mercy Victory Field||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, September 09||Orlando Pride||Seattle Reign FC||Orlando City Stadium||6:30 PM|
|Saturday, September 23*||Houston Dash||Chicago Red Stars||BBVA Compass Stadium||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, September 23*||Orlando Pride||Portland Thorns FC||Orlando City Stadium||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, September 30||Portland Thorns FC||Chicago Red Stars||Providence Park||2:30 PM|