The NWSL announced today the 20 game schedule for the 2015 season, in accordance with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“We are very pleased to announce the new schedule for the upcoming 2015 NWSL season, which will allow us to have a March to September format with more weekend dates,” NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey said in a press release. “The 2015 NWSL season will also feature a short break at the start of the Women’s World Cup, which will allow the clubs and fans to fully focus on the excitement of the 2015 FIFA World Cup.”
Because it’s a big year for the women, the two-week break will be observed during the group stages of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. NWSL preseason training camps will kick off in March with the regular season starting in early April. Two semifinals will be held September 12-13 while the Championship will take place September 26-27.
Allocated players from the Canada Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and United States Soccer Federation will be committed to the NWSL season, but are expected to miss 7-8 games due to national team duty.
“We have been able to find a balance with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. that will enable the players to participate in training camps with their National Teams but will also allow them to re-join their clubs for some games prior to the start of the World Cup,” Bailey added in a press release.