CBS Television Network to Air Six Matches, Including 2023 UKG NWSL Challenge Cup Final, 2023 NWSL Championship
The National Women’s Soccer League today announced the full television and streaming schedule for the 2023 season, set to kick off Saturday, March 25 and culminating with the 2023 Ally NWSL Championship in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 11.
“In this ever-changing media landscape, multi-platform coverage is key to ensuring the NWSL’s sustained growth and exposure in the U.S. and abroad. We are proud to once again make all 176 matches available to our global audience through a variety of viewership platforms. We have also made a number of enhancements to our broadcast production, from headcount to equipment to on-air talent, and we are excited to provide an improved viewing experience that matches the quality of play on the pitch this season. We look forward to delivering all the excitement of the 2023 season culminating in another exciting championship match in primetime thanks to our partners at CBS Sports and Ally.”
Jessica Berman, NWSL Commissioner
CBS Sports’ multiplatform coverage will include all 176 NWSL matches this season. The CBS Television Network will air six matches, including both the broadcast of the 2023 UKG NWSL Challenge Cup Final and the 2023 Ally NWSL Championship. Paramount+, Paramount Global’s subscription streaming service, will also stream those six matches live. CBS Sports Network will air 23 matches across the regular season, playoffs and the Challenge Cup. Paramount+ will exclusively stream all additional NWSL matches live in the U.S, with a select number of those matches also streaming live on the CBS Sports Golazo Network, which launches on Tuesday, April 11.
CBS coverage of the 2023 season kicks off with San Diego Wave FC’s home opener against the visiting Chicago Red Stars on CBS Sports Network, pitting 2022 NWSL Golden Boot winner and FIFPRO World XI honoree Alex Morgan against rising U.S. Women’s National Team star Mallory Swanson, who recently became the SheBelieves Cup’s all-time leading scorer.
The league’s newest rivalry will also feature on CBS Sports Network when Angel City FC and San Diego square off on June 28, highlighting Alyssa Thompson, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2023 NWSL Draft, presented by Ally, as she leads Angel City’s attack against 2022 NWSL Defender and Rookie of the Year Naomi Girma and Wave FC.
As part of its exclusive coverage this season, Paramount+ will stream all six matches on the final day of the regular season as part of the league’s first-ever Decision Day.
All 2023 regular season and Challenge Cup matches will be streamed live internationally for free on NWSLSoccer.com. Match replays, highlights and additional NWSL produced content will also be available on NWSLSoccer.com. Additional international distribution information will be released prior to season kickoff.
Last week, the NWSL announced a partnership with Canadian sports broadcaster TSN to distribute NWSL matches, including the 2023 NWSL Championship, across its network in Canada this season. Live match coverage will air [in English] across TSN, TSN.ca, TSN+ and the TSN app. TSN coverage in Canada kicks off Sunday, March 26 with a pair of opening weekend contests on TSN+, including the Thorns’ home opener against the Orlando Pride, featuring Canadian stars Janine Beckie, Jordyn Listro and Christine Sinclair. Following the conclusion of Thorns-Pride, the streaming platform will air Angel City FC’s season-opening match against Newmarket, Ontario product Victoria Pickett and NJ/NY Gotham FC. In total, TSN+ will stream 58 matches throughout the 2023 season.
An additional 15 league contests will air live on TSN, including games featuring Canadian talents Jordyn Huitema, Nichelle Prince, Quinn, Kailen Sheridan, Sophie Schmidt and more. TSN will also air both semifinal matches of the 2023 NWSL playoffs as well as the 2023 NWSL Championship.
San Diego Wave FC’s full 2023 regular season and UKG NWSL Challenge Cup schedules can be seen here.