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NWSL announces framework for 2022 season

Lizzy Becherano
NWSL announces framework for 2022 season
NWSL announces framework for 2022 season / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages
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The National Women’s Soccer League have announced the preliminary framework for its 10th anniversary campaign, featuring a 132-game schedule and the third run of the NWSL Challenge Cup.

“We’re excited to get this momentous season underway,” said Managing Director of Competition and Player Affairs Liz Dalton, with players expected to report to a six-week preseason camp beginning on February 1.

“The 10th anniversary season is a testament to the league’s incredible athletes past and present, the sustained support of our fans, and the vision and investment of our partners and owners. We look forward to further establishing the NWSL as the best women’s soccer league in the world.”

The 2022 season is set to kick off on Saturday, 19 March with group play for the NWSL Challenge Cup. The tournament will feature three groups of four teams, playing double round-robin matches, semifinals and the final on 7 May.

After the Cup, the season will continue with each of the 12 teams playing home and away matches against every other side in the league. 

“Critically, the league has been able to build a schedule framework for 2022 that will significantly limit the number of games that occur during FIFA windows, ensuring the league’s most accomplished players are able to compete for club and country with relatively few conflicts compared to recent years” stated the league. 

Each team will play 28 matches, 14 contests in home markets and 14 on the road. The full league schedule will be released at a later date. Six teams will qualify for the NWSL playoffs, set to take place beginning in October 2022, while the top two seeds will receive a first-round bye.

The 2022 campaign will end with the NWSL Championship the weekend of 28-30 October.

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