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NWSL announces 2021 plans

How will the 2021 season look? The league announces competition framework.

Portland Thorns FC v Utah Royals FC Photo by Bryan Byerly/ISI Photos/Getty Images

We got a sense of how the 2021 NWSL will look as the league announced next season’s plans.

Players will report to camp on Feb. 1, 2021 for preseason. The first competition will come in mid-April when the NWSL Challenge Cup returns. Based on guidance from the NWSL Medical Taskforce and public health authorities, the 2021 Challenge Cup will take place in multiple bubble environments, team markets, or some combination of the two.

Following the 2021 Challenge Cup, the NWSL’s 2021 regular season will kick off in mid-May. Each team is scheduled to play 24 matches.

The playoffs will expand to six teams, beginning in November 2021, with the top two seeds receiving a first-round bye.

The 2021 season will end with the NWSL Championship the weekend of November 20.