When the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup ended last month, there was talk of the league holding games this fall, mainly within regions. Nothing was ever for certain, especially as COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S. But there were reports last week of the league beginning to plan upcoming games.
Hearing of #NWSL meetings today regarding further match play in 2020. Coaches definitely involved. No word on whether anything is set or if so what the format would be, but seems like league is leaning toward more soccer in 2020— Dan Lauletta (@TheDanLauletta) August 15, 2020
Today, Steven Goff from The Washington Post added to the reports.
NWSL plans for Sept-Oct appear to be coming together. Here's the latest proposal:— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 16, 2020
Pod 1: Washington, Sky Blue, Chicago
Pod 2: NC, Orlando, Houston
Pod 3: Utah, Porland, OL Reign
2-3 matchdays per market
Teams would be placed into pods with each team eventually hosting games for their respective pod. Games would begin September 5 in the DC area for Pod 1, followed by games in Houston and Portland on September 12 for Pods 2 and 3, then Chicago would host on September 19 for Pod 1. Houston and Utah Royals FC would hold games on September 26 for Pods 2 and 3. Sky Blue FC would host on October 3 for Pod 1, and then Orlando and OL Reign would wrap up their respective pods on October 10.
This is the latest proposal and much could change. Team do resume workouts tomorrow, however, a sign of a continuation of play in 2020. We’ll keep following this story as it develops.