The NWSL has unveiled the schedule for the opening weeks of the season, and announced that the full schedule will be made available next Tuesday, February 20. The league press release also included the dates of the 2018 playoffs; the semifinals will be held the weekend of September 14, and the final will be Saturday, September 22.
The first match of the NWSL season will be a rematch of the 2017 championship, with the Thorns playing North Carolina away on March 24 at 12:30 PT in the Lifetime Game of the Week.
The following week, the Portland will head to Chicago for a 5:15 match against the Red Stars. Their home opener, against Orlando for the third year in a row, will be April 15 at 3:00 pm.
You can see the schedule for all nine home openers below:
2018 NWSL Home Openers:
Saturday, March 24
3:30 p.m. ET - North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC (Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park)
7:30 p.m. ET - Orlando Pride vs. Utah Royals FC (Orlando City Stadium)
10:00 p.m. ET - Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit (Memorial Stadium)
Sunday, March 25
5:00 p.m. ET - Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Saturday, March 31
3:30 p.m. ET - Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride (Maryland SoccerPlex)
8:15 p.m. ET - Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC (Toyota Park)
Saturday, April 14
3:30 p.m. ET - Utah Royals FC vs. Chicago Red Stars (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Sunday, April 15
5:00 p.m. ET - Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign FC (Yurcak Field)
6:00 p.m. ET - Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride (Providence Park)