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NWSL and iHeartMedia announce live audio streaming coverage of games

For the first time in the league’s history, NWSL games will be streamed live via an exclusive iHeartRadio digital radio station.

SOCCER: SEP 05 NWSL Fall Series - Sky Blue FC at Washington Spirit Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NWSL and iHeartMedia announced on Wednesday that they are partnering up to create a digital NWSL radio station for the live broadcast of NWSL games, starting with the 2021 season. It’s the first live audio deal in the NWSL’s history.

“As our league continues to grow and attract new audiences, bringing live game audio to fans around the world represents a major next step for the NWSL,” said NWSL Chief Revenue Officer Mitch Poll in a press release. “This first-of-its-kind partnership with iHeartRadio has everyone around the league excited for what’s to come — we can’t wait to get these game broadcasts underway.”

The new station will feature two of the biggest games each week live, starting with Saturday’s game between the Houston Dash and NJ/NY Gotham FC. It will also broadcast the following match on Sunday between the Orlando Pride and Washington Spirit.

Portland Thorns FC right now have nine games that will be available to listen to on the radio station. The first will be a rematch of the NWSL Challenge Cup final on May 30. The Thorns will hit the road to face Gotham FC at 12 p.m. (PST) that day. Here’s the full list of Thorns matches that will be available on the station.

5/30/2021 — 12:00 PM — NJ/NY Gotham FC — Portland Thorns FC — NWSL Radio

6/26/2021 — 4:00 PM — Portland Thorns FC — NC Courage— NWSL Radio

7/3/2021 — 4:30 PM — Portland Thorns FC — Racing Louisville FC — NWSL Radio

7/11/2021 — 12:00 PM — NJ/NY Gotham FC — Portland Thorns FC — NWSL Radio

7/24/2021 — 5:30 PM — Portland Thorns FC — Houston Dash — NWSL Radio

8/1/2021 — 12:00 PM — Portland Thorns FC — Kansas City — NWSL Radio

9/4/2021 — 7:30 PM — Portland Thorns FC — Washington Spirit — NWSL Radio

9/25/2021 — 5:00 PM — Chicago Red Stars— Portland Thorns FC — NWSL Radio

10/2/2021 — 7:00 PM — Portland Thorns FC — OL Reign — NWSL Radio

For the full press release and schedule, click here.