Reign FC fans, rejoice. The 84-year wait is over and the 2019 NWSL schedule has dropped.
Vlatko Andonovski’s squad begins the 2019 season on the road against Houston Dash on Sunday, April 14. Reign FC fans will have to wait the following weekend to see them in their new home, Cheney Stadium. Reign FC’s 2019 home opener on Sunday, April 21 sees Allie Long, Beverly Yanez, Jasmyne Spencer, Megan Oyster, and gang take on the Orlando Pride with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Once again, the league goes with a 24 game schedule (12 home, 12 away), and with the club’s relocation to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, comes the challenge of schedule congestion. Sharing a venue with a baseball team and another soccer team is obviously easier said than done. Reign FC fans will surely have to adjust accordingly, as this season brings three midweek games (1 Monday, Memorial Day; 2 Wednesday), with the rest split between Saturday and Sunday. This won’t be the first time the club has had midweek fixtures, as the club’s inaugural season in 2013 had seven midweek matches.
The first installment of the rivalry against Portland Thorns won’t be until July 5, when the club travels down to newly-renovated Providence Park for some Friday night lights action. That timing will be a challenge for both clubs, as the match comes in between the Women’s World Cup semifinals and final. Portland’s first visit to Cheney Stadium will be a month later on Wednesday, August 7—where all international players who competed in the World Cup should be available. They will face off once again on Sunday, September 29 for Reign FC’s regular season home finale, which will also be the club’s Fan Appreciation Night.
Other notable fixtures this season include the club’s annual Pride Match, which this season is on Saturday, June 15 against Washington Spirit with a 7 PM kickoff. Nahomi Kawasumi returns to Washington state with her new club, Sky Blue FC, on Saturday, May 18, with a 1 PM kickoff. The reigning NWSL Champions North Carolina Courage make their only regular season visit to Cheney Stadium on Monday, May 27 in a special Memorial Day matchup.
The Sunday, July 28 match against Chicago Red Stars should serve as their homecoming celebration for the World Cup players featured on both sides. Just like in 2015, the league will take a two week break from play during the opening group stage matches of this summer’s World Cup. Reign FC close out their regular season on the road at Orlando Pride, Sunday October 12.
As the club begins a brand new era with a new home in Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, one aspect from seasons past remains with the team, the lack of a national TV broadcast when they’re the hosting side.
Yesterday’s bombshell news of A+E Networks and the league coming to a mutual agreement to end their partnership a year early means there won’t be any NWSL Game of the Week broadcasts on Lifetime Network. While Reign FC were never able to benefit from it by having a game broadcast from Memorial Stadium, they did have their fair share of appearances as the league’s spotlight game as visitors. The move to broadcast-ready Cheney Stadium opened that possibility this season, but at the time of publication, there is no new national TV broadcast for the NWSL to replace what Lifetime had for the last two seasons. The league says there are conversations with networks to have something in place before the first slate of matches kick off on April 13-14, with a report that NBC Sports Network has made an offer to the league. Naturally, other networks like ESPN and FOX could be in the mix, especially when you consider the latter having the broadcast rights to this summer’s World Cup in France.
And with that, here is the full 2019 Reign FC regular season schedule.
2019 Reign FC Season Schedule
|Day and Date||Time||Opponent|
|Day and Date||Time||Opponent|
|Sunday, April 14||3:00 PM||at Houston Dash|
|Sunday, April 21||7:00 PM||Orlando Pride|
|Saturday, April 27||5:00 PM||at Chicago Red Stars|
|Saturday, May 4||4:00 PM||at Washington Spirit|
|Saturday, May 18||1:00 PM||Sky Blue FC|
|Monday, May 27||4:00 PM||North Carolina Courage|
|Sunday, June 2||1:00 PM||Houston Dash|
|Saturday, June 15||7:00 PM||Washington Spirit|
|Sunday, June 23||3:00 PM||at Chicago Red Stars|
|Friday, June 28||7:00 PM||at Utah Royals|
|Friday, July 5||7:00 PM||at Portland Thorns|
|Saturday, July 13||4:00 PM||at North Carolina Courage|
|Sunday, July 28||1:00 PM||Chicago Red Stars|
|Friday, August 2||4:00 PM||at Houston Dash|
|Wednesday, August 7||7:00 PM||Portland Thorns|
|Sunday, August 11||1:00 PM||Utah Royals|
|Sunday, August 18||10:00 AM||at Sky Blue|
|Saturday, August 24||4:00 PM||at North Carolina Courage|
|Saturday, September 7||7:00 PM||Orlando Pride|
|Saturday, September 14||4:30 PM||at Washington Spirit|
|Wednesday, September 18||7:00 PM||Utah Royals|
|Saturday, September 21||7:00 PM||Sky Blue FC|
|Sunday, September 29||1:00 PM||Portland Thorns|
|Saturday, October 12||4:30 PM||at Orlando Pride|
All 2019 NWSL matches will be broadcast live on Yahoo! Sports for folks in the US, while international fans can watch matches on nwslsoccer.com or via the NWSL mobile app.