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W-League playoffs: Game thread, live stream, how to watch

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Several OL Reign players are competing in W-League playoffs, and you can actually watch those matches.

W-League Rd 3 - Mebourne City v Melbourne Victory Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images

While the rest of the soccer world is turning off the lights for now, Australia is moving forward with its professional matches. The crowds might be sparse, but there will be games — and you can watch them if you have ESPN+.

The W-League — currently home to a number of OL Reign players — is entering postseason play, with their semifinal matches kicking off this weekend.

Melbourne Victory kicks off against Sydney FC on Friday night. OL Reign’s Darian Jenkins has been the spark Melbourne Victory needed to get to the playoffs. She scored five goals in the last two months. On the other side of the match, new OL Reign member Sofia Huerta is the creative playmaker for Sydney FC. She finished the regular season with the most key passes in the league.

On Saturday, Melbourne City faces the Western Sydney Wanderers. Melbourne City finished the regular season undefeated and at the top of the table. City is home to OL Reign stars Steph Catley and Lauren Barnes (and former Reign goalkeeper Lydia Williams).

Lineups

Friday lineups:

Darian Jenkins and Sofia Huerta, unsurprisingly, get the starts in the Friday night match.

Saturday lineups:

Lu Barnes and Steph Catley both start for Melbourne City, along with former Reign players Lydia Williams, Rebekah Stott, and Emily Van Egmond. Plenty of NWSL talent starting for Western Sydney Wanderers as well, but none with Reign connections.

How to Watch

Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC

Date/Time: Friday, March 13, 7:55 PM PT
Location: Epping Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
TV: None
Streaming: ESPN+ (Link to schedule)

Melbourne City vs. Western Sydney Wanderers

Date/Time: Saturday, March 14, 7:25 PM PT
Location: ABD Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
TV: None
Streaming: ESPN+ (Link to schedule)

This is your W-League playoffs gamethread. Watch the OL Reign players with us.