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Orlando Pride’s NWSL Challenge Cup Schedule Set; Fans Permitted at Reduced Capacity

The NWSL and the Pride released details on the team’s first competition of 2021.

SOCCER: OCT 17 NWSL - North Carolina Courage at Orlando Pride Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Orlando Pride will face its four “pod” opponents from the east between April 10 and May 1 and fans will be permitted to the club’s two home matches at a reduced capacity for the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup. Fans will also be permitted to attend the club’s home NWSL regular-season games. Orlando will open up the Challenge Cup on the road against Racing Louisville, host Sky Blue FC and the Washington Spirit, then close group play at the North Carolina Courage.

The club’s attendance policies have been in effect since Major League Soccer returned to play in 2020 and were designed in conjunction with league and local officials as well as the Orlando Health Business Ready Task Force.

The league released the full Challenge Cup slate today, with the Pride’s fixtures as follows:

  • Sat., April 10 — at Racing Louisville FC, 7 p.m. (Paramount+)
  • Wed., April 14 — vs. Sky Blue FC, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
  • Wed., April 21 — vs. Washington Spirit, 7 p.m. (Paramount+)
  • Sat., May 1 — at North Carolina Courage, 7:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).

The Pride will feature in two of the league’s four nationally televised matches on CBS Sports Network — at home against Sky Blue and on the road at North Carolina. The other two matches will be available on Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access). Matches that are not on CBS Sports Network will be available internationally on Twitch. The top team from each division will advance to the tournament final on May 8. The final will air on CBS.

Following the Challenge Cup, the league will return to action with a 24-game regular season slated to begin on May 15 and end on Oct. 30. Six teams will qualify for an expanded NWSL playoffs beginning on Nov. 6, with the top two seeds receiving a first-round bye. The league’s ninth season will conclude with the NWSL Championship on Nov. 20.

Season Ticket Members will receive an exclusive presale window to purchase tickets to these matches starting tomorrow, March 10 at 2 p.m. ET. General public onsale will begin Thursday, March 11 at 2 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster.