Today the NWSL announced broadcast details for the 2023 NWSL season. This is an important year for the league, not only is this a World Cup year, but the league is in the final year of their deal with CBS. While the broadcaster will host all games across CBS, CBS Sports Network and their streaming service Paramount+, only four regular season games will make it to their main broadcast channel, CBS.
Luckily, the Spirit will host one of those CBS games with another two home games on CBS Sports Network.
Saturday, May 6, 1pm – Washington Spirit vs. San Diego Wave
The Spirit and Wave played a wild 4-3 match at Audi last season when the floundering Spirit knocked off one of the top teams in the league at the time. The match featured four first half goals, including a brace from defender Amber Brooks. Our match winner on the day was a penalty put away by Ashley Hatch in the TENTH minute of stoppage time.
If we get another game like that our heart rates will hit peak levels, but so should the TV ratings.
CBS Sports Network
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30pm – Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride [Challenge Cup]
The Spirit beat Orlando 4-1 at home in last year’s Challenge Cup. Ashley Sanchez, Andi Sullivan, Ashley Hatch and Trinity Rodman all scored in the match. However, things aren’t likely to be the same versus this year’s Orlando Pride. They had a solid offseason, including solid coaching hires, good recruitment, and an extremely good draft. The Spirit might show off some of their draft picks in this match too, which would make for an exciting game between potential household names of the future.
Sunday, September 3, 5pm – Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars
Last year the Spirit and Red Stars played to a 1-1 draw at Segra Field (R.I.P. but not really). An early strike from Ella Stevens was cancelled out by a late goal by Sam Staab. This match is likely to be much higher quality since it’ll be on a professional field, but also because it will kick off the final five games of the season when the playoff chase heats all the way up. Watchin this game, but more importantly, if you can, GO TO THIS GAME.
Every other Spirit match will be streamed on Paramount+, with select matches chosen for TSN+ for our supporters in Canada. International viewers outside of these two countries will be able to stream matches on NWSLsoccer.com. The Washington Spirit start their season at home, March 26th versus OL Reign at 4pm ET.