NWSL championship game moved to Louisville at request of players


Louisville will host the NWSL Championship next month after players requested the league move the game from Portland. The NWSL and the NWSL Players Association announced the update in a press release Wednesday, hours after The Athletic first reported the news.

The league originally planned to hold the game at Providence Park in Portland, with kickoff set for 9 a.m. PT due to the time zone and the locked game window on CBS. Both players and coaches were unhappy with the logistics, calling on the league to change the kickoff time.

Now, the game will be played at Lynn Family Stadium, the home of Racing Louisville FC, on Saturday, Nov. 20 at noon local time (ET). The soccer-specific stadium has a maximum capacity of 15,000.

The change comes after the Thorns paused a presale of game tickets in mid-September for logistical reasons, with the team still prepared to host.

“We realize the impact this has on the fans who have bought tickets and made travel arrangements,” the league said in the release. “We hope that our fans will understand that this move is made with the support of the NWSL, the Players Association, the Portland Thorns, and Racing Louisville.”

No other team originally bid to host the championship game, according to reports. While Louisville had reportedly started the process, they ultimately withdrew.

The NWSL and NWSLPA also announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement on several of the PA’s demands outlined last week and will use a five-day extension to “finalize details and logistics and keep this progress moving forward.”