NWSL playoff scenarios: Dash, Courage control their own destinies

North Carolina Courage midfielder Debinha helped her team with a hat trick this weekend. (Jaylynn Nash/USA TODAY Sports)

The NWSL playoff race is coming down to the wire, with two postseason spots up for grabs heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Portland Thorns, OL Reign, Kansas City Current and San Diego Wave all have clinched playoff berths, while the Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Chicago Red Stars and Angel City FC are in contention for the remaining two postseason slots.

NWSL playoff picture

Houston Dash advance with:

  • Win
  • Tie
  • Loss and Courage loss or tie or Red Stars loss or tie

North Carolina Courage advance with:

  • Win
  • Tie and Red Stars loss or tie
  • Loss and Red Stars tie

Chicago Red Stars advance with:

  • Win and Courage loss or tie
  • Win by more than two goals and Dash loss

Angel City FC advance with:

  • Win and Courage loss

Final weekend schedule

  • San Diego Wave vs. North Carolina — 10 p.m. ET Friday, Paramount+
  • NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Portland Thorns — 6 p.m. ET Saturday, Paramount+
  • Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash — 7 p.m. ET Saturday, Paramount+
  • Racing Louisville FC vs. Kansas City Current — 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Twitch
  • OL Reign vs. Orlando Pride — 10 p.m. ET Saturday, Twitch
  • Chicago Red Stars vs. Angel City FC — 6 p.m. ET Sunday, Paramount+