Women’s Professional Soccer Unveils Full Schedule for 2009 Inaugural Season
Posted by iamhannah on February 5, 2009
Return of Women’s Pro League in the U.S. highlighted by WPS Inaugural Match, WPS Final and More Than 70 League Games
SAN FRANCISCO (February 5, 2009) – Taking another step closer towards the return of women’s soccer to the professional sports landscape, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) today announced its regular season schedule for the 2009 Inaugural Season, along with the featured match-ups for Fox Soccer Channel’s “WPS Sunday on FSC.” The previously announced home openers that begin Sunday, March 29 with the WPS Inaugural Match between the Los Angeles Sol and the Washington Freedom and continue during WPS Kick-Off Week with a full slate of league games on April 5 will be followed by regular weekly action over the next five months for a total of 70 league match-ups, three post-season contests and one WPS All-Star Game.
Teams will play a 20-game regular season schedule with 10 home games and 10 away games. Each team will play the other teams in the league three times with a fourth game against two regional rivals to round out the 20-game schedule. Games will be played primarily on weekends with 14 games scheduled for weeknights, primarily on Wednesdays. Weeknight games will not begin until midway through the season on June 3.
Every week, Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast “WPS Sunday on FSC” nationally to over 34 million homes with appointment television. The season culminates with the WPS Playoffs including the First Round, Super Semifinal and WPS Final. The WPS Final on August 22 will reach up to 80 million homes nationally on Fox Sports Net’s owned and affiliated regional sports networks.
“The 2009 WPS Inaugural Season will feature world class soccer action from coast-to-coast with regular television coverage and an emphasis on weekend games and occasional Wednesday night action,” said WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci. “We hope all fans will come out to catch the world’s best players during the WPS season and follow along on Fox Soccer Channel each week.”
The WPS Regular Season culminates the weekend of August 8/9 with three league games. The WPS First Round will be played August 15, the WPS Super Semifinal is set for August 18/19 with the WPS Final scheduled for August 22 at the home field of the 2009 WPS Regular Season Champion. The All-Star Game will be played following the conclusion of the season.
2009 WPS Inaugural Season Schedule
Courtesy of: WPS