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NWSL Challenge Cup to begin April 9

Plus, Chicago NISA has a home

Washington Spirit v Chicago Red Stars

Chicago Red Stars fans don’t have to wait much longer to see their team play.

The NWSL announced today the 2021 Challenge Cup will begin April 9, and will be played in home markets this time around, rather than a “bubble” with all teams in the same location. Players will report to training camp Feb. 1.

Following the Challenge Cup, teams will take part in a 24-game regular season beginning May 15, 2021. The regular season will conclude Oct. 30, and the expanded, six-team playoffs will begin Nov. 6, with the top two seeds receiving a first-round bye. The NWSL Championship will take place on Nov. 20, 2021.

There’s still no word on whether fans will be allowed at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview this season. However, with COVID positives trending in the right direction, it may well happen.

Chicago NISA to play at SeatGeek Stadium

Speaking of Bridgeview, SeatGeek Stadium will once again be home to men’s professional soccer. Chicago NISA announced today the new club will play its home matches at the stadium. The team, which has yet to announce its name (although “Point Chicago” and “Chicago House” are in the running), hopes to begin play late this summer.