The 2022 NWSL Playoffs get underway tonight with two quarterfinal round games: the Houston Dash vs. Kansas City Current and the San Diego Wave vs. the Chicago Red Stars.
See below for info on how to watch the NWSL playoffs, the full playoff schedule, and more. This guide will continue to be updated.
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How to watch the 2022 NWSL Playoffs
NWSL Quarterfinal Round Games — Tonight, Sunday, October 16:
NWSL Semifinals — Next Sunday, October 23:
2022 NWSL Championship — October 29, 2022:
How do the NWSL Playoffs work?
At the end of the NWSL regular season, the top six of twelve teams qualified for the playoffs:
OL Reign (2022 NWSL Shield)
San Diego Wave
Kansas City Current
Chicago Red Stars
The top two teams — the OL Reign and Portland Thorns — received a bye to the semifinal round, while the other four teams will meet in the quarterfinal round.
Overtime rules for the NWSL Playoffs:
If an NWSL playoff game is tied after 90 minutes, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety. If the game is still tied, penalties will determine the winner.
2022 NWSL Playoffs – Historical significance for each club
The Houston Dash are making their NWSL playoff debut in 2022, nine years after joining the league. Even more impressive: Houston nabbed home field advantage for Sunday night’s game thanks to a fourth-place finish in the 2022 NWSL standings.
Kansas City Current:
In their second season as a franchise, the Kansas City Current qualified for their first ever NWSL playoff appearance. After going winless in their first five games, the Current went on a 13-game undefeated streak, the second-longest in NWSL history.
San Diego Wave:
Chicago Red Stars:
The Chicago Red Stars claimed the sixth and final playoff berth in dramatic fashion, extending a streak in the process. The Red Stars have qualified for the NWSL Playoffs every year since 2015, a league record. While Chicago has made the NWSL Championship game twice (2019, 2021), the club is still searching for its first title.
The OL Reign claimed its third NWSL Shield, awarded to the team with the best regular season record. While the Reign have made the NWSL Championship twice before, the club has never won the title.
The Portland Thorns are the most decorated team of the bunch, having won the NWSL Championship twice before (2013, 2017). If they win it all again this year, the Thorns would become the first NWSL franchise with three championship titles.
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