The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that they would be withholding the NWSL schedule til the 5th week of the season to build up a sense of anticipation.
"We plan on not announcing anything until after a certain number of teams have played. In this way we can really build up a sense of anticipation and frenzy regarding the schedule announcement," stated NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush. "We want to have our fans find out when their teams will play by haphazardly walking by the stadium, seeing some players on the field and realizing there is a game going on. This methodology will really build up our fan base in core areas where there are fans lingering by the stadium to actually see if anything is going on."
While the schedule release of the NWSL may go until the 5th week of the season, Commissioner Plush stated that they would still have a schedule of some kind to get the season started.
"We are just going to have regional teams play each other til about half way through the season. We can have 6 Portland v Seattle games this way and really build up that rivalry. At some point, when we release the schedule, the teams can play other teams in the league but we will just start with playing whatever team is closest to you in a 500 mile radius. For some teams this means your season isn't going to start until July, but they will just have to deal."
The Nutmeg News will have more on this when the NWSL announce more changes to their format.