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Press Release

Bay FC announces schedule for inaugural season 

Club plays first ever match at Angel City FC on March 16, hosts home opener March 30 against Houston Dash 

San Francisco, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2024) Bay FC, the Bay Area’s new women’s professional soccer franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), unveiled their full 26-game, 2024 regular-season schedule, including broadcast details for the club’s inaugural campaign. Bay FC will open the season on the road, playing their first ever match at Angel City FC on March 16. The team will host their inaugural match at PayPal Park on March 30 against the Houston Dash. 
 
Ticket deposits are now open for Bay FC’s inaugural season. Visit BayFC.com to learn the latest about single game, mini-plans and group ticketing options. Fans can also follow @wearebayfc on social channels for more exciting announcements to come. 
 
Bay FC will host several cultural and heritage nights during the season to honor the diversity in the Bay Area including Asian American Heritage Night, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Night, Pride Night, Juneteenth Night, Latino Heritage Night, and more. Additional details and the full schedule will be announced at a later date. 
 
The 2024 campaign marks the beginning of the league’s landmark four-year domestic media rights agreements with CBS Sports, ESPN, Prime Video and Scripps Sports that will see 121 matches, including 113 regular season contests, all seven playoff fixtures and the 2024 NWSL Challenge Cup, featured on national platforms throughout the season. 
 
Throughout the 2024 season, 121 matches will be distributed across the following partner platforms: 
 
• The NWSL will begin each regular season weekend with Friday night matches on Prime Video. 

• Each Saturday night that follows will include a doubleheader on Scripps’-owned ION network, available over-the-air in 123 million homes. 

• A package of regular season matches will air on The CBS Television Network and stream live on Paramount+, with additional matches airing on CBS Sports Network. 

• ESPN will air a package of matches across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes (Spanish). All NWSL matches on ESPN platforms and on ABC will stream live on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The package also includes English, Spanish and Portuguese language rights in Latin America. 
 
The remaining matches will be available on NWSL+, the league’s first-ever direct-to-consumer streaming platform. NWSL+ is free to all fans tuning in to matches across the U.S. and available to download on all iOS/Android devices, as well as streaming TV distributors Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku. In addition to match coverage, highlights, select replays and additional league and club content will also be available for free on the app. Details regarding international distribution will be announced in the coming weeks.  
 
In total, each team will compete in 26 regular season matches, 13 matches at home and 13 matches on the road. In addition to the CBA-mandated league break from July 8 to 14, the NWSL will break from league play from July 15 to Aug. 18 while the Paris 2024 Olympics are staged. During this time, the league will organize a tournament, featuring international participants and all 14 NWSL clubs, beginning the weekend of July 19-21. Further details regarding the competition and format are forthcoming. 
 
As part of the league’s expanded playoff format, eight clubs will qualify for the 2024 NWSL Playoffs, which will now consist of four quarterfinal matches and eliminate byes to the semifinals. The quarterfinal round will take place the weekend of Nov. 9-10 ahead of the semifinal round set for the weekend of Nov.16-17. The 2024 campaign will conclude with the NWSL Championship on Nov. 23. 
 
Schedule Breakdown:  
Home Dates by Day of the Week:  
Wednesday (1), Friday (3), Saturday (6), Sunday (3) 
 
Road Dates by Day of the Week:  
Friday (3), Saturday (8), Sunday (2)  
 
Home Dates by Month:  
March (1), April (1), May (4), June (2), July (1), September (2), October (2) 
 
Road Dates by Month:  
March (2), April (2), May (1), June (2), August (2), September (2), October (1), November (1) 
 
2024 Bay FC Broadcast Schedule (home matches in bold, CAPS) 
All matches are Pacific time and subject to change 

Date Opponent Kickoff (Pacific) Broadcast 
Sat., March 16 @Angel City FC 7 p.m. ION 
Sat., March 23 @Washington Spirit  4:30 p.m. ION 
Sat., March 30 HOUSTON DASH 7 p.m. ION 
Sun., April 14 SEATTLE REIGN FC 5 p.m. NWSL+/Local TV 
Sat., April 20 @Kansas City Current 4:30 p.m. ION 
Sat., April 27 @San Diego Wave FC 7 p.m. ION 
Wed., May 1 PORTLAND THORNS FC 7 p.m. CBSSN/Local TV 
Sun., May 5 CHICAGO RED STARS 5 p.m. NWSL+/Local TV 
Sat., May 11 @Orlando Pride 4:30 p.m. ION 
Fri., May 17 SAN DIEGO WAVE FC 7:30 p.m. NWSL+/Local TV 
Fri., May 24 NJ/NY GOTHAM FC 7 p.m. Prime Video 
Sun., June 9 @Chicago Red Stars 1 p.m. NWSL+/Local TV 
Sun., June 16 UTAH ROYALS FC 7 p.m. CBSSN/Local TV 
Sat., June 22 ANGEL CITY FC 7 p.m. ION 
Sat., June 29 @Racing Louisville FC 1 p.m. ESPN 
Sat., July 6 WASHINGTON SPIRIT 7 p.m. NWSL+/Local TV 
Fri., Aug. 23 @Utah Royals FC 6:30 p.m. NWSL+/Local TV 
Fri., Aug. 30 @Portland Thorns FC 7 p.m. Prime Video 
Sat., Sept. 7 RACING LOUISVILLE FC 7 p.m. ION 
Fri., Sept. 13 @North Carolina Courage 5 p.m. Prime Video 
Fri., Sept. 20 ORLANDO PRIDE 7:30 p.m. NWSL+/Local TV 
Sun., Sept. 29 @Seattle Reign FC 3 p.m. NWSL+/Local TV 
Sat., Oct. 5 @NJ/NY Gotham FC 4:30 p.m. ION 
Sat., Oct. 12 KANSAS CITY CURRENT 7 p.m. ION 
Sat., Oct. 19 NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE 7 p.m. ION 
Sat., Nov. 2 @Houston Dash 6:30 p.m. ION 

 About Bay Football Club  
Bay Football Club (Bay FC) is the new women’s professional soccer franchise representing the Bay Area and the 14th team to join the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Bay FC was established in April 2023 and co-founded by USWNT legends Brandi Chastain, Leslie Osborne, Danielle Slaton, and Aly Wagner in partnership with global investment firm Sixth Street and an investor group of leading tech, business and sports executives. Sixth Street’s investment is the largest institutional investment to date in a women’s professional sports franchise. Bay FC is changing the face of women’s soccer as we know it. Beginning play in the 2024 season, we are building a squad that will play the beautiful game with power, passion, energy, and creativity. Ticket deposits are now open for Bay FC at https://bayfc.com and fans can follow Bay FC’s social channels (@wearebayfc) for the latest news, merchandise, and events.