The 2018 NWSL Championship will be at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon on September 22, the NWSL announced this afternoon. Portland hosted the NWSL Championship in 2015, the first season the NWSL final was held at a predetermined site. This year’s final will be broadcast on Lifetime and is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Eastern.
The 2015 championship match at Providence Park featured the highest championship attendance in league history: 13,264. Since the choice to hold the final at pre-selected venues, BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and Orlando City Stadium have both hosted finals. Portland recently completed a 4,000 seat expansion of Providence Park that caused both the Portland Thorns and the Portland Timbers of MLS to spend the early part of the season on the road.
The semifinal matches will be held on the weekend of September 14-16 and those locations are determined by regular season standings, with the NWSL Shield winner hosting the team that finishes in fourth place while the team in second place hosts the third-place finisher.