Portland Thorns

Portland to host 2021 NWSL Championship on Nov. 20

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Following Saturday's postponement of the Thorns and Washington Spirit match due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols because of an outbreak among the Spirit players, the league said it will be making an announcement of when the game will be rescheduled in the coming days.

The NWSL also made the announcement over the holiday weekend that Portland will be hosting the 2021 NWSL Championship.

This will be the third title game played in Providence Park this season.

With the game being broadcast on CBS at 9am PT, there has been some backlash on the local start time and the game not being in prime time. Plus, players have been voicing their opinions on not wanting to play the Championship game on turf.

The Thorns currently sit atop the NWSL standings with 32 points through 16 matches. North Carolina (29 points) and OL Reign (29 points) are two and three in the standings.  

The playoffs will kick-off on Nov. 6 and include six teams for the first time in the league’s history. The top two seeds of the regular season will get a bye into the second round.


Portland has won the NWSL Championship twice in its nine years as a NWSL club. The Thorns earned a title in Rochester, NY in 2013 and in Orlando, FL in 2017.

Tickets for this year’s NWSL title game will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 10:00 a.m. PT at www.thornsfc.com.