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How To Watch the NWSL Playoffs 2024

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Playoffs take flight this November, and we researched the best ways to watch it unfold on TV.

The 2024 NWSL Playoffs begin on Saturday, November 9, across CBS Sports, ESPN, and Amazon Prime Video platforms in the U.S. Eight teams will enter the tournament hoping to reach the NWSL Championship, which takes place on November 23.

Last season, NJ/NY Gotham FC won it all against Seattle Reign FC. But the introduction of Bay FC and the Utah Royals makes this year’s playoff picture more unpredictable than ever.

Keep reading to learn about the channels you’ll need to watch the NWSL Playoffs and what TV providers offer them.

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What channels show the NWSL Playoffs?

You’ll need access to three channels to watch the complete 2024 NWSL Playoffs:

CBS will show the all-important NWSL Championship. But you can also watch all CBS matchups on Paramount+, while ESPN+ will stream all ABC games.

NWSL Playoffs schedule

Eight NWSL teams are in this year’s playoffs, expanding the format to seven games. We’ve laid out the complete 2024 NWSL playoff schedule below. But check back as we get closer to November for more details.

Game Date Time (ET) Channels
Quarterfinals Saturday, Nov. 9 TBA CBS, Paramount+
Quarterfinals Saturday, Nov. 9 TBA Amazon Prime Video
Quarterfinals Sunday, Nov. 10 12:30 p.m. ABC, ESPN+
Quarterfinals Sunday, Nov. 10 3:00 p.m. ABC, ESPN+
Semifinals Saturday, Nov. 16 TBA CBS, Paramount+
Semifinals Sunday, Nov. 17 2:30 p.m. ABC, ESPN+
NWSL Championship Saturday, Nov. 23 8:00 p.m. CBS, Paramount+

Data effective as of post date.

Best TV plans for watching the NWSL Playoffs

If you’ve been watching the NWSL this year, you likely already have access to the three playoff channels. But if not, you may need multiple TV subscriptions to watch every game. That’s because there’s no way to get ABC, Amazon Prime Video, and CBS in one service. Instead, you must sign up for a Prime Video subscription while finding ABC and CBS elsewhere.

ABC and CBS are often available over the air using a digital antenna, as highlighted below in our free viewing options section. Otherwise, the cheapest way to stream the NWSL Playoffs is with standalone subscriptions to ESPN+ (for the ABC games), Paramount+ (for the CBS games), and Prime Video. The base plans of all three services cost $25.97 a month, and you can cancel after the championship game to avoid paying for a second month.

Which TV providers carry the NWSL Playoffs?

While you’ll need a separate subscription to get Prime Video, most TV providers carry ABC and CBS. Our table below illustrates each channel’s availability across some of the most popular TV services.

Provider Price ABC CBS Details
Cox $61.00–$152.00/mo.

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DIRECTV $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DISH $84.99–$114.99/mo. View plans

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Fubo $32.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. View plans

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Optimum $35.00–$125.00/mo. View plans

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Philo $28.00/mo. View plans

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Sling TV $40.00–$55.00/mo. ✔* View plans

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Spectrum $69.99–$74.99/mo. View plans

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Verizon Fios $85.00–$129.00/mo. View plans

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Vidgo $69.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Xfinity $20.00–$80.00/mo.

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YouTube TV $72.99/mo. View plans

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Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

* Available only in select markets. Without ABC, Sling TV subscribers can watch ESPN on ABC broadcasts via ESPN3.

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How to watch the NWSL Playoffs for free

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Recommended antenna:
Mohu Leaf 50 ($39.99, one-time purchase†)
NWSL channels:
ABC and CBS
Features:
All local broadcast channels

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You can watch the NWSL Playoffs for free by signing up for various free trials offered through streaming services. Paramount+, Fubo, and YouTube TV usually offer free trials. But you’ll have to carefully plan your trial periods based on the NWSL playoff schedule to ensure you don’t end up paying for a service you don’t want.

With the NWSL Championship on CBS and other playoff games on ABC, you can at least watch some games without signing up for a monthly TV subscription. ABC and CBS are available nationwide through local network affiliates, and an over-the-air (OTA) antenna connected to a TV will help you tune in.

Our favorite antenna is the multi-directional Mohu Leaf 50. This ultra-thin device has 4K capabilities, a 60-mile range, and an added amplifier for better indoor reception. But you’ll want to double-check what type of range you’ll need to pick up your local ABC and CBS affiliates. You can do that by entering your zip code into the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Reception Map Tool.

If the Mohu Leaf 50 can’t catch the long-distance channel signals in your area, you’ll want an antenna with a stronger signal reach. Our Best OTA Antennas page is a great resource for browsing more antenna options.

How to watch the NWSL Playoffs FAQ

Is the NWSL Playoffs televised?

Yes, NWSL playoff games air across ABC, CBS, and Amazon Prime Video. All CBS games will stream on Paramount+—including the 2024 NWSL Championship.

What channel is the NWSL Championship Game on?

The 2024 NWSL Championship will air on CBS, with a kickoff time of 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 23. You can also stream the game live on Paramount+ in the U.S.

Is CBS Sports Network on Paramount Plus?

No, you can’t watch CBS Sports Network live on Paramount+. While Paramount+ offers live channels like CBS and CBS Sports HQ, you’ll need a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming subscription to watch CBS Sports Network.

How many teams go to the NWSL Playoffs?

The top eight NWSL teams, based on the final regular-season standings, qualify for the playoffs. The league expanded its postseason format in 2024 to coincide with the introduction of expansion teams Bay FC and the Utah Royals.

Methodology

Our sports experts spent over eight hours examining the best ways to watch the NWSL Playoffs. We compared the prices, channel offerings, and features of the most popular TV services. With that information, we selected our viewing recommendations—focusing on channel availability and included benefits.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

Disclaimer

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