NWSL to hold Challenge Cup in April, start season in May
Regular season will end in Oct., with no break in schedule for Olympics
The National Women's Soccer League will hold the preseason Challenge Cup tournament in local markets starting April 9.
The 10-team league, with Racing Louisville joining this season, is set to open its ninth season May 15.
Each team will play 24 games, with six reaching the playoffs. The regular season will end Oct. 30. The schedule for the Challenge Cup and the regular season will be released at a later date but there will be no break for the Olympics.
Players who have medical permission by a team physician to opt out of the season will receive full pay and benefits.
Teams can open training camps next Monday.