(Washington, DC) – This Saturday, October 29 at 8 pm, Washington, DC will host the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) final between the Portland Thorns and the Kansas City Current at the 20,000-seat Audi Field. The game marks the first NWSL championship to be played in Washington, DC. Last year, the Washington Spirit won the 2021 NWSL Championship at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
“We are so excited to welcome players and fans to the Sports Capital for the NWSL Championship,” said Mayor Bowser. “As the reigning national champions, there is no better place to welcome soccer fans from across the country than right here in Washington, DC.”
Prior to the game, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend Fan Fest at Audi Field. Fan Fest is free and will include player appearances, autograph sessions, skills competitions, face painting, and more.
The Kansas City Current’s 2-0 victory over OL Reign on Sunday, October 23 in the semifinal match in Seattle secured their spot in this year’s championship. The Portland Thorns, whose roster includes Sophia Smith, recently named the youngest MVP in NWSL history, are returning to the finals after their 2018 championship defeat.
Since opening in the summer of 2018, Audi Field has helped cement Washington, DC as the Sports Capital, and this was the first season that the Washington Spirit played more than half of their regular season home games at the stadium. Additionally, last month, Audi Field hosted the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) against Nigeria in an international friendly on Tuesday, September 6; the match was the USWNT’s first time playing at Audi Field. Next year, Audi Field will host the Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
The 2022 NWSL Championship will kick off at 8 pm, and tickets are still available.