The San Diego Wave and Portland Thorns are officially in the playoffs, but with four spots on the line and eight teams vying for them, the chaos of the final day of the NWSL season is sure to be intense.
Every single matchup this weekend will be a consequential one, and they’ll kick off at exactly the same time.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of another jam-packed weekend in the NWSL.
NWSL playoff structure
The top six teams at the end of Sunday will compete in the playoffs, with the top-ranked team winning the NWSL Shield. The first and second place sides will earn a first-round bye and head straight to the semifinals, while the rest will duke it out in the quarterfinals.
The third-ranked team will play the sixth-ranked side, while fourth and fifth place will face off against each other in the quarterfinals. The higher-ranked team will then face the second-ranked team in the semis, while the lower-ranked side awaits the NWSL Shield winner.
All eye a spot in the championship on Nov. 11 at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego.