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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL’s) final pre-Olympic matches are in the books, but that doesn’t mean teams won’t get a workout in before the league’s August 23rd regular season return.

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All 14 squads — minus their Paris-bound teammates — will square off in the first-ever NWSL x LIGA MX Femenil Summer Cup beginning July 19th.

Going up against the NWSL are Mexico’s top six 2023 Liga MX teams: Tigres UANL, Club América, Chivas de Guadalajara, Rayadas de Monterrey, Pachuca, and Tijuana.



The Cup’s 20 teams are split into five groups of four, with each group facing off round-robin style over a total of 30 group stage matches.

Only four of those five teams will advance to the August 6th semifinals.
To move on, a club must both win their group and have amassed enough points to be amongst the top four winning teams, eliminating the group stage-winning team with the lowest points.

The two Summer Cup finalists will then have months to prepare for the title-winning match, set for October 25th — one week before the NWSL’s last regular season match weekend.

While interleague contests aren’t new to the women’s game — think UEFA Champions League — they’ve been building in recent years.

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The Women’s International Champions Cup, which featured at least one NWSL team alongside two or three international clubs, ran for four years, with its final 2022 edition including the Portland Thorns, Liga MX’s Monterrey, the WSL’s Chelsea FC, and Cup champions Olympique Lyonnais.

Kicking off next month, the inaugural edition of the Women’s Champions Cup will pit Gotham, Portland, and San Diego against eight other Concacaf clubs all vying for a spot in the newly minted 2026 FIFA Women’s Club World Cup.

In the United States (US) and abroad, new interleague competitions are continuing to pop up in an effort to meet growing demand — though subsequent injury concerns plague an increasingly packed calendar.

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