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FILE - In this July 25, 2012 file photo, United States' Alex Morgan, center, is challenged by France's Wendie Renard, left, during their women's group G soccer match before the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics in Glasgow.  Morgan and Abby Wambach are to headline the National Women's Soccer League, the third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league in the United States. The season kicks off Saturday, April 13, 2013, with FC Kansas City hosting Morgan and the Portland Thorns FC in Kansas. Wambach, who will play for the Western Flash in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., will travel Sunday to face Sky Blue FC in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris Clark)
FILE - In this July 25, 2012 file photo, United States' Alex Morgan, center, is challenged by France's Wendie Renard, left, during their women's group G soccer match before the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics in Glasgow. Morgan and Abby Wambach are to headline the National Women's Soccer League, the third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league in the United States. The season kicks off Saturday, April 13, 2013, with FC Kansas City hosting Morgan and the Portland Thorns FC in Kansas. Wambach, who will play for the Western Flash in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., will travel Sunday to face Sky Blue FC in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris Clark)
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(AP) The new women's professional soccer league has landed a TV deal with FOX Sports.


Six regular-season matches will be shown in July, followed by two playoff matches and the championship on Aug. 31.


The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and FOX Sports Media Group announced the one-year deal on Thursday, five days after the start of the new eight-team league.


Beginning July 8, FOX Soccer will televise one game per week in the final six weeks of the season, leading up to the NWSL playoffs. The league features Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and other members of the U.S. national team, along with players from Canada and Mexico.


NWSL executive director Cheryl Bailey calls the TV deal "important for the growth of the league."


Teams play in Boston, Chicago, Rochester, N.Y., Piscataway, N.J., and Washington, D.C., plus Kansas City, Portland and Seattle.


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Online: http://www.nwslsoccer.com/


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