The 2022 WNBA season tips off May 6 with an expanded schedule

Oct 17, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Sky guard/forward Kahleah Copper (2) drives with the ball against Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) and Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner (21), right, during the second half of game four of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena. Photo: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 WNBA regular season gets an early start on May 6 and features an expanded schedule of 36 games per team. The 36-game slate was initially announced Nov. 18.

Next year’s regular season ends on August 14. The schedule needs to end by mid-September as the FIBA Women’s World Cup competition begins September 22 in Sydney, Australia. 

Features of the 2022 schedule:

  • All 12 teams will see action on opening weekend.
  • The league will have a “series” play format again. “In some instances where a team is scheduled to play twice in the same city, those games have been scheduled to be played consecutively.”
  • The Commissioner’s Cup returns for a second season. The in-season tournament pits conference rivals against each other in the first half of the regular season. The competition features a prize pool with the championship game of the Cup on Tuesday, July 26.
  • The All-Star game is scheduled for Sunday, July 10.
  • The playoffs will feature a new format announced last month that includes three rounds of series-play using a best-of 3-5-5 format.
  • WNBA teams can begin negotiating with free agents on January 15.
  • Free agents can sign contracts with teams beginning on February 1.
Day Date Visitor Home Local Time Eastern Time
Fri. 6-May Indiana Washington 7:00 p.m 7:00 p.m
Fri. 6-May Los Angeles Chicago 7:00 p.m 8:00 p.m.
Fri. 6-May Las Vegas Phoenix 7:00 p.m 10:00 p.m.
Fri. 6-May Minnesota Seattle 7:00 p.m 10:00 p.m.
Sat. 7-May Connecticut New York 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 7-May Atlanta Dallas 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Sun. 8-May Los Angeles Indiana 3:00 p.m 3:00 p.m.
Sun. 8-May Seattle Las Vegas 3:00 p.m 6:00 p.m.
Sun. 8-May Washington Minnesota 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
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