2024 WNBA Playoff Schedule

2024 WNBA Playoff Schedule

The 2024 WNBA Playoff schedule is set to kick off on September 22nd, 2024. The 2024 WNBA season is the 28th for the league, and it will run from May 14th through September 19th, 2024. There will be a month-long pause for the Summer Olympics that starts after the WNBA All-Star game on July 20th, 2024. All teams in the WNBA play 40 games this season, and there will be an in-season tournament again this season (WNBA Commissioner’s Cup). We have the confirmed league key dates and notional playoff schedule for you below. 

Who Qualifies for the 2024 WNBA Playoffs? 

The WNBA does the playoff qualification a tad different than the NBA Playoffs. Mostly due to the size of the league right now. The eight best teams, regardless of their conference, qualify for the WNBA playoffs. There are 12 teams total in the league for the 2024 season. 

How are the WNBA Playoffs Conducted? 

Since the 2022 WNBA Playoffs, the first round is a best-of-three series, overall single-elimination format. All the teams get seeded based off of their regular season record. First team in the opening round to win two games moves to the semifinals. The semifinal round and finals are best-of-five series. The Las Vegas Aces enter the 2024 WNBA season as defending back-to-back champions. 

Key Dates for the 2024 WNBA Regular Season

The following are the key dates published by the WNBA for the upcoming 2024 season. 

April 15WNBA Draft
April 28Training Camp Begins
May 3Pre-season Games Begin
May 12Last Possible Date for Pre-Season Games
May 13Final Roster Cut-down Date
May 14WNBA Regular Season Begins
June 1-13WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Tournament
June 25WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Championship
July 18-21WNBA All-Star Break
July 20WNBA All-Star Game
July 21- August 14Olympic Break
August 20Trade Deadline
September 19Regular Season Ends
September 22Playoffs Begin
October 20Last Possible Finals Date
2024 WNBA Key Dates

2024 WNBA Playoff Schedule

The official release of the 2024 WNBA Playoff dates is not confirmed yet. The league has confirmed that September 22nd, 2024 is the start of the playoffs. They have also confirmed October 20th, 2024 is the last possible date in the finals. You may see some of the dates change based on formal confirmations within the playoff windows. We based the current timings in between the schedule bookends on the 2023 WNBA Playoff schedule. 

What TV Networks will Air the 2024 WNBA Playoffs

A'ja Wilson Wins 2023 WNBA Finals MVP as Aces Capture 2nd Straight Championship
A’ja Wilson Wins 2023 WNBA Finals MVP as Aces Capture 2nd Straight Championship

The ESPN family of networks will show the playoffs again this year. We’ll see a mix of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ABC for the coverage. We can expect ESPN and ABC to split the coverage of the 2024 WNBA Finals this postseason. 

2024 WNBA Playoffs – 1st Round

Seed 1 vs. Seed 8Sept 22/23TBDTBD
Seed 2 vs. Seed 7Sept 22/23TBDTBD
Seed 3 vs. Seed 6Sept 22/23TBDTBD
Seed 4 vs. Seed 5Sept 22/23TBDTBD
2024 WNBA – 1st Round

2024 WNBA Playoffs – Semifinals

Winner of 1-8 vs. Winner of 4-5TBDTBDTBD
Winner of 2-7 vs. Winner of 3-6TBDTBDTBD
2024 WNBA Semifinals Schedule

2024 WNBA Playoff Schedule – Finals

Please note the times are notional. Once confirmed by the WNBA we’ll update those and the dates for games 2 through 6.

Winner of 1-4-5-8 vs. Winner of 2-3-6-7Oct 8-20TBDESPN/ABC
2024 WNBA Finals Schedule
Game 1Oct 88:30 PMESPN/ABC
Game 7*Oct 208:00 PMESPN/ABC
2024 WNBA Finals Schedule

Will Lewis

Have been covering sports of all types for more than 18 years. Will is a lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan and rooted for the Bengals way back when Joe Montana dashed our hopes and dreams. Now a Padres fan as well. He covers all sports here at Sports Brackets.

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