The Louisville Cardinals have added two non-conference opponents to their 2026 soccer schedule, FBSchedules.com has discovered.
Louisville will host the Charlotte 49ers at L&N Stadium in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2026. The Cardinals can pay the 49ers a $1.1 million assure for enjoying the sport, in response to the copy of the contract obtained from the College of Louisville by way of a state open data request.
Of their first and solely assembly on the gridiron again in 2016, Louisville defeated Charlotte 70-14 at dwelling. On the time of the sport, the 49ers have been a member of Convention USA and enjoying solely their second season on the Soccer Bowl Subdivision (FBS) degree. Charlotte begins play within the American Athletic Convention this season.
Louisville has additionally added a house sport towards the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2026, which would be the season-opener and first-ever gridiron assembly between the 2 colleges. Louisville can pay Villanova a $500,000 assure for enjoying the sport, per the contract copy.
Villanova competes within the Coastal Athletic Affiliation (CAA), which not too long ago modified its identify from the Colonial Athletic Affiliation. The Wildcats completed the 2022 season 6-5 general and 4-4 in CAA motion.
With the addition of video games towards Charlotte and Villanova, Louisville has tentatively accomplished its non-conference schedule for the 2026 season, which additionally features a pair of SEC opponents. The Cardinals are slated to host the Georgia Bulldogs on Sept. 19 and can go to the in-state rival Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 28.
Charlotte additionally has additionally tentatively accomplished its 2026 non-conference schedule with the addition of the Louisville contest. Different opponents embody The Citadel (Sept. 5) and Ole Miss (Sept. 12) at dwelling and Appalachian State (Sept. 19) on the highway.