December 21, 2012
NWSL will select college players during NSCAA convention
CHICAGO - The first National Women's Soccer League College Draft will take place on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
The draft, which will not be open to the public or the media, will consist of four rounds and the order will be determined by a blind draw. Once the order is set, teams will select 1-8 in the first round, 8-1 in the second round, 1-8 in the third round and 8-1 in the fourth round. Teams will have a specific amount of time to make their picks in each round. A total of 32 players will be selected.
Players who completed their collegiate eligibility in 2012 can be selected in the 2013 NWSL College Draft. Those players who have been out of college for a year or more, are former professional players, or are currently playing overseas and are out of contract, are considered free agents. Teams will be allowed to sign free agents during a specific window of time, which will be determined soon. The U.S., Canadian and Mexican National Team players will be allocated to clubs at a date to be determined.
The start time of the draft will be announced in the near future, but fans will be able to follow the draft on Twitter @NWSL, through the league's Facebook page and on the league's yet-to-be launched website.
"The forming of rosters is always an exciting part for teams and fans and an important step for our new league," said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey. "There are some extremely talented young players coming out of college this year and we are thrilled that there will be an environment for them to continue to grow as players and showcase themselves for international call-ups in the future."