NWSL College Draft
The NWSL College Draft is an annual event which takes place in January of each year where the teams of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) select players who are in their senior season in college or have exhausted their college eligibility. The NWSL College Draft was first instituted in 2013 a few months prior to the start of the inaugural season of the league. The draft is composed of four rounds in which each club has a selection, the order of which is determined by a combination of the teams' playoff and regular season positions, with the last-placed team or any expansion teams picking first.
Players from the NCAA and the NAIA who have completed their senior season or who are no longer eligible to play collegiate soccer are eligible to participate in the draft. If a collegiate player is eligible but does not register for the draft, that player will not be available for selection by a team until the upcoming season is complete. In those cases, the player will become available to teams as a discovery player. Any player that registered for the College Draft List but is not drafted is available for selection by a team as a discovery player.
Rules of draft selection
The draft order is primarily built upon the team's final ranking during the previous season. If teams were tied, the league follows Tie Breaking procedures. Draft order may also be impacted by trades involving draft picks and expansion teams.
List of NWSL College Drafts
- "2016 Roster Rules". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
- Linehan, Meg (April 25, 2013). "Some Answers on NWSL's Rosters, Rules and Regulations". The Equalizer. Retrieved May 10, 2015.