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What to Know About the NWSL Draft

By Gotham FC, 01/10/23, 1:30PM EST


The 2023 National Women’s Soccer League Draft takes place on Thursday, January 12 in Philadelphia

Here’s a few quick things to know ahead of Draft Day:

When is it?
Thursday, January 12 at 6 p.m. ET, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

How can I watch it?
Coverage of the NWSL Draft will begin on CBS Sports Network, Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ, from 6 to 7 p.m. ET. The draft livestream will continue on Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ from 7 to 11 p.m. ET. 

Can I attend?
The Draft is free and open to the public! There will be general admission seating on a first-come, first-served basis for the public.

How does it work?
This year, there will be 48 total selections at the NWSL Draft. Players eligible to be selected are those who have registered for the Draft and have been vetted as meeting the eligibility requirements by the League.

The Draft will see 12 selections in all four rounds until completed. In Round 1, each team will have five minutes to announce its pick while Rounds 2-4 will see each side allotted three minutes to make its selection. Teams are also eligible to request up to three time-outs during the Draft for further discussion, rule clarification, or trade discussion, and all time-outs taken regardless of round will be three minutes in length.

The most recent draft order can be seen here

Who has registered for the Draft?
The live registration tracker with the most up-to-date list of registrants is available here