NWSL College Draft set for Jan. 18

Jeff Kassouf December 21, 2012 4

The National Women’s Soccer League will hold a four-round, 32 total player college draft on Jan. 18 at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis. The order of selections one through eight will be determined by a blind draw.

Only players who completed their collegiate eligibility in 2012 can be selected in the 2012 draft. The league has determined that any player who has been out of college for more than a year or who has already played professionally will be considered a free agent.

Following the first round of selections, the order will reverse, with the team picking No. 8 overall (last pick of the first round), then getting the No. 9 overall pick to begin the second round. The same pattern then follows in the third and fourth round.

Friday, Jan. 18 allows the draft to take place at the NSCAA Convention, the largest annual gathering of soccer coaches and minds in the country. It is also consistent with previous WPS drafts, which took place on the Friday of Convention weekend, one day after the MLS SuperDraft.

“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.”

  • Kernel Thai

    If ur gonna allocate the best players (NTers) u should also allocate the drafting order. There is no way to get balanced teams with the allocation process which uses seniority, player choice and team choice. By setting the draft order by assessing the strength of teams after allocation, teams that didnt make out as well can get the better college seniors at least.

    • Steglitz49

      The problem is that until these 8 teams have played a season you do not know which is better than the other. If you had gone by form on paper, Germany would not have won the Wonder of Bern in 1954 and last year Japan would not even have reached the semi-finals, let alone become World Champions including defeating Germany on home turf.

      It will be interesting to learn where the ladies who do not get drafted end up. Will they be offered contracts abroad, though judging by PSG acquiring Lindsey Horan before college, maybe foreign clubs will start botanizing early rather than late?

  • soccerman

    Good comment totally agree

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