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NWSL announces new draft rules

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: January 7, 2021

Any Division I soccer player that has completed three years of college is now eligible for this year's draft, the league announced this week.

In previous drafts, players had to register in advance in order to be eligible to be picked in an upcoming draft. 

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have consistently made the adjustments necessary to ensure that the best women soccer players in the world have the opportunity to play in the best women’s soccer league in the world, “ NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said in a statement. “By modifying our draft eligibility requirements, and removing barriers during these unprecedented times, we’ll ensure our clubs have a more expansive opportunity to identify the best collegiate athletes for their teams and enable those athletes to join the NWSL when it makes sense for them.”

Players interested in entering the draft as underclassmen (primarily juniors and below) must still apply in order to be eligible. 

The Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, and will be streamed on Twitch.

Part of the reason for the decision, as reported by the Equalizer, was the lack of players that had actually signed up to be eligible

No word on early departures

As of publication, no underclassmen have officially announced their intention to declare for the draft.

The Washington Post's Steve Goff reported that Washington State Trinty Rodman is considering to leave school before playing a game for the Cougars. Sources have confirmed that to TopDrawerSoccer. 

There's uncertainty over when a player must enter the draft with DI seniors no longer having to apply to be eligible; the previous announced deadline was 8 p.m. on January 11.

Other contenders to leave school early can be found here.

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