National Women's Soccer League Announces 2018 Allocated Players

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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the official list of allocated players for the 2018 NWSL season. A total of 34 players - 23 Americans and 11 Canadians - will be participating as Federation Players in the upcoming season.

In addition to the returning Federation Players, there are six newly assigned national team players set to participate in the upcoming season - including U.S. internationals Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) and Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit) as well as Canada internationals Adriana Leon (Sky Blue FC) and Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit).

Former allocated players Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride) and Meghan Klingenberg's (Portland Thorns FC) rights are with their current clubs, while the NWSL rights of Morgan Brian, who signed with French club Olympique Lyonnais, remain with the Chicago Red Stars.

All nine NWSL clubs have at least one allocated U.S. player - while five clubs have three or more on their team, with the North Carolina Courage leading the way with four allocated American players. Seven of the nine clubs in the league have a player allocated by Canada Soccer, with the three allocated Canadian players on Sky Blue FC the most of any team in the NWSL.

Below is the club-by-club list:

Chicago Red Stars
Julie Ertz (USA)
Alyssa Naeher (USA)
Casey Short (USA) 

Houston Dash
Jane Campbell (USA)*
Christen Press (USA)
Nichelle Prince (CAN)

North Carolina Courage
Allysha Chapman (CAN)
Sabrina D'Angelo (CAN)
Abby Dahlkemper (USA)*
Crystal Dunn (USA)*
Samantha Mewis (USA)
Lynn Williams (USA)

Orlando Pride
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Shelina Zadorksy (CAN) 

Portland Thorns FC
Tobin Heath (USA)
Lindsey Horan (USA)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)
Emily Sonnett (USA) 

Seattle Reign FC
Allie Long (USA)
Megan Rapinoe (USA) 

Sky Blue FC
Janine Beckie (CAN)
Adriana Leon (CAN)*
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Kailen Sheridan (CAN) 

Utah Royals FC
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Desiree Scott (CAN)

Washington Spirit
Rose Lavelle (USA)
Mallory Pugh (USA)
Rebecca Quinn (CAN)*
Taylor Smith (USA)*

* = New Federation Player in 2018

 

NWSL Annouces 2018 Dispersal Draft Order

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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) today announced the official draft order for the 2018 Dispersal Draft on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. ET. 

Teams are allowed to trade their picks in the draft until 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 30 - following which a final draft order will be released. See below for complete draft rules.

2018 Dispersal Draft Order

The order in which teams select was randomly determined on Monday morning and the order will snake throughout the selection process: 1-9 and then 9-1 until completed.

  1. Sky Blue FC
  2. Washington Spirit
  3. Seattle Reign FC
  4. Portland Thorns FC
  5. Utah Royals FC
  6. Houston Dash
  7. Chicago Red Stars
  8. Orlando Pride
  9. North Carolina Courage

Draft Rules

Assets available via draft include the following:

  • Players under contract with NWSL whose rights are assigned to Boston (including allocated players)
  • Players whose rights are controlled by Boston (including retired players)
  • Rights to players on Boston's Discovery List

The Dispersal Draft will last until all teams have passed or no players or other assets are available for selection.

  • Each team will have two (2) minutes to make its selection.
  • No time-outs will be permitted.
  • Teams may not make trades during the draft.
  • Teams are permitted to "pass" when it is their turn to make a selection. Once a team has passed on a selection, the team forfeits the remainder of its selections in the dispersal draft.

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2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft

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2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft Timeline

Monday, Jan. 29
12 p.m. ET - Players window to opt-out of the draft closes
2 p.m. ET - Announcement of draft order and available players

Tuesday, Jan. 30
1 p.m. ET - Trade window closes for draft picks
2 p.m. ET - Announcement of final draft order
4 p.m. ET - 2018 Dispersal Draft

Draft Order
To determine the draft order, the NWSL will hold a random weighted draw using an envelope method and will utilize a snake method for the selection process. The system will be weighted by giving one envelope to each team that qualified for the playoffs and two envelopes to each non-playoff team.

Draft Envelopes
1 - North Carolina Courage
1 - Portland Thorns FC
1 - Orlando Pride
1 - Chicago Red Stars
2 - Seattle Reign FC
2 - Sky Blue FC
2 - Utah Royals FC (via KC)
2 - Houston Dash
2 - Washington Spirit

Draft Rules

Assets available via draft include the following:

  • Players under contract with NWSL whose rights are assigned to Boston (including allocated players)
  • Players whose rights are controlled by Boston (including retired players)
  • Rights to players on Boston's Discovery List

The Dispersal Draft will last until all teams have passed or no players or other assets are available for selection.

  • Each team will have two (2) minutes to make its selection.
  • No time-outs will be permitted.
  • Teams may not make trades during the draft.
  • Teams are permitted to "pass" when it is their turn to make a selection. Once a team has passed on a selection, the team forfeits the remainder of its selections in the dispersal draft.

National Women's Soccer League Announces 2018 Schedule Format

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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the league will play a 24-game schedule for the 2018 NWSL season. For the second-consecutive season, and third time overall, NWSL teams will play 12-home and 12-away regular-season games.

"We are pleased to enter the league's sixth season with a 24-game format for the 2018 season," said NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy. "Maintaining the same competition structure with an earlier start allows teams to continue delivering exciting, world-class soccer to fans, concentrate on business development initiatives, and ensure the completion of the regular season, semifinals and championship in advance of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying."

The 2018 preseason training camps will begin on Monday, Feb. 19 while the regular season will kick off the weekend of March 24-25, decreasing the amount of time between the NWSL College Draft and the start of team activities.

The 2018 NWSL regular season will then culminate the weekend of September 8-9 and be followed by the playoffs, including two semifinal matches on September 14-16 and the championship on Saturday, September 22.

The upcoming season will once again feature the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime on Saturdays during the regular season as well as livestreams of matches on the go90 app and website. International fans will also be able to watch all of the games on the NWSL app and NWSLsoccer.com.

For more information about the National Women's Soccer League, visit the league's official website at NWSLsoccer.com, like us on Facebook.com/NWSL and follow us on twitter @NWSL and on Instagram /NWSL.

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NWSL to Live Stream 2018 College Draft via FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, NWSLsoccer.com and NWSL App

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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) will live stream the 2018 NWSL College Draft via Facebook, YouTube, NWSLsoccer.com and NWSL app beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 18 from the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

Fans can watch the draft live by visiting: Facebook.com/NWSLYouTube.com/NWSL and NWSLsoccer.com/CollegeDraft.   

Host Marisa Pilla, analyst Aly Wagner, analyst Jen Cooper and reporter Jordan Angeli will call the College Draft live from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, providing fans will the latest news, information and insight on each selection. They will also be joined on the live stream by the draft picks, NWSL head coaches and NWSL general managers as well as several special guests.

Marisa Pilla is a sports reporter working in her hometown of Philadelphia. For the last two seasons, she has covered the Philadelphia Union as the sideline reporter and the host of the pregame and halftime shows. Her work has been seen on NBCS Philadelphia, NBCS Washington and recently covered the Big East men's soccer championship on FS2. In addition to soccer, Marisa has covered the NFL, NBA, college basketball, and college football for multiple outlets.

Aly Wagner is an analyst for Lifetime's NWSL Game of the Week and FOX Sports as well as a former U.S. Women's National Team player who won two Olympic gold medals and represented the U.S. at a pair of FIFA Women's World Cups. Wagner, the No. 1 overall pick at the 2003 Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) Draft, was also a member of the 2001 NCAA Division I national champion Santa Clara Broncos and was named the 2002 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy winner as the country's top women's college player.

Jen Cooper is the host of The Mixxed Zone, a weekly women's soccer podcast hosted by Whatahowler.com, and has served as the color commentator for Houston Dash home broadcasts. She is also the editorial director for the NWSL 'Game of the Week' on Lifetime and previously served as an analyst for the 2016 and 2017 NWSL Drafts.

Jordan Angeli is a former NWSL player who spent two seasons in the league and also represented the United States at the U-20 Women's World Cup. She has now been working in broadcasting for six years including calling NWSL, Colorado Rapids in MLS, USL games along with PAC-12, SEC, WAC and ACC games. She is the founder of THE ACL CLUB, helping athletes through the mental and emotional side of ACL recovery, and hosts the weekly podcast 'Show Your Scars' in which she interviews athletes about injury recovery.

The draft will be held in the CC Grand Ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will be open to the public and media.

The latest order for the 2018 College Draft can be found here. You can also find the selections from the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 drafts on NWSLsoccer.com.

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NWSL Provides Updated Preliminary List of Eligible Players for 2018 College Draft

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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) released today an updated preliminary list of more than 160 players eligible for selection in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

For the preliminary list of eligible players, visit http://nwsl.us/2FrZt3T

Registration for the 2018 NWSL College Draft will close on Wednesday, Jan. 17. 

The latest order for the 2018 College Draft can be found here. You can also find the selections from the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 drafts on NWSLsoccer.com.

The United Soccer Coaches Convention will take place Jan. 17-21, 2018 in Philadelphia - bringing thousands of coaches, administrators and other soccer enthusiasts together in one place. For a complete schedule of events and more information about the convention, please visit the official website at unitedsoccercoachesconvention.org

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