CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League announced Thursday that its expansion draft for the Racing Louisville Football Club will take place Thursday, Nov. 12.

The trade/waiver window beginning the expansion draft process closes Oct. 22, and the protected/unprotected player lists will be distributed to all teams and made public on Nov. 5.

“We’re thrilled to take this next step in the process of welcoming Racing Louisville FC to the NWSL as they prepare to field a competitive team in 2021,” NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird said in a statement. “Expansion drafts are obviously incredibly exciting events, but they’re also difficult for players and fans alike, so I want to thank the entire NWSL community for their support as we continue to expand our league and grow the game.”

Racing Louisville will be looking toward stocking its club for the 2021 season.

“We as a club are very excited to receive this information from the NWSL,” Racing Louisville FC head coach Christy Holly said in a statement. “As a club, we feel this will be a major step forward in the recruitment process. Over the last two months, we’ve taken a detailed approach to our analysis of rosters within the NWSL. With a clear understanding of the type of players our club would like to represent us and the city of Louisville, we are intrigued to learn which players will be available for us to select.”

Expansion timeline

Thursday, Oct. 22 (1 p.m. ET) – Trade/waiver window closes

Thursday, Oct. 22 (5 p.m. ET) – All previously unannounced trades announced

Thursday, Oct. 29 (5 p.m. ET) – End-of-season process deadline

Wednesday, Nov. 4 (5 p.m. ET) – Protected list due from clubs to the NWSL

Thursday, Nov. 5 (1 p.m. ET) – Protected/unprotected lists distributed and made public

Thursday, Nov. 12 – 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft

Friday, Nov. 13 (9 a.m. ET) – Trade window opens