CHICAGO – Racing Louisville FC is in a position to select up to 19 players from the nine National Women’s Soccer League teams in the Nov. 12 expansion draft.
The league Wednesday released the rules for the draft.
The full draft will stream live exclusively on the NWSL’s Twitch channel here. The trade/waiver window beginning the expansion draft process closed last week and the protected/unprotected player lists will be distributed to all teams on Nov. 5 by 1 p.m. ET. A release of those lists will follow.
Except as noted below, teams must designate all players and U.S. allocated [layers as either protected (meaning they are ineligible for selection by Racing Louisville FC in the expansion draft) or unprotected (meaning they are eligible for selection in the draft), according to the following requirements:
* Teams may protect up to two U.S. allocated players on their rosters. All additional U.S. allocated players on a team’s roster must be left unprotected.
* Teams are permitted to protect 11 players/U.S. allocated [layers, which may include up to two U.S. allocated players. All other [layers and other U.S. allocated players must be unprotected.
* Individuals on the Discovery List of any team are not eligible to be selected in the draft (meaning that teams are not required to designate Discovery Players as protected or unprotected).
* Teams are required to disclose to the league, along with the protected/unprotected designation, any players/U.S. allocated [layers whom a team believes will be unavailable to play by Jan. 1, due to injury, retirement, loan or any other reason. This information will be shared with Racing Louisville FC.
Racing Louisville FC can choose up to two players, or one U.S. allocated player, from each team, and a total of two U.S. allocated players in total from all teams. In the event that Racing Louisville FC chooses less than two U.S. allocated [layers, Racing Louisville FC will receive an allocation money grant of $75,000 for each U.S. allocated [layer allotment not utilized, which can only be used for roster transactions, including the first pick in the 2021 NWSL college draft.
Any team that loses an unprotected U.S. allocated player in the expansion draft will receive an Allocation Money Grant of $75,000.
The full process and procedures document is available here.