The Major Arena Soccer League will hold its first college draft, the league announced at the United Soccer Coaches convention in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday.

This will be the first indoor soccer college draft since the Major Indoor Soccer League hosted one in 2008.

The draft will be an annual event, which will be held at the end of the outdoor college soccer season. College players from the NCAA, NAIA, Division I, II or II will be eligible. Players don’t have to register in advance to be included, the league said.

The college draft will consist of five rounds, with the first two rounds being territorial.

“The addition of a college draft to our MASL calendar is a critically important step in the growth and evolution of our league,” MASL commissioner Keith Tozer said in a statement. “The greatest asset of any league is the talent of its players and this draft will give our teams the ability to recruit, retain and develop the top emerging young talent coming out of colleges and universities.”

Added Kansas City Comets managing partner and college draft steering committee member Brian Budzinski: “As the league continues to grow, we need to increase the talent pool for our coaches. The addition of the college draft will provide a direct path for young players to join our MASL member clubs.”

More details about the draft will be released at the end of the 2021-22 MASL season.

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