Christine Sinclair is a free agent and can sign with any team she wants. (USA TODAY Sports)

A joint selected impartial arbitrator on Monday issued a ruling that will 22 players with six or more years of service in the National Women’s Soccer League were eligible for free agency when that window opened on Aug. 26.

A number of familiar names were on the list included U.S. women’s national team forward Tobin Heath, Brazilian standout Debinha, and Canadian internationals Christine Sinclair and Sophie Schmidt.

Under Section 13.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Players with six or more NWSL Service Years whose contracts are expiring on Dec. 31, 2022 are eligible for free agency. The NWSL Players Association filed a grievance to enforce the free agency provisions of the contract on Aug. 16. Hearings were held on Oct. 4 and 6, 2022.

These players are entitled to begin negotiating contracts for 2023 as free agents immediately (in alphabetical order):

Lauren Barnes, Katie Bowen, Danielle Colaprico, Jaelene Daniels, Debinha, Vanessa DiBernardo, Makenzy Doniak, Morgan Gautrat, Heath, Rachel Hill, Kaitlyn Johnson, Estelle Johnson, Domi Richardson, Katelyn Rowland, Schmidt, Sinclair, Meredith Speck, Jasmyne Spencer, Nicole Stanton, Jodie Taylor, Arin Wright and McCall Zerboni.

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