CHICAGO –The National Women’s Soccer League today announce that due to the uncertainty of the public health environment, and out of abundance of caution, the board of governors has determined the 2022 Expansion Draft presented by Ally and the 2022 NWSL Draft presented by Ally will be virtual events hosted remotely by CBS Sports. All teams will participate in the drafts from their home markets.
The NWSL Expansion Draft Presented by Ally will air on CBS Sports Network and stream live on Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ, the free 24/7 streaming sports news network. The draft will also stream live on the CBS Sports HQ Twitch channel and on the CBS Sports HQ and NWSL YouTube channels.
The NWSL Draft Presented by Ally will stream live on Paramount+, the CBS Sports HQ Twitch channel and on the CBS Sports HQ and NWSL YouTube channels. CBS Sports HQ will also stream the draft from 11 AM - 1 PM, PT. Both drafts will stream internationally outside the U.S. on the NWSL’s Twitch channel.
As previously announced, the board of governors voted to increase the number of draft-eligible players ahead of the 2022 NWSL Draft presented by Ally.
Registration was not required for the 2021 NWSL Draft due to the pandemic-altered NCAA soccer schedule. Those players who were draft-eligible, but went undrafted, were therefore NWSL discovery-eligible in 2021, even if they retained NCAA eligibility. The updated rules for the NWSL 2022 Draft allow players who are otherwise eligible, but currently on a NWSL team’s discovery list, the choice to either remain on that team’s discovery list or be removed in order to register for 2022 NWSL Draft. Impacted players have been notified of this update.
Players must register for the 2022 NWSL Draft by 5:00 pm PT on Monday, December 13, 2021. Interested players can access the online registration here.
The latest draft order and more event details can be viewed here.