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What You Need To Know: 2019 NWSL College Draft
The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 10, in Chicago
The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 10, in Chicago. (Photo credit: Jose L. Argueta/isiphotos.com)
The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 10, in Chicago. (Photo credit: Jose L. Argueta/isiphotos.com)

What you need to know for the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

 

When/Where

The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 10, at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago. The draft will be open to the public and media and will be held in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place, with DJ Amy Robbins doing the music inside the room.

Attending the draft? RSVP to our Facebook event: nwsl.us/2ONUBcC

 

2019 NWSL College Draft

United Soccer Coaches Convention

McCormick Place – West Building

2301 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Start time: 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT

Room: Skyline Ballroom

 

How to Watch and Follow Every Pick

Fans can watch the draft live by visiting: Facebook.com/NWSL, YouTube.com/NWSL and NWSLsoccer.com. (Download the NWSL App: iTunes App Store | Google Play)

Marisa Pilla, Lori Lindsey, Jen Cooper and Jordan Angeli, along with special guests, will be on the call for the draft live from McCormick Place in Chicago, providing fans will the latest news, information and insight on each selection.

To follow all the action of the 2019 NWSL College Draft, use #NWSLDraft and follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Latest Order

The latest order for the 2019 NWSL College Draft can be found here.

 

Players Available

On January 3, the NWSL released an updated preliminary list of players eligible for the 2019 NWSL College Draft. The list can be found here.

This is not the final list of players who are eligible to be drafted, and there is still time for players to add their names to the list. The deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Link for players to register.

The eligibility requirements have been amended for the 2019 season.

“In order to be eligible for the 2019 NWSL College Draft, a player must:

  • Be a player who will forego any remaining college eligibility or must have exhausted their eligibility during the 2018/2019 academic year, and
  • Be at least 18-years-old during the College Protected Period (which ends at the conclusion of the 2019 season), and
  • Register for the draft with the NWSL by the deadline at 4 pm ET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The League will review each College Draft registration form. No player may be selected who has not registered for the College Draft; unregistered and ineligible players will not be included on the list of interested players provided to the teams on the day of the College Draft.” More Details

 

How the Draft Works

NWSL teams will take turns making their selections over four rounds, with nine picks per round. Utah Royals FC were awarded the first pick in the draft when they joined the league, but later traded it to the Chicago Red Stars. The rest of the draft order in Round 1, and for Rounds 2, 3 and 4, is in reverse order of the 2018 regular season standings.

Picks are eligible to be traded, and indeed many of the picks in this year have been traded — some more than once. [Read all the details of the traded picks]

 

United Soccer Coaches Convention

The United Soccer Coaches Convention will take place Jan. 9-13, 2019 in Chicago. More details can be found here: unitedsoccercoachesconvention.org.

On Friday, NWSL managing director Amanda Duffy will hold a one-on-one session with Alexi Lalas from 9:30 a.m. CT to 10:30 a.m. CT.

Also on Friday, Utah Royals FC head coach Laura Harvey will hold a one-on-one session with JP Dellacamera from 2:30 p.m. CT to 3:30 p.m. CT.

Convention Schedule

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