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December 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

National Women’s Soccer League to hold a four-round college draft Jan. 18

nwsl.jpgU.S. Soccer announced Friday that the National Women’s Soccer League will hold a four-round college draft on Jan. 18 in Indianapolis. This falls one day after the MLS SuperDraft and in the same location.

The order of the eight-team draft, in which Seattle Reign FC will participate, will be determined by a blind draw and go in a snake order (much like your fantasy football drafts, where the team drafting No. 1 overall next picks at No. 16).

Here’s a portion from the news release: “Players who completed their collegiate eligibility in 2012 can be selected in the 2013 NWSL College Draft. Those players who have been out of college for a year or more, are former professional players, or are currently playing overseas and are out of contract, are considered free agents. Teams will be allowed to sign free agents during a specific window of time, which will be determined soon. The U.S., Canadian and Mexican National Team players will be allocated to clubs at a date to be determined.”

The draft’s start time is yet to be determined and it won’t be open to the public or the media.

Fan will be able to follow on Twitter, Facebook and the league’s website, which will be launched by then.

“The forming of rosters is always an exciting part for teams and fans and an important step for our new league,” said NWSL executive director Cheryl Bailey in the release. “There are some extremely talented young players coming out of college this year and we are thrilled that there will be an environment for them to continue to grow as players and showcase themselves for international call-ups in the future.”

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