The NWSL announced some news Thursday…
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— A six-round supplemental draft will take place on Feb. 7 via conference call. The draft order is to be determined. Each NWSL team will submit a list of 8-10 players who will be eligible.
— A free agency period ends today and Reign FC was able to sign up to five players (one more than other teams) due to the recent news that American forward Amy Rodriguez is pregnant. Seattle announced Tuesday it had already come to terms with three players, including one international.
— After the supplemental draft, teams can claim up to four discovery players, which according to the league, secures “the rights to sign those players heading into preseason training camps.” Discovery players can be either international or domestic, including those not selected in the supplemental draft. They will be claimed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Players who were eligible for but not selected in the Supplemental Draft may be claimed as Discovery Players. The rights to Discovery Players will be allocated to a team on a “date of submission priority” basis. If two teams submit the same player, the team that submitted the player first will have the opportunity to sign that player.
— Teams will be allowed 18-20 players on their rosters.
— Here’s are answers to FAQ and a timeline regarding roster construction…
Jan. 9: USA, Canada and Mexico National Team Players are allocated to clubs
Jan. 18: NWSL College Draft
Jan. 18-31: Clubs can sign up to four additional players*
Feb. 1: Clubs submit up to 8-10 players for Supplemental Draft
Feb. 7: NWSL Supplemental Draft
Feb. 8: Discovery Players can be signed
*Western New York, Chicago and Seattle are allowed to sign up to five players