US Soccer announced that the first NWSL College Draft will take place on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis. No time has been set for the draft.

The draft will consist of four rounds and the order will be determined by a blind draw. Once the order is set the draft will be handled in a “snake” format with the order of drafting reversed every round (i.e if you draft #1 in the first round you will draft #8 in the second and then draft #1 in the third and #8 in the fourth). A total of 32 players will be selected,

Only those players who completed their collegiate eligibility in 2012 can be selected in the NWSL College Draft. All other players are considered free agents and can be signed during a yet to be determined free agent signing period.

“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. “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.”

Although the league is not allowing the public or media to attend they did state draft updates will be posted to @NWSL and to their official Facebook fan page. We will also be posting updates throughout the draft and a recap following on our 2013 NWSL Draft Headquarters page.

Prior to folding the WPS held a total of 4 collegiate drafts. Below are some notable college players who were drafted:

2009 WPS Draft

#1 – Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers)

#2 – Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)

2010 WPS Draft

#1 – Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat)

#2 – Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers)

#3 – Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride)

#10 – Ali Riley (FC Gold Pride)

#19 – Ashlyn Harris (St. Louis Athletica)

2011 WPS Draft

#1 – Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash)

#4 – Christen Press (Washington Freedom)

#5 – Lauren Fowlkes (Philadelphia Independence)

2012 WPS Draft

#1 – Sydney Leroux (Atlanta Beat)

#5 – Sarah Hagen (Philadelphia Independence)

Even though the WPS called their drafts college drafts, those players in the draft pool participated in either the WPS West Coast Combine or the WPS East Coast Combine (which includes players who had just completed their NCAA eligibility during the draft year), as well as any other undrafted players whose rights had not been assigned to a WPS team