The NWSL Supplemental Draft will be held one week from today (February 7th) and will consist of six rounds. The draft order is still being determined. Teams will be required to submit a list of 8-10 players to the league that they wish to pursue in the draft and the list can include both domestic and international players. The league also announced that they will be live Tweeting the results via their @NWSL account.
Following the draft, teams will be able to sign what the league is calling “Discovery Players” starting February 8th. A Discovery Player is a player who was eligible but not selected during the supplemental draft. The league will be using a “date of submission priority” basis to determine which team gets the first opportunity to sign a discovery player. This means if two teams wanted to sign a player, the team who submitted the player first to the league will get priority.
“The next week is crucial to team-building, as the additional signings and the Supplemental Draft picks will help to define each club,” said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey. “At this point, the fans and media will begin to get a look at the diverse group of talented athletes who will play in NWSL’s inaugural season.”
Each team may begin training camps with no more than 32 players on its preseason roster. The league stated that teams will be allowed to carry between 18-20 players on their regular season rosters.