Monday was the deadline for NWSL teams to submit their national team player allocation lists to the front office, however no deadline has been set for when the players will be actually allocated.
Although the full details on how the national team player allocation process will work, according to a post at SBNation.com the process will be very similar to how the WPS handled their initial player allocation:
Each of the eight teams will draw up a list of which players they’d prefer to have and the roughly 52 players will draw up a list of which teams they’d prefer to play for. A third-party — neither U.S. Soccer nor the teams — will then play matchmaker and allocate the players.
FC Kansas City owner Brian Budzinski sent a Tweet early yesterday morning regarding their “War Room” for the player allocation:
— Brian Budzinski (@kcsoccerdome) January 7, 2013
With the 2013 NWSL College Draft fast approaching, it is safe to assume that the league will allocate the national teams prior to the draft so that teams will have ample time to evaluate draft prospects.