The beginning of the 2016 NWSL Draft was delayed for about 15 minutes so that the league could announce a new player allocation process and it didn’t take long for it to come into play.
The Portland Thorns FC traded their #3 pick in the draft to the Boston Breakers in exchange for their first position in the new allocation system.
Once the trade was announced rumors started floating around that the Thorns will use their selection for 17-year old Mallory Pugh who is currently training with the USWNT.
“It’s the next iteration of where our league needs to go,” NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush told The Equalizer. “It creates a lot of things that I think people want out of an allocation process. It’s clarity, transparency, and a tracking order so you can understand what’s going to happen. It creates an asset for a situation where if a player doesn’t want to go to a certain market, at least a team doesn’t come out of that with nothing. So, it’s the right time, it’s the next step in our evolution.”
USIs will be made available for selection by Teams after the NWSL is notified by a Federation that a USI is available for allocation.
The USI will be awarded to the Team that selects them, except in the event that more than one Team requests the USI, in which case the Team with the highest Allocation Ranking will be awarded the USI.
The Allocation Ranking Order will be determined by the reverse order of finish of the prior NWSL season, taking playoff performance into account. The final ranking spot(s) will be provided to the Expansion Team(s).
Allocation Ranking Order:
- Boston Breakers
- Sky Blue FC
- Western New York Flash
- Portland Thorns
- Houston Dash
- Washington Spirit
- Chicago Red Stars
- Seattle Reign FC
- FC Kansas City
- Orlando Pride