What You Need To Know: 2019 NWSL College Draft

What You Need To Know: 2019 NWSL College Draft


The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 10, at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago. The draft will be open to the public and media and will be held in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place, with DJ Amy Robbins doing the music inside the room.

2019 NWSL College Draft

United Soccer Coaches Convention

McCormick Place – West Building

2301 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Start time: 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT

Room: Skyline Ballroom

How to Watch and Follow Every Pick 

Fans can watch the draft live by visiting: Facebook.com/NWSL, YouTube.com/NWSL and NWSLsoccer.com/CollegeDraft

Marisa Pilla, Lori Lindsey, Jen Cooper and Jordan Angeli, along with special guests, will be on the call for the draft live from McCormick Place in Chicago, providing fans will the latest news, information and insight on each selection.

To follow all the action of the 2019 NWSL College Draft, use #NWSLDraft and follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Latest Order

The latest order for the 2019 NWSL College Draft, last updated on December 17, can be found here.

Players Available

On December 19, the NWSL released the preliminary list of players available for the 2019 NWSL College Draft. The list can be found here.

This is not the final list of players who are eligible to be drafted, and there is still time for players to add their names to the list. The deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The eligibility requirements have been amended for the 2019 season.

“In order to be eligible for the 2019 NWSL College Draft, a player must:

Be a player who will forego any remaining college eligibility or must have exhausted their eligibility during the 2018/2019 academic year, and
Be at least 18-years-old during the College Protected Period (which ends at the conclusion of the 2019 season), and
Register for the draft with the NWSL by the deadline at 4 pm ET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
The League will review each College Draft registration form. No player may be selected who has not registered for the College Draft; unregistered and ineligible players will not be included on the list of interested players provided to the teams on the day of the College Draft.” 

How the Draft Works

NWSL teams will take turns making their selections over four rounds, with nine picks per round. Utah Royals FC were awarded the first pick in the draft when they joined the league, but later traded it to the Chicago Red Stars. The rest of the draft order in Round 1, and for Rounds 2, 3 and 4, is in reverse order of the 2018 regular season standings.

Picks are eligible to be traded, and indeed many of the picks in this year have been traded — some more than once. 


United Soccer Coaches Convention

The United Soccer Coaches Convention will take place Jan. 9-13, 2019 in Chicago. 

On Friday, NWSL managing director Amanda Duffy will hold a one-on-one session with Alexi Lalas from 9:30 a.m. CT to 10:30 a.m. CT.

Also on Friday, Utah Royals FC head coach Laura Harvey will hold a one-on-one session with JP Dellacamera from 2:30 p.m. CT to 3:30 p.m. CT.