National Women's Soccer League

NWSL to hold Distribution Draft on March 31

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that a Distribution Draft will be held at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 31. As part of the new NWSL Player Distribution Process, which was announced on Jan. 15, teams will be provided the opportunity to select Distribution-Eligible Individuals.

The NWSL Player Distribution Process provides an equitable mechanism for distributing the rights to Distribution-Eligible Individuals to teams in the league. The complete NWSL Player Distribution Process is available here.

Teams will be provided the opportunity to select Distribution-Eligible Individuals on a rolling basis, in accordance with the Player Distribution Process rules. Any Federation Player whose rights have been relinquished by a Team will become a Distribution-Eligible Individual.

The following Distribution-Eligible Individuals, whose rights were relinquished by their team, will be made available in Thursday’s Distribution Draft: Nkem Ezurike (Canada), Jonelle Filigno (Canada), Monica Ocampo (Mexico), Veronica Perez (Mexico), Ariana Romero (Mexico), Lauren Sesslemann (Canada), Bianca Sierra (Mexico), Melissa Tancredi (Canada), and Rhian Wilkinson (Canada).

The Distribution Ranking Order was determined by the reverse order of finish of the prior NWSL season, taking playoff performance into account. The Portland Thorns FC, who completed a trade on Jan. 15 with the Boston Breakers to move up in the Ranking Order, are currently in the number one spot.

Below is the current Ranking Order:

NWSL Distribution Ranking Order:

1. Portland Thorns FC
2. Sky Blue FC
3. Western New York Flash
4. Boston Breakers
5. Houston Dash
6. Washington Spirit
7. Chicago Red Stars
8. Seattle Reign FC
9. FC Kansas City
10. Orlando Pride

Teams may choose to not make any selections in the Distribution Draft. They are permitted to trade their Distribution Ranking to another Team during the Distribution Draft. Teams are permitted to select an unlimited number of Distribution-Eligible Individuals.

In the event a Distribution-Eligible Individual is not selected by any Team in the Distribution Draft, the Individual will be immediately eligible to be designated as a Discovery Player by a Team.

(NWSL press release)

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