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The 2023 NWSL draft will take place at 6 p.m. ET Thursday, Jan. 12, the league announced Tuesday.

The event will be held during the United Soccer Coaches Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Fans can watch the draft on CBS Sports Network from 6-7 p.m., then on Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ from 7-11 p.m. ET.

The draft consists of four rounds with a total of 48 picks. Gotham FC has the first selection, followed by the Orlando Pride with the second and third picks. The Courage have three first-round picks to their name.

The Thorns, who won their third NWSL Championship this season, own the last pick in each of the four rounds.

Last season, the San Diego Wave had the No. 1 pick and selected Naomi Girma out of Stanford. Girma won the Defender of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in her first NWSL season.

Sophia Smith, this year’s league MVP and Championship MVP, was the No. 1 pick in 2020 by the Portland Thorns, also out of Stanford.

Stanford has had the No. 1 pick in four of the last five years, with Andi Sullivan in 2018 and Tierna Davidson in 2019. Emily Fox was the top pick in 2021 out of North Carolina.

NWSL draft order: First round

  1. NJ/NY Gotham FC
  2. Orlando Pride (Acquired from Washington Spirit via trade)
  3. Orlando Pride
  4. Racing Louisville FC
  5. Angel City FC
  6. North Carolina Courage
  7. Chicago Red Stars
  8. Houston Dash
  9. North Carolina Courage (Acquired from San Diego Wave via trade)
  10. Kansas City Current (Acquired from Gotham FC via trade)
  11. North Carolina Courage (Acquired from Kansas City Current via trade)
  12. Portland Thorns FC