The 2023 NWSL Draft is almost upon us, and the league has released the list of all players who have registered so far.
Registration closes on Monday, Jan. 9, and the draft is set for 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Philadelphia. The list includes 110 players so far, with more players expected to join.
Just Women’s Sports breaks down what you need to know ahead of the draft — and which players you should watch.
The draft includes four rounds of 12 picks each, with a total of 48 players to be selected.
NJ/NY Gotham FC holds the first overall pick, followed by the Orlando Pride, who have the second and third picks.
The Portland Thorns have the last pick of each round after winning their third NWSL championship this season.
So far, no players from national champion UCLA or runner-up North Carolina have entered the draft pool.
But quite a few players from the Alabama Crimson Tide, who lost to the Bruins in the semifinals, have thrown their names in the ring. Among them are star defender Reyna Reyes, who scored a career-high eight goals this season.
Forwards Riley Mattingly Parker and Ashlynn Serepca and goalkeeper McKinley Crone are also on the list.
Reyna Reyes with the goal of her life ‼️ #NCAASoccer x 🎥 @AlabamaSoccer pic.twitter.com/UGOB8OG8h0— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 26, 2022
Reyna Reyes with the goal of her life ‼️ #NCAASoccer x 🎥 @AlabamaSoccer pic.twitter.com/UGOB8OG8h0
Just one Stanford player — midfielder Sierra Enge — features on the list so far. A player out of Stanford has been the No. 1 overall pick in four out of the last five years: Naomi Girma (2022), Sophia Smith (2020), Tierna Davidson (2019) and Andi Sullivan (2018).
Enge and TCU forward Messiah Bright both played for the U.S. U-23 Women’s Youth National Team this summer, and both should garner attention from NWSL clubs.
Former Florida State star Emily Madril made headlines this summer when she signed a contract with the NWSL to maintain her draft eligibility while she played for Swedish club BK Häcken FF. When she is selected the draft, her contract rights will go to that team.
Duke sophomore Michelle Cooper has yet to enter the NWSL draft, but the USWNT U-20 captain will be one to watch if she does make the leap.
Have no fear Michelle Cooper is here 🦸♀️#NCAASoccer x 🎥@DukeWSOC pic.twitter.com/oEzME18Hsc— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 26, 2022
Have no fear Michelle Cooper is here 🦸♀️#NCAASoccer x 🎥@DukeWSOC pic.twitter.com/oEzME18Hsc