Welcome to the 2023 NWSL Draft! This year's class is set to go down as one of the most stacked in recent memory that includes teenage phenom Alyssa Thompson and Duke sophomore Michelle Cooper. There's a reason we've already seen a four-team trade that ended with Angel City moving up to land the top pick — and a very difficult choice.
To get you caught up for Thursday's 2023 NWSL draft, here's everything you need to know, including how to watch, draft format, player profiles and more.
The NWSL Draft will take place live at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 12. The draft will begin at 6 p.m. ET with coverage of the first hour aired live on CBS Sports Network.
The NWSL Draft lasts for four rounds — 48 total picks. It is a linear draft, meaning the draft order stays the same each round. Of course, teams can trade their picks, as well. There were several picks traded within the first round, including the No. 1 overall pick, which currently belongs to Angel City FC.
NWSL can be drafted from a pool of eligible and registered players.
To be draft eligible, players must:
Be at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2023
Be a US citizen or legal resident OR be a foreign national enrolled at a university in the United States for the 2022-23 school year
Have exhausted or renounced NCAA eligibility
Not be under (or have previously signed) a contract to play soccer professionally
You can check out the list of players registered for the 2023 NWSL Draft here.
Angel City FC (acquired from Gotham via trade)
NJ/NY Gotham FC (acquired from Orlando via trade)
Racing Louisville FC
Portland Thorns FC (acquired from Angel City via trade)
North Carolina Courage
Chicago Red Stars
North Carolina Courage (acquired from San Diego Wave via trade)
Kansas City Current (acquired from Gotham FC via trade)
North Carolina Courage (acquired from Kansas City Current via trade)
Portland Thorns FC