The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) clubs will continue to build their rosters with a signing period which will end today, January 31st, in which each team can sign four additional players. This will bring the rosters of the teams up to fifteen players.
Following this signing period, there will be several other ways for teams to stock their rosters. For instance, Sky Blue has held open tryouts on January 24th and 25th and intend to hold a second round of open tryouts on March 11th and 12th at the Metuchen Sportsplex. Each team will be allowed 20 players on their roster for the inaugural season starting in the spring of 2013.
A NWSL Supplemental Draft will follow this signing period with details to be released in the near future.
“When you are starting a league, you have to be creative and resourceful in determining the best way to stock the rosters and after discussions with all the clubs we think we’ve come up with a process that is equitable and logical,” said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey. “The first part of this process will be this signing period for teams to add four, or in the case of Western New York five, additional players to the allocated players and the players taken in the college draft. The teams will have to have done their due diligence in scouting and evaluation and it will be exciting to see the rosters come together.”