NWSL announces date of 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft

The National Women’s Soccer League announced today that the 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft, featuring Racing Louisville Football Club, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The trade/waiver window beginning the expansion draft process closes on Oct. 22, 2020, and the protected/unprotected player lists will be distributed to all teams and made public on Nov. 5, 2020.

“We’re thrilled to take this next step in the process of welcoming Racing Louisville FC to the NWSL as they prepare to field a competitive team in 2021,” NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said. “Expansion drafts are obviously incredibly exciting events, but they’re also difficult for players and fans alike, so I want to thank the entire NWSL community for their support as we continue to expand our league and grow the game.”

The full timeline regarding the upcoming 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft is below. Further details will be announced soon.

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 (1 p.m. ET) – Trade/waiver window closes
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 (5 p.m. ET) – All previously unannounced trades announced
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 (5 p.m. ET) – End-of-season process deadline
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 (5 p.m. ET) – Protected list due from clubs to the NWSL
  • Thursday, Nov. 5 (1 p.m. ET) – Protected/unprotected lists distributed and made public
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 – 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft
  • Friday, Nov. 13 (9 a.m. ET) – Trade window opens