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2022 NWSL Draft coming to Los Angeles on December 18

Two days after expansion draft!

2020 NWSL Draft Photo by Jose Argueta/ISI Photos/Getty Images

We’re in the calm before the storm, so to speak, in terms of 2022 roster building in NWSL, particularly for expansion team Angel City FC. The NWSL announced on Wednesday that in addition to the expansion draft taking place on Dec. 16 for both Angel City and San Diego’s as-yet-publicly-unbranded expansion team, the 2022 NWSL Draft will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Los Angeles.

The NWSL Draft will be the place where teams can select players out of college, although now players at least 18 years old during the season can choose to skip college and enter the draft directly. Still, all or nearly all the players will be coming from college, and these players will likely get a big opportunity with the California teams, since they’ll be building their inaugural rosters. At least a couple draft picks on each team will likely see major minutes in 2022.

The venue for the NWSL Draft has not yet been announced, and to be honest, it’s unclear if the public will be allowed to join in the festivities. In the pre-pandemic world, they were, but I’m guessing it won’t happen this year, unfortunately. But you can still see Angel City and San Diego build their rosters in front of our eyes to a much greater extent next month, with the expansion draft and college draft. We’ll be there to keep you covered.

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