A few NWSL rules

The “peculiar case of Elizabeth Guess,” as All White Kit’s Chris Henderson so aptly put it, has raised a few questions about the new rules in this new league.

After asking around a bit, I can pass along the following:

– Injury replacements: One player on disabled list for at least 45 days? No replacement. Two players? League discretion. Third? Roster relief. But not necessarily salary cap relief.

Teams can do whatever they must (within salary cap) to dress out two goalkeepers for each game.

– Waivers: Teams have to submit a “waiver request” to release a player. Every day at 5 p.m. CT, the league will send a list of waived players to every team. Teams have 24 hours to make a claim, or else the players become free agents.

– Allocated Player trades: Must trade U.S. player for U.S. player, Canadian for Canadian, etc. “Future considerations” heading to Chicago in the Keelin Winters deal must be a pretty good player.

– Discovery Players: Allowed four through March 24. After March 24, teams can have a total of six.

– Call-up during national team absences: This one seems pretty well-known, but just to confirm — teams can call up amateur players to replace international players. They can’t be paid. (The rules don’t mention college eligibility, which is an NCAA issue rather than an NWSL issue.)

– Trade deadline and roster freeze: July 31, 5 p.m. ET

– One non-roster rule: The first tiebreaker is head-to-head. Second is goal difference, then goals scored.

Any questions?

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Beau Dure

The guy who wrote a bunch of soccer books and now runs a Gen X-themed podcast while substitute teaching and continuing to write freelance stuff.

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