MLS SuperDraft: Eligible Player Pool Expansion
The 2024 MLS SuperDraft will be the first in league history to include collegiate sophomores and juniors in addition to previously eligible groups. This expansion of the eligible player pool provides a wider range of young talent the opportunity to jump start their professional careers in the MLS.
Under the new rules, a player who is drafted by an MLS club and still has remaining college eligibility will have the option to return to school and further their development. However, they will not be eligible for future drafts. If a selected player chooses to go back to college, their SuperDraft Priority will be held by the drafting club for approximately two years following the SuperDraft, culminating on December 31 of the second year.
Previous eligibility requirements include:
- Generation Adidas players
- Players who have left college with remaining eligibility since the end of the previous college season to play professionally in a domestic league
- Any other players specifically made available by the league. These can include pre-signed College seniors or pre-signed international players.
2024 MLS SuperDraft
The next MLS draft will consist of three rounds and will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, at 3 p.m. ET.
The top five picks include:
- Toronto FC
- Colorado Rapids
- Inter Miami CF
- Colorado Rapids (via trade with LA Galaxy)
- Austin FC
I think the expansion of the eligible player pool will welcome more opportunities for young players to start their professional careers. In some cases, MLS teams will take a gamble on a talented player knowing that they may play another year of college soccer.