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Sources: NWSL Draft moves to December

The next NWSL draft is expected to take place in December, several sources have confirmed. The most likely day appears to be December 18, just two days after the expansion draft. Between 2013 and 2020 the NWSL Draft was held in January at the USC Coaches’ Convention. The convention went virtual in 2021 as did the draft. San Diego and Louisville (via trade with Angel City) will hold the first two picks.

Kansas City upgrades venues for 2022

Kansas City NWSL will play home matches at Children's Mercy Park in 2022, upgrading from the patchy baseball field at Legends Field to one of the finest soccer stadiums in the U.S., where MLS' Sporting KC is the main tenant. The news comes just days after the team announced it was building a $15 million, privately financed training facility. The two news items immediately boost KC toward the top-end of the NWSL for facilities.

Spirit forfeit Thorns game, fined $25,000

The Washington Spirit were hit with a second forfeit of the week on Thursday as the NWSL officially ruled that the team broke league medical protocols ahead of the scheduled Sept. 4 game in Portland. It's another 3-0 forfeit for the Spirit (just like the scheduled Reign game). The $25,000 fine is the largest ever announced in NWSL history. I reported details of the protocol breaches earlier this week.

Spirit forfeit to Reign due to COVID protocol breaches

The Sept. 12 game scheduled to be played between the Washington Spirit and OL Reign at Audi Field has been cancelled. It's 3-0 forfeit (score is a FIFA rule) for Washington for breaking COVID-19 protocols. A source tells EQZ there were multiple breaches, including a player exiting quarantine early. No word yet on the fate of last week's postponed Thorns-Spirit game. Washington has now lost two of 12 scheduled home games this year.

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