Watch the MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on Thursday at 9:30 am PT. The first round will be streamed on ESPN's social and digital platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and the ESPN app) or follow using MLSsoccer.com’s real-time Draft Tracker.
Watch: First Round Of The 2020 MLS SuperDraft
2020 MLS SuperDraft Selection Format And Ground Rules
Selection Order: The MLS SuperDraft selection order is determined as follows: The first two selections, held by expansion teams Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, were determined by the Expansion Priority Draft held on Oct. 6, 2019. The following 10 selections are from teams that did not qualify for the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs beginning with the team with fewest 2019 regular season points (3 points per win, 1 point per tie). The remaining 14 positions are ranked by fewest regular season points among the teams that were eliminated in the same round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Procedural rules for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft:
Draft Rounds: The 2020 MLS SuperDraft will include four rounds and 104 selections. Rounds 1 and 2 shall be conducted on Jan. 9, 2020, and Rounds 3 and 4 shall take place on Jan. 13, 2020.
Selection Clock: Teams are permitted three (3) minutes to make a selection.
Intermissions: There will be no intermissions between rounds.
Timeouts: Each team is permitted one (1) timeout. Timeouts are three (3) minutes in duration. Selections must be made immediately following the timeout (no additional time given). More than two (2) timeouts cannot be used consecutively.
Failure to Make Selection in Designated Time: Clubs that fail to make their selection in time must wait until the next selection is made, regardless if their choice is presented prior to the next club's decision. The team that was delinquent with its selection must immediately have its choice in hand following the selection of the club that followed. If not, the original club must again wait for the next selection to be made.
Trades: Prior to being announced, trades need to be verified and approved by the Commissioner and/or his designee. Trade announcements will not reveal the identity of players until those players have been contacted by their respective clubs. For example, Team A trades a "player to be named later" for Team B's first selection.
Team Passing: In the event a team passes, it shall be precluded from making any further picks for the remainder of the Draft.
When And How To Watch
Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be conducted during a jointly produced MLS and ESPN show that begins at 12:30 pm ET on Thursday, Jan. 9. The show will stream live on ESPN's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube page, with an itinerary that includes a live stream and real-time highlights from the event all in one comprehensive experience. That includes cameras embedded with players and club decision-makers, live look-ins on club draft rooms and instant engagement with fans on Twitter during the first round. Rounds 3 and 4 will be conducted via conference call on Jan. 13.
The majority of draft prospects are NCAA college seniors who have exhausted their college eligibility. Generation adidas players and non-collegiate international players are also eligible for selection in the SuperDraft. Clubs may nominate players for the League's Draft-Eligible List, and only players from that list may be selected.
Many of the players that will be selected have participated in the MLS College Showcase, a new event that was held for the first time last Dec. 13-15.