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NWSL announces roster expansions, salary cap and compensation increases

NWSL draft in Chicago. (Jordan Culver/Pro Soccer USA)

CHICAGO — To start off its record-setting seventh season, the NWSL announced increases in its roster sizes, player compensation figures, overall salary cap, and permitted team assistance caps. The announcements came during Thursday’s league draft, which you can stream live here

The league minimum salary will now be $16,538 – up from $15,750, the 2018 minimum. Maximum salaries saw an increase to $46,200 (up from $44,000 in 2018). With those increases, each team’s overall salary cap goes up to $421,500. That’s an increase from the $350,000 cap in 2018.

“It’s really important that we continue to grow the compensation areas and the benefits we provide to the players,” NWSL managing director Amanda Duffy said during the league’s broadcast of the draft. “They’re employees of NWSL and we want to continue to build the relationship and create the right environments, and environments that do allow them to be successful.”

The league also announced that teams’ “permitted team assistance cap has nearly doubled from last season,” although it did not provide an exact figure.

Most pertinent to Thursday’s draft, roster sizes also expanded to a maximum of 22 (minimum of 20). Teams will also be able to sign four additional players who will be paid the league minimum but not count against the club’s salary cap.

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