The National Women’s Soccer League has raised its salary cap from $315,000 to $350,000 for the 2018 season.
The league has also updated its minimum and maximum salaries for non-allocated players. The minimum salary has been raised from $15,000 in 2017 to $15,750 this season, while the maximum salary has been raised from $41,700 to $44,000.
Teams are still required to carry between 18-20 players on their rosters in 2018.
There is one exception to the roster and salary cap rules: Former Boston Breaker players that were drafted in the Dispersal Draft earlier this year do not count against their new club’s roster or salary cap this season.
The league has also finally done away with its amateur player rule.
In past seasons, clubs were allowed to call-up amateur players to compete in matches when national team players were away on international duty. Those players were not allowed to “receive or retain any remuneration for playing except expenses directly related to a game or games which have actually been incurred by the player.” The Oregonian/OregonLive wrote an in-depth story on the NWSL’s amateur player rule in 2016.
The NWSL has replaced its amateur player rule with a National Team Player Replacement rule.
Clubs will now be allowed to sign players to short-term contracts to fill out their rosters when national team players are away. The short-terms contracts must be equivalent to the league minimum salary and will be terminated once the national team players return to the club. The players that are called up must be domestic players.
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