2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas

Procedural Rules and Regulations


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. 


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. 


There will be no intermissions between rounds. 


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. 


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.


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