2022.05.08 RSL-20

The 2022 Major League Soccer season has concluded, and the offseason calendar has already begun. 

Take a look at the key dates and events to look for as the MLS offseason gets underway:  

Monday, November 7, 11 a.m. CT 

Trade window opens: Following a two-month roster freeze, MLS clubs may begin making adjustments to their rosters and conduct trades with other MLS teams. 

Wednesday, November 9, 11 a.m. CT 

Trade window closes and blackout period begins: Blackout Period begins whereby clubs may no longer sign and/or trade players until the conclusion of the MLS Expansion Draft. 

Thursday, November 10 

Expansion protected lists announced: MLS will release the list of players eligible for selection in the MLS Expansion Draft. 

Friday, November 11 

MLS Expansion Draft: St. Louis CITY SC will select up to five players from the eligible player list. Click here for the 2022 MLS Expansion Draft Rules & Procedures.

Monday, November 14, 11 a.m CT 

Club deadline to submit bona fide offers: MLS clubs must submit to the MLS League Office, in writing, all Bona Fide offers. 

Club deadline to exercise options: MLS clubs must submit to the MLS League Office which players will have their options exercised, and which players will not have their options exercised. 

Wednesday, November 16, Noon CT 

Free agency opens: Clubs may engage with players, other than their own, that are eligible for Free Agency. Free Agency eligible players are out-of-contract and option-declined players who are at least 24 years old and who have completed a minimum of five service years. Click here for the 2022 MLS Free Agency Rules & Procedures.

Thursday, November 17, Noon CT 

Re-Entry Process, Stage 1: The Re-Entry Process (Stage 1 and Stage 2) is conducted in reverse order of 2022 season finish, considering postseason performance. Expansion club St. Louis CITY SC will have the 29th position in each round. Eligible Players include those who are at least 22 years old, have a minimum of one service year, and who are not eligible for Free Agency. An out-of-contract player who has received a BFO from his current club will not be eligible for the Re-Entry Draft. Click here for 2022 MLS Re-Entry Process Rules & Procedures.

4 p.m. CT - End-of-Year Waivers: The End-of-Year Waivers process is conducted in reverse order of 2022 season finish, considering postseason performance. Expansion club St. Louis CITY SC will get the 29th pick, the final selection in each round. Eligible for selection are players who do not meet the minimum requirements for Re-Entry Process or Free Agency. Click here for 2022 MLS Year-End Waivers Rules & Procedures. 

Tuesday, November 22, Noon CT 

Re-Entry Process, Stage 2: The Re-Entry Process, Stage 2 is conducted in the same order as Stage 1 and consists of MLS players who were not selected in the Stage 1. Not all unselected Stage 1 players will be available for selection as players may re-sign with their previous club between stages or may opt out of the process. 

Thursday, December 8 – Monday, December 12 

MLS College Showcase: The third edition of the MLS College Showcase will take place from Dec. 8-12 in Cary, N.C. The event will give technical staffs from every MLS club an opportunity to scout top collegiate prospects in the nation, including players with remaining NCAA eligibility. 

Wednesday, December 21 

2023 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas: The 2023 MLS SuperDraft will consist of three rounds of player selection. The MLS SuperDraft order is set by taking the reverse order of the club standings at the end of each MLS season, taking postseason performance into account, with new expansion club St. Louis CITY SC at the top of the order.