MLS announces offseason calendar

With the 2023 MLS regular season coming close to its end, Major League Soccer announced the offseason calendar of events and deadlines. These dates will shape offseason roster building around the league.

Wednesday, November 22 – Club Deadline to Submit Bona Fide Offers*

*Excludes Conference Semifinal Participants

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MLS clubs must submit to the MLS league office, in writing, all Bona Fide offers. Clubs in the Conference Semifinals are required to submit all Bona Fide offers on the day after their final match of the postseason.

Friday, December 1 – Club Deadline to Exercise Options*

*Excludes Conference Final Participants

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.

Losing Conference Final clubs must submit exercise option decisions to the MLS league office on the day after their final match of the postseason.

Clubs competing in MLS Cup presented by Audi must submit exercise option decisions to the MLS league office on December 10.

All roster decisions will be publicized by the individual clubs.

Wednesday, December 6 – Saturday, December 9 – MLS College Showcase

The fourth edition of the MLS College Showcase will take place from Dec. 6-9 in Phoenix, Ariz. The closed-door 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.

Monday, December 11 – Trade Window Opens

Following a three-month roster freeze, MLS clubs may begin adjusting their rosters by conducting trades with other MLS teams.

All roster decisions will be publicized by the individual clubs.

Tuesday, December 12 (5pm ET) – End-of-Year Waivers

The End-of-Year Waivers process is conducted in reverse order of 2023 season finish, considering postseason performance.

Eligible for selection are players who do not meet the minimum requirements for Re-Entry Process or Free Agency. The End-of-Year Waivers process will close on Thursday, December 14 at 5 p.m. ET.

End-of-Year Waivers Rules & Procedures

The list of players eligible for the End-of-Year Waivers will be released by MLS Communications on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Wednesday, December 13 (1pm ET) – 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.

Free Agency Rules & Procedures

MLS Communications will make the complete list of Free Agents available on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Thursday, December 14 (1pm ET) – Re-Entry Process, Stage 1

The Re-Entry Process (Stage 1 and Stage 2) is conducted in reverse order of 2023 season finish, considering postseason performance.

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.

MLS Re-Entry Process Rules

The list of players eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Process – Stage 1 will be released by MLS Communications on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Tuesday, December 19 (3pm ET) – MLS SuperDraft 2024 presented by adidas

MLS SuperDraft 2024 presented by adidas 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.

Thursday, December 21 (1pm ET) – 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.

MLS Re-Entry Process Rules

The list of players eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Process – Stage 2 will be released by MLS Communications on Thursday, Dec. 21.


Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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