Rules for MLS Re-Entry Process

Two drafts to take place in December for teams to claim out of contract players

As part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement,
MLS players who meet certain criteria are eligible to be made available
to all teams through the Re-Entry Process after the season.

Stage 1 Draft of the Re-Entry Process will take place on Wednesday,
December 8th at 12 p.m. MT via teleconference with the Stage 2 Draft
taking place on Wednesday, December 15th at 12 p.m. MT.

process grants new rights to our players,” said MLS Executive Vice
President Todd Durbin. “It ensures that players receive fair and timely
offers after each season and provides clubs with another opportunity
to strengthen their rosters.”


Stage 1 and Stage 2 Drafts will be conducted in the same order as the
traditional Waiver Draft (reverse order of finish in 2010 with playoffs
included), with Vancouver selecting 17th and Portland selecting 18th. 


  1. Players
    who are at least 23 years old and have a minimum of three years
    experience in MLS whose options were not exercised by their clubs
    (available at option salary for 2011).
  2. Players who
    are at least 25 years old with a minimum of four years of MLS
    experience who are out of contract and whose club does not wish to
    re-sign them at their previous salary (available at 2010 salary).
  3. Players
    who are at least 30 years old with a minimum of eight years of
    MLS experience who are out of contract and whose club does not
    wish to re-sign them (available for at least 105% of their 2010


  1. Each
    club may either select a player from the eligible player list, or
    pass. Once a team has passed, they may no longer participate in that
    stage of the Re-Entry Process. Each stage will continue until all 18
    clubs have passed on the available players.
  2. Clubs must exercise
    the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to, players selected in
    Stage 1. Players that were out of contract may either accept or reject
    the Bona Fide Offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club
    will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Players
    with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to
    the drafting club’s roster. 
  3. Any player selected in Stage 1 will
    remain on the drafting Club’s 2011 budget at the option price or Bona
    Fide Offer price until April 1, 2011. Clubs and players may not mutually
    renegotiate that price to a lower number until April 1, 2011.
  4. Clubs
    may not select their own players in Stage 1. Players will have the
    opportunity to negotiate contracts and sign with their previous clubs
    after Stage 1 is complete until 12 p.m. MT on December 13. 
  5. In
    Stage 2, clubs may select from players that are under contract and those
    not under contract. If a player is not under contract, the drafting
    club will be required to make a genuine offer to the player within seven
    days. In the event that an agreement cannot be reached between the
    drafting club and an out-of-contract player, the drafting club will hold
    the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Clubs may select
    their own players in Stage 2 only after all other clubs have declined to
    select those players.
  6. Players who are not selected in Stage 1
    of the Re-Entry Draft will be made available in Stage 2 on December
    15. Clubs selecting players in Stage 2 will negotiate a new salary
    with the player.
  7. If a player is not selected in either stage of
    the Re-Entry Process, that player will be available on a first come
    first serve basis to all clubs.