MLS announces 2016 roster rules, guidelines


Major League Soccer announced several tweaks to their roster rules and guidelines late Friday afternoon.

From the press release:

Following last season’s updates to the player acquisition mechanisms with the Discovery Process and the Allocation Process, additional changes were made during the offseason to the Roster Rules and Regulations in the following areas:

  • Salary Budget relief for a player who suffers a season-ending injury prior to the close of the Primary Transfer Window
  • Eligibility of Homegrown Players and USL affiliate players to participate with their MLS Club in CONCACAF Champions League, AMWAY Canadian Championship, U.S. Open Cup and exhibition matches
  • Number of non-Homegrown USL-affiliate players for whom a parent MLS Club has priority
  • Process for waiving and assigning a player with a guaranteed contract

The 2016 Roster Rules also provide greater detail regarding transfer fee revenue shared by an MLS Club and the league with respect to SuperDraft, Homegrown and Designated Players.

The off-budget roster slots of 21-28 will now be comprised of two distinct components: the Supplemental Roster (slots 21-24) and the Reserve Roster (slots 25-28).  Note, the parameters for roster slots 21-24 and slots 25-28 have not changed from the 2015 Roster Rules, they have been given separate titles for clarity and ease of reference.

The 2016 Competition Guidelines incorporate key updates to the following areas:

  • Increase in the number of times the Good Behavior Incentive can be applied during the season to allow players a greater opportunity to reduce their yellow-card accumulation

  • Increase in the number of club personnel allowed on the home team bench to accommodate a team physician

  • Decrease in the threshold for the WetBulb Globe Temperaturein regards to mandatory hydration breaks from 89.6 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Modification to the Match Postponement Policy such that in the event a match is abandoned at any point prior to its conclusion, it will be postponed, rather than cancelled and/or final. In the event the match is postponed at any point, any remaining time will be completed the following day or as soon as practical.

For the 2016 MLS Roster Rules and Regulations, please click here.

For the 2016 MLS Competition Guidelines, please click here.

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