What is the Free Agency period?
‘Free Agency’ is a period during the off-season where ‘free agent’ players are allowed to negotiate and sign contracts with any club.
What is a Free Agent?
A ‘Free Agent’ is a player who is not under contract to a WNBL club at the beginning of the Free Agency period and therefore eligible to sign freely with any club or franchise.
Which players can be signed for the 2022-23 season?
Both unrestricted and restricted players will be eligible to be signed by WNBL clubs for the upcoming season.
Who is considered an unrestricted player?
Foreign Born individuals currently living in Australia on a Permanent Residency Visa, or Refugee Visa as well as all players born within the FIBA Oceania Region.
When is the window?
Under regular competition regulations, the final Free Agency list becomes available twenty-one (21) days after the last Grand Final game and runs until the start of the 2022-23 season. Given that falls on a weekend this year, the official commencement of free agency will be on Monday, May 2 at 9am.
What does it mean?
It means that eligible players can choose to change clubs or sign on with their club once again, if offered a contract.
Do they do this in other sports/leagues?
Absolutely. This is done in a variety of other leagues both here in Australia and right across the world e.g. NBA, WNBA, AFL, NRL. Other sports exercise different forms of Free Agency with a variety of different rules and regulations specific to that league.
How do I view my club’s 2022-23 free agency list?
Clubs lists will be listed here soon and the status of the list will be changed as clubs announce their signings.
Where do I go for updates?
You can check out the live free agency tracker here soon and you can follow your club’s news and social channels.