The United States Soccer Federation, which represents the highest level of the sport in the country, has approved Major League Soccer (MLS) as a men’s professional soccer league.
As of the 2023 season, the league consists of 29 teams, with 26 from the United States and 3 from Canada. Midtown Manhattan serves as the league’s administrative hub.
In a line of men’s top professional national soccer leagues founded in the United States and Canada, Major League Soccer is the most recent.
The North American Soccer League (NASL), which ran from 1968 to 1984, was the forerunner to Major League Soccer (MLS). As a part of the successful U.S. bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 1994, MLS was established in 1993. Ten clubs participated in the inaugural season in 1996.
Each team participates in 34 games during the MLS regular season, which typically begins in late February or early March and lasts until mid-October. The team with the best record is given the Supporters’ Shield.
The postseason MLS Cup Playoffs, which take place in late October and early November and culminate in the MLS Cup championship match, feature 14 teams.
Who Owns MLS?
The league owns all of the teams and player contracts in Major League Soccer (MLS), which is run under a single-entity system. A shareholder in the league who also serves as the investor-operator for each MLS team. Instead of having players sign contracts with specific teams, the league has contracts with all of the players and splits earnings.