NEW YORK & MEXICO CITY – In a massive new chapter for North American football, starting in 2023, all the clubs in the two major North American divisions, Major League Soccer and LIGA MX, will compete in a completely reimagined League Cup: a one-month annual tournament. Both leagues will pause their seasons for a month over the summer to play the League Cup, showcasing the region’s football infrastructure and capabilities in the years leading up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico. world Cup. To present 48 countries.
FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Victor Montaliani joined MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Liga MX President Mikel Areola at a press conference in New York for today’s historic announcement. Montaliani, Garber and Areola have announced that the new League Cup will be an official competition for the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL), with the tournament champions gaining automatic qualification to the round of 16 of the AFC Champions League. In addition, the clubs will occupy the second and third places in the League Cup. Starting in 2023, they will qualify for the inaugural CCL round.
As the latest and most ambitious step in the growing partnership between MLS and LIGA MX to increase private rivalry between leagues, the 2023 League Cup will go down in history as the first major football tournament to feature every club from a pair of American leagues. .
“The new League Cup with all MLS and MX LIGA clubs competing in an intense month-long tournament will set new standards for what’s possible among our leagues, and further showcase our players and clubs to a global audience,” he said. Don Garber, MLS Commissioner. “Since its launch three and a half years ago, our partnership with LIGA MX has grown rapidly and the competition has brought the best of both worlds. On the way to the 2026 FIFA World Cup being hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, this is the perfect time to produce a tournament that will raise CONCACAF’s image and showcase the incredible passion Enjoyed by our own. standard…”
Mikel Areola, CEO of LIGA MX, said: “We are celebrating the historic announcement of the new competition ecosystem created by Concacaf where the League Cup will be expanded. This is an example of coordination and alignment of objectives between the federation, MLS and LIGA MX. All parties involved have agreed. The goal of providing soccer fans in North America and around the world with greater entertainment and spectacle, and to provide MLS and LIGA MX clubs with an intense competition schedule to raise standards of play. and quality. In this way, the economic benefits can be reinvested to create a virtuous cycle that helps develop players and clubs and marketing opportunities for football and sport in general. Arriola concluded by saying: “This day marks the before and after for all regions of North America, Central America and the Caribbean where they will benefit greatly from this agreement.”
The new League Cup will be a joint project of Major League Soccer and LIGA MX, two of the most competitive, popular and exciting global leagues in soccer, both filled with emerging and established stars competing for dozens of national teams from all over. the world. MLS and LIGA MX generally rank in the top eight among soccer leagues in the world.
The League Cup 2023 and beyond is part of the evolution of the successful partnership between MLS and LIGA MX launched in 2018 with the Champions Cup. The partnership has its roots in competition on the field, but is connected in a true spirit of collaboration off the field, with a focus on sharing best practices, growing the beautiful game in North America, and being a force for change. positive in the communities of both. Suspenders. In competition, recent initiatives have included Target’s MLS All-Star Game, where the best in MLS took on the LIGA MX All-Stars Championship in Los Angeles on August 25, and the Champions Cup, an annual match between the two champions. Suspenders. The Columbus Crew host Cruz Azul at the 2021 Cambonesa Cup on September 29. The League Cup 2023, and future versions of the tournament, is the biggest transformation of the League Cup, which began in 2019 and continues this season and through 2022. The Seattle Sounders will face Lyon in the Cup Final of the 2021 League tomorrow, September 22, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Additional details on the reimagined Annual League Cup will continue to be revealed in the coming months.
ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer has 29 clubs in the United States and Canada, including expansion teams Charlotte FC (2022) and St. Louis City SC (2023) plus a future 30th club. For more information on MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com.
ABOUT LIGA MX
La Liga MX es la primera división del fútbol mexicano, que consta de 18 clubes en todo el país y tiene su sede en un complejo deportivo en Toluca, México. Visite www.LigaMX.net para obtener más información.