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NEW YORK– The 2022-23 MLS NEXT regular season, the third season of play for the burgeoning youth league, kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 10, and will feature 628 teams competing in nearly 8,000 matches over a ten-month calendar. Over 13,000 players from the country’s leading 137 clubs, including all 29 MLS academies, will play in up to six age groups: U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U19.
 
The 2022-23 season features top prospects from across the U.S. and Canada, in both MLS academies and Elite club academies, competing for a chance to become MLS NEXT champions at the 2023 MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs in June of 2023. Additionally, the 2022-23 MLS NEXT calendar will feature four premier events, including MLS NEXT Fest in December 2022, Generation adidas Cup in April 2023, MLS NEXT Flex – a qualifying event for the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs – in May 2023, and the MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate in July 2023.  

2022-23 MLS NEXT Season Schedule

MLS NEXT Season Kick Off (Sept. 10, 2022)

MLS NEXT Fest (Dec. 2-8, 2022) - Empire Polo Ground; Indio, California

Generation adidas Cup (April 1-9, 2023) - IMG Academy; Bradenton, Florida

MLS NEXT Flex (May 12-16, 2023) - Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Maryland

MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs & Showcase (June 17-25, 2023) - Toyota Soccer Center; Friscoe, Texas, MoneyGram Soccer Park; Dallas, Texas

MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate (July 18, 2023) - Washington, D.C.

About MLS NEXT

MLS NEXT is a new paradigm for player development, launched in 2020 to transform youth soccer in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest level of competition, training and personal development opportunities that will prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life. Membership for the 2022-23 season includes 137 clubs, 628 teams and over 13,000 players across the U.S. and Canada. Official partners of MLS NEXT include adidas, Allstate, DoorDash, and the University of South Carolina. For more information about MLS NEXT, visit www.mlssoccer.com/mlsnext.