New format for the Leagues Cup announced by the MLS and Liga MX
It’s exciting news for Major League Soccer and Liga MX, as Mexico’s top domestic soccer league, has officially addressed rumors and confirmed plans for a redesigned Leagues Cup tournament from 2023. As a result of these changes, the competition will now feature all 47 teams. This 47 will include 29 from Major League Soccer and 18 from Liga MX. This announcement aims to increase the reputation of both leagues ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with the Cup being hosted by the US and Canada.
This Leagues Cup, which now consists of an eight-team tournament with 4 clubs from each country, was first held in 2019. We have a short wait for this makeover as this year’s cup comes to an end on September 22nd with Seattle Sounders and Club Leon going head-to-head.
Spectators will have to wait until 2023. However, when it begins MLS teams will compete in the new tournament for a month during their regular season. The Leagues Cup this year will feature group and knockout stages, with more details on the structure to release later.
The Leagues Cup winner will advance to the round of 16 of the Concacaf Champions League. All the while second and third-placed clubs will advance to the competition’s first round. This move expands MLS and Liga MX’s existing cooperation, which began in 2018. This all began with the Campeones Cup, a “super cup” format showdown featuring the respective champions. This year’s game will be played on September 29th, with Columbus Crew taking on Cruz Azul.
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The Leagues Cup will include MLS’s media rights agreement, which will also begin in 2023, thanks to this announcement. All MLS and Liga MX teams will be represented in the new Leagues Cup. For the month, these clubs will compete to set new benchmarks in these two leagues. In addition, their players and clubs will be featured in front of a worldwide audience.
The cooperation with Liga MX has expanded rapidly since its inception three and a half years ago. Since its inception three and a half years ago, the collaboration with Liga MX has grown rapidly. Each of them has risen to the occasion as a result of the competition. On the road to the Fifa World Cup in 2026, which will be in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, now is the ideal time to organize a tournament that will raise the reputation of Concacaf and demonstrate our region’s enormous passion for top-level soccer.
All of the groups engaged agreed to boost the excitement and entertainment for football fans in North America and throughout the world, as well as providing MLS and Liga MX teams with a more fierce competitive plan to improve play quality and standards.