Growing the Sport for a New North America.

Established in June by Major League Soccer, MLS NEXT Pro is a new professional men’s soccer league that will begin its inaugural season in March 2022. Committed to driving a new era of North American soccer, MLS NEXT Pro will offer new opportunities to players, coaches, referees, and sports business professionals.

The global stars of tomorrow play in MLS NEXT Pro today.

The path is clearer than ever and aligned with the world’s game where players ascend from youth academy to professional teams before breaking onto the global stage. But it’s not just for players. MLS NEXT Pro will be the proving ground for technical and front office staff, and an amplifier for fans, communities, and ideas.

We are committed to:

Accelerating the future of soccer in North America

  • Providing new opportunities for players, coaches, referees and staff to learn and develop. Bringing the sport to new markets and creating a new generation of fans.

Empowering local communities

  • Activating communities to come together and grow the game. Inspiring, celebrating and uniting our vibrant cities, cultures and people.

Establishing a platform for innovation and diversity

  • Encouraging a broad representation of talent on and off the field and constantly seeking to build an enhanced soccer experience for all.

Completing the pro player pathway

  • Creating an integrated path to MLS and beyond. Supporting players across all key stages of development.