MLS and Liga MX unveil new World Cup-style format for Leagues Cup | OneFootball

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Emily Wilson·6 October 2022

MLS and Liga MX unveil new World Cup-style format for Leagues Cup

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Major League Soccer and Liga MX have unveiled the new format for the upcoming Leagues Cup set to begin in 2023.

Both leagues will pause their season in July and August and play a ‘World Cup-style tournament.’

The 2023 Leagues Cup will kick off on July 21 with the final being played on August 19.

All teams in both leagues will participate leading to 77 matches which will be held in the United States or Canada.

Tournament breakdown

  • Group stage followed by single-elimination knockout rounds starting with Round of 32
  • Fifteen groups, three teams, divided into four regions with one Liga MX team per group
  • 2022 MLS Cup winners and either 2022 Liga MX Clausura or Apertura winners will receive a bye to the Round of 32.
  • No draws!  Games tied after 90 minutes will go right into penalties. A shootout win earns two points while a shootout loss earns one.
  • Highest-ranked MLS club remaining in the tournament will host 2023 final and the third-place game.
  • Leagues Cup winner qualifies for CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16. Second and third reach CCL first round.