It may come during the middle of the summer in North Texas but the inaugural MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs will take place from June 25 – July 3 to crown MLS NEXT Cup champions in four age groups (U15, U16, U17, U19).
The top 128 teams in the nation will participate in the championship tournament to conclude the ten-month inaugural season. Twenty-five matches will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com with six matches taking place on FC Dallas’ stadium field in Frisco, Texas.
The MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs will be a single-elimination competition with 32 teams in each age group. Teams will qualify for MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs on a points-per-game basis from their performance in the MLS NEXT regular season.
Teams that do not qualify for the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs have the opportunity to play in the MLS NEXT Cup Showcase, which provides an exposure platform for players to play in front of college, youth national team, and professional coaches and scouts. All clubs participating in the MLS NEXT Cup Showcase will have three matches in four days. In the evenings, players will be selected to participate in the MLS NEXT Showcase Best Of matches.