The MLS (Major League Soccer) has announced important information regarding the start of the 2021 soccer season. Preseason training will begin on February 22nd for six weeks and the season kicks off on April 3rd. Decision Day is set for November 7th and the Playoffs begin November 19, 2021.
Soon the league will release the schedule for each team which includes national broadcast schedule for the USA teams and Canadian squads. The All-Star Game will be held in late summer with other national events that will interrupt the schedule several times. MLS clubs also will participate in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Canadian Championship and Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League in 2021.
The league also anticipates dozens of players competing for their respective national teams in competitions such as FIFA World Cup qualifying, Concacaf Nations League Finals, the Concacaf Gold Cup, Copa América, the European Championship and the Summer Olympics.
Austin FC will make it debut in 2021 and will compete in the Western Conference. There will be 13 teams is the Western and 14 in the Eastern Conference with St. Louis joining in 2022.