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Leagues Cup: 2024 dates, schedule, teams, history and how to watch

Top-flight soccer in the United States, Canada and Mexico is set to be put on hold again next summer for the fourth competitive edition of the Leagues Cup, which will see teams from Major League Soccer and Liga MX compete against one another.

The 2023 competition was staged at grounds across the US and Canada and that will continue for 2024, although Liga MX representatives are keen for future editions to also take place in Mexico. 

The highlight from the 2023 edition was Lionel Messi making his Inter Miami debut, leading the MLS franchise to a first Leagues Cup title as he scored 10 goals in seven games, including in a final which saw them triumph on penalties over Nashville SC.

Leagues Cup 2024 start date

The 2024 Leagues Cup will begin on Friday, July 26, and five games will be played on that day.

The Leagues Cup final is scheduled to be played on Sunday, August 25.

Leagues Cup 2024 venues and locations

The 2023 Leagues Cup saw all 77 games being played in the United States and Canada, which will continue in 2024.

The Head of Liga MX Mikel Arriola is eager for tournament games to be staged in Mexico as well, although no games are scheduled to be played in Mexico in the 2024 Leagues Cup.

As mentioned, the top four Liga MX teams from last season - Club America, CF Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tigres UANL - earned 'hub privileges' that will have them be the designated home team in pre-determined locations in certain rounds of the tournament.

Leagues Cup format

Leagues Cup begins with a group stage that consists of 15 groups of three teams. Teams were sorted into three tiers based on their league performance last season and one team from each tier forms a group, with organizers further sorting groups based on geography to make travel easier.

The top two teams in each group advance to the round of 32 where they will be joined by the reigning MLS and Liga MX champions, Columbus Crew and Club America, respectively.

There are no ties in the group stage, with each team awarded a point if the score is level at 90 minutes, with a bonus point then awarded to the side who wins the subsequent penalty shootout. 

It's likely that, similar to the 2023 edition, there will be no extra time in the knockout rounds and that tied games will go straight to penalties since the competition organizers haven't announced otherwise.

How to watch Leagues Cup, TV channel and streaming

All 2024 Leagues Cup matches will be available to watch on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

Select group stage matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 in the United States.

Leagues Cup history

The 2024 Leagues Cup will mark the fourth competitive running of a tournament which first became part of the North American soccer calendar in 2019. 

Eight teams played in the first two editions (2019 and 2021) as well as in 2022 Leagues Cup Showcase, a non-competitive version of the tournament which was won by Mexican club Atlas.

Leagues Cup past winners

Year

Winner

Score of final game

Runner-up

2019

Cruz Azul

2-1

Tigres UANL

2020

Canceled - pandemic

2021

Club Leon

3-2

Seattle Sounders

2022*

No champion crowned

2023

Inter Miami

1-1 (10-9 on penalties)

Nashville SC

* = the 2022 edition of Leagues Cup was a series of exhibition matches called Leagues Cup Showcase, and no champion was crowned.

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