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Leagues Cup: 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 US Major League Soccer and LigaMX compete alongside one another.

Full details of the 2024 tournament are yet to be confirmed, but the 2023 Leagues Cup was the first to feature all 29 MLS franchises as well as the 18 teams from Mexico's top tier. 

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

Lionel Messi made his Inter Miami debut in the 2023 tournament, 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.

WhatLeagues Cup
WhereUnited States & Canada (and possibly Mexico)
WhenJuly 2024-August 2024 (exact dates not confirmed)
How to watchTBC (2023 tournament was live on Apple TV and ESPN)

When is the Leagues Cup?

Dates are yet to be confirmed for the 2024 Leagues Cup, which will be the fourth running of the competition. The 2023 tournament was staged between July and August with a total of 47 teams from Liga MX and MLS participating.

Where is the Leagues Cup?

The 2023 Leagues Cup saw all 77 games being played in the United States and Canada but the Head of Liga MX Mikel Arriola is eager for the 2024 tournament to be staged in Mexico as well, although logistical issues could prevent that from happening.

How does the Leagues Cup work?

The 2024 format has yet to be confirmed but the 2023 Leagues Cup featured an expansion of the first two editions which only featured eight teams in knockout rounds. 

For the 2023 tournament, 45 teams from the MLS and Liga MX took part in the round-robin group stage. Those teams were split into 15 groups of three, with the top two from each section joining the winners of the MLS Cup and the Mexican champions in the knockout stage. 

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

MLS Cup holders Los Angeles FC and Mexican champs Pachuca entered at the round-of-32 stage with LAFC awarded home advantage for as long as they remained in the tournament - they were beaten by Monterrey at the quarter-final stage.

Can I watch the Leagues Cup?

The 2023 Leagues Cup was broadcast on Apple TV and ESPN and that is likely to be the case again in 2024 with Apple at the beginning of a 10-year deal to show MLS soccer.

How many times has the Leagues Cup taken place?

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.

Who has won the Leagues Cup on the most occasions?

Three teams have won the Leagues Cup on one occasion with Mexican powers Cruz Azul winning the 2019 tournament, beating compatriots Tigres UANL 2-1 in the final in Nevada. 

A Mexican club triumphed again in 2021 when Leon beat Seattle Sounders 3-2 in the final, again in Nevada. 

The first expanded version went the way of an MLS franchise for the first time as a Lionel Messi inspired Inter Miami defeated Nashville SC in Tennessee.

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