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MLS 64 & Beyond (Discussion : WIP)

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I hope to outline a plan and create a database that upgrade the MLS to a 64 team system (possibly more depending on peoples thoughts).


During the regular season, there will be two phases; the regional season and the conference season.

The Regional Season is Fixed each year where the same 8 teams participate in their own regional division. 


Gulf Coast Division: Birmingham Legion, Inter Miami CF, Orlando City, Tampa Bay Rowdies + New Orleans (new club), Baton Rouge (new club), Jackson (new club), Tallahassee (new club).

Great Lake Division: Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire, FC Cincinatti, Minnesota United, Indy Eleven, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Louisville City, Forward Madison.

Cascadia Division: Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton + Surrer (new club), Tacoma (new club), Spokane (new club).

Pacific Division: LA Galaxy, LA FC, San Jose Earthquakes, Orange County, Las Vegas Lights, Sacramento Republic, Fresno FC, Phoenix Rising.

5-10 Division: Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids, New Mexico United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Austin Bold, OKC Energy, El Paso Locomotive.

Midwest Division: Sporting Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis 901 + Wichita (new club), Des Moines (new club), Omaha (new club), Fargo (new club), Sioux Falls (new club). 

Atlantic Division: Atlanta United, Charleston Battery, Charlotte Indi, North Carolina, Nashville FC, Nashville SC + Knoxville (new club), Richmond (new club).

North East Division: Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, DC United, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, Hartford Athletic, Philadelphia Union.


Teams who are current affiliates of MLS clubs or owned by MLS Clubs are discounted from consideration. However, exceptions may be made as I feel that expanding to 80 teams might be a possibility with the areas such as Puerto Rico (Gulf Coast Division), Detroit (Great Lake), Winnipeg, Ottawa, Quebec City, Tuscon, Cleveland and Buffalo, amongst others being a possibility. 


The opening phase (regional season) sees each team play home and away within their conference, totaling 14 matches. The top 3 teams in each regional conference advance to the Major Group and gain automatic qualification to the last 32 of the playoffs. These 24 teams are arranged across 2 divisions (non-regionalised). Each group is composed of 4 first place teams, 4 second place teams and 4 third place teams.


The teams finishing 4th - 8th qualify for the Minor Group. Composed of 4 groups of 10 (2 4th place, 2 5th place, 2 6th place, 2 7th place and 2 8th place). The top 2 sides qualify for the wild card final. The other 8 playoff for the right to play in their wild card final. 


3rd v 10th : 4th v 9th : 5th v 8th : 6th v 7th. 3/10 v. 6/7 : 4/9 v 5/8 : 3/10/6/7 v 2nd : 4/9/5/8 v 1. (2 teams from each Minor Group qualify for the end of season playoffs).


Teams play between 32-36 games during regular season dependant on performance, followed by the playoffs. Give me a few months and it might be made. 




Edited by albertluque
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I'd definitely include a Puerto Rico team in the Gulf Coast division, as that would allow people to attempt something similar to the San Marino challenge with them - maybe you could resurrect Puerto Rico FC? Bermuda and Antigua have also had expatriated teams playing in the United States, but Puerto Rico probably makes the most sense

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The new road map for this has resulted in a 128 team MLS, with 16 division.

Pacific North

Pacific Central

Pacific South


Gulf Coast

Atlantic Central

Atlantic North

North East

Canada East

Great Lake East

Great Lake West

MidWest North

Midwest South

Rocky Mountains




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