Walt Disney World has announced that Major League Soccer will resume its 25th season by hosting the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The tournament will run from July 8 – Aug. 11 and will include all 26 MLS clubs as they compete in a continuous schedule of 54 matches that will take place nearly every day. Clubs will start arriving as early as June 24 for preseason training.
“We are pleased to team up with Disney to relaunch the 2020 MLS season and get back to playing soccer,” said Don Garber, MLS Commissioner. “The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches and staff as we return to play.”
These matches will count in the 2020 MLS regular season standings, and the tournament winner will secure a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
The tournament will be held without spectators and will place an emphasis on the safety and health of all players, coaches, crew, staff, and cast members. Major League Soccer players and staff will follow specific medical protocols, including regular testing, throughout the duration of the tournament.
Major League Soccer has had a longtime relationship with ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The league held its 1998 preseason, as well as hosted events for the 1998 and 2019 MLS All-Star Games there.
“Sports have the power to unify and inspire, particularly during challenging times,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “And we’re looking forward to bringing this exciting sport back to millions of fans, while prioritizing the health and well-being of the players, coaches and support staff as well as our cast members.”
The NBA is also working toward restarting their 2019-2020 season at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. You can learn more about that here.
To learn more about the MLS is Back Tournament, visit MLSSoccer.com.