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How to watch MLS soccer live in 2024

Your guide to catching North America’s Major League Soccer games as they happen

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Soccer has been the most popular sport on the planet for decades and one that is regularly watched from other countries with a VPN. In the US, the women’s national soccer team has won the FIFA Women’s World Cup a staggering four times. But another big reason for the game’s growth in the US (as well as Ted Lasso) is the MLS, aka Major League Soccer, aka the American and Canadian domestic football league.

Sure, the highs and lows brought about by relegation and promotion don’t exist in the MLS. But for a league that’s still in its relative infancy, its competitiveness and fanbases are growing rapidly. Now that the global icon Lionel Messi has joined the league, we can expect the MLS to skyrocket even further. So, here’s how to keep up with live MLS games, wherever you are.

When does the MLS season kick off?

The MLS 2024 regular season (the 29th in MLS history) begins on 21 February on MLS Season Pass.

Unlike most domestic leagues, the MLS doesn’t feature promotion and relegation. Instead, in a distinctly North American style, the league is divided into two conferences – a 14-team Western Conference and a 15-team Eastern Conference – with most (but not all) matches occurring between teams in the same conference. At the end of the regular season, the top nine teams from each conference table will enter the playoffs, a series of ties which will determine the winner of each conference. The two conference winners then play each other in the MLS Cup Final to determine the overall MLS champions.

How to watch MLS on TV or streaming services

MLS Season Pass on Apple iPad

USA and Canada

Apple TV+’s MLS Season Pass is available in more than 100 countries, including in the USA and Canada. In North America, it costs US$14.99/CA$19.99 a month or US$99/CA$129 for the season. For Apple TV+ subscribers, that’s US$12.99/CA$16.99 and US$79/CA$99. Coverage on Apple TV+ includes access to Leagues Cup, MLS All-Star, and Audi MLS Cup Playoffs games.

But there are other ways to watch in the MLS home countries. Fox/FS1 and Fox Deportes will be airing 34 regular season games, eight playoff games, and the MLS Cup final in the US. In Canada, 68 regular season games will be aired on TSN and RDS.

If we had to pick between the two options, we’d suggest that the MLS Season Pass is the best option.

UK and Europe

There’s just one way to watch MLS outside of the USA and Canada: the MLS Season Pass.

The MLS Season Pass is available to watch on any device that has an Apple TV app, like a smart TV, games console and, naturally, Apple’s own hardware devices like iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. The service streams games at 1080p quality with Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

The service costs £14.99/€14.99 per month, or £99/€99 annually. For existing Apple TV+ subscribers, it’s £12.99/€12.99 monthly, or £79/€79 yearly. For your subscription, you’ll get every MLS regular season and playoff game plus coverage of the Leagues Cup (a competition between MLS and Mexican Liga MX clubs) and some MLS Next and Next Pro (the US youth leagues) matches.

Tune in with a VPN

Want to watch MLS in English or Spanish, wherever you are? Or tune into Japanese baseball, English football or even Aussie rules? With a VPN, you can watch sports coverage from outside your own country. We’ve already compiled the best paid for VPN services, as well as which free VPN services can help you surf the internet in privacy. But all the major services have deals pretty much tailor-made for whatever protection and features you need from a VPN service. A few of our personal recommendations are:

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Tech journalism's answer to The Littlest Hobo, I've written for a host of titles and lived in three different countries in my 15 years-plus as a freelancer. But I've always come back home to Stuff eventually, where I specialise in writing about cameras, streaming services and being tragically addicted to Destiny.

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