Major League Soccer today announced an important update to the competitive schedule and details for the 2022 season of eMLS: League Series 1 and League Series 2 are moving to an online format to ensure the safety of our players and fans. eMLS Cup remains scheduled for Austin, TX as an official event of SXSW on March 13.

The season will feature 27 professional EA SPORTS FIFA players, each representing an MLS club, on the virtual pitch as they compete for their share of the record-setting $75,000 season prize pool.

Competition will take place on EA SPORTS FIFA 22 and will be played exclusively on PlayStation®5 (PS5™), marking eMLS’s debut season played on the next-generation console.

eMLS League Series 1 presented by Coca-Cola


  • Tues. Jan 11 at 6:00 PM
  • Wed. Jan 12 at 6:00 PM
  • Watch on club websites

League Series 1

  • Quarterfinals: Sat. Jan 15 at 3:00 PM
  • Semifinals and Final: Sun. Jan 16 at 3:00 PM
  • Watch on, or

eMLS League Series 2 presented by Coca-Cola


  • Tues. Jan 25 at 6:00 PM
  • Wed. Jan 26 at 6:00 PM
  • Watch on club websites

League Series 2

  • Quarterfinals: Sat. Jan 29 at 3:00 PM
  • Semifinals and Final: Sun. Jan 30 at 3:00 PM
  • Watch on, or

eMLS Cup presented by Coca-Cola

An official event of SXSW 2022

March 12: Last Chance Qualifier

  • Tournament to determine the final spot in eMLS Cup
  • Players ranked 12 and below in the overall League Series Standings will participate

March 13: eMLS Cup

  • Top 12 eMLS players will compete to be crowned the 2022 season champion (the first 11 competitors in the field will be determined by total season qualifier points from League Series events and the final participant will be the winner of the Last Change Qualifier tournament)
  • Recognized as a Tier 1 league by EA SPORTS, the top three eMLS Cup finishers will receive direct seats to the EA SPORTS Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFAe World Cup.
  • Location: eMLS Cup will take place at ACL Live in downtown Austin in conjunction with Austin FC and will be a FIFA celebration at the intersection of soccer, gaming, and pop culture with numerous activities for fans to enjoy. The event will be open to SXSW badge holders as well as the general public for free. Registration will open at a later date.

Charlotte FC joins eMLS

Charlotte FC will join eMLS in 2022, bringing the total eMLS participation count to 27 clubs.

350 hours of live coverage

For the first time, all participating clubs will stream each of their season qualifying matches on their respective official social channels, providing clubs with new competitive content representing up to a record-setting 350 hours of live coverage and offering fans more opportunities to watch their favorite eMLS players compete at every tournament stage.

Fans can tune in to all eMLS competitions beginning on: