CHARLOTTE, NC (Friday, November 5, 2021) – Major League Soccer today confirmed the schedule format for Charlotte FC’s inaugural season.
To best align with the 2022 international soccer calendar, the MLS regular season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 and will wrap during Decision Day on Sunday, October 9.
MLS Cup will be held on November 5, more than two weeks prior to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Charlotte FC will play a 34-game regular season, featuring 17 regular season matches at Bank of America Stadium and 17 matches in away markets. CLTFC will play all Eastern Conference teams twice and match up against eight of the 14 Western Conference sides.
The league confirmed Nashville SC will move to the Western Conference in 2022.
The MLS regular season schedule will consist of all weekend matches with the exception of five, or fewer, midweek matches – targeting one each in May, June, and July, and two in August. The midweek match dates for each team will not be scheduled in consecutive weeks.
In observance of the 2022 FIFA calendar, MLS will seek to avoid scheduling matches during the FIFA international windows in March, June, or September. Only at a team’s request will MLS consider scheduling a match during the March window or during the second weekend of the June double window. Teams may not request to play matches during the September window, at the final stretch of the regular season.
Charlotte FC’s full regular season schedule will be announced later this year.
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