Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA) today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. The agreement, covering five seasons, commencing with the 2020 season and continuing through the 2024 season, is subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the MLSPA.
Completed more than three weeks prior to the league’s 25th season, the new five-year CBA continues the tremendous momentum behind the sport of soccer in the United States and Canada. The new agreement includes:
- Increased investment in player spending;
- Greater flexibility for clubs to use those new resources across the entire roster;
- Player spending to include a share of MLS’ new media rights deals in 2023 and 2024;
- A substantial increase in charter flights by the end of the term;
- Expanded free agency.