America’s Major League Soccer Deep Review

There is no doubt that soccer is ever growing in the United States and at a rapid speed. Now at its twenty-second year, it may have finally blossomed to “adulthood.” Founded in December 1993, the men’s professional soccer league has grown tremendously and represented the highest sports level in both the United States and in Canada.

Structure of the MLS

The major league soccer has 22 team squads competing in it, 19 of them based in the US while the remaining three are from Canada. The league usually starts on March all through to October with each team playing a minimum of 34 games. Three points are awarded to the winning team while a single point is shared amongst the team in case of a draw.

The losing team gets no points. MLS teams that will be holding the best record at the end of the season gets to celebrate the Supporters Shield. For the Post-season, there are 12 teams participating in the play offs from November to December, concluding with the champions game and the winner gets the MLS Cup.

Major MLS Competitions

Apart from the league games, MLS teams participate in other competitions. Five teams will represent the MLS every season to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League. CONCACAF includes teams from the region including the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.

Those qualifying for the Champions League includes winners of the Eastern and Western Cup, MLS CUP winners, US Open Cup and two teams from America and Canada that qualify from playing lower division US clubs. However, since the new format of the Champions Leagues in 2008, no US based team has won the cup.

Teams

The twenty-two MLS teams are divided between Western and Eastern Conference. A team may have a maximum of 28 players for its first team roster who all eligible for selection during games. A total of 18 players is allowed to participate in single match roster.

Up until 2007, the MLS contained 20 teams but has since added two more teams to include Canadian teams. With plans to increase the league teams to 24 teams in 2018, the MLS is only growing bigger.

In its entire history, the MLS has had 23 teams compete in it and has had 11 different winners for the MLS Cup and 11 for the Supporters Shield. In 6 occasions, both cups have been won by the same club, and only teams have repeated this feat twice.

Stadiums

Since 1991, the MLS has seen a growth of twelve new soccer stadiums. Just like European based soccer clubs owning their stadiums, the MLS has adopted this trend thus creating a game-day atmosphere and experience for the fans. Teams with their stadiums also generate income and save costs for renting out facilities.

It has also boosted tickets sales especially season long tickets. With club stadiums, the growth of the MLS is projected to get higher and attract more soccer fans. Various MLS clubs have already set out plans to build new stadiums, and the remaining teams can only share for now.

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Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup Victory

Well what a game, what a tournament, what an event! Who said that Australia can’t play soccer?

Taking out the recent victory at the Asian Cup on 31st Jan 2015 was a spectacular event. And to be hosting the event in our own country made it even more amazing.

Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 and 9 years later takes out first place. Out of 16 teams this is a great achievement for Australia and brings new life to Australian soccer as a whole.

In the world competition, namely the FIFA world cup Australia has not made it nearly as far however the world cup does include 209 countries and there are many stronger teams than us on a global scale. But saying that, with our continued momentum is it only a matter of time when we will be able to compete for the world cup victory?

Challenging I know, but have you noticed after every soccer event there seems to be an influx of new followers into the sport in Australia? Children want to follow their international idols and our multicultural nation helps us gain new talents from overseas.

We just need more kids growing up with soccer balls at their feet from an early age and they too can become as skilled as the Brazilians and other South American teams. They just seem to be naturally gifted. Check out these Brazilian beach jugglers:

I have never seen quite as much skill on Australian beaches of soccer ball juggling as Brazil. Even the youngsters are pros!

But then what about the Germans. Is it their strict training regime or the fact of German precision? Who knows but Australia can definitely take a few pages out of both of their books.

But before we get carried away planning on taking over the world, we need to appreciate the victory that has just taken place. Winning the Asian Cup is a tremendous achievement and to do so on our home turf is a fantastic display of our countries talents and determination. With this continued focus Australia can keep moving forward in our global ranking but for now lets celebrate the fact that we are the current Asian Cup champions!

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