NEW YORK – Major League Soccer today announced the match schedule and broadcast details for the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs and 2022 MLS Cup.
All 12 single-elimination Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoff games will be aired nationally in the United States on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, and the Univision family of networks. In Canada, TSN and TVA Sports will broadcast all Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs matches and MLS Cup.
Following three consecutive weeks of playoff action, MLS Cup will be played on Saturday, Nov. 5 live on FOX, UniMás, TSN, and TVA Sports, more than two weeks prior to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Nov. 20 and more than a week prior to the player release date on Nov. 14.
In addition to broadcast coverage, MLS has outlined mechanisms for postseason qualification, including a required minimum number of matches played, as well as the competition format for the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Decision Day 2022
Fourteen teams will qualify for the 2022 postseason, including seven teams from each conference. Culminating an action-packed 2022 season, MLS Decision Day 2022, the last day of MLS regular season action on Sunday Oct. 9, will determine the final field of playoff teams and seeding for the postseason.
The day will feature exclusively intraconference matches with Eastern Conference matches kicking off at 2:30 p.m. ET and all Western Conference teams playing at 5 p.m. ET, as clubs look to secure their position in the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs.
At 2:30 p.m. ET, the Eastern Conference race will be showcased on FS1 and FOX Deportes, which will broadcast one feature match and integrate match highlights from the day’s games. The Western Conference race will be showcased on the ESPN family of networks, with the networks airing one match and providing highlights of all additional Decision Day action. TSN and TVA Sports will also provide extensive coverage of Decision Day 2022 in Canada. Last year, Decision Day was the most dramatic in MLS history, with 11 teams still in contention for six playoff positions – three in each conference – on the final day of the 2021 regular season.
Round One – Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs
Round One will consist of six games – with broadcast partners featuring a pair of matches on each match day. The action begins on Saturday, Oct. 15 with a Univision doubleheader with accompanying English-language broadcasts in local markets, on…