Soccer Leagues List
There are various professional leagues all around the world, where teams compete at different skill levels. Leagues are groups of teams which compete against each other in order to crown one team the champion. Games happen over a period of weeks or months which constitute a season.
There are thousands of soccer competitions that take place in a year, but we're going to focus in on the biggest and most recognizable soccer tournaments and leagues right now.
Soccer Leagues List
We just learned about international competitions, but most of the soccer that takes place in a calendar year is professional league soccer played by clubs, not nations. There are literally hundreds of professional leagues, so we're going to learn about the major ones that make up the modern American soccer landscape.
- World Cup
- Gold Cup
- Confederations Cup
- UEFA European Championship
- African Cup of Nations
- Copa América
- Major Leagues Soccer (MLS)
- English Premier League (EPL)
- La Liga
- Ligue Un
- Serie A
Major Leagues Soccer (MLS)
Major League Soccer (MLS) is the highest professional soccer league in the United States. Notable teams include LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls. MLS has a current US television contract with ESPN, Univision, and Fox Sports.
The MLS is not amongst the top leagues in the world yet but is slowly gaining in popularity as well as talent. Several notable players have played some of their final seasons in the MLS recently including David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, and Kaká.
English Premier League (EPL)
The English Premier League (EPL, Premier League, Premiership) is the highest professional soccer league in England. The English Premier League is often referred to as the most competitive of the world's top leagues. This is because there are usually six teams or so in title contention every season compared to other leagues where one or two clubs dominate every season.
Some notable teams include Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea. EPL has a current US television contract with NBC.
La Liga is the highest professional soccer league in Spain. Notable teams include Barcelona and Real Madrid. La Liga has a current US television contract with beIN SPORTS.
Ligue Un is the highest professional soccer league in France. Notable teams include Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco. Ligue Un has a current US television contract with beIN SPORTS.
Serie A is the highest professional soccer league in Italy. Notable teams include Juventus and Roma. Juventus have dominated the league in recent years having been crowned champions for the last 7 seasons straight. Serie A has a current US television contract with beIN SPORTS, but that contract expired at the end of the 2018 season.
Bundesliga is the highest professional soccer league in Germany. Notable teams include Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich has won the league for the last 6 straight seasons and continue to be the team to beat in the Bundesliga. Bundesliga has a current US television contract with Fox Sports.