More Sportssoccer1 on 112th man3-5-2 formation4-1-4-1 formation4-2-3-1 formation4-2-4 formation4-3-3 formation4-4-2 formation4-5-1 formationaggregate scorefifa world cupassociation footballatlanta united fcchicago firecolorado rapidscolumbus crew scdc unitedendlinefc cincinnatifc dallasfootball versus soccerfourth officialgdhistoryhouston dynamohow does scoring work in soccer?soccer or footballIs Soccer An Olympic Sport?la galaxylearnlos angeles fcminnesota united fcmls promotion and relegationmls soccer club processmontreal impactnew england revolutionnew york city fcnew york red bullsoffsidesorlando city scphiladelphia unionportland timbersreal salt lakesan jose earthquakesseattle sounders fcslide tackle1-2-7 formation1012 on 12-3-5 formation3 on 24-3-2-1 formation4-4-1-1 formation4-6-0 formation5-4-1 formationadded timeadvantage ruleafrica cup of nationsarticlesattacking halfattacking midfielderattacking thirdaway goals ruleback pass ruleback tacklebasicsboundary rulesbreakawaybundesligabylinecap tiedcaptaincdmcenter circlecenter forwardcenter spotcenterbackclean sheetclearclock rulescoin toss rulescomposurecornercorner flagcorner kickscrosscut the angledead ball rulesdefenderdefender typesdefensedefensemandefensive halfdefensive midfielderdefensive thirddefensive walldeflectiondesignated player ruledrawdribblerdribblingengland premier leagueenglish football associationequalizerequipment listextra timefcfield componentsfield dimensionsfield of playfifafinal whistleflopsfootworkformationsforwardfoulsfreekickfullbackgame clock rulesgame lengthgame typesgoal areagoal kickgoal linegoal line technologygoalkeepergolden goalhalftime ruleshat trickhead refereeholding midfielderinstep kick and passinterceptintermissionkickoffleagueslinesmanlingolinkmanman to manmiddle thirdmidfieldmidfield anchormidfield linemidfielderfranchise relocationmls teams listnear postneutral groundoffenseoffensive strategyoffensive halfofficials and refereesout of boundsoutside backpass typepassing rulespenatly arcpenalty areapenalty boxpenalty cardspenalty kickpenalty shootoutpenalty shotpenalty spotpenalty takerperiodpitchpitch invasionpitch linesplayer positionpoacherspossessionpostred cardrefereerelegationrulesscoring rulesset pieceshapeshootingshooting techniqueshootout rulesshort handedshot typessidelinesquad rotation systemstoppage timestopperstrikersubstitution rulessummarysweepertacklethe fieldthirds of the fieldthrow instimeoutstop cornertouchlinetournaments listtransfer windowturnovertwo legged tietwo way midfielderuefa champions leagueunited states national teamunsportsmanlike conductvar instant replaywingeryellow cardsporting kansas citystreet soccertop 10 rulesthree lions (football's coming home)top 10 brandstop 5 ranked mens players of all timetop womens playerstoronto fcvancouver whitecapsrules of soccerWhat Is Considered A Foul In Soccer?footballsoccer in america
  1. soccer
  2. mls soccer club process

Mls Soccer Club Process

Table of Contents


Introduction

While there is no standardized way to create a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, MLS is currently undergoing expansion, and we have a solid idea of the criteria needed to bring one to your favorite city.

Step 1: Wealthy and Stable Ownership Group

As we've covered in previous questions, MLS is a single entity structure, meaning that the league looks for investor/operators when adding a new franchise. The franchise will be owned by Major League Soccer, with the "owners" being the group that controls the day to day of the franchise, will having a say in all league business. Thus, when creating a new franchise, the ownership must usually pay some kind of expansion fee (varies depending on the year and terms, but is in the hundreds of millions) and be able to show a long term plan for financial success. For example, it's believed Sacramento, CA did not receive a franchise due to a last minute change in ownership group.

Step 2: Soccer Specific Stadium

When MLS first started, the league often played in existing football stadiums across the country. Fastforward and league has franchises with state of the art, soccer specific stadiums in all of their newest markets, such as Orlando, FL and Los Angeles, CA, and older franchises building new ones, such as Washington, DC and San Jose, CA. It was widely reported that the newest franchise ownership groups in Cincinnati, OH and Nashville, TN had assurances for soccer specific stadia within the first few years of operation, much like what's in place in Minneapolis.

Finally, a Lot of Luck

Plenty of cities officially submitted failed expansion bids to MLS, such as San Antonio, TX and Sacramento, CA. A franchise bid's success rides on so many factors, there's no way to discount luck.



Categories

Soccer ArticlesSports Teams