Charlotte FC – New to MLS2020-07-22T12:02:41+00:00

New to MLS

Find out more about Charlotte Football Club
and Major League Soccer.

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When did MLS play its first season?

1996

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How many teams compete each season?

Charlotte FC is the 30th MLS franchise. There are currently 26 teams, 23 in the United States and three in Canada.

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When is the MLS season?

In a typical year, the regular season starts in late February and runs through October, with each team playing 34 games.

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How do playoffs work?

14 teams advance to the playoffs, seven from each of the two conferences, which culminates in the MLS Cup.

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What other competitions could Charlotte compete in?

MLS teams also compete in the U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions Cup among others.

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How will Charlotte FC acquire players?

In a normal year, Charlotte FC can sign players in the Primary Transfer Window in the spring, the Secondary Transfer Window in the summer and the SuperDraft in January.

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Will Charlotte sign any major stars from overseas?

MLS teams are allowed three designated players, those whose salaries are exempt from the league-wide salary cap.

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When is Charlotte FC planning to start playing?

March 2022

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Where can I learn more?

MLS 101 Article Series