The Major League Soccer Player’s Association announced Wednesday that its members had reached an agreement on an amended Collective Bargaining Agreement which will run through the 2025 season, ending talk of a potential lockout and getting players back to the pitch following the coronavirus pandemic shut play down nearly three months ago.
The new agreement — which modifies the CBA agreed to earlier this year and now runs through Jan. 31, 2026 — puts economic concessions for the current season in place, as well as puts into motion a shortened tournament which will occur this summer in Orlando. In addition, ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reported that there is an escape clause for either side with 30 days notice should the CBA become “economically unfeasible.”
In the MLSPA’s statement, it said, “Today’s vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides Players with certainty for the months ahead. It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love.
“We hope our return to the field will allow fans a momentary release and a semblance of normalcy. We are committed as a group to doing all that we can — both as leaders in our sport as well as leaders in our communities — to help carry our countries, our communities, our league, and our sport forward.”
Players will now prep for a six-week-long tournament in Orlando’s Wide World of Sports Complex, where teams will compete in group stage competition before taking part in a 16-team knockout competition.
Players are expected to arrive in central Florida on June 24, with the tournament beginning three weeks later.