All-New MLS NEXT Launched - Logo & Visual Identity

Thursday, 10 September 2020
Major League Soccer (MLS) yesterday evening unveiled its new youth player development platform, called MLS NEXT. We take a closer look at the all-new MLS Next branding, which


"MLS Next’s mission is to provide the best player development experience in North America. Through a unique approach to collaborative governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS Next will provide an environment in which players receive the highest level of competition while acquiring the training and personal development that will prepare them for their future, both in soccer and in life. The competition platform incorporates more than 9,000 players, in six age groups, across 113 clubs, including 30 MLS professional academies, five USL academies and 78 additional elite academies."

MLS Next Branding

The MLS Next brand is an expression of the transformative movement in North America that has already begun to set new standards for world-class player development. MLS Next is shaking up the system and taking player development to the next level.

The MLS Next branding has been developed by MLS. Graphic designer Daniel Nyari has worked togther with MLS in developing the visual identity.

“MLS Next advances player development in North America, furthering Major League Soccer’s commitment to developing world-class players through an elite competitive pathway,” said Fred Lipka, Vice President and Technical Director of MLS Player Development. “Major League Soccer is excited to begin MLS Next competition which will place player development at the forefront while giving players a safe and healthy environment to advance from academies to MLS first teams.”

What do you think of the visual identity of the MLS Next? Comment below.
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