MLS NEXT announces event in California

November 24, 2021
MLS NEXT announces event in California

MLS Next announced its version of a Winter Showcase, officially confirming the 2021 MLS Next Fest to take place from Dec. 3-7.

More than 300 teams will take part in the five-day event at the Silverlakes Complex in Norco, Calif. 

The MLS NEXT Fest Showcase will be comprised of over 260 MLS NEXT teams in four age groups (U15, U16, U17 and U19). All teams will play three games in four days and are seeded in groups based on their performance in the fall portion of the 2021-22 MLS NEXT regular season.

The event will also include Generation adidas Cup qualifiers for the 45 MLS academy teams in the U15 and U17 age groups.

Players participating in the MLS NEXT Fest Showcase are also eligible for selection to the MLS NEXT Fest Best Of matches, which will feature two matches of select players from across MLS NEXT played on Saturday and Sunday nights. The Best Of matches will provide players with additional exposure to the many college, youth national team, and professional coaches and scouts in attendance.

Former MLS players are set to serve as scouts for the event, including Sean Franklin, Ray Gaddis and Dasan Robinson.

Check out the full schedule for next week's event.