2022 MLS Free Agency Rules & Procedures

11 days after the 2022 MLS Cup, teams can begin engaging with players via the league’s Free Agency process in preparation for the 2023 season. Eligible players will be at least twenty-four (24) years old in the year in which the immediately preceding League Season concluded and have at least five (5) MLS Service Years. This allows players the freedom to negotiate a new contract with any MLS club, including their previous team, subject to certain restrictions.

Key dates:

  • Nov. 14: Option Exercise Deadlines on Monday, Nov. 14: Clubs must notify the League Office in writing of (1) players whose options they are exercising and/or (2) players who are receiving bona fide offers, announced by the teams.
  • Nov. 15: MLS Communications will make available the complete list of Free Agents on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. ET.
  • Nov. 16: On Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. ET, clubs may engage players–other than their own–who are eligible for Free Agency.

Key parameters:

  • There is no limit on the number of Free Agents a team may sign each year.
  • Out of Contract Players who receive a bona fide offer from his current team can still participate in Free Agency.
  • Free Agent Players may re-sign with his current Club at any compensation subject to League approval in its discretion at any time prior to the beginning of Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft (Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. ET).