Resources

Explore player programming in the different areas.

EDUCATION

Opportunities for players to keep learning and growing.

 

Education Opportunities

If you are looking to start a degree, complete a degree, or seek informal education options - such as specialized training or certificates - Player Engagement is available to assist you with one-on-one advising.

Find the application for academic advising here.

FINANCES

Financial literacy resources so you can manage your money like a pro.

 

401(k) / Retirement Plan

Active players:  Make your money work for you by investing in your future.

If you are a US-based player, take advantage of the MLS 401(k) plan with Fidelity Investments. Players can create and access their 401(k) accounts by clicking here or by calling the participation line at 1-800-294-4015. 

If you are a Canadian-based player, take advantage of the MLS Retirement Plan with Sun Life Pension Plan. Players can create and access their Sun Life Pension accounts by clicking here or by calling the Customer Care number at 866-733-8613. 

For more information, reach out to us at PlayerEngagement@MLSsoccer.com.

 

Financial Literacy Training

Stay tuned! MLS Player Engagement will soon deploy comprehensive expert financial literacy training to active players.

In the meantime, players are welcome to make use of MLSPA resources in this space.

Mental Health & Wellness

Resources and best practices to nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

 

Meditate with Headspace

Active players may claim free subscription access to one of the world’s leading meditation and mindfulness apps. If interested, reach out to us at PlayerEngagement@MLSsoccer.com.

About Headspace

Headspace, a global leader in meditation and mindfulness, was founded in 2010 by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson. Through its core suite of meditation offerings, Headspace has already reached more than 45 million users in 190 countries. The company also operates a B2B business focused on offering its meditation products and services to companies to help them build healthier, more productive cultures and higher performing organizations. Headspace’s partnerships team has forged robust relationships with many of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Nike, NBA and more. View the April 2019 press release announcing MLS’s partnership with Headspace.

 

Confidential Counseling

Players may contact their dedicated and confidential Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health helpline: 1-877-657-0090.

 

Unum: Employee Assistance Program

For additional mental wellness resources, active players can contact Unum: 1-800-854-1446, English
1-877-858-2147, Spanish
1-800-999-3004, TTY/TDD
www.lifebalance.net
User ID and password: lifebalance

 

Important

Keep in mind: Player Engagement resources and services are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of mental health professionals--such as Unum, the SABH helpline, or another qualified health provider--with any questions.

If you are in crisis or may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you're having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately.

Career Development

We’re here to help you prepare for a successful post-playing career.

 

Career Advising

Player Engagement is available to assist you one-on-one with post-playing career advising, such as résumé review or networking opportunities.

Find the application for career advising here.

League Access Program (LAP)

Players and MLS Greats are invited to take a “LAP” around the league office in NYC. The LAP consists of a two-day, one-night, all-expenses-paid trip to meet with and learn from MLS professionals one-on-one. This custom program is designed for players who want to experience a day in the life on the business side of soccer, learn firsthand about careers in the sports industry, and hone their networking skills.

Please be advised that the League Access Program will take place virtually for at least the next year.

Find the application for the League Access Program here.

 

Contact

Contact MLS Player Engagement with any additional questions about Career Development services: PlayerEngagement@MLSsoccer.com

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