How the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will work: Qualifying and competition format

The Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will once again consist of single-elimination matches hosted by the higher-seeded team and the competition will follow a straight bracket format through MLS Cup on Dec. 12.

  • 18 total clubs will compete in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs: 10 from East, 8 from West
  • Western Conference: Top 8 teams qualify directly to Round 1
  • Eastern Conference: Only the top 6 seeds qualify directly to Round 1. Seeds 7-10 will each compete in a play-in match:
    • No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed
    • No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed
    • Lowest seed play-in winner advances to face No. 1 seed in East
    • Highest seed play-in winner advances to face No. 2 seed in East

The complete playoff match schedule and postseason TV coverage will be announced at a later date.


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